ABOUT BALLYDRAIN HARRIERS
Ballydrain Harriers were formed in 1932 by local runners who had been members of Nurseryvale Harriers, a club based between Comber and Dundonald.
They were soon successful, winning many Northern Ireland team and individual championships. All Ireland titles were also claimed during-the period before the second world war. Amongst the pre and post-war personalities who represented Northern Ireland and Ireland in cross-country internationals were Davy Caravan, Jimmy Nelson, Johnny Marshall, Wilson Lowry along with Frank and John Bathgate.
During the 50s and 60s Tom Moore, Adam Brown and Jim Kenmore were the leading lights, followed in the 1970s by Matt Wilson and Ian Morrison.
In recent years Ballydrain Harriers have become better known as a veteran and Fell (mountains) running club. The longest serving members throughout the 80 year history have been Jim Hayes & Fred Strickland, who have both been members for almost half the club’s lifespan.
As well as winning the Northern Ireland Fell running title from 1980 to 1985, Jim Hayes also won the Northern Ireland veterans cross-country championships at the 40 and 50 age groups respectively in 1987 and 1997.
Now based at North Down Cricket Club in Comber, the club has gone through a renaissance in the past two years & continues to grow with athletes competing at home & abroad as well as catering for the social runner