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Welcome To Junior Ilkley Harriers
Junior Ilkley Harriers, established 2003

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Junior Ilkley Harriers is the junior section of Ilkley Harriers AC and provides training, racing, and social activities for young athletes. The Club colours are red and green. Please send any enquiries to Shirley (email ).

New Facilities

Such an exciting project to bring 'real' athletics facilities to Ilkley for the benefit of the local community. Our Compact Athletics Training Facility will make such a difference to athletes of all standards - from total beginners trying the sport for the first time to experienced competitors.

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There are opportunities for juniors to train on the fells and compete in both FRA and BOFRA events throughout the year.

In 2015 Ruaridh, Sarah, Jemima and Lucy were selected to represent England in the World Mountain Running Championships in Hungary. They followed in the footsteps of other former juniors who have gained their England vest - Georgia Malir and Lucy Williamson. And Euan Brennan and Bethan Morley who achieved the honour in 2017.

(photo Dave Woodhead)


Sportshall Athletics

Three quarters of the juniors we coach have started in the Sportshall Athletics programme. Almost 200 juniors from Years 3 to 8 enjoy taking part in sessions each week (we are extending our Monday session to include Year 2 from September 2017)

We encourage attendance at the regional SHA trials and over the years a number of our juniors have represented West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire or Leeds at U11, U13 or U15 level.



Cross Country

About a quarter of our juniors solely train and compete in the endurance programme.

Ilkley caters for cross-country runners of all ages and abilities from organising the local Wharfedale Primary Schools XC League to competing at club level at the PECO and West Yorkshire Leagues and Yorkshire, Northern and National Championship events.

(photo: Dave Woodhead)


Love Relays!

Relays are great fun, whether it's on the fells or over the terrain. On the 1st July 2012 twenty-six juniors and their parents took part in a very special relay to mark the Olympic Games. The 'Real Relay' followed the route of the torch relay but was run every step of the way, day and night by runners passing a single 'baton' from one to the next.

What a fantastic achievement.

Real Relay

Junior Leadership Award

All our juniors, Year 10 and older have the opportunity to help at coaching sessions and gain nationally recognised awards.

Year 9's are able to help at sessions just to be helpful!

The photo shows our very first set of 13 junior Leaders who were presented with their Level 2 Award in Sports Leadership at the Ilkley Harriers Presentation Evening, January 2012.




Combined Events

We encourage our athletes to continue doing all activities as long as possible and not to specialise. SHA provides a great all round starting point for the Track & Field programme.

Harry Maslen has been a great ambassador to our athletics programme over the years. He is in the group photo as a youngster gaining his Gold Level 2 SHA Decathlon award and inset in 2015 competing for England and gaining a bronze medal in the U20 Decathlon Home International Championships at Hexham.

Harry, Sportshall
Well Done

Well Done


... to the 533 children competing for their schools in the third Wharfedale Schools XC race at Ben Rhydding School. Thankyou to all the teachers and volunteers from Ben Rhydding for making it such a brilliant morning. KS2 results. KS1 results. KS2 League Tables.

... to the 38 juniors competing in the second West Yorkshire XC race of the season at Nunroyd Park, Guiseley. Team places were: U17 boys 2nd, U15 girls 4th, U13 girls, U13 boys and U11 girls all took 5th team place, U11 boys 1st place. Well done to everyone and in particular those competing for the first time in IH colours.


The Santa Run is back!! Saturday 25th November, 11am, 3km race and 1 mile FUN run for ages 6 years upwards. Finish with refreshments at White Wells. Santa Run information. Entry form.

Thank you to everyone who supported our fundraising efforts at the Ilkley Scare Trail in Middleton Woods. Thank you Sally Westlake for coordinating helpers.

Well done to everyone involved with the Aquathlon. £1353.36 has been raised towards the facilities which includes £150 from the cake stall and a £50 donation from the coffee man. We are indebted to Ilkley Swimming Club who have kindly donated their share of the profits this year to supporting our fundraising efforts. Massively kind and much appreciated.

Our website has all the latest news on the CATF and additional information on how you can help with fundraising.

2017 Autumn Term Coaching Programme

See Training and Coaching for more details.


Open to everyone - all abilities & newcomers. Please note we have waiting lists on most sessions so contact Shirley first.

Monday: Sportshall Athletics, Yrs 2-8, IGS sports hall. Session 1: 5.30 to 6.45 for Years 2-5; Session 2: 7pm to 8.15 for Years 6 to 8.

Monday: Junior Circuits, Year 9 and older, IGS gym, 6pm to 7pm, £2 on the night.

Monday: Speed endurance, Younger children from Year 3, IGS playing fields, 5.30 to 6.30.

Wednesday: Speed endurance, Yrs 3 - 11 (min 8 yrs), IGS playing fields, 5.30 to 6.30.

Wednesday: Outdoor Athletics/indoor fitness & conditioning, Yrs 9 - 13, Ghyll Royd field/sports hall, 5.45 to 7pm.

Thursday: Sportshall Athletics, Yrs 3-7, IGS sports hall. Session 1: 5.30 to 6.45 for Years 3-5; Session 2: 7pm to 8.15 for Years 6 & 7.



For those juniors who compete for Ilkley ONLY or by invitation (Years 6 to 13).

We expect a high level of commitment, motivation, self discipline and behaviour. All juniors must have the maturity to work hard in smaller coaching groups with specific coaches.

All these sessions become CLOSED coaching units at October half term and unless there are special circumstances no-one new will be allowed to start.

Contact Shirley if you are interested in doing any of these training sessions.

Monday: Fell Training group, IGS playing fields, 6pm to 7pm.

Tuesday: Run/hurdle drills, Jump, Throw 6 week block, Ghyll Royd sports hall, 6.45pm to 8pm.. Restarts after February half term.

Tuesday: High Jump + jumps conditioning 4 week block, Ghyll Royd sports hall, 6.45pm to 8pm

Wednesday: Speed endurance Training, IGS Playing Fields, 6.15 to 7.30.

Sally Malir runs a 'by invitation only' small mentored group of Year 9 and older - sessions to be organised with individuals.



The Google calender gives details of local races for Fell Running, XC, Track & Field Athletics and Sportshall Athletics events that juniors can compete in. Competition is important so we encourage parents to support their children's interest by attending some of these events.

Saturday: Parkruns at various local venues, Skipton, Harrogate, Leeds & Bradford.

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