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Cross country!

The next Herefordshire Cross country is
WHEN: February 4, 2018 @ 10:45 am
WHERE: Presteigne woods
park between Leisure Centre and woods
Presteigne Pacers XC WINTER LEAGUE
Last race in winter series. Women run a shorter course, starting at 10.45. Men start at 11am. Presentations afterward
I notice our neighbours over the hill are crowing because their teams beat both of ours for the 1st time on the last race  We can’t have that, time to call up the big guns  Fortunately Natalie Bennett Nee Courage is back and we are strengthened by the addition of the speedy Jodie Pemberton Moffatt..Andrew Dickenson Mike Bolton Ace D. Ben Matt Scriven and co if you are available its the last of the series and it would be good to have you back.. Joking apart ALL abilities are welcome, we were lucky to have new recruits Sue Lewis and Kay Chambers for the last one who both did great and enjoyed the experience. The ladies run a shorter course on this one, in a pretty woodland setting. Hope you can make it.


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Worcestershire Mid Week series final race at Clent Hills – 9 August 2017

The race at Clent Hills was the final event in a series of 4 races over the summer making up the Worcestershire County Summer Mid Week Series.

The first event in May was a 10k multi terrain at Hagley which incorporated the MT Worcestershire County Championships followed in June by a 12k multi terrain at Arrow Valley, Redditch, then the Droitwich 10k in July and lastly the 5 mile multi terrain at Clent Hills, which was a 2 lap event and included mud and some testing hills.

The race was followed by a prize presentation at the Halesowen Athletic and Cycling Club.  From Malvern Joggers, first FV50 in the race series was Alison Priest and 2nd in the same age category was Julie Caseley.  

Also presented were Worcestershire County Championship medals from the Hagley 10k MT terrain event with Julie Caseley (FV50) winning gold and Alison Priest (FV50) silver.  Ian Walwyn in the MV60 age category won silver.  Julie Caseley also won a gold medal in the FV50 category from the County Half Marathon Championships held at Droitwich in March.

Malvern Joggers results from the Clent Hills race were Steve Roode (44:50), Ian Walwyn (48:48), Alison Priest (49:39), Julie Caseley (51:01), Amanda Duncan (51:52), Vivien Tolley (54:33), Mike Anstey (55:18), Lynda Broadway (58:49) and Steve Massey (1:00:37).


Herefordshire Summer Cross Country League at Abbey Dore – 12 July 2017

15 Malvern Joggers travelled over an hour to compete in this Herefordshire Summer Cross Country League race at Abbey Dore in the 3rd or 4 races in the series.  This was a competitive, 5 mile team/individual event with the course being very scenic, challenging and undulating mainly on tracks, grass and over commons with two small stream crossings, with a tough uphill finish.

First Malvern Jogger home was Nic Dauncey in a time of 39:07 followed by Adam Grant (41:21), Matthew Lancett (42:08), Sam Eden (42:48), Martin Reed-Darby (44:31), Natalie Bennett (45:35), Emily Priest (45:43), Roger Sherriff (47:08), Paul Newman (47:17), Mike Bolton (47:35), Jason Protheroe (48:24), Julie Caseley (51:26), Roy Hart (52:28), Rhian Protheroe (53:23) and Amanda Duncan (55:14). 

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Herefordshire Summer Off Road League at High Vinnalls – 28 June 2017

On a cool, misty Wednesday evening, 20 Malvern Joggers travelled to Mortimer Forest for the 2nd of 4 races in the Herefordshire Off Road League at High Vinnalls organised by Ludlow Running Club.  The course was hilly/undulating on hard and grassy tracks, forest roads and some technical descents finishing with a steady 1 mile uphill climb.

First Jogger home was Nic Dauncey in a time of 41:15 followed by Matthew Lancett (43:06), Adam Grant (43:22), Natalie Bennett (44:43), Sam Eden (45:15), Martin Reed-Darby (45:16), Emily Priest (45:51), Ben Toon (45:53), Paul Newman (49:10), Roger Sherriff (49:25), Jason Protheroe (49:39), Ian Walwyn (50:58), Julie Caseley (52:44), Amanda Duncan (53:45), Rhian Protheroe (55:21), Andy Campbell (55:27), Debbie Parker (55:52), Rachel Teague (56:47), Vivien Tolley (1:01:57) and Helen Reid (1:19:40).

Herefordshire Cross Country League

The next Herefordshire Cross Country League race is Monkhall on Sunday. Wye Valley Runners are hosting the next race in the Herefordshire XC Winter League on Sunday 8th Jan 2017
This course is largely on private land. This year’s course is a around 6.miles and quite challenging. 1 and a half laps – same for men and women. Tea and a biccy at the end. Race starts 11 am prompt. Parking is at a premium so please share lifts where possible
I can’t run at the moment so Roger Sherriff has offered to lead the team. Meeting at MSJ 9.30 to car share to Monkhall (less than an hour drive) for a 11am start. Its FREE for all MJ members so if you’d like to join the mixed ability team please message me on or Facebook

Rotherwas Cross Country

On Sunday its the 3rd Herefordshire Cross Country League race, open to all and free to enter for all members..
This time its FLAT as a pancake !
.5 miles along the river Wye in Hereford, lift share from MSJ at 9.30 Sunday 4th November
Please find listed below the details for the 3rd race in the 2016/17 Herefordshire XC League to be held on Sunday 4th December.

Rotherwas Course

The new course is a 2.2 mile loop using the footpaths and permitted routes at Rotherwas. You will start next to the historic shell store which opened a hundred years ago, run down the track and then turn right and follow the river Wye.  After a mile you’ll turn right and right again and follow the copse and fence which surround the munitions site. You are able to practice on the route at any point but please don’t try and access the munitions site as it’s full of asbestos and unexploded shells……..

