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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.

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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

... to the 38 juniors who competed in the first West Yorkshire XC event at Spenborough. Team placings were: U11 Boys 5th; U11 Girls 10th; U13Boys 2nd; U13 Girls 7th; U15 Girls 5th. Top 10 placing were achieved by Archie Budding and Josh Beevers (8th & 9th U13); Nathan Coy (5th U15) and Bernadette Raven 4th U17. Well done to all those competing in this series for the first time.

... to the 462 children who competed for their schools at the Burley and Woodhead XC event at the Ilkley Rugby Club. Many thanks to all the volunteers who made the event happen and to Ilkley Rugby Club for allowing the use of their venue. KS1 results, KS2 results, 2018/19 KS2 League Tables.

... well done to the 17 juniors competing in the Withins junior fell races. Results. Thanks to Kim for report and updated League Tables.


GENERAL notices, training and coaching news

Reminder that it is the Bradford half term this week so there are NO training sessions unless specific arrangements have been made with groups.

Autumn 2018 newssheet

Earlier newssheets


We are still looking to raise a further £30,000 towards the athletics facilities and will be asking for donations from JIH and the wider community for hopefully an April 2019 build. Sport England have confirmed an extension to our funding award but we need to check all funding avenues and take into account additional costs and to check whether the project is still viable to go ahead. 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 The Brownlee Foundation for £6000 towards the CATF.

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 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 £1200.

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 Autumn 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, 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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