Running Clubs In The North East

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Members of Metro Aberdeen

There are more than a dozen well established running clubs in the north-east of Scotland. They create a network of provision that lets anyone who wants to run fairly seriously join liked-minded people for training and race competition.

Being part of a club is a great way of motivating yourself and improving your performance. Clubs will usually meet twice a week, often for programmed sessions, and there can be opportunities for other organised runs. It's also a great way to make friends and to get involved in social activities.

Clubs come in various shapes and sizes - some focus exclusively on road and trail running others have junior sections and take part in a range of track and field events. Hill running is a big part of some clubs; and drinking (Aberdeen Hash House Harriers) central to others!

Metro Aberdeen
Where Tuesday (Aberdeen Sports Village, Linksfield Road), Thursday (Hazlehead Park) and Sunday (Duthie Park) as well as occasional summer runs in local forests and hills.
When Tuesday (6.30pm), Thursday (5.45pm) and Sunday (10am)
Members 160
Ages Everyone, 8 and up
Level Expectation for the Tuesday run is the ability to run six miles, but there's a rota system in place to accompany new or slower members before they progress to the next group. Potential members, 'second-claim' runners and visitors to the city are welcome at any session, particularly the Thursdays. Sundays are aimed mainly at junior members, but all are welcome.
Club Competition The Metro Club Standards, won by achieving certain times for the member's age group, from Grade 4 to Grade 1. Also the Metro Track Championships, a three-race series, requiring an accumulated time: 800 m, 1 mile and 3000 m for seniors and 400m, 800m and 1000m for juniors. We also have club championships for road racing, with the fastest over a 3K, 10K and half marathon becoming senior, veteran and super veteran champions. There's also a trophy for the most improved male and female runner, based on a percentage improvement from the previous year.
Sessions A mix of steady runs (6-10 miles), hill reps, speed (300m-3000m) and technique sessions. Similar-standard runners also meet up for longer runs.
Social Events Regular events and weekends away organised by committee members throughout the year, including the Annual Awards Night and Christmas nights out. The club also organises and pays for member transport to popular local and national races.
Famous Names Fraser Clyne was one of the country's leading marathon runners in the 1980s and early 1990s, setting a best time of 2hr 11min 50sec at Sacramento (1984). He represented Scotland and/or Great Britain in track, road, cross-country and mountain running disciplines at various distances and won numerous cups, races and titles. Although retired from competitive running, Fraser is still involved with the Club.
Club Races The Stork Technical Services Dyce half marathon (August) as well as a charity 5K (June), with proceeds going to Aberdeenshire Disability Sport. We organise a Winter Proms Series of 3K races the first Friday lunchtime of each month from October-March. This year we also organised a Spring Proms Series of 3K and 5K runs in conjunction with the Aberdeen Sports Village, with all profits going to Children 1st. Metro is heavily involved in the organisation of the Baker Hughes 10K, which attracts over 4000 runners each year.


Clubs in NE Scotland




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