Ilkley Harriers training

Ilkley Harriers offers a program of training for its members (prospective members may try out a few sessions before they join).
In general all the sessions here are for senior (aged 16+), current, members of Ilkley Harriers, only.
(Junior training sessions are described on the Junior Harriers web site.)
All sessions are 'for all abilities'.

Current Programme

When Where What
Monday 7pm Ilkley Grammar School Gym Circuit training for runners
Tuesday 7pm ILT&SC Main Club run
Wednesday 7.30pm UAK track Track session with Pete Shields
Thursday 7pm ILT&SC field Speed/strength with Neil
Saturday 7.45am Old Bridge Road speed/endurance session
9.30am Old Bridge Trail run

15-18? Read about the training for younger runners here.

See the Run Library where we hope to map all the favourite Tuesday night runs, and other Harriers recommended runs too.


Circuit Training for runners

Mr John's Blipfoto

Circuit training for runners led by Neil Chapman is from 7pm-8pm at the old gym at Ilkley Grammar School. Enter from Springs Lane, go past the large Sports Hall, straight uphill, to the right of the swimming pool, door on the left and up the stairs. The cost is £2 per session. Please sign in and pay at the door. This is one of the few Harriers sessions that is open to non-Harriers, subject to space being available. Bring clean running shoes, light clothing and a drinks bottle and maybe a towel (it gets very hot). NB there is no session on the 2nd Monday of each month or on certain holidays, see Google Calendar for dates.
NB the junior session 6-7pm is now for Year 10-13 juniors only, no adults please.

Evening training, remember to 'Go with the Fluo'

Notice: It is important on the evening Club runs to give a lot of consideration to your visibility to car drivers.
A fluorescent top helps you stand out in poor lighting conditions.
Reflective trim on your clothing will show up in car headlights.
A flashing red LED light attached to your clothing can help too (but take care with head-torches as they could dazzle car drivers).

Don't forget too to bring a phone or other form of identify like a wrist band in case of emergency.


Mr John's Blipfoto

On the main club night, we meet at Ilkley Lawn Tennis & Squash Club at 7pm, when training is preceded by announcements of race results and future events. Splendid changing and shower facilities are available. A variety of training runs and sessions is informally organised each evening to cater for a range of abilities. We mostly run on the roads in winter and on the paths and moors above Ilkley from April to September. Experienced runners lead each group - further details on average pace are below. Until the end of March, Groups 1-5 are on-road while Group 6 is usually off-road and requires a head torch. The runs tend to finish between 8.15pm-8.30pm, with most groups covering around 10-12km.

NB our use of the facilities does not include the main car park, which is reserved for ILTSC club members. Please park on the grass field or in the back car park (follow the track).

Groups as at 5 Feb 2020 ...

Group 1 nearly always led by Dan McKeown. Pace typically 5min/km (8min/mile) which includes various optional Strava efforts and recoveries. Runs can be up to 13km (8 miles).
Group 2 with Peter Roll. 5:30/km (8:50/mile).
Group 3 with Jonathan Turner. 6:00/km (9:40/mile).
Group 4 with Andy Wolfenden. 6:30/km (10:30/mile).
Group 5 with Bernie Gibbons or Alison Bennett. 7:00/km (11:20/mile).
Group 6 with Antonio Cardinale. These off-road torch runs tend to be shorter (8km/5miles) and the pace varies from 8:00/km (12:50/mile) upwards depending on the route.

All runs feature some climbing as Ilkley's not flat, hence the approximate speeds are inclusive of this hilly terrain as well as plenty of regrouping (which is where the runners at the front of the group loop back to join up with those at the back).


Track session with Pete Shields

7.30pm start at the UAK track

From Pete Shileds ... Wednesday is Keighley track night 7:30. I have made the commitment to be there every Wednesday. Can I once again say that the track sessions are for everyone no matter where you are in your running career, the sessions are tapered for everyone! As an athlete and coach who has used the track throughout his career believe me having the use of a facility like Keighley can only help your development so come along and give it a try!!

The cost of using the track is £2, you pay individually in the entrance hall. The facility is really good, excellent changing rooms, showers and toilets, the track is eight lanes and floodlit. Footwear is optional your normal running shoes or alternatively spikes. The address for the track is Greenhead Road, Keighley, BD20 6EB, there is ample parking space in a well lit car park.

The track may be closed when it's icy - keep an eye on the IH Facebook group.


Speed and stamina training on the field at ILT&SC


Early Birds Hard Run

Meet at the Old Bridge 7.45 am for an 8.8 mile run out to A59 and back in speed intervals, with recoveries, usually lasting 70/75 minutes. A hard session, but great for improving race times. This is a not a formally led session.

Trail Run

Steady run off road, on paths and tracks. Friendly and informal, 90 minutes or so but may be much longer from time to time. The pace is matched to the medium speed groups on Tuesday club night and it is recommended that new or less experienced members attend Tuesday nights first to meet the group and discuss how appropriate. Meet at the Old Bridge 9.30. On the first Saturday of the month this is often an away run to explore other areas so doesn't always start from the Old Bridge.

Other sessions

There are informal groups training throughout the week and at weekends, just ask around or keep an eye on the Facebook page ...