The Club has an agreed Risk Assessment for the venue it hires and it has been shared with the facility managers to their approval. We do not run formal Harrier sessions on public areas.
Engand Athletics Guidance here: https://www.englandathletics.org/athletics-and-running/news/update-athletics-and-running-activity-will-not-be-affected-by-the-new-restrictions/ Maximum group size of 6 when not at the Club's formal session at Strode College
NO HARRIER MONDAY JUNIOR SESSIONS at the present time - we are awaiting venue availability. NO HARRIER TUESDAY SESSIONS at the present time as we await access to a training venue. WEDNESDAY informal group training from Wells Rugby Club for experienced runners now back in action but in groups of no more than 6.
Please follow Govt Guidelines during Coronavirus lockdown - and check the England Athletics Guidance when training on your own or in small groups with other Harriers in a safe manner. Please only train in public areas and do not use private facilities until the Harriers have a formal agreement with facility managers.
WCH Thursday Training: Sept and Oct 2020 (Venue: Strode College playing field)
Arrive between 6.05 and 6.20pm; warm up will start at 6.20
5 * 4 mins with decreasing recovery (2 mins, 1 min 30, 1 min, 30s)
Juniors: 5* 3 mins with decreasing recovery (3 mins, 2 mins 30, 2 mins, 1 min 30s)
6 sets of (2min effort, 30s recovery, 1min effort) with 3 mins between sets
Juniors: 4 sets
|17 Sept||5K/3K time trial|
Seniors: 5 sets of 2 * 90s fast (45 s recovery), with 3 mins jog between sets
Juniors: 3-4 sets
9 mins, 7 mins, 5 mins, 3 mins, 1 min (2 min recovery after 9,7,5 efforts, 1 min after the 3 min effort)
Juniors: 7 mins, 5 mins, 3 mins, 1min (2 min recovery after 7,5 efforts, 1 min after the 3 min effort)
8 min effort (2 min recovery); 6 * 1 min fast (1 min recovery): 8 min effort
Juniors: 6 min effort (2 min recovery): 4 * 1 min fast (1 min recovery): 6 min effort
6 * 3 mins with 90s recovery, followed by 4 * 30s sprints with 30 s recovery
Juniors: 2* 3 mins with 90 s recovery, miss a rep, 2 * 3 mins with 90s recovery, followed by 4 * 30s sprints with 30s recovery
5 * 5 mins (1 min recovery)
Juniors: 2 * (2 * 5 mins with 1 min recovery) – 5 mins between sets
3 * 2 mins hard (1 min recovery); 2 * 4 mins (tempo) with 90 s recovery: 3 * 2 mins hard (1 min recovery)
Junior: As for the main session, but just one 4 min tempo effort
This is the usual information but please note many sessions currently 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- 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.
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 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)
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
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 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.