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 ).
Planning approval has been granted - our Athletics Training Facility will be wrapped around 2 sides of a 3G Football pitch which ITFC hope to have in place by Easter 2017. We plan to add the athletics facilities Summer/Autumn 2017.
We are closer to sorting out a number of legal, lease, build and management arrangements. Fundraising has already started (£300k is required) - we really need all Junior Harriers to support us to make it happen.
(visual: JBA Consulting)
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 follow in the footsteps of other former juniors who have gained their England vest - Georgia Malir and Lucy Williamson.
(photo Dave Woodhead)
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
... to Jemima Elgood (U18) competing for England in the Mountain Running Youth Cup in the Czech Republic - 34th place in 23.10.
... to Joseph, Rohan, Niall, Bradley, Sophie, Hannah, Bernadette, Nathan, Joe, Nathaniel, Adam and Harry at the York summer League meet. Results
... and Good Luck to Bethan Morley and Euan Brennan (U16), Sarah Pickering and Jemima Elgood (both U18) competing for Yorkshire in the Inter-counties Fell Champs at Stretton on the 2nd July.
... and Good Luck to Bethan Morley in the ESAA Champs 800m.
Washburn Valley Relays on Friday 15th July: friendly, fun relays (1 mile in length) for 8-14 year olds. Informal club picnic afterwards. Already have enough for 5 teams - did I miss anyone with my email? If you want to run get in touch with Shirley before Monday 11th July,
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: Outdoor Athletics, Yrs 7, 8 & 9, Ghyll Royd, ONE session.
Wednesday: Speed endurance, Years 3-10 (min 8 yrs), IGS playing fields.
Thursday: Outdoor Athletics, Years 3-6 (min 8 yrs), IGS playing fields.
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 remaining CLOSED for the summer term meaning that unless there are special circumstances no-one new will be allowed to start.
Tuesday: Hill Training (fells). CLOSED.
Tuesday: High Jump Ghyll Royd. CLOSED.
Tuesday: Jumps, Throws & Sprinting, Ghyll Royd. Some spaces - contact Shirley. .
Wednesday: Speed Training, IGS Playing Fields. CLOSED.
Friday: Track session, Highroyds. CLOSED.
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.
Facebook users might like to join the "Junior Ilkley Harriers" Group
Ilkley Harriers is an England Athletics accredited club, achieving the Clubmark quality award. info