Rothwell Harriers Juniors COVID secure training and Information.



Updated 05/04/2022

All training on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday and will be following current government guidance at the time to do this in a COVID secure manner.

There is no longer a requirement to pre sign up for training sessions.  There is a need to sign in.

Maximum training groups will be 28 athletes 2 coaches at present.  Coach ratios will remain 15 athletes to 1 coach maximum at all times even outside COVID restriction in line with EA guidelines.

Athletes will still need to be signed in at the session using a contactless QIR code scanned  on your telephone to register and confirm your child is well.  This is our electronic register and our record of attendance that we need for accurate charging.

Attendance at all sessions costs £1.25 from the first of July 2021 and we will post at the end of the month the number of sessions attended that need to be paid for in out new honesty box system.

Failure to clear a training debt due will result in termination of membership after 4 weeks.

All children will be expected to have correct kit for training including a small hand sanitiser they can use and kept in a pocket of their running kit / jacket for their own use.

Our club specific risk assessments for the training in the park and at Oulton school in a COVID secure bubble are here.

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Risk assessment for training at John Charles is here

Risk Assessment John Charles track COVID



Rothwell Harriers Junior Section was formed in the summer of 2007 and has steadily grown to over a 100 members.  The group was formed by one of our senior’s Keith Pailing, with the initial focus was on endurance running, multi-terrain running and shorter distance road races.

We’ve since grown and diversified to include Track and Field events, running distances range from 60m sprints to 3000m depending on age.  Juniors can now also participate in jumping and throwing events; our specialised Field, Sprint and Endurance coaches have witnessed great improvements, giving confidence everyone involved at the club is moving in the right direction.


Event Participation

The Summer Season

We take part in the West Yorkshire track and Field League and the YADAL competition

Athletes will also compete at County and National events.  Our younger runners may also be seen at fun runs and road races in the summer.

The Winter Season

Cross Country : We take part in two cross country leagues during Autumn and Winter as well as County, regional and National Cross Country Championships.  We aim to enter athletes in teams into the Northern and National Road and Cross Country relays as well.

Track : We also have some athletes who compete indoors on track in the winter at the regional and national events indoors in Sheffield and Manchester.

Fell Running

Due to our membership having now reached 100+ members, we have a waiting list for new requests. The waiting list means we need to constantly review our membership list.

Note: Your membership will be up for consideration…

  • If you haven’t attended for more than 6 weeks without a valid reason.
  • You have outstanding training payments
  • If after a year’s membership you still haven’t competed.

We are presently open to new members and have a waiting list of athletes wishing to train and compete for us. If you are interested in joining the club please contact us by using the email link below.

Training is on the following days:-

Monday – at John Charles



THROWS at John Charles Track, South Leeds Stadium.

(Winter : Nov – Feb use the indoor facility John Charles)


Wednesday – MIXED GROUPS at Oulton Primary School.

Saturday –  9:30 am by invite for specific training goals.

Note: At present we are renting the track and your fees are paid in the clubs honest box.  However sometimes we train separately and payments are made to the council for those sessions usually (John Charles Track charge is £2.30 or £2 if you present a breeze card).

As an introduction to our club we offer first two sessions free.

If your child then wishes to continue attendance he/she must then become a member.

There is an annual membership charge of £25 due by the end of April or after your 2 trial sessions to continue attending which is paid to England Athletics and Northern athletics and is required for competition and also insurance and club membership.

There are additional monthly fees for training sessions as detailed from the 1st of July 2021 £1.25 per session attended paid at the end of the month via the honesty box link.

Why do we need to charge fees ? We have Costs…

Coach development, equipment, attendance to athletic events, presentation evening costs, hiring of Oulton School hall, hire of John Charles Track, Hire John Charles Indoor facilities in winter and these all come from the training fees.

To register membership, please log in to our junior section website page or face book page and complete the online form accordingly. In addition, photo consent and medical information will be asked for at that time.

A medical form should be downloaded and printed from website if coaches need to be aware of any condition which may affect running.

