HARRIER GROUP TRAINING RETURNS AT THE END OF MARCH 2021
The Monday & Thursday (not Tuesday) coached Harrier sessions will take place at the ‘covid-secure’ venue of Strode College, Street, as usual using the field behind the Sports Centre. Registration to attend these sessions is required before the day. Contact Secretary Paul for the Monday session and Chairman Graham for the Thursday session. Sessions open to Harrier members.
Monday Juniors age 8-14 start 6pm at Strode field & finish 7pm. Cost £2 per session to be paid monthly. Book 24 hrs ahead by contacting Paul
Wednesday Social Run for adults in groups of 6 from Wells Rugby Club. Meet socially distanced outside Wells Rugby Clubhouse at 6.40pm for a 45-60 minute run in groups of 6. Contact Andy Piper for details or for you to advise him that you are intending to join in.
Thursday older juniors age 14 upwards and seniors, arrive 6.05pm at Strode field for group warm up 6.15pm. Finish by 7.30pm. Cost £2 per session to be paid monthly. Book 24hrs ahead by contacting Graham
Check out the England Athletics website for the very latest guidance on the return to training and competition.
We hope to re-start the beginners/returners group later in Spring. Lynne Elstob & Sharon Bowles will lead that group on a Wednesday from Wells Rugby Club. Please contact us if you are just taking up running or haven't run for some time and want to know more about each Harrier session.
You will need to BOOK IN ADVANCE
Our Club coached training sessions take place at Strode College Sports Centre on the grass. When Millfield School again allows us to hire the Track facility we will be re-locating there.
WE ARE RECRUITING FOR NEW COACHES
When we resume training sessions - Given the pressure on how we have to organise and run sessions, and the fact that our coaching resources may be spread across 2 or 3 nights a week we are again RECRUITING TO THE COACHING TEAM. Please contact Paul, Graham or Jon if you want to know more about what it entails and talk through with Paul how the Club will pay for your Coaching course.
Please follow Govt Guidelines during Coronavirus restrictions - and check the England Athletics Guidance when training on your own or with other Harriers in a safe manner. Please only train in public areas and do not use private facilities unless the Harriers have a formal agreement with facility managers.
This is the usual information but please note many sessions were paused....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- 84 (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 Thursday. Qualified coaches set & deliver the programme.
- Seniors (age 16-86) - 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 training programme for a weekly quality session set by 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.
Monday Junior session is from 6.00pm with session starting at 6.05pm and the session ends at 7.00pm
Monday - juniors training at
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 6pm - 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; (when we allow non-members it will be £3.00 for non-members . Register with coach on arrival.
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
Thursday - training at
STRODE COLLEGE (as of October 29th 2019 until further notice)
Cost: £2 for members; (all need to be members during Covid-19 times for Track & Trace).
Wednesday- Seniors training run for ages 16 and upwards. All Year round.
Usually at least 2 groups, but due to Covid-19 rules only groups of 6 will run together.
(1) We hope to re-start a beginners group from May or June 2021, 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) The regular 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
Andy Piper, Mike Rusca & Richard Morgan often run with those in training for longer races & runs
Andy Pipers mobile:07791 528333
Cost: When it operates, then 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
Training on other days - another Harrier session for endurance runners can be planned subject to demand - Contact coaches at other 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 http://www.mendiph4.org.uk
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. The curent schedule as set by Jon James is at the top of this webpage
Please try and find suitable surface to train on whilst we are in lockdown - train safe.