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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 ).


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

... to Charlotte Elston (U17) competing indoors at EIS, Pentathlon, 2nd with 1939 points, 60Hurdles 11.7; long jump 4m.30; high jump 1m.35; 800m 2.55.4. Archie Budding (U13) won his 800m with 2.39.6 and high jump 1m.28.

GENERAL notices, training and coaching news

Autumn 2018 newssheet

Earlier newssheets


The following statement has been sent to all parents regarding the facilities........

It is with regret that I inform you of our decision not to go ahead with the proposed compact athletics facility build on the Ben Rhydding playing fields.

As a team we are very disappointed to have reached this decision, especially after the thousands of combined volunteer hours that have gone into reaching this point. Unfortunately due to build delays caused by factors outside of our control, our project cost has risen by almost £50,000 and with no additional funding available to us it is no longer financially viable to continue. What was once a realistic period of commitment by volunteers to see the entire project through to fruition (including repayment of all investor loans) would need to be extended further and it is now an unacceptable ask of them and an unacceptable level of risk to push ahead with.

We have been careful to only commit to costs that have been necessary to take the project to this point and these have been funded out of club income. Funding received through our fundraising efforts has been ring-fenced and will be repaid to the various community groups who supported our vision.

On a personal note I would like to say thank you to all the individuals who have supported the project in any way over the last very frustrating 4 years.

Junior Ilkley Harriers will continue to function as now with the endurance running and sportshall athletics sessions based at Ilkley Grammar School, but in the future are likely to run with smaller numbers. Our Track and Field Athletics has been based at Ghyll Royd School for the last 10 years and in order to continue providing outdoor athletics sessions in the summer term we will need to spend money on our jumps pit which took a hammering last term with the large numbers using it. Money that had been raised within Junior Ilkley Harriers and originally earmarked for the proposed facilities will be used to improve its condition.

We continue to believe that the athletics facility would have been a great asset to the community with a long term benefit to local children and youths. We sincerely hope that it will remain a project for a different group to pick up in the future.

Many thanks


2018 Autumn Term Coaching Programme

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Open to everyone - all abilities & newcomers. Please note we have waiting lists on most sessions so contact Shirley first.

Monday: Sportshall Athletics, IGS sports hall. Session 1: 5.30 to 6.45 for Years 2-4; Session 2: 7pm to 8.15 for Years 5-8.

Monday: Junior circuits, Year 8 and older, IGS gym, 6pm to 7pm.

Monday: Speed endurance, Years 3&4, IGS playing field, 5.30 to 6.30.

Tuesday: Conditioning/SHA, Yrs 8- 13, GR sports hall, 5.50 to 7pm.

Wednesday: Speed endurance, Yrs 5- 11, IGS playing field, 5.30 to 6.30.

Thursday: Sportshall Athletics, IGS sports hall. Session 1: 5.30 to 6.45 for Years 2-5; Session 2: 7pm to 8.15 for Years 6&7.



For those juniors who compete for Ilkley ONLY or by invitation (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.

Contact Shirley if you are interested in doing any of these training sessions.

Monday: Fell Running Hill Training, Ilkley Moor/IGS playing field, 6pm to 7pm.

Tuesday: Jumps, throws & hurdle drills, GR playing field/sports hall, 7pm to 8.15.

Wednesday: Speed endurance Training, IGS Playing Field, 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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