Our website also shows Code of Conduct for Athletes and coaches as well as our Terms of Membership which you should read along with our other policies.

Please access our website and face book pages which are for use by parents/carers or athletes aged over 13 years. Admin approve all posts so content can be monitored. These give you links and information about our junior section. To access our closed group face book page, (Rothwell Harriers Junior Section) like this page. Administrator will approve access when you have paid your yearly membership.

To settle in new and younger children into their group parents/carers may wish to run with them at training for a short period. Before this is permitted England Athletics insist you complete a Self Declaration form from our website. Our welfare officer will also need to peruse your passport or driving licence to verify your ID. Once settled in parent/carers should not run with juniors but are encouraged to join other parents in their own run.

Training is focused according the time of year. Autumn/Winter is primarily for cross country competition or indoor athletics, whereas Spring/Summer for track. This is with the exception of the Sprint group who’s focus is on Sprint throughout the year and will compete indoors in the winter. Terms of membership state that juniors must compete in track and or cross country events. We participate in both West Yorkshire and Peco Cross Country leagues and West Yorkshire and York Summer Track Leagues and some indoor track events. Coaches will advise which series their athletes should enter. We will let you know at the appropriate time how to enter events.

Club colours must be worn at all races. These consist of club vests which can be purchased through the website shop link at a cost of £10 (subsidised). Trial of sizes see Paul Howard. Black shorts or leggings should be worn as well. To make it feel special to wear club vests we ask juniors not to wear them at training.  We have T shirt with logo that can be purchased and worn at training and hoodies and caps.

Please refrain from attending training if athlete has recently raced unwell or tired this can make groups unsafe.
WE hope you find this information useful but please do not hesitate to Speak with the Coaching Staff with any questions or concerns .
The coaching staff would like to thank you for your interest in our Club.

Updated Dr Marc Randall (Lead Coach)



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 [email protected] 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:

Only 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 .

MONTHLY HONESTY BOX LINK to pay for sessions attended

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: 1 Event group Coach, 5 Level 2 Athletics Coaches, 9 Coaching Assistants, 4 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, (Throws Specialist ), Welfare advisor, First Aider
Marc Randall
Event Group Endurance Coach/ First Aider / WADA Advisor / Level 2 UKA Track Official / Level 1 UKA Endurance Official
Claire Easton
Coach Assistant/ First Aider
Andrew Baiden
Coach Assistant/ First Aider
Matt Wilson
Coach Assistant
Paul Hancock
Coach Assistant
Craig Whitley
Coach Assistant / Run Leader
Alan Dixon
Leading Athletics
Neil Shepherd
Leading Athletics
Paul Howard
Coach Assistant
Daniel Easton
Leading Athletics
Joanna Bingham
Leading Athletics
Will Randall
Assistant Coach
Ellen Sayles
Leading Athletics
Sarah Pettigrew
Welfare Officer
Cat Thorogood
Welfare Officer
Dylan Rickerby
Assistant Coach
Trish Wilson
Leading Athletics
Ross Blackburn
Assistsant Coach


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

PREVENT Statement

Covid 19 Risk Assessment

Anti-Bullying Policy (Updated RHughes Aug 2020)

First Aid Policy

Health and Safety Policy

Inclusion Policy

Safeguarding Policy

Code of Conduct (Updated RHughes Aug 2020)

Privacy Statement and Policy

Risk Assessment – Offroad

Risk Assessment – Roads

Risk Assessment – Track

Risk Assessment – Indoors


Risk Assessment John Charles track COVID
Risk Assessment Rothwell Harriers Junior section small group and road training and Oulton school COVID update
Risk Assessment Rothwell Harriers Joint use of facilities by Senior and Junior sections COVID update
If you have any concerns please discuss with our welfare officer Jo Heseltine or in her absence Keith Pailing.



Marc Randall as lead coach has a position on the senior club committee.

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 and other items are also available to purchase through link in the shop directly with our supplier.  Please see Paul Howard 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.

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