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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.

In 2015 Ruaridh Mon Williams, Sarah Pickering, Jemima Elgood and Lucy Haines were selected to represent England in the World Mountain Running Championships in Hungary. They followed in the footsteps of Georgia Malir (2011) and Lucy Williamson (2013) and since then other juniors have gained their England vests - Euan Brennan and Bethan Morley (2017) and Bernadette Raven (2018).

(photo Dave Woodhead)


Sportshall Athletics

A good number of the juniors we coach start in the Sportshall Athletics programme.

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

Some 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)


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

... Thanks to David Holder....... 14 juniors ran race 4 in the PECO XC series. Conditions were challenging to say the least with 40-50mph winds and driving rain, very soggy underfoot but in general the kids loved it, not sure about the parents! Both races run over the same shortened course of around 1 mile due to conditions. Results. everyone who ran in the Ben Rhydding Schools XC event on Saturday. Many thanks to Mr Fletcher and his team of volunteers for such a well organised morning of racing (and fabulous weather!!) and to everyone concerned with producing the results. 2020 KS2 results. 2020 KS1 results.

Current KS2 League Tables after the Ben Rhydding event.


GENERAL notices, training and coaching news

With exception of Liz's fell session there are no athletics sessions over half term. We start back again on the week beginning 24th February

A spring newssheet has been sent out to everyone (copy below if it missed you somehow)

Spring 2020 newssheet

Earlier newssheets

2020 Spring Term Coaching Programme

See Training and Coaching for more details.


Open to everyone - all abilities & newcomers (Year 3 and older).

Please note we have waiting lists on both the Monday and Thursday Sportshall Athletics sessions for Years 3-6 and we will not be able to bring any newcomers into the programme until September 2020. The Wednesday running sessions is also full. Please contact Shirley if you are interested in any of these sessions and she will put you on the waiting list or put you in contact with the Wednesday running lead coaches.

Monday: Sportshall Athletics, IGS sports hall. 5.30-6.45 for Years 3-6.

Wednesday: Endurance Running, IGS field, 5.30-6.30 for Years 3-11.

Thursday: Sportshall Athletics, IGS sports hall. 5.30-6.45 for Years 3-6.

Thursday: Sportshall Athletics, IGS sports hall. 7pm-8.15 for Yrs 7 & 8.



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 and the maturity to work hard in smaller coaching groups with specific coaches. All juniors must want to continue with athletics and to train to compete. Your commitment to us is to compete for the junior Harriers. Contact Shirley if you are interested in doing any of these sessions.

Monday: Fell Running Training, ILT&SC, 6.15-7.15.

Monday: Sprints and Throws, IGS sports hall. 7pm-8.15.

Tuesday: High Jump, Ghyll Royd sports hall, 6pm-7pm (arrive from 5.45).

Tuesday: Horizontal jumps, Ghyll Royd sports hall. 7pm-8pm.

Wednesday: Speed endurance Training, IGS field, 6.15-7.30.

Sally Malir runs a 'by invitation only' small mentored multi-club 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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