RUNNERS Charlie Jones and Katie Synge-Curtis came out on top in the first of three races comprising the Hereford Couriers Virtual 5k Series.

Hereford Couriers organised the three-race virtual series which is taking place in July, August and September to replace the cancelled 5k series.

Over 270 runners are taking part from all across the UK, competing virtually by creating their own course and tracking their run while maintaining the government's social distancing guidelines.

In the men's race, in-form Cheltenham Harrier member Jones was the fastest recording a time of 15 minutes and 27 seconds.

He was chased virtually by Harriers’ teammate Eliot Taylor in 15.58 with Sam Butler of Presteigne Pacers in third, clocking a massive personal best of 16.27.

Quickest female was Hereford Couriers’ own Synge-Curtis who finished in 18 minutes and 35 seconds, second was Ludlow Runners' Claire Thomas 19.22 closely followed by Samantha Harris of Forest of Dean AC in 19.30.

The race series continues in August and September and there is plenty still up for grabs with overall series prizes for all age categories and team prizes. Meanwhile, all participants will receive a medal for completing the series.

For full results and current team standings visit