Surge of entries for Festival of Running

July 27 2022
Surge of entries for Festival of Running

ORGANISERS of the Wells Festival of Running say that it is proving to be a tremendous success.

Entries for the event on Sunday, September 11, are exceeding their expectations, they say.

“We have 200 more runners entered into the event than we expected at this stage of July, and we are looking forward to a great celebration of good health and well-being for the people of Wells and surrounding communities,” said Nick Stevens, the Race Director.

He added: “It seems that people have had enough of the restrictions of recent times and are motivated to get out running.” 

The road race is returning to the streets of Wells 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 10k and 5k road races which start at the Market Place and end with a fast and furious finish along the Bishop’s Palace moat.

Rosie Park, marketing volunteer, said: “It is expected that there will be about 800 runners by September 11 and there are plenty of places available for those who want to have a fun time running with others or want a focus for doing some get-fit training over the summer. 

“The 10k race is proving very popular and we are pleased to see hobby runners as well as runners from running clubs. We would encourage all those who have not yet entered to join the 10k race or if they think that is too far then enter the 5k or shorter races.” 

All surplus income from the race entries and sponsorship will go to local charities, and it is hoped that the Festival of Running will become an important part of the Wells calendar.

Entries are now open by visiting