Founded 1888 - Running for 129 years


Derek Ibbotson mile 2107
The Longwood Harriers who celebrated Derek Ibbotson's world mile record from 60 years ago with age group races on the track

Derek Ibbotson 1933-2017
About Derek

Derek Ibbotson mile and Young Athletes League win celebration

On Thurs July 20th the club arranged an event to celebrate the life of Derek Ibbotson, probably our most famous Athlete and lifetime member. We replaced training with a club mile race in different age groups. It was intended to mark Derek's incredible 3:57.2 time on a cinder track in London in 1957 - 'The Miracle mile" (60 years ago plus one day!). Certificates were given to all participants with their name and time added. We were overwhelmed by the response to the event and how many took part and Derek's relatives came along to present prizes. They kindly presented the runner with the fastest mile on the night (Hakan Dalbal) with a framed picture of the famous Ibbotson mile (shown in the photo above).
By coincidence we were also able to celebrate our Young Athletes league win in the YADAL Division one (picture below); this means next year we are promoted to the premiership. Huddersfield now has two Premiership teams next season! It just shows what a great club this is with a long history and a bright future
Important note for all:  Formal training will restart on Tuesday 15th August at 6:30pm

New member introductory meetings: We have new members' meetings regularly (on a Thursday training night) to introduce new athletes and their parents to the club. This is so they are clear on what joining involves, so they can ask questions and we can encourage full participation. To join you have to attend one of these meetings. A message will be added here before the next one

Longwood Harriers summer 'Startrack' athletics camp 15-17th August at Leeds Road application form here print, complete, bring to training

Longwood Harriers Athletic Club is a Running and Athletics (Track & Field) club that is 129 years old in 2017; it began as a running group from St Mark's Church in Longwood, Huddersfield in 1888, but we now train at Leeds Road sports complex. We welcome Athletes from all parts of the community from nine years old and upwards. (Note: we do not have specialist coaches needed for under 9s, so please do not bring younger children even with older siblings, as they will not be allowed to take part)

Once a member all Athletes are expected to take part in local, county, regional and national competitions as appropriate. We offer regular training and access to competitions; in return, as our membership form states, there is an expectation that all members will compete for the club during the year whenever they can. We now record participation so we can focus our coaching resources on those who compete for the club

Our primary purpose is to compete as a team organised through the club. Individuals also compete in club colours in events they enter themselves and here club membership usually gives the benefit of a lower entry fee. Some sports shops offer discounts on purchases if you are a club member

As Joe Percy said in his introduction to the book published on our centenary "Sixty years a member of Longwood Harriers A.C. and I can honestly say that I have enjoyed every minute of it."

Latest news and information:

Upcoming fixtures and events

Date Venue Event
Sat 19th /Sun 20th Aug Leigh
Northern U13/U15/U17 championships - Closing date July 24th - info and entry
Sat 26th /Sun 27th Aug Cudworth, Barnsley S72 8LH Yorkshire County combined events championships - enter here
 - Closing date Wed 16th Aug
Sat Sept 2nd York, YO10 5NA York open track meeting  Online entry here
Closing date 27th August
Sun Sept 3rd Middlesborough Yorkshire and District Athletics league Inter league meetings
Sun Sept 10th Cleckheaton WF15 6LW West Yorkshire Track and Field Championships 12:00 pm
To enter: Use the information in the back of the West Yorkshire Track and Field booklet

Some events you will need to enter yourself. Others are entered through the club. See the full listing and any entry forms by clicking the stopwatch below

Full listing of fixtures Spring/Summer 2017

Longwood Harriers Road & Cross Country League
(Seniors and U17s only)

Road League Cross Country League
Current standings 2016 2015-16 Final results here
Fixture list for 2016 Road League here  
Final results for 2015 here  

Why not ask about training as a coach or official? The club is becoming very popular and we really need further help at training if we are to avoid a membership waiting list!
Club information leaflet and
Link to England athletics website information

YADAL winners 2017

Longwood Harriers young athletes winning team celebrate their win in the
Yorkshire and District Athletics League Division 1 July 2017


All coaches are British Athletics qualified and they and other helpers give their time unpaid. We rely on parents and older members being involved to support our activities, whether this is at training, at an event or with any expertise they may have. We can offer British Athletics training to those who may wish to become coaches or athletics officials; you don't need experience!

In the Summer, Track & Field and Road Running are the norm. In the Winter our focus is on Cross Country with Road Running continuing throughout the year. Our main training details are given on this page. Further details are given on our training summary page. Look here for Joining details

Come along to one of our introductory meetings* and then try out training. Then if you want to continue, download, print and bring the form below to us on a training night with the relevant subscription fee for the year

Training - Tuesdays and Thursdays 6:30p.m. for Juniors (up to 18), 7:00 p.m. for Seniors (In track season track use from 7:30 p.m.). Leeds Road Playing fields Huddersfield. Small track fee payable for track hire each session

Membership and shop:

Subscription Fees for 2017-18
(commencing 1/01/17)

Juniors annual fee of £20
(includes all under 18s)
Seniors £25

The fee is made up of a fee from British athletics of £14 and a club fee of £6 for juniors and £11 for seniors

Welcome pack for new members here


Application form for membership of
Longwood Harriers

To be used only when you have attended
a new members meeting

(Click to open; print, complete and bring to a new
members meeting or on a training night)

Longwood Harriers club officers and committee, coaches and team leaders for 2016-17 elected at the AGM are now on this website here

Updated (2014) club constitution here

Longwood blue hoody tops available. Complete the form here try one at training for size and make the payment.

(We keep stock but you will need to wait for your name to be embroidered on the front)

Fitness sessions - Athletics focused


Further information

Club archive

Can't find something? Take a look in the archive for past events and club history.
Includes presentation evening archive.

Competitions and affiliations:
West Yorkshire T&F

Yorkshire & district athletics league

Sat 25th Feb 2017
English Cross Country Nationals

Wollaton Park, Nottingham


West Yorkshire Cross Country League

Yorkshire County Cross Country Championships
Sat 7th Jan 2017

british athletics England athletics

Northern Atlhetics
Track & Field, Cross Country

Northern Athletics Cross Country Championships
Sat 28th Jan 2017, Knowsley Safari Park


So club members who are no longer with us are not forgotten see our remembrances page

Website: Tom Reed 2017