Metro Committee


Chairman

Peter Jennings

I have been on the committee for all of the 28 years the club has been going. Mostly as Chairman but had a couple of years as Captain. I have been a club coach for almost 20 years.

I take great pleasure in seeing some of the runners we coached as children still enjoying their running as adults. I was presented with an honorary membership some years ago and still feel privileged to be part of such a great club. I am still enjoying training but don’t race as much as am mostly involved in organising events.

It makes me proud to see how the club has grown, especially over the last few years.

Secretary

Jackie Stewart

Club secretary for a few years now, have held the post off and on, also as an ordinary committee member over the years, involved in helping organise the club races, also a grade 3 endurance coach helping coach the juniors and seniors, I used to run lots, but these days, just try to encourage as many people as possible. My catchphrase is "excuses are interesting, but irrelevant".

Treasurer

Jeremy Kibble

Men's Captain

Tom Brian

I've been a Metro since 2010, men's captain since 2015 and am the second most successful Brian in the club. I try to lead by example to promote smart training to ensure strength and depth throughout the squad, motivate the guys to more PBs and get to more national/district races! Usually found thrashing out a Pfitzinger session, or more likely ironing my wife's Scotland vest. Biggest achievement is starting the Metro huddle, biggest regret not learning to train harder and smarter sooner.

Aim for 2017: Sub 2:40 marathon.

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Ladies Captain

Claire Smith

Club member for many years now, ladies captain for most of those years. Would like to think I'm pretty decent at motivating and encouraging the girls then basking in reflected glory when they knock out PB's!!

Normally found attached to my dog and getting hauled around Hazlehead woods as it's the only time I run fast these days!

Assistant/Kit Secretary

Callum Walker

Race Organiser

Jacqui Taylor

Metro member since 2009, previously 'The Kit Wifie' and now taking a stab at organising Dyce Half and Beach 10k - the club's two main races. Normally found at the end of the reps lane eating Alan Brown's jelly babies. Aim for 2017: a 10K PB - I'll take any, no matter how small. And XC... just for Steve Buchan.

Social Secretary

Helen Crichton

Metro member since 2006. Normally found repping with Alan 'Jelly Baby' Brown or at the bar/dance floor on the Metro nights out. Aims for 2017 - Second Auld Wifie Standard but more importantly staying injury free and continuing to enjoy my running which combats my other loves of boozing and crisps! In addition, encouraging our elder daughter with her running and enjoying socialising with the friends I've made through the club.

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Website/Publicity Secretary

Amy Mackie

Metro member since 2016, responsible for social media on behalf of the club as well as the website. Normally found at the end of the pack, ploughing away till the finish, or at the finish line yelling highly motivational team chants at runners. Always in possession of food and dog-poop bags.

Aim for 2017: Sub-60 10k.

Junior Representative

Lauren Smith

Metro member since 2011, back then I was an athlete, though that seems like an eternity ago now. I'm probably best known for my lungs, rather than my legs. I'm currently a coach for the junior "mini metro" section of the club. In 2014, after a successful initiation with Jackie and Peter on Tuesdays, I qualified as an assistant coach and went on to achieve my full level 2 coaching license in 2015.

Plans for 2017: to climb the coaching ladder and secure my level 3 and to develop and nurture the mini Metros. I would love to get them the confidence to compete at local and national level. And finally, on a selfish note, to avoid injury and get some use out of my Metro vest. Three is my favourite number after all.

Club Welfare Officer

Alison Mathers

I have been in Metro since 2004. I was taken under the wing of Alan Brown pretty much from the beginning! I have an addiction to the marathon - I plan to run the alphabet in as many countries across as many continents as I can. I also want to tick all the majors off (Four down, two to go!) I have run 15, but only 10 alphabet letters. I am fascinated by anatomy and the mechanics of running which feeds nicely into why I love yoga.

I have met some of my best friends over the years through Metro. I am constantly inspired by the likes of: Izzy MacDonald, Elly Mckay, June Buchan and of course daily by the jelly baby guru, Alan Brown!

When I am not running, doing yoga or in Nero drinking coffee with Claire Smith, I am a chartered educational psychologist ...

Virginie Barrand

I've been a Metro member since 2015 and have recently been elected an ordinary committee member. Often washing my hair on hill reps day(!), I can be found choosing my next race based on how many homemade cakes and treats are promised at the finish. Some of my highlights have been a Scottish Athletics bronze medal at the East District Half Marathon championship in August 2016 (Barry Buddon Half) and the selection to represent the East District at the Inter District match XC early in 2017, sharing a field with the likes of Callum Hawkins, Sir Mo Farah and Laura Muir.

Aim for 2017: To stop frowning while racing.

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Jill Bonthron

Phil Mann

Rob Taylor

I was at AAAC for seven years before a small group of us decided to start a breakaway club, Metro Aberdeen Running Club was born. I've been captain twice, the longest being eight years, still a very active runner at club, also a very proud honorary member, so going to be around for a while yet.

Steve Buchan

I've been a member of metro since early 2013, I’m also in my second year as a committee member. I love cross-country and away days with the Metro family. My proudest moments to date are receiving the 2015 Captain’s Award and being part of the winning Masters team that lifted gold at the East District XC Championships. I can usually be found watching Tom Brian’s back, but will not do his ironing! Also mucking aboot in the woodies with Rob Taylor, running in the dubs.

My goals for 2017 are: Another attempt at a sub-3hr marathon lol; Assist Nathan Tosh (Junior member) in getting a sub-19min 5k; Get Jacqui Taylor clarted in dubs.

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