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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); Bernadette Raven (2018); Emily Gibbins (2022) and Sam Bentham (2023)

(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 all the children running in the Ghyll Royd XC event and to Mr Martin and all the volunteers from Ghyll Royd School for such a great morning of racing. And for organising the weather!! Ghyll Royd Results. 2023/24 League Tables after 4 races


Spring term 2024 Coaching Programme

See Training and Coaching for more details.

GENERAL PROGRAMME: Open to everyone - all abilities & newcomers (Year 3+)

Please contact Shirley if you are interested in any of these sessions and she will put you in contact with the appropriate lead coach who will put your child on their waiting list.

Monday: Sportshall Athletics, IGS sports hall, Years 4-7, 5.45 to 7pm. .

Wednesday: Endurance Running, IGS field, Years 3-11. 5.30 - 6.15.

Thursday: Sportshall Athletics, IGS sports hall, Years 3-7, 6pm to 7.15.


SPECIFIC PROGRAMME: For juniors who compete for Ilkley ONLY (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, Ilkley Moor/Ghyll Royd playing field, 6pm - 7pm.

Monday: Sprinting, IGS sports hall, 7pm to 8pm, Year 8 and older.

Wednesday: Speed endurance Training, IGS field, 6.30 - 7.30.

Thursday: Sally Malir’s 'by invitation only' small mentored group of Year 9+ (sessions organised with individuals). If interested speak to Kate Lofthouse.


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