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Junior Uphill English Championships
Junior Ilkley Harriers, established 2003

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Ilkley Harriers staged the inaugural Junior English Uphill Championships, on behalf of the FRA, on 24 July 2005. These were challenging uphill-only races on road, track and path open to all junior runners U12-U18. It was a great day with Boys and Girls course records both broken; 76 juniors racing; and a magic prize presentation with Paralympic Silver medallist Mark Brown presenting polka dot King of the Mountain t-shirts to all age group winners; Gold, Silver, and Bronze FRA Championship medals; amd prizes for everyone there from UP & RUNNING.


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Image reproduced with kind permission of Ordnance Survey and www link Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland.

Details races

  • Sunday 24th July
  • Registration from 10.00, 1 entry fee, entry on the day only
  • U12 and U14 runners start at 11.30; U16 and U18 races at 12.00 noon
    (U10 - runners start at 11.00)
  • Championship - minimum age 10 on the day
    (U10 - minimum age 8 on the day)
  • Championship races - 2.5 km, uphill only, 220m climb
    (U10 - 0.5km, 70m climb)
  • Fully marshalled courses
  • Lots of prizes
  • Toilets
  • Refreshments for sale at White Wells
  • Start from Wells Road, Ilkley GR 115470
    (U10 - start on the grass near the pond)
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    Ilkley Bus & Rail stations are 10 mins walk away at the foot of Wells Road.
  • Come and make a weekend of it. Round One of the World Bike Trial Championship will be held just a few miles away at the other end of Ilkley Moor. More info on

Course Description, Championship races

See map. This is a challenging uphill-only race.
The course is that used for the Black Forest Trial in 2004.
The course will be fully marshalled on the day: these notes are mainly for those who wish to recce the route.
The race starts at the cattle-grid on Wells Road, as indicated on the map.
Run on the road, under marshals' directions, for about 400m gently uphill.
At A, turn sharp left onto a wide stony track to White Wells, climbing more steeply in places.
At the stone building (formerly toilets) stay on the main track in front of the building to point B, where the track turns sharp right between the building and the main White Wells buildings to C, then narrows and becomes steeper initially.
The track is now rougher and muddy in places but mainly wide. Stay on the main track as directed at D. The path climbs to the West end of Rocky Valley E.
The path then climbs very steeply up narrow "stone steps", before easing off again to the cairn F.
Continue straight on (South) on a gentler gradient. After crossing the stream at Gill Head continue along the path to the Finish, where the wooden "duck boards" start.

Course Description, U10 races

Start on the grass near the boating pond. Follow path, which becomes steep, to finish at White Wells steps.


  • Championship Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals to boys and girls U12, U14, U16, and U18
    Ages as at 1st Jan 2005, FRA Rule 10 applies, U12 racers must be aged over 10 on the day
  • The Prizegiving was staged at White Wells
  • Everyone there received prizes from sponsors UP & RUNNING.


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Records (Championship course)

  • James Kevan, Horwich, 11.29
  • Laura Park, Ellenborough, 13.12


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