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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 ).

Harry Maslen - the first Junior Ilkley Harrier to make it to the English Schools Championships

Harry Maslen has been a great ambassador for Ilkley Harriers in Track & Field Athletics over the last five years. He has twice represented West Yorkshire at the ESSA Championships in 2011 as an U15 and in 2013 as an U17 (see both videos below). In each case he missed out competing in the finals by the smallest of margins. Our juniors have the opportunity to try all aspects of Track and Field Athletics.

See videos here. Thanks to Martyn Pearce.


Winner on the Fells

At Hellifield Gala in August 2012, Lucy Williamson became the new U16 girls Yorkshire Champion and received a magnificent Yorkshire Champion trophy. In September 2013 she gained her first England vest at the Junior Mountain Running Home Internationals.

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

Running Prizes

ClubMark (2010)

Some of the Sportshall Athletics coaches and juniors help celebrate the award of ClubMark, after receiving their own individual Sportshall Athletics certificates and medals at the March 11-15 years presentation evening.

Juniors from 8 to 15 years enjoy taking part in Sportshall Athletics each week and some go on to attend regional trials and represent West or North Yorkshire.

We are currently in the process of re-accreditation.


Cross Country

We're looking forward to our best ever Cross-country season.

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 Complete Runner Leagues or at the annual Championship events.

In 2013 we hired a coach to take athletes, parents and supporters to a snowy Sunderland for the National XC Championships.

Get out there and get muddy in 2013.

XC, Ewan XC, Georgia

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

Sports Leadership Awards

All our juniors (15 years and older) have the opportunity to help at coaching sessions and gain nationally recognised awards.

The photo shows the 13 Junior Harriers who were presented with their Level 2 Award in Sports Leadership at the Ilkley Harriers Presentation Evening, January 2012.

In Spring 2013 five of these juniors successfully completed their Level 2 Award in Community Sports Leadership. Currently 20 juniors are part way through their leadership awards.



Combined events

We encourage our athletes to continue doing all activities as long as possible and not to specialise. Three of our juniors won medals at the Yorkshire Combined Events Championships at Carnegie in September 2012.

Harry Maslen and Dan Judkowski took gold and silver medals in the U17s and Roisin Ramage took gold in the U13's.

Harry Maslen regained his U17 title in August 2013 and won the U20 Decathlon title in September 2014.


Well Done

Well Done...

to Harry Maslen who gained 6110 points at the Yorkshire Combined Events Decathlon Championships at Cleckheaton this weekend to win the U20 competition in a new championship record. See facebook video of Harry's 3m.32 Pole Vault PB. And in the West Yorkshire Championships well done to Lucy Williamson => gold medallist in the 1500m and 800m and bronze medallist in the 300m. And to Cameron Reilly bronze medallist in the 800m.

.... a record turn out of 21 teams at the Sprint fell relays up on the moor tonight. No records but a fantastic night of racing. Well done and thankyou to everyone for supporting the event. Results, photos

Training and racing updates

Google calender for training and racing is up to date. See Training and Coaching page for further details.

=> Junior circuits, it's just turn up on the night, pay £1 and do the session (you do not need to contact Sue who leads the session in advance). Please note that these sessions start on Monday 29th September and NOT the 22nd as advertised previously.

=> For those intending doing the Hill training starting on Tuesday 23rd September please wear something white or flourescent. Also alternate the Tuesday Hill and Wednesday Speed sessions and not do them back to back.

=> Ripon Runners have a 5km race in the grounds of Fountains Abbey on Sunday 28th September for 12-16 year olds. See for details and entry form.

General Notices

2013/14 junior report for the AGM here.

Autumn 2014 Junior newssheet here. I forgot to mention => I am looking for someone qualified to audit this year's junior accounts. Please contact Shirley if you are able to help.

Proposed 2014 Autumn Term Coaching Programme

See Training and Coaching for more details.

sessions have already started unless a specific start date is shown


GENERAL programme for everyone - open to all abilities & newcomers.

Monday: Sportshall Athletics, Yrs 7, 8 & 9, IGS sportshall.

Monday: Junior Circuits, Year 10 and older, IGS gym. Starts 29th September

Tuesday: Years 5 & 6 High Jump and jumps conditioning, Ghyll Royd. Starts 7th October

Tuesday: Years 5 & 6 Jumps and Throws, Ghyll Royd.

Tuesday 15+ Running Groups on senior club night, info here

Wednesday: Speed endurance, Yr 3-10 (min 8 years), IGS playing fields.

Thursday: Sportshall Athletics, Yr 3-6 (min 8 yrs), IGS sportshall.

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




SPECIFIC programme for those juniors who compete for Ilkley (Years 7 to 13 only).

Tuesday: Hill Training (roads), from Old Bridge (Middleton side), Year 8+, starts 23rd Sept.

Tuesday: High Jump, Ghyll Royd School. Starts 7th October.

Tuesday: Run, Jump, Throw, Ghyll Royd School.

Wednesday: Speed Training, IGS Playing Fields.

Friday: Hurdling & Sprinting, UAK track (Keighley).

UAK 'OPEN TRACK' (all ages): Mon & Fri - 6-8pm (£1.50 junior & £2.50 adult); Sat - 10am-12noon, (£2); Tues & Thurs as Keighley & Craven, 6.30-8.30 ? (£1.50?).


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