Castle Run

Tonight (Tuesday 28) is the Castle run again. Whoopee! Meet at Scott Skinners Bar just before 6.30pm for a gentle 8km loop out on the Deeside Way, around the Castle and back through Crathes Woods. For the more energetic there’s a 10km option with hills and fast roads, while for the less energetic, we have shorter, out-and-back options for however far you feel comfortable running or walking.

Minutes from the AGM held on 10 April 2014



ON 10/4/2014 AT 20HR15



Present (13)

Steven Robertson (SR), Jack Honey (JH), Dave Dawson (DD), Lesley Cheyne (LC), Gordon Smith (GS), Mark Crawford (MC), Sandy Reid (SR), Nick Howard (NH), Lizzy Milne (LM), Bill Paul (BP), John McIntosh (JMc), John Mason (JM), Shirley Marshall (SM)


Apologies (3)

Rob Bain, Ali Odds, Jan Leatham


Welcome Address

JH welcomed everybody and delivered the annual report. He spoke of our vision statement outlining a target of getting at least 25 runners on our weekly runs. Club activity this June includes two open club runs over the River Festival and Starlight Express on the longest day. Both events have potential to attract more members. A list of forthcoming local events was presented with a plea for as many people as possible to support these by entering the events.


Confirmation of Minutes of last AGM

Proposed by SR and confirmed by GS


Matters Arising from Minutes of last AGM

There were no matters arising.


Treasurer’s Report

The bank balance is £342 which is from the membership fees paid less a number of expenses. Full breakdown supplied showing money spent on shirt stock and admin cost of website.


Election of Office Bearers

All positions on the committee were proposed, second and accepted unopposed.

Chairperson:                            Bill Paul

Treasurer:                                 Sandy Reid

Secretary:                                Jack Honey

Member without portfolio:     Gordon Smith

Member without portfolio:     Lesley Cheyne

Member without portfolio:     David Dawson

Member without portfolio      Rob Bain


Vote of thanks to outgoing executive

JH thanked outgoing chairman for his hard work in steering the club and single-handedly sorting our T-shirts.


Confirmation of fee structure

There was general consensus to keep the fees as they are and the treasurer confirmed there was no need to change them. Motion passed.


Urgent General Business

  1. LM offered to lead a Metafit class after the run on Tuesdays. This offer was keenly taken up by some members. The classes will start on Tuesday 22 April on the King George V Field at the Dee Street end out of the way of the football or alternatively on Belfield Park.
  2. JM raised the subject of 3rd party liability insurance for any event we organised. JH believes that using the current format of run organisation precludes the need for insurance, however JH will look into the matter and take advice from Scottish Athletics.


Any Other Business

  1. Rob and Dave had previously talked about introducing another weekly run on Saturday mornings. This might attract new members who could not manage week nights and was also a day when many of us run anyway. There was general agreement. This run will commence on Sat 3 May at 10am from the usual meeting place or as advertised.
  2. It was suggested we vary the routes we run on Tues and Thurs such as we did at the last club birthday from Scott Skinners. Motion approved unanimously.
  3. Some people didn’t know we had a website at, so it was resolved to include the web page on the T-shirt print design.
  4. Ideas to raise the club profile and attract new members included;
    1. Work out how many miles we run as a club and create a feature around this.
    2. Print car bumper stickers.
    3. Include feature articles in the Piper and Drumoak & Durris Newsletter.
    4. Erect posters around Banchory, especially on the route most runners use along Hill of Banchory. 

      Meeting closed at 9.15pm





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      Bill Paul                                                                                  Jack Honey

      Club Chairman                                                                        Club Secretary

Notice of AGM


The Banchory Running Club Annual General Meeting will take place at the Douglas Arms on Thursday 10 April 2014 at 8.15pm. All welcome. Every paid-up member has an equal vote on all matters.

Jack Honey (Club Secretary)

Change of Venue for Winter running – 1st October 2013

This year we will begin our winter running series on Tuesday 1st October. Please meet at 6.30pm at the Banchory Sports Centre which is situated at the Academy on Raemoir Road, AB31 5UJ.

The different routes, 5km. 6km, 8km and 10km are described on the training page where you can find links to the individual route maps. We will meet at the Sports Centre every Tuesday and Thursday evening at 6.30pm until the clocks change forward in March.

Notice of a General Meeting

There’s a general meeting after the run next Tuesday. All are welcome. Please gather in the cocktail bar of the Douglas Arms Hotel, 22 High Street, Banchory AB31 5SR at 8pm on Tuesday 24. The purpose of the meeting is to talk about various ideas concerning the activities of the club in the near future. A full agenda will be posted by the weekend. Meantime please submit any items you would like to be included by emailing these to the secretary on or by leaving a comment on this website. (see icon in top right corner of this message)

You can come as you are, nip home for a shower or use the facilities at the Banchory Sports Centre to wash and change, for a nominal fee.

Birthday Bash

Tuesday 13 August 2013 marks the first anniversay of the formation of Banchory Running Club. To mark the occasion we’ll be hosting a special run with a social drink after. So on Tuesday 13th at 6.30pm we’ll meet on the Silverbank playing field opposite Morrisons Supermarket, next to Scott Skinners Pub on the north Deeside Road. From there we’ll split up onto the 5km route up to Crathes Castle and back or the slightly longer 8km route which takes us up to the Castle then down to Milton of Crathes and back on Deeside Way, returning to Silverbank via the Morrisons carpark.

After the run, at about 7.30pm we’ll gather at Scott Skinners Pub for a jug or two. Weather permitting, the benches outside should be quite suitable.

Shower facilities are available at the Banchory Sports Centre for little more than a pound for anyone needing to freshen up.