SPORT | Counties runners race virtually for the Hospice

Local running club Hereford Couriers organised a virtual running race on the week that hundreds of runners should have been taking part in the RUN Hereford event in aid of St Michael’s Hospice.

The Couriers organised Virtually RUNNING Hereford where runners across the county completed virtually over five-kilometre, 10km and half-marathon distances while maintaining the government’s social distancing guidelines.

Over 80 runners from the local running community & clubs, laced up their trainers between Monday 4th & Sunday 10th May helping to raise £1,500 for the Hospice. 

Fastest male over the ‘5k’ was local running talent Henry White who recorded a time of 17 minutes and 14 seconds, ahead of Hereford Couriers’ runner Ryan Knight 17:47 with David O’Connell of Presteigne Pacers in 3rd in a time of 18:10.

Quickest female in the ‘5k’ race was Hereford & County AC youngster Eva Tyler who finished in 22 minutes and 29 seconds, second was Presteigne Pacers runner Helen Carter 23:19 and third was Hereford Tri-Club’s Rhiannon George 24:50

Meanwhile, in the 10km females race Susie Hay took victory in a time of 50:21, ahead of Courier Bronwen Tyler-Jones 51:00 while Hannah Biddle picked up third place in a time of 51:57. 

The fastest male was Dan Phillips who finished in 40 minutes and 46 seconds ahead of Nigel Hawkes who was second in 41:16 while Daniel George took third in 42.16.

Over the Half Marathon distance Andy Tyler took victory, he was the quickest male in 1 hour 22 minutes and 09 seconds, just ahead of the ever improving Presteigne Pacers runner Sam Butler in 1 hour 22 minutes and 31 seconds with Hereford Courier Jake Underhill in third 1:23:10

In the females race Croft Ambrey’s Jo Marriott completed her race in 1 hour 42 minutes and 10 seconds to take first place ahead of Wye Valley Runners duo Lou Foti and Lauren Williams who finished in 1:46:20 & 1:49:20 to take second and third places. 

Race organiser & Hereford Couriers runner Ben Skinner said ‘We were disappointed to hear that the Run Hereford event had to be postponed, the club committee decided to show our support and do something virtually – we have had some great success on our #KeepHerefordshireRunning initiative so we thought why not combine the two and raise some funds for the hospice’