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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 ).

Proposed Facilities

We are hoping to have the opportunity to provide athletics facilities in Ilkley on the IGS playing fields. The 3D visual shows the general look and footprint of the Compact Athletics Training Facility which is wrapped around 2 sides of a proposed 3G Football pitch.

There are a number of legal, governance and management issues to be sorted out as well as the need to raise £300k.

(visual: JBA Consulting)



There are many 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 follow in the footsteps of other former juniors who have gained their England vest - Georgia Malir and Lucy Williamson.

(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 9 enjoy taking part in sessions each week.

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

Sports Leaders Award

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

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

Currently 20 juniors are part way through their Junior Leader Award.



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 436 children running in the Ashlands Cross-country races and to all the volunteers from the school for organising such a great morning of challenging racing. Year 4-6 results. I am missing 14th place Year 4 boys ? Year Rec-3 results. Year 3 boys places 17th (possibly Ben Rhydding runner) and 22nd (two individuals on 24th?). If anyone can help with these 3 queries that would be great. League Tables. Please let me know of any errors. Thanks

... to everyone who competed at the Northern XC Champs. Gaenor's report

Training and racing updates

2016 JIH and BAN Fell League race details

General Notices

JIH Spring Term 2016 newssheet

Earlier newssheets

Further details of the proposed sports facilities on the IGS playing fields. Proposed athletics plans.

2015 Autumn Term Coaching Programme

See Training and Coaching for more details.


Open to everyone - all abilities & newcomers (minimum age 8 years). Please note we have waiting lists on most sessions so contact Shirley first.

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

Monday: Junior circuits, Yrs 10-13, IGS gym.

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

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



For those juniors who compete for Ilkley ONLY (Years 7 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 are CLOSED meaning that unless there are special circumstances no-one new will be allowed to start until Easter 2016. Contact Shirley.

Tuesday: Hill Training (roads). CLOSED TRAINING GROUP.

Tuesday: High Jump & Jumps conditioning, Ghyll Royd. CLOSED TRAINING GROUP.

Tuesday: Jumps & Throws, Hurdle drills, Ghyll Royd. CLOSED TRAINING GROUP. Re-starts 23rd February.

Wednesday: Speed Training, IGS Playing Fields. CLOSED TRAINING GROUP.


UAK 'OPEN TRACK': Turn up and do your own training session - no Ilkley coach present. U16's must be accompanied by an adult. Mon & Fri - 6-8pm (£1.50 junior & £2.50 adult); Sat - 10am-12noon, (£2); Tues & Thurs, 6.30-8.30 (£1.50).


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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