Parking and directions

The race will start and finish next to the cycle path at the shell store. If you live in the city please cycle or walk/jog there using the new greenway bridge which starts in Outfall Works Road off St James/Eign Hill.  Follow the path over the bridge, past the statues and under the railway line. Cross the road and the HQ will be in front of you. There are secure bicycle stores and plenty of fencing where bikes can be locked.

If you are coming by car please share lifts as parking is limited. We have permission for you to park at two businesses and we are grateful for their support:

Weatherseal – Thorn Business Park – HR2 6JT
BOSS – Thorn Business Park – HR2 6JT



Hereford Winter Cross Country

The Malvern Joggers Cross Country team took part in their  1st Winter cross country of the Hereford Winter Cross Country Season. The race at Croft Castle near Leominster started at 11.00 on Sunday,  after a minute’s silence in remembrance. The record field surged off past the water hazard and up a mile long climb, eventually emerging into  brilliant sunshine on the Iron Age hill fort.

An exhilarating twisty route, which  the rain on the previos day made a muddy, slippy descent into the valley was followed by a steep climb back up to the start. The first lap of three for the men, the ladies having to be content with just one more “half” lap. A total of 11.8km with 380m of ascent and a little over half that for the ladies.

The final challenge was to do justice to the excellent tea, cakes and cider provided by Croft Ambrey at the finish. We were joined by 4 new recruits in Natalie Bennett, Sarah Clarke,  Julian Satcell and Mike Bolton all did excellently but especially Sarah and Natalie who were representing the club for the 1st time with Natalie coming in 11th lady !
Other results
Men Dave Woodward 50th 59.59 55th Nic Dauncey 61.05 76th Matthew Lancett 64.46 85th Ian Walwyn 67.08 88th Julian Satchell 67.32 90th Mark Cooling 68.11 96th Mike Bolton 70.12 Paul Newman 73.32 Ladies results 11th !!! Natalie Bennett 38.18 42nd Debbie Parker 43.40 49th Sarah Clark 45.36
Excellent times guys ! Our Mens teams are 17th and 24th place with the ladies in 11th ! of 22 teams
Next up Rotherwas 4th December please message Paul on Facebook or to join the fun !




Cross Country: Mortimer Forest.

On Wednesday was the penultimate Cross Country league race. The first one was Abbeydore… Abbeydore:  a name that still sends shudders down the spine of the toughest cross country runner, a mixture of hills streams more hills and a brutal uphill finish.

Next came Westhope and a scenic run through the Bulmers apple orchards with a few more hills.

The latest race took us to Mortimer Forest and High Vinnals with a strong team of 13 joggers taking part. We were warmed it was going to be hilly and Dave Brett was concerned how close the contours were on the map. Well,  the start and the first mile was fine, and we wondered had they exaggerated mildly undulating a nice pace through the woods, then it started and all of a sudden the runners in front of me all started walking …. and climbing up and up until the summit !

Then apleasant trot across the top of the hill to a dense forest and a down hill slalom through the trees and tree roots, a undulating forest trail then took us to the finish line.

Our 1st finisher in 28th place was a very impressive Dave Woodward in 39 minutes, Ben Toon back in form was next in 42 mins The Flying Scotsman Greg was 43 min, s Matt Lancett 44 mins,  Mark Walker suffered in road shoes 45 mins.  Wally was a few seconds behind him Roger 46 mins Paul Newman 47 followed by Julie our 1st lady then Debbie Parker in 48 mins.  Glyn came in at 50 minutes with Dave Brett at 55 along with Thelma Duncan who’d lost a contact lens in the heat during the race and crossed the line like a little mole 😉

Next up WED. 20th  JULY 2016 SHOBDON (Croft Ambrey R.C.) 7.15pm. It is one of the best,  a beautiful scenic course of tree lined avenues, picturesque ornamental lakes and country estates.1st claim MJs can still enjoy the cross country experience, just message or contact me on Facebook


Abbey Dore

The Malvern joggers have a team competing in the Herefordshire Cross country league, these are competitive events competing against running clubs in Herefordshire. The 1st one was put on by Mervyn Thomas and Wye Valley who have created a majestic course at Abbey Dore and it really does have a bit of everything the first half of the race is relatively painless, and if you’re not careful you can be lulled into thinking you are enjoying yourself. A fast down hill start in an open field allows everyone to get carried away before the first sharp ascent of the day reminds them that XC running is seldom easy. It’s a short pull though, and over the next couple of miles there is time to get into a comfortable rhythm, particularly when the ground is so dry. The finish, by contrast is a half mile slog through a series of undulations which create a natural amphitheatre of pain, and the opportunity to share in other runners’ suffering once you’ve heaved yourself over the line. In the meantime, the middle section offers a combination of fields, woodland, that pleasant springy surface unique to common land, and even a short section of road. Two river crossings, this made a challenging tough but strangely enjoyable event. We competed ass a team event and for solo positions, our team finished in 11th position with our flying Scotsman Greg Innes 1st jogger to finish in 46th place in 45.44 next home in a closely fought battle were Ben Toon and Roger Sheriff in 47.21 and 47.25 for 57th and 58th place these were closely followed by Ian Dyson in 47.58, Paul Newman in 49.55 Debbie Parker in 50.47 Suzie Lane in 54.17 and David Brett in 60.12
The next race is WED. 22nd. JUNE 2016 WESTHOPE (Hereford Couriers) 7.15 p.m carshare from MSJ, if you wish to join the team its FREE and available to all 1st claim Malvern joggers please message me or Facebook

Abbeydore 2

Abbey Dore