Ballydrain Harriers AC was originally formed in 1932 by a group of local runners who had previously been members of Nurseryvale Harriers and was based at the Old School House, Ballydrain. Soon successful in its own right the club won many Northern Ireland team and individual championships, including all Ireland titles.
In more recent years Ballydrain Harriers became better known as a veteran and Fell (mountains) running club. In 2012 the Club began a recruitment exercise led by club trustee Jim Hayes which started with around 12 keen runners turning up to be put through their paces. Since then the club has seen its membership increase exponentially with a wide range of abilities catered for by a group of very dedicated and qualified coaches.
Now based at North Down Cricket Club in Comber, the club caters for some 250+members of all ages and abilities providing a positive and nurturing environment for runners to develop and reach their full potential.
A note from the Chairman
I am very honoured to be elected Chairperson of Ballydrain Harriers for this year. Ballydrain Harriers has a long and distinguished history in running in Northern Ireland and Ireland. The club has gained many titles from it’s formation in 1932 and we hope to regain some of those titles again in the future.
In recent times, the club has experienced tremendous growth and we are now providing running opportunities for over 250 members. The two main open races we arrange each year, the Comber Cup Cross Country and the Comber 10K Road Race are also growing in popularity and are now firm fixtures again in the Northern Ireland running calendar.
I’d like to thank the out-going Chairman (and new Treasurer!) Mark Earney for all the hard work he has contributed over the past five years in leading the re-establishment of the club.
To members, I’d like to encourage you to join the club teams and support where you can (as you always do) and most of all, enjoy your running!