RUNNERS from across the region returned to action in the Hereford Couriers race over five kilometres on Wednesday night.

A total of 366 runners took part over two races to comply with social distancing guidelines.

The course started at Hereford Racecourse before completing two laps of a loop around the Bobblestock area of the city.

The first race saw runners compete who predicted their finish time would be less than 20 minutes.

In a close finish saw the first five runners separated by less than 10 seconds.

Dominic James (Western Tempo) sprinted to victory clocking a winning time of 14 minutes and 44 seconds.

Abed Teweldebrhan (Newport Harriers) was second two seconds behind.

Youngster Henry White (Hereford Ghost Runner) put in an impressive run to win his age category and 36th overall clocking 16-32.

Meanwhile, fastest woman was Becki Timmings (Birmingham Running Athletics) who finished in 17-04.

The second race was also keenly contested with runners who predicted their finishing times would be over 20 minutes.

Croft Ambrey RC runner Jasper Robinson was the quickest clocking a time of 18-22 - some 24 seconds clear of his nearest challenger.

Daniel Spear took second while Stephen Snead (Cleobury Mortimer Running) finished third.

The second women’s race was won by Addy Carter (Hereford Couriers) in 18-48 ahead of Charlotte Broadhurst in second and Alice Godding (Croft Ambrey RC) in third.

  • The even was the first of a three-race series with the next one taking place on Wednesday, May 5.