SOME FORMAL HARRIER TRAINING SESSIONS HAVE RECOMMENCED SINCE LATE JULY ON A THURSDAY AT STRODE COLLEGE SPORTS CENTRE - to start with these were aimed at senior Harrier members (18+) but since August were extended to Harrier members age 14+. YOAC have also started formal training at the Yeovil track aimed at those members who competed for the joint team last year. Thursday training programme can be seen below. Please book in advance for the Thursday session by e-mailing Graham Goldsmid by the night before (wednesday 6pm cut off) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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:  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.

ANY Queries - contact Coaching Co-ordinator/Club Secretary Paul Chadwick if you need any other information This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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

Date Session
3 Sept

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)

10 Sept

6 sets of (2min effort, 30s recovery, 1min effort) with 3 mins between sets

Juniors: 4 sets

17 Sept 5K/3K time trial
24 Sept

Seniors: 5 sets of 2 * 90s fast (45 s recovery), with 3 mins jog between sets

Juniors: 3-4 sets

1 Oct

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 Oct

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

15 Oct

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

22 Oct

5 * 5 mins (1 min recovery)

Juniors: 2 * (2 * 5 mins with 1 min recovery) – 5 mins between sets

29 Oct

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.

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. 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.