Popular road race set to return to Wells

May 25 2022
Popular road race set to return to Wells

A POPULAR local road race is returning to the streets of Wells this September following a two-year Covid-enforced absence.

Previously held at the end of May and known as the Wells Fun Run, the Wells Festival of Running brings the return of the 10km and 5km road races which start at the Market Place and end with a fast and furious finish along the Bishop’s Palace moat.

Taking place on Sunday, September 11, the festival promises to be a great family day out with races for junior runners too – a 3.2km run for 11- and 12-year-olds and a one-mile fun run for eight- to 10-year-olds.

The event also has a new organising committee formed from members of Wells City Harriers (WCH).

Race Director and Wells resident Nick Stevens said: “I’m absolutely thrilled to be bringing this great event back to Wells. It’s been a fixture in the local calendar for many years and has brought lots of visitors into the city but obviously its future has been in doubt since the pandemic.

“We really hope the local community get behind the event and give it the support it deserves – even if you’re not a runner you can come along and cheer them on. It’s great fun and very inspiring to cheer runners over the finish line – help us create a great atmosphere that brings people back to the event year-on-year.

“WCH has a great history of developing runners of national and international pedigree, but it is a really friendly club as well and open to all ages and abilities.

“We’ve developed specific training plans for total beginners to do a couch to 5km in time to ‘graduate’ by completing the 5km on September 11, as well as a training plan for people returning to running after a bit of a break.

“We have running groups that meet every Wednesday at 6.45pm at Wells Rugby Club and very well attended track sessions on Mondays (for younger juniors) and Tuesdays (for older juniors and seniors) at Millfield athletics track. There’s plenty of support for people who are keen to get fit and want the Festival of Running to be something to aim towards.”

Entries are now open by visiting www.wellscityharriers.co.uk/wells