Founded 1888 - Running for 126 years

Remembering those who are no longer with us
Derek Ibbotson 1933-2017 - 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)

Joe Percy was active member of Longwood Harriers for over sixty years. Our annual club road race is named after him - details here

Richard Hardcastle - active member of Longwood Harriers for many years and President at the time of his death in 2012. The club worked with his family to develop a race in his memory, the inaugural event took place in 2015 and was a great success. Richard will have been watching and no doubt taking part! He is still very much missed.

Geoff Shaw long time member of Longwood Harriers and official who was always there to start races with his gun. Geoff died in 2014 and left a huge archive of materials which we are still sorting through. He remains part of Longwood Harriers.


Isaac Nash - a tragic accident in Anglesey in 2014 took Isaac from his family, friends and the Club aged 12. He was a popular lad and enjoyed a range of sports but was keen on distance running - especially cross country. Sadly we lost him just before the cross country season began and he never got to demonstrate his real ability. He is sadly missed but always remembered.

Bill Dance was an active member of Longwood Harriers and a well respected coach, who had coached to international level. He lost his battle with illness in 2014. A tribute to him from Northern Athletics is here