HEREFORD Sixth Form student Eva Tyler is one of only two County athletes to achieve the qualifying standard for the highly prestigious English Schools Athletics Association track and field championships to be held at Alexanda Stadium in Birmingham on July 12 and 13.

Tyler, aged 18, is a member of Hereford & County Athletics Club and has just finished her A' level exams.

She will be racing the 400 metres representing Hereford Sixth Form. Over the last two years she has had the support of the HSFC Elite Athlete Support Programme.

Tyler will also be the girls captain for the Hereford & Worcester squad.

This will be her third and final time competing in the championships having previously been selected in 2019 and 2022 for the 200 metres. 

Hereford Couriers sent a team to compete in last weekend’s Pen-y-Fan fell race which consisted of 5.8 kilometres/3.5 miles.

The distance was not all that challenged the athletes but they also had to take on 588 metres/1,930 feet of ascent.

Of the 67 pre-entered runners, only 47 made it to the start line - possibly deterred by the forecast of low cloud, heavy showers and chilly temperatures.

The forecast was not wrong with wet and freezing conditions challenging runners along with a strong wind and no visibility at the top. However, the clouds cleared for the end of the race.

Andrew Tyler (Hereford Couriers) finished in third position overall completing the course in a time of 41 minutes and 45 seconds.

Talfryn Carter finished 13th in 51-18 and Gary Parsons (Croft Ambrey RC) was 15th (52-02).

In the women’s category Bronwyn Tyler (Hereford Couriers) was fourth female in the veteran aged 50 category.

The following day Tyler returned for the 10-mile Fan-y Big Race and placed fifth overall and first veteran aged 50 category completing the gruelling course in 1-28-28.