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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

... to the 76 teams of children who competed in the KS2 XC relays (and presentation of awards) at Nell Bank in the worst weather that we have had for a while. TRUE NORTHERN GRIT was shown by all competitors, parents and supporters - well done. Thank you to everyone involved with any aspect of the event/series of races and thank you to Dan at Nell Bank for allowing us to use the centre for the grandest of grand finales. A perfect venue in all weathers. 2019 KS2 Relay Results. Debbie has mentioned that All Saints were awarded U11 Mixed Team 3rd place when it should have been Burley Oaks. She has awarded All Saints and Burley Oaks teams "joint 3rd" as a result.


GENERAL notices, training and coaching news

Spring 2019 newssheet

Earlier newssheets

2019 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, 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.

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: High Jump, GR sports hall, 6pm to 7pm (arrive from 5.45).

Tuesday: Jumps & throws, GR sports hall, 7pm to 8pm.

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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