Sperrin Harriers was original formed in 1998 under the name Cookstown Harriers. The club consisted of a few keen runners from the local area who met regularly to train at Loughry College Cookstown. They raced in bright yellow club colours and soon earned the nickname ‘The Canaries’.
The Clubs first Committee was:
- Chairman – Raymond Ferguson
- Vice Chairman – Joe Curry
- Treasurer – Trevor Dallas
- Secretary – Mark Reid
- Committee Members – Stanley Reid, Sean Donnelly and Benny Bell.
In 2002 the club ran their inaugural 5 mile classic road race from their training grounds at Loughry College. The race has since become a permanent fixture on the Athletics Calendar and is a popular event among the running fraternity
In 2006 in order to take in the wider community it was decided to relaunch the club with a new name and strip, it became known as Sperrin Harriers and the colours were changed to a red and white vest and shorts.
Sperrin Harriers continues to go from strength to strength growing year on year. In 2009 the Sperrin Harriers Winter League Trail Series was launched. This is a trail race series that runs between October – March and offers races of varying distances held at different venues. In 2012 we launched our Stunnerz in Runnerz Ladies only race which has proved to be a huge success attracting over 250 runners at the last event.
Sperrin Harriers also like to give back to the community by supporting various charities regularly donating money raised at races and club events. To date the Club have supported CLIC Sargent, Mental Health, Foyle Hospice, Superstars Club, Charis and Lilac Cancer Care.
The red and white vest of Sperrin Harriers are always sure to be seen at race meets throughout Ireland, north and south, as the Club endeavour to attend as many races as possible throughout the year. To date Sperrin Harriers athletes have travelled all over Ireland, North & South. They have also been represented in marathons all over Europe with athletes competing in Paris, Rome, Edinburgh, London, Amsterdam, Nice, Majorca and Barcelona to name but a few.