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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 ).

Proposed 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.

More information.

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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 follow in the footsteps of other former juniors who have gained their England vest - Georgia Malir and Lucy Williamson.

(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 9 enjoy taking part in sessions each week.

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

Sports Leaders Award

All our juniors (Year 10 and older) have the opportunity to help at coaching sessions and gain nationally recognised awards.

The photo shows the 13 juniors who were presented with their Level 2 Award in Sports Leadership at the Ilkley Harriers Presentation Evening, January 2012.

Currently 20 juniors are part way through their Junior Leader Award.



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 12 schools of the Wharfedale League for such a wonderful morning of racing at Nell Bank. Thank you to all the volunteers and junior leaders who helped on the day and to Nell Bank for allowing us to use their site. Could I also say a massive thank you to everyone for the lovely gift of an engraved piece of glass, a voucher and money and a beautiful bunch of flowers (not to mention my winners medal - thanks Max). It has been an absolute delight to see so many children start their running career in this league over the last decade and I can assure everyone that it is safe hands with a brilliant team of ladies prepared to carry on the good work. Thank you to the schools for their continued support of the events and for instilling the right virtues of friendly competition. 2017 Results

There are lots of photos of the presentation on

Race photos to follow.

I will print an additional U9 girls 3rd place for Menston: Sophie, Grace and Neeve. Although 4th on the day you did have the same time as 3rd. And Farrah and Aphra I owe you an easter egg each for helping and making up teams. Uncollected individual certificates will be sent to your schools this week.

... to a number of our juniors competing in the English Schools XC Championships in Norwich on 18th March. Intermediate boys: Euan Brennan 11th; Cameron Reilly 56th and Dom Coy 151st: Junior girls: Poppy Anderson 192nd; Intermediate girls Bethan Morley 22nd; Senior girls Jemima Elgood 64th, Sarah Pickering 73rd. Let me know if I have missed any one.

... to Euan Brennan at the inter counties XC Champs on the 11th March representing Yorkshire and coming 22nd. He has also been selected to compete in the London mini marathon for Yorkshire & Humberside. Good luck.


Training and Racing

Many Thanks to Kim Anderson for updating the 2017 JIH Fell League Tables after 2 races


An email has been sent to all parents with a facilities update and a very important survey. Please please please find a few minutes to complete it. Here's the link - SurveyMonkey.

2016 Autumn Term Coaching Programme

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Open to everyone - all abilities & newcomers (minimum age 8 years for Wednesday running). Please note we have waiting lists on most sessions so contact Shirley first.

Monday: Sportshall Athletics, Yrs 6 - 8, IGS sportshall. S2 Full but places on S1.

Monday: Junior Circuits, Yrs 10 - 13, IGS gym.

Wednesday: Speed endurance, Yrs 3 - 11 (min 8 yrs), IGS playing fields. Full with waiting list - newcomers will be invited into the session after Easter

Wednesday: Outdoor Athletics/Fitness/SHA, Yrs 9 - 13, Ghyll Royd sports hall.

Thursday: Sportshall Athletics, Yrs 3 - 6, IGS sportshall. Both sessions full - newcomers will be invited into the sessions after Easter.



For those juniors who compete for Ilkley ONLY (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.

All these sessions are CLOSED and unless there are special circumstances no-one new will be allowed to start until Easter.

Contact Shirley if you are interested in doing any of these training sessions.

Tuesday: High Jump & jumps conditioning, Ghyll Royd sports hall. Re-starts May.

Tuesday: Jumps, Throws & Hurdle drills, Ghyll Royd. Restarts 28th February (6.15 to 7.45)

Wednesday: Speed endurance Training, IGS Playing Fields.

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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