Founded 1888 - Running for 129 years


It is with sadness that we learned today of the death of Derek Ibbotson aged 84. Derek was a lifetime member of Longwood Harriers and one of our most successful athletes. He was a World Mile Record Holder and Olympic Athlete and was the first man to run 4 minutes for the mile. He won a bronze medal in the Melbourne Olympics and ran in two Commonwealth Games. He lived in Berry Brow and latterly in Wakefield; in his youth he was known for his punishing training schedule on the moors above where he lived. Possibly one of his most famous races was the 'Miracle Mile' at White City Stadium (London) in 1957 where he won in 3:57.2 on a cinder track. He continued to support the club all the way through his life and he will be sadly missed

Report in the Huddersfield examiner and video summary            The 'Miracle Mile' (British Pathe News)

New members 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. These will begin again in 2017.

Don't forget: You have until April 2017 to ensure you have competed for the Club at least once in the last year to ensure membership next year
(This can be in any event entered as a current member of 'Longwood Harriers' or in a Club event or competition). See club fixtures if you still need to
If you are struggling for an event why not enter the Spenborough open Winter Warm up (Track and Field) or one of the Sale indoors?

We will begin sending out reminders for subscriptions for 2017-18
in the next few weeks; no membership = no training or competition

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. Last year we recorded 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."


Fitness sessions - Athletics focused

Further information

Team pictures 2016
(see facebook page for other images - you will need to request access)

Juniors - West Yorkshire Cross Country

Junior Girls - Northern Athletics
Cross Country Relays

Senior Men - Castle Hill Races!
Latest news and information:

Upcoming fixtures and events

Date Venue Event
Sat 25th Feb
Wollaton Park Nottingham English National Cross Country Championships
Entries Closed
Sun 5th Mar Sports city Manchester Sale Harriers open - indoor meeting 4 - Info
Sun 5th Mar Baysgarth park, Barton on Humber
Barton open Cross Country races
Entries here
Sun 19th March Sports city Manchester Sale Harriers open - indoor meeting 5 - Info
Sat 25th March 2017 Storthes Hall, Huddersfield
Club road races 10 am (Storthes Hall) and presentation evening, 7:30 pm  John Smith's Stadium Huddersfield. See full listings for details. Limited numbers
Sun 2nd April Cleckheaton Spenborough spring open Track & Field meeting - 'Winter warm up' Entry form here

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 Autumn/Winter 2016-17

Summer 2017 events as we know them so far are here

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

October 2015 Newsletter

juniorsJunior athletes waiting for the 2016 Christmas handicap start at Leeds Road
With the Ladies and Seniors 41 took part!'


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 training, try it out, 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 £13 and a club fee of £7 for juniors and £12 for seniors

Welcome pack for new members here


Application form for membership of
Longwood Harriers

(Click to open; print, complete and bring
on a training night)

New 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)

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