Thank You AAAC Committee!

A new committee was appointed at the club’s annual general meeting on Friday 16 November.  If you have the opportunity, please offer your thanks to the non-returning committee members for their contributions over the past year:

Nichola Crawford
Joyce Hogg
Alan Dick
Kevin Ingram
Brian MacMillan
Eoghan MacNamara

And, please welcome and offer your support to your new committee for 2018-2019:

Mark Davidson, president
Stan Walker, vice president
Elaine Shepherd, secretary
Eddie McKenzie, finance officer
James Joy, coaching coordinator
Matt Stephenson, competition coordinator
Emma Williams, officials coordinator
Carol Baverstock
Rachel Watson
Ben Nelson


Johnny Gaskin Trophy

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.

Johnny, Glasgow 2

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.


Entries Open for December Indoor OGM

Entries are now open for the AAAC indoor meeting on 16 December here.

You may find the timetable for this meeting and the other 2018/2019 AAAC indoor meetings here, along with further details.



Leaders Wanted

AAAC members and parents:

Do you have leadership or management skills that would benefit the club?

Would helping guide and develop the club give you satisfaction?

Would gaining leadership experience benefit you outside of the club?

Would you like to give back to the club, kids, community?

If so, please consider putting your name forth at the AGM on 16 November for the leadership committee.  The current expectation is that the primary need is for ordinary committee members (the club’s constitution mandates a minimum of 5).

Committee meetings are held monthly, usually alternating between the second Tuesday and Thursday of the month, 7-9PM at ASV.  Other commitments between meetings would be based on further volunteering and/or an ad hoc basis.

Also, a person is sought to support the club’s finance officer, possibly being trained as a replacement for 2019/2020.  If you have an interest or skills in finance, accounting, etcetera and are able to attend training nights at least periodically, please consider volunteering for this role.

For anyone who is interested and/or has questions, please speak to a committee member.

2019 London Marathon

Aberdeen AAC is typically allocated two or three places for the London Marathon each year.  The club committee accepts requests from AAAC members for these places in November and awards the places at the December committee meeting.  Preference is generally given to members who regularly compete and/or volunteer for the club.  Contact Alan Dick for further details or to make a request for a place.

2018 AGM/Prize Giving

The Aberdeen AAC 2018 AGM/Prize Giving will be held on Friday the 16th of November at Pittodrie Stadium in the ASI Suite in the Richard Donald Stand (the stand nearest the beach), starting at 6:30 PM.  Free parking will be available in the Golf Road carpark.  Dinner will be provided.

The AGM agenda may be found here.

The 2017 AGM minutes may be found here (check your email for the password).

Please return all trophies to Bob Masson ASAP so that they may be engraved for this year’s winners.

AAAC parkrun-ers

Paddy Noon, a Master’s Sport and Exercise Psychology student at Plymouth Marjon University has made contact with the club requesting participants–those who participate in parkrun–for a study that involves trying a psychological strategy.

If you regularly attend parkrun events and would consider being a subject for this student, you may contact him at  You may also contact his supervisor, Dr Alister McCormick at