Click for JIH home page

Welcome To Junior Ilkley Harriers
Junior Ilkley Harriers, established 2003

Click for Clubmark info

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 title in August 2013.


Well Done

Well Done...

... to Poppy, Robyn and Joanne at the Hellifield Gala Fell race. See Sue's report here.

... Lucy and Cameron at the WY T&F meet. See Sue's report here.

... to Lucy at the 4th York Summer T&F meet. Report from Sue here.

Summer Training (August and early September)

3 sessions are going through the summer and are only for juniors who compete for Ilkley Harriers (Year 7 and older and invited Year 6's) =>

Monday 6pm to 7pm, Hill session led by Sally Malir on Ilkley Moor (meet Darwin Gardens). Final session 8th September.

Wednesday 6.15 to 7.30, Speed training led by Kate Lofthouse and Wondimu Keno on IGS playing fields (bring £1).

Friday 6.15 to 7.30 track session for Sprinters & Hurdlers at UAK led by Wondimu Keno and Shirley (£1.50 track fee).


There's no Monday Hill session on Monday 25th August as it is a Bank holiday and most people will be away.

There's a track meet at Pendle (Seedhill track) on Sunday 7th September. Details and entry forms can be found at It's always a friendly affair and well worth doing if anyone is interested => for most it's your last opportunity to compete at T&F this year.

Steve Cram is coming to do a Q&A session with Ilkley Harriers on Wednesday 10th September, 7pm to 8pm, Tennis club. Anyone over the age of 11 years is able to attend (11-16 years olds must be accompanied by a parent). Places are limited so if you would like to attend go to the IH web site and register your interest.

Please note the following date changes from those printed in the summer junior newssheet: Sprint Fell Relays are now on Wednesday 3rd September and not the 10th September; Ilkley Aquathon is now on Saturday 20th September.

Proposed 2014 Autumn Term Coaching Programme

See Training and Coaching for more details (they will be updated over the summer).


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

Monday: Sportshall Athletics, Yrs 7, 8 & 9, IGS sportshall. Starts 15th September (tbc)

Monday: Junior Circuits, Year 10 and older, IGS gym. Starts 22nd September (tbc),

Tuesday: Years 4-6 High Jump (min 9 years), Ghyll Royd. Starts 30th September

Tuesday: Years 4-6 Run, Jump, Throw (min 9 years), Ghyll Royd. Starts 9th September

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

Wednesday: Speed endurance, Yr 3-10 (min 8 years), ILT&SC. Starts 17th September (tbc)

Thursday: Sportshall Athletics, Yr 3-6 (min 8 yrs), IGS sportshall. Starts 11th September (tbc)

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




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

Monday: Hill Training, Ilkley Moor => final fell session 15th September. This session moves to Tuesday and the roads (starts 23rd September). Lower age category tbc.

Tuesday: High Jump, Ghyll Royd School. Starts 30th September

Tuesday: Run, Jump, Throw, Ghyll Royd School. Starts 9th September

Wednesday: Speed Training, IGS Playing Fields => going through the summer (see above).

Friday: Hurdling & Sprinting, UAK track (Keighley) => going through the summer (see above).

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?).


Follow us on Facebook

Facebook users might like to join the "Junior Ilkley Harriers" Group

Click for Clubmark info

Ilkley Harriers is an England Athletics accredited club, achieving the Clubmark quality award. info