Juniors Information

Rothwell Harriers Junior Section was formed in the Summer of 2007 and has steadily grown to more than 90 members year on year.  The section stemmed from the senior section of the club and was formed by Keith Pailing. Our initial focus was on endurance running to include long distance multi-terrain running and shorter distance road races.

More recently we have diversified to include track and field events. Distances range from sprint events to 1500m depending on age. Occasionally some of our juniors have participated in jumping and throwing.  We have coaches developing specialism in field events and have a specialist sprint coach.

We take part in two cross country leagues during Autumn and Winter as well as County and National Championships.  We also have some athletes who also compete indoors in the regional and national events.  During the Summer we enter two track and Field leagues and compete at County and National events.  Our younger runners may also be seen at fun runs.

Our membership has now reached 90 members and is therefore have a waiting list for new requests.  If you are interested in joining the club and want to be added to our waiting list, please contact us by using the email link below.

We constantly review our membership list.  If you haven’t attended for more than 6 weeks without a valid reason we will be review your ongoing membership at the club.  The terms of membership that are linked with your registration state that you must compete for the club within a year if this hasn’t occurred we will also be considering your position.

We are presently closed to new members and have a waiting list of athletes wishing to train and compete for us. if you are affected
by this please discuss with your coach, thank you.


The section provides coaching for children aged 9 years up to 18yrs after this age they may join the senior section.
If you are interested in joining us please email juniors@rothwellharriers.org.uk and we will respond as soon as possible.

If we have places available a junior will be invited to attend a training session . After an initial introduction of two weeks they should then become a member and register . This can be done online by clicking this link and following the instructions: JOIN AND PAY ONLINE .
If we have places available juniors are then invited to attend training on Wednesday evenings. After two weeks parent’s or guardians should join and pay online, you can do by clicking this link and following the instructions: Join and Pay Online  Please also download, print, complete it and hand in this consent form for people with parental responsibility if the athletes medical needs change – Medical Form

If a junior has a medical condition that we should be aware of or acquires one whilst a member please inform us by downloading the Medical Form above, print, complete and hand in to a member of the coaching staff .

We require you to pay monthly subs before the beginning of each month. These can be paid online using the following link monthly subs this allows juniors access to all training sessions.
Please note on Monday evenings there is an entry fee (currently £2.00 with a breeze card) payable to John Charles Centre for Sport track.

Rothwell Harriers letter to parents membership costs.

If as a parent/guardian you intend to join in and run with your child for a short period to enable them to settle . Please print and complete the Self Declaration Form hand it to coaching staff Please use following link using Click here for the self declaration form


Our coaching team comprises of : UK ATHLETICS Registered coaches, coaching assistants, leading athletics and athletic leaders. Currently we have: 5 Level 2 Coaches, 7 Coaching Assistants, 3 Leading Athletics coaches, and 1 Athletic Leader. Juniors are allocated to a group according to age, experience and ability. A designated coach will usually work with the same group on a weekly basis. Coaches will plan sessions and when appropriate training schedules designed to improve the overall ability or specific areas of development. Coaches will advise which races/leagues should be entered.

All qualified coaches and assistants have been screened through the Government’s Disclosure and Barring Service to ensure their suitability to work with children. A Code of Conduct for our Coaching Staff can be seen here – Code of Conduct for Coaching Staff


Ian Appleyard
Level 2 Coach (Sprint Specialist)
Keith Pailing
Level 2 Coach
James Wardman
Level 2 Coach (Endurance specialist)
Jason Westmoreland
Level 2 Coach / First Aider
Jo Heseltine
Level 2 Coach / Welfare Officer/ First Aider
Marc Randall
Level 2 Coach/ First Aider/ WADA Advisor
Claire Easton
Coach Assistant/ First Aider
Andrew Baiden
Coach Assistant/ First Aider
Sean Hunter
Coach Assistant
Matt Wilson
Coach Assistant
Lynne Metcalf
Coach Assistant/ First Aider
Paul Hancock
Coach Assistant
Craig Whitley
Coach Assistant / Run Leader
Paul Howard
Leading Athletics
Alisha Laidler
Leading Athletics / First Aider
Joe Smith
Leading Athletics


Rothwell Harriers Juniors takes steps to safeguard the safety and welfare of all members. Please click on appropriate policy or risk assessment to open

Anti-Bullying Policy

First Aid Policy

Health and Safety Policy

Inclusion Policy

Safeguarding Policy

Code of Conduct – updated November 2016

Privacy Statement and Policy

Risk Assessment – Offroad

Risk Assessment – Roads

Risk Assessment – Track

Risk Assessment – Indoors

Risk Assessment for Rothwell use of John Charles track

Risk Assessment Rothwell Harriers Joint use of facilities by Senior and Junior sections

If you have any concerns please discuss with our welfare officer Jo Heseltine or in her absence Keith Pailing.


Andrew Baiden is our representative at the monthly senior committee meeting and will discuss/raise anything that needs approval.


At races you will be required to wear our CLUB VEST these may be purchased from our online shop within our own website, see SHOP on main menu.  Hoodies and hats are also available to purchase.  We strongly recommend you ‘try before you buy’ as the club cannot accept any returns as we cannot return them to our supplier, unless of course the item is damaged.  Please see Lynne Metcalfe on a Wednesday training night who holds samples of club kit to try for size.

Collection of the items ordered online can be made on a Wednesday night from Lynne Metcalfe.

useful links…

West Yorkshire Cross Country and Athletics League


Leeds Schools Cross Country League


PECO Cross Country League


City of York Summer Athletics League


Northern Athletics


English Athletics


Power of 10 athlete statistics