Training opportunities with the Harriers all the year round: COME & JOIN US!
Photo above: We were really pleased when Club President Mary Rand - Olympic Gold Medal winner at Tokyo 1964 - found time to visit our regular Monday evening training session back in 2012 when she was over to receive Freedom of the City of Wells. We had a great time with her and quite rightly pointed out to all of the kids that they could go far if they apply themselves! 2 in this photograph (as at 2020) have now represented TeamGB!
One of the best reasons for joining a Club is to have other people to train with, and to tap into the coaching advice, guidance and expertise available. Wells City Harriers provide a mixture of formal and informal sessions for different age groups age 8 to 80+.The Club has several qualified coaches, some of whom have coached for amost 20 years years. Come and join us at the session most appropriate to you.
If you are a junior, we can coach you to compete at track & field and cross-country
If you are a senior and have a target to get fitter, we can coach you and provide a training group for you
If you are a senior wishing to complete a road 5k/10k/half-marathon or marathon we have a training group or two that can help you achieve your target
- MONDAY Evening - Juniors age 8-16 at Millfield track - all track & field and Cross-country
- TUESDAY Evening - Seniors and juniors age 14+ at Millfield track for Middle distance & 5k/10k training
- WEDNESDAY evening - Seniors age 16 upwards at Wells Rugby Club - beginners and experienced
- SUNDAY morning - distance training groups from various locations
Monday - Juniors track session at Millfield School. Every Monday apart from Bank Holidays and August. Time: 7.15pm -8.15pm for young people in school Year 3 (age 8) to Year 10/11 (age 15). Competition evening once a month. Session starts with a group warm up at 7.15pm sharp.
Cost: £2.00 for Harrier Members only. Register by the Announcers Hut
Junior Fun athletics for Years 3-5; Development squads at middle distance/XC; sprints; jumps; and throws for Years 6-11. Priority at training sessions given to Harrier members who are being coached for team competition with the Harriers/YOAC. We also invite our Harrier Team GB athletes to visit from time to time to pass on their wisdom to the next cohort of juniors - 9 juniors have gone on to TeamGB level since 1999.
ALL OF OUR COACHES ARE VOLUNTEERS and so we expect parents to assist them at training if requested; and to ensure their junior athletes are available for competition at least once per month.
Regular attendance within the training groups is necessary to keep your squad place. We expect all members to use the coaching provided to compete for the Club at least once a month.
More information about the competition opportunities for juniors are here - parents you have an important role to play to carry out team management roles; or if you want to help the Club in another voluntray capacity by becomng an official or by joining the coaching staff.
Contact: Graham Goldsmid (registration) or Paul Chadwick (Co-ordinator), principle coaches working with juniors.
Tuesday All Year round using the Millfield Track or surrounding fields. Middle distance and endurance training for road races and cross-country. Time: 7.15pm for a 7.20pm start for athletes aged 14 and upwards. (Younger athletes by invitation only if suitable standard). Register at beginning of session track-side in the Announcers Hut.
Cost: £2 for Harrier members; Contact: Graham Goldsmid, Chairman; Jon James, principle Tuesday coach; or Simon Prior, working with middle distance squad . The session plan for each Tuesday is displayed on the training tab. These are hard quality sessions but suitable for any age (14-84) and ability.
Wednesday - Seniors training run for ages 16 and upwards. All Year round. Many from the Club's annual 'Couch to 5k' beginners group programmes organised by the Club run with one of the groups. Road or off-road running.
Autumn/winter road circuit of up to 6 miles under street lights; Spring/Summer groups include a long group that go off-road on to the Mendips.Time: 6:30 for 6:35pm warm up; ready to set off by 6.45pm. Cost: free for Harriers; if you're not a member, just come along and give it a try & then join after first session.
Contact: Experienced Runners: Andy Piper or Mike Rusca if an experienced runner looking to train hard so as to compete at a forhcoming race; Beginner Runners: Lynne Elstob or Sharon Bowles if looking to join a friendly run around the roads of Wells as part of a 'get and keep fit' approach. (& maybe do the occasional 5k race). Group warm up at 6.35pm
On some Wednesdays there are other events going on which might reduce the attendance, such as
- second Wednesday in autumn/winter - 5k road race Street at 7:30 pm & junior races
- second Wednesday in spring/summer - 5k road race Yeovilton at 7.15pm
There are also the occasional pub based social runs, usually the last Wednesday of the month, Watch the website front page for announcements.
On other days, especially Sundays, other informal groups of Harriers meet up - make arrangments at training.
Sunday - groups of Harriers and friends meet to run from various locations on a Sunday morning. A group often goes from Wells Rugby Club at 8.00am or 9.00am having made arrangements at the Wednesday session.
Training with Yeovil Olympiads
We have a reciprocal arrangement with YOAC to train with them at the Yeovil Arena and vice versa.
Their training nights are usually Tuesday & Thursday – see here for more info; and (sometimes) Saturday mornings at Ninesprings (Goldenstones) for juniors