1922 – Dartford Harriers originally formed as a Rugby Club

Dartford Harriers was originally founded as a Rugby Union Club in 1922 but, the rugby players in an effort to keep fit, started to take part in cross country runs. As the running became more popular with the players the rugby was slowly dropped and Dartford Harriers AC was born.

The lasting legacy from the clubs rugby playing days is the Dartford Harriers running colours. The rugby players simply removed the sleeves from their old rugby shirts to create running vests, in doing so created the famous blue and blue “hoops” that can now be seen worn by the current crop of Dartford’s finest athletes.