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Inverness Harriers Amateur Athletics Club (IHACC) caters for all abilities and aspects of the sport of athletics. This ranges from track and field to cross country, road running and hill running and we also have a thriving joggers group. We have established Under 11, Under 13, Under 15, Under 17 and Under 20 as well as Seniors.

Club training nights are at Queens Park Stadium, Inverness on Tuesday and Thursday nights 7pm to 8.30pm and move indoors on a Thursday night to the Inverness Leisure facility adjacent to the running track in the winter. More details can be found in the welcome pack in the membership section.

This friendly club was founded in 1947 and has been the biggest athletics club in the North of Scotland for the last 20 years.

The club is run by a committee who are all unpaid volunteers, encompassing a President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary, Membership Secretary and 12 other elected members.

All committee members are elected at the AGM which is usually held in September. The annual awards ceremony also takes place at the AGM.

All our club coaches are unpaid volunteers who have gone through UK:Athletics Coaching Courses to obtain a UKA coach license which is a statuary requirement to coach athletics at various levels. All qualified coaches have been disclosed by the CRB (Central Registered Body in Scotland).

The club has a child protection policy and aims to make the development of an interest and talent in athletics both safe and enjoyable. The child protection policy can be seen at the club house or on the website.

 

About the Club

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After our foundation in 1947, Inverness Harriers enjoyed a period of success in the 1950s before existing in name only during most of the 60s. The club was reformed in 1969 and again flourished briefly before almost going out of existence again in the mid 70s. 1976 saw the start of a major revival and a decade later membership had risen to over 300.

The Queens Park opened in 1984 and prior to that the club produced many international performers with nothing more to train on than a grass track and local roads. The late 70s also saw a rapid increase in the number of top athletes and in 1981 the Harriers had their first senior internationalists in high jumper Tommy Leighton and hurdler Neil Fraser. Neil went on to hold the National hurdles records at 60m indoors (7.90 sec) and 110m outdoors (14.11 sec) for a number of years and competed in the 1986 Commonwealth Games as well as the 1988 European Indoor Championships.

Also in the 1986 Commonwealth Games were discus thrower George Patience and high jumper Jayne Barnetson who is the club’s most successful athlete of all time. Jayne, who was forced out of the sport by injury at the age of just 22, was 4th in the European Junior Championships in 1985 and in the World juniors the following year.

She first broke the Scottish National record for the high jump in 1985 and still holds it today at 1.91m as well as the heptathlon record of 5803 pts which she set in 1989, the year she represented Great Britain in the European Cup Finals both at high jump and combined events. Her brother David set the Scottish Native record for the high jump at 2.20m and ex Harrier Russell Devine threw the hammer for Scotland in the 1994 Games four years after he emigrated to Australia.

Senior internationalists in cross country include John Bowman and Sheila Gollan in the early 1990s and Sheila also won the European Police 800m title in 1994. Jamie Bell ran for Scotland in the world junior cross country championships in 1986. The 1990s saw a decline in membership along with most other clubs in the country and also a dearth of top performers.

However more recently, 400m runner Lesley Clarkson became the club’s first ever AAAs champion when she won the junior indoor title in 2001, reaching the European Junior qualifying standard, before going on the following year to join Fraser and Barnetson in the ranks of the GB senior internationalists and Commonwealth games team members.