Johnny Gaskin was a former member of Aberdeen AAC who sadly passed away in January 2018. Johnny was an all-around athlete who started running at the age of 40, completing numerous marathons including Glasgow and London, Boston four times, and various races throughout Canada to where he had immigrated in 1968, including a few ultramarathons. Johnny ran his personal best marathon of 2:45 at the age of 50 and continued running into his 70s. Using his knowledge and experience with fitness and wellness, he did a lot of charity work in care homes, doing fitness activities with the elderly.
According to his family, Johnny was a wonderful husband, dad, grandad, uncle, and a great friend to many, a fun-loving, soft-hearted man who will be very sadly missed by all who knew him.
Johnny’s family has donated a trophy to Aberdeen AAC to honour his memory. The trophy will be awarded annually to an Aberdeen AAC member, nominated by their peers and coaches, according to the criteria below. The trophy will be awarded for the first time at this year’s AGM on 16 November.
Johnny Gaskin Memorial Trophy
Eligibility: all club members, competing in road/endurance events in the previous year.
Events: any road/endurance events.
Scoring: awarded to the member adjudged by the committee who has shown the most improvement, completed some great challenge, or shown the most commitment while overcoming significant adversity, all related to road/endurance training and competition.