Training opportunities with the Harriers all the year round & for members (only) opportunity to pay discounted rate for a term, or the year. Please read on for the various training opportunties with the Harriers. Come along to give a session a try>

  • Juniors (age 8-15) - full track & field athletics programme or XC/road running training on a Monday. Qualified coaches set & deliver the programme.
  • Age 14- 74 (younger athletes by invitation if of a good enough standard) Middle Distance & XC Training and quality sharp session for 5k/10k/long distance runners on a Tuesday. Qualified coaches set & deliver the programme.
  • Seniors (age 16-76) - road and off-road running for beginners or those in training for 10k, half marathon or marathon. Qualified coaches with beginners group.

Read on for full details of each session, who to contact and for the latest Tuesday training programme set by Tuesday senior coach Jon James see the very bottom of the page. All Harrier qualified coaches at the sessions are unpaid volunteers. Parents and senior athletes can assist by holding stop watches, counting laps, or raking long jump pits etc as required. All sessions are open to Harrier members, and guests where appropriate, but members of other local Clubs are expected to join the Harriers as they benefit from the Club's coaching.

Due to the relaying of the running track at Millfield School.....
Wells City Harriers have had to move their Monday night 'Junior' and Tuesday night 'Seniors' training sessions to new locations for the foreseeable future. (as of October 2019).
The Monday night  & Tuesday night training session will both now take place at
All to meet on grass behind the main sports hall (there is a free car park on site)
Monday Junior registration is from 5.45pm with session starting at 6.00pm  and the session ends at 7.00pm
Tuesday registration is now from 6.00pm with session starting prompt at 6.15pm for an hour.
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Monday - juniors training at

Strode College Sports Centre, Church Lane, Street BA16 0AB

All to meet on grass behind the main sports hall (there is a free car park on site)

No sessions on Bank Holidays, nor 4 weeks in August or over Xmas/new Year. Otherwise, all Year round. Track & Field training and cross-country/road running training.

Time: Registration from 5.45pm - 7pm for young people in school Year 3 (age 8) to Year 10/11 (age 15). Competition evening once a month.


Cost: £2.00 for Harriers; £3.00 for non-members (or £20 for a 13 week term for Members). Register in Announcer's Hut before the session (5.50pm-6.00pm)

Junior Fun athletics for School Years 3-5; Development squads at middle distance/XC; sprints; jumps; and throws for School Years 6-11. Priority at training sessions given to Harrier members who are being coached for team competition with the Harriers. Regular attendance within the training groups is necessary to keep your squad place.

Contact: Graham Goldsmid (registration) or Paul Chadwick (Co-ordinator), principle coaches working with juniors


Tuesday - training at 

STRODE COLLEGE (as of October 29th 2019 until further notice)

All Year round using the Track or surrounding fields. Middle distance and endurance training for road races and cross-country. Coaching programme set by Jon James, senior coach for this session. We are also currently reviewing demand for track & field training on this evening but this is subject to having coaching resource available.
Time: Registration from 6pm for a 6:15pm prompt start for athletes aged 14 and upwards. (Younger athletes by invitation only if suitable standard).

Cost: £2 for members; £3 for non-members ; (or £20 per term or £60 per annum for members) Contact: Jon James, principle Tuesday coach, assisted by Simon Prior.


Wednesday- Seniors training run for ages 16 and upwards. All Year round.

At least 2 groups:

(1) A beginners group with some from a recent ‘Up & Running'/'Couch to 5k' programmes organised by the Club run with us to keep fit or get fitter. Lynne Elstob & Sharon Bowles and other qualified coaches. Meet 6.30pm/6.40pm

(2) Another informal group, or two, of more experienced runners training for 10k races, half marathons or marathons. Andy Piper, Mike Rusca or Richard Morgan often with this group and sometimes one of the Harrier's qualified coaches attend. Meet no later than 6.40pm. 

Meet: Wells Rugby FC, Charter Way, Wells. 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 6:45pm Cost: free for Harriers ; if you're not a member, just come along. Contact: Lynne Elstob or Andy Piper

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
  • a social Pub run from a different venue - once a month usually

Qualified coaches Lynne Elstob & Sharon Bowles work with the beginners group - contact Lynne This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Andy Piper, Mike Rusca & Richard Morgan often run with those in training for longer races & runs 

Andy Pipers mobile:07791 528333

Cost: The annual formal 'Couch to 5k' beginners group usually has a modest charge for the entire programme (circa £10-£20). The informal groups running on a Wednesday don't have a charge but we would prefer runners to be members of the Harriers to contribute to our overheads as we pay the Wells Rugby Club to use their facilities, and you will also benefit from Club insurance and discounts on kit etc


Thursday - another Harrier session for endurance runners can be planned subject to demand - Contact coaches at Monday or Tuesday track sessions for details.

