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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.

More on

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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

... and thank you to Jane McCarthy and her team of helpers for organising the junior Ilkley Moor fell races. 2018 Results

... to Amy, Lily, Kitty, Ollie and Sammy who were competing forthe U13 West Yorkshire SHA team and Katherine Duffield for the U11 team in the regional finals..

GENERAL notices, training and coaching news

A newssheet and session fee sheet has been sent to everyone (copy of newssheet below).

Spring 2018 newssheet

Earlier newssheets

Notice from Shirley: A change in government legislation regarding data protection called The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will be in place from 25th May 2018. This statement is to make it clear to all parents/guardians that information we gather from you is limited to what we actually need for administration and necessary to run our training sessions safely. The only individuals who have access to this information are qualified lead coaches or those who enter children for races. If a junior competes regularly we have to affiliate them to England Athletics and we pass on certain information to register them (as written on JIH membership form). We retain your JIH membership form for the period of time you are actively training or volunteering in the junior section (up to age 18) and this information is also held securely on a computer. It is shredded/removed when you leave. At 16 when a junior officially moves into the senior section your personal details are securely passed on to the senior membership secretary. In the junior section we apply a common sense 'need to know' policy with your child's information - if you have any queries/questions please get in contact with me.


Please read our Compact Athletics Training Facility business plan.

We are still looking to raise about £15,000 towards the athletics facilities. We will be asking for donations from JIH and the wider community in March/April after we have confirmation of our Sport England funding. In the meantime do you know any businesses or individuals who may be able to sponsor the new CATF. Please speak to them and put us in contact.

Thank you to Nick Thompson at CT Installation Ltd who has pledged £2000 towards the CATF.

Thank you to the Bradford Athletics Network for their pledge of £3500 towards the CATF.

Thank you to the 146 Santa's on Ilkley Moor on Saturday 25th November. We raised just over £1229 for the facilities.

Thank you to Full Circle Funerals who have pledged £500 towards the CATF.

Thank you to Persimmon Healthy Communities for a donation of £750 which will go towards a hurdle storage container on the CATF. We were the Leeds office October regional winner.

Thank you to City of Bradford Community Chest (Keighley Area) for a donation of £250 for the purchase of Sportshall Athletics equipment more suitable for our younger juniors.

Thank you to everyone who supported our fundraising efforts at the Ilkley Scare Trail in Middleton Woods at the end of October and to Sally Westlake for coordinating helpers. We raised approximately £1100. Thanks to all.

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 more information on the CATF and how you can help with fundraising.

2018 Spring 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 6-8. Re-starts 22nd January 2018.

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: Indoor athletics fitness & conditioning, Yrs 9 - 13, Ghyll Royd 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. Re-starts 25th January 2018.



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 are CLOSED and unless there are special circumstances no-one new will be allowed to start until Easter 2018.

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.. Re-starts 20th February 2018.

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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