Saturday - occasional monthly hill running sessions for keen juniors (age 14) and upwards once a month. Contact coaches if interested.

Sundays – long off road run for those in training for half or full marathons. Note that on some Sundays many of the group will be racing at an event - Meet: various locations, check with Wednesday Group/contact at training             Time: usually about 8.00am or 9.00am

Cost: Free      Contact: Mike Rusca/Richard Morgan/Andy Piper or others at Wednesday group


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 Saturday mornings at Ninesprings (Goldenstones) for juniors

Training with Mendip Hash House Harriers

Many of our senior runners from the Wednesday group also run with the Hash on a Monday evening.


QUALIFIED HARRIER COACHES: with date when they first qualified as Assistant Coaches

Full Coach/Level 2: Paul Chadwick (2003); Graham Goldsmid (2004); Jon James (2014); Al Thorner (2014); Simon Prior (2015)

Assistant Coach/Level 1:  Chris Collier (2013); Tom Dukes (2013); Duncan Verel (2016); 

Coach in Runnning & Fitness; Lynne Elstob (2014); Sharon Bowles (2014)

Leader in Running & Fitness: Kate Glascott (2017); Bianca Pridham (2017)

Coaches receive free Harrier annual membership and appropriate kit


(If you are interested in becoming qualified to coach with the Harriers please speak to Graham Goldsmid or Paul Chadwick. The Club will pay for your coach training but you are expected to contribute to sessions on a regular basis - we are currently particularly keen to recruit some women coaches to work with our junior athletes)


CURRENT TRAINING SCHEDULE FOR TUESDAYS -  it is updated every 2 months.

 As set by Jon James & delivered by Jon James & Simon Prior with other Level 2 coaches assisting when one of them is away.

ALL SESSIONS AT STRODE COLLEGE SPORTS CENTRE Under lights on the grass. We currently expect to be using this venue until early March 2020 but will advise Members when we have definite news about the Millfield track facility.

Tuesday Night Training Sessions:                                       January-February 2020

Date Session Notes
7th Jan

5 * 5 mins (1 min recovery); 5 mins slow jog, then 4* 30s sprints                              

Juniors: 2 * 5 mins, miss 1, then 2 * 5 mins; 4 * 30s sprints

Street 5K on 8th Jan
14th Jan

2 * (6 *90s) 1 min recovery. 5 mins recovery between sets.

Juniors: 2 * (4 * 90s). 1 min recovery. 5 mins recovery between sets.

Somerset schools X-country champs: 18th Jan (Yeovil)
21st Jan

Oregon circuit: 10 x 1 minute: 1 minute recovery in which circuit type activities will take place exercising upper body, core and legs.

Juniors: 2 * (4 * 1 minute) with 1 minute recovery in which circuit type activities will take place exercising upper body, core and legs. 5 mins between sets

South of England X-country champs on 25th Jan (Parliament Hill)
28th Jan Equivalent of: 1K, 2K, 1K, 2K, 1K (1 min recovery after 1K, 2 mins after 2K)                                                                                                                                                                            Juniors: 1K, 2K, 1K (1 min recovery after 1K, 2 mins after 2K)
4th Feb

5 min effort, 90s recovery, 8 * 2 min (1 min between sets), 5 min effort

Junior: 5 min effort, 90s recovery, 4 *2 min (1 min recovery), 5 min effort

Gwent league: 8th Feb (Chepstow racecourse)    South West schools X-Country champs: 8th Feb (Bournmouth)
11th Feb

4 * 2 mins, 4 * 90s, 4 * 60s, 4 * 30s; 1 min recovery between efforts, 4 mins between sets

Junior: 2 * 2 mins, 4 * 90s, 4 * 60s, 4 * 30s; 1 min recovery between efforts, 4 mins between sets

Street 5K on 12th Feb

18th Feb

5 * 5 mins (1 min recovery); 5 mins slow jog, then 4* 30s sprints                                

Juniors: 2 * 5 mins, miss 1, then 2 * 5 mins; 4 * 30s sprints

National X-country championships: 22th Feb (Nottingham)
25th Feb

Anaerobic endurance session on the track: (3 sets of 5 reps alternating 85-90% efforts with 65%)                                                                                                                            

Juniors: 2 sets

Gwent League: 2nd March (Blaise Castle)