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Zander Buchan © 2012
Achieving your potential - Although its states in our constitution/code of conduct we are a non-competitive jogging club, we want everyone to achieve their potential whatever that maybe, and we will work with them to help them achieve that potential e.g. Robert Sinclair completing the Peterhead Lifeboat Fun Run 10k in just over an hour, and Cameron Robertson completing the Peterhead Half Marathon in 1 hour 25 minutes and finishing in 5th place, in only his second half marathon. We see many of our members progressing all the time and quite a few are now coming placed in local races, which is just brilliant. However many of our members are quite satisfied to have an easy run, and a good blether whilst going around our routes which are delighted about. We like to think there is a place for all at Peterhead Jogscotland.
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We hope you have enjoyed a taste of our Peterhead Jogscotland family. We are really proud of our club and proud to be part of a national network which strives to improve the health and fitness of our nation. The majority of people in our community know someone who attends Peterhead Jogscotland and we know its having an impact, and not just in Peterhead!!
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We are a non- profit making club and all our leaders give their time on a voluntary basis. We charge £1 per session and all funds collected are put back into the club and used to subsidies bus trips to events, purchase of equipment, buying of medals, expenses etc. Throughout the year we also make donations to worthy causes/charities etc. In May we have an Annual General Meeting when all our members are invited along and encouraged to participate, after all it's their club. We also have regular leaders meetings on the first Monday of the every month, if possible, to organise new events and deal with any issues that may arise. Although all our leaders take part in Peterhead Jogscotland on a voluntary basis, we like to think everything we do is done in a professional manner, which I'm sure you will find if you start to get involved in the club!!
Peterhead Jog Scotland has been the best way we as a family can get out and do something stimulating together. Our lifestyle is such that we are scattered between Aberdeen and Peterhead every day and to get home and go for a run (it may be called a fast walk by some !) all together in the company of the Peterhead Jog Scotland team has been just terrific. It certainly has improved our fitness (I can now use the stairs in the office without passing out) and it clears the head after a stressful day in the office and behind the wheel on my way home. All in all we are definitely enjoying the experience as a family and individually.
I had seen for several months dozens of yellow, orange and pink "bib" clad people running round the streets of Peterhead, not being able to run the length of myself, i laughed and drove on!! As the weeks passed i began to recognise some of these strange people and started asking them what they we doing, and more to the point WHY? An advert in the local paper and curiosity made me go along to the beginners meeting. The group is run by a husband and wife team Stephen and Roslyn Bruce and a handful of leaders all welcoming, dedicated and enthusiastic. Everyone is made welcome and encouraged, at whatever level they feel comfortable with, no-one is ever made to do more than they feel comfortable with, but a little encouragement goes along way. That was in February and i am pleased to say i have been promoted in my colour of "bib", not only do i go but my husband and children, it is not only a running club but a social club with many events such as picnics, celebrations, leaving parties and nights out organized for everyone Through the encouragement, dedication, time and effort put in by Stephen, Roslyn and all the leaders i can now not only run the length of myself but nearly 10k.
Hi, Stephen, please forward to Jogscotland my thanks that through your group I have been introduced to jogging! This would never have happened without the regular encouragement and humour from yourself and your great group of leaders. The camaraderie and fun that we have every week sure takes the pain out of the ever-lengthening runs. I just cannot believe I have made it to 7.5k having just started in February this year! You sure are a great motivator, in fact that might be a new name for you - Mr Motivator!! Apart from the increase in exercise I have also now begun having breakfast each morning - a new concept for me - and I have reduced my alcohol intake!! I'm sure these are knock-on effects
I enjoy Jogscotland because it is a well organised, safe, fun and friendly group. I am feeling the benefit of being able to work and run longer without being out of puff so quickly. It is also giving me more general motivation for exercising and healthy eating.
My husband Kevin stopped smoking last Monday night so Jogscotland is perfect for him 2 focus on a new challenge that will benefit him greatly in many ways. I'm thoroughly enjoying the jog sessions and the whole welcoming environment u guys have created is truly an asset 2 your group. My hubby & i have purchased new trainers as u recommended & already we feel they make a difference, u fairly ken your stuff. Your guidance & support is much appreciated & valued. I've also returned 2 my weekly weight watchers meetings here in Mintlaw on a Wednesday night!!! After jogscotland of course.HE.HE.HE. So i can keep the exercise even with healthy eating and start to see my fitness level improve. Thanks again for your time & words of wisdom.
We believe that if we continue to promote our club we can change the communitee for the better!!
Its also a great way to keep our members up to date with what's going on:
- Our website – route, schedule and latests news. www.peterheadjogscotland.com
- Stephen‟s blog (which you can also find on our website) www.peterheadjogscotland.blogspot.com
- Facebook – search for Peterhead Jogscotland (we have over 200 friends)
- Press release in the local papers, The Buchan Observer, The Press & Journal and even Stride Magazine!!
- The Peterhead Handy Pages (a local directory)
- Peterhead Marinathon- we use this event to promote Peterhead Jogscotland, everyone gets a free goody bag with information about Peterhead Jogscotland and when our next groups start.
- Posters – we put posters throughout our town!!
- Open nights – before we start each new session we have an open night to encourage new people to come along and find out more about us.
- Peterhead Harbours Open day- we took a stand at this Charity event, an promoted our group to masses whilst raising money for the Royal National Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen.
- WORD OF MOUTH. Our members are our greatest advertisement and ambassadors.
As our club has grown and developed we have changed our group structures and programmes to suit.
Monday night at 6.30pm we have four groups:
- Beginners walk/jog 1-3 km,
- Intermediate continuous jogging 3-6 km,
- Advanced continuous jogging 6-10 km, and
- A track group called Track Mondays, they concentrate on speed and interval work under Jim Mundie's instruction a qualified coach.
Wednesday night at 6.30pm we have three groups:
- Beginners walk/jog 1-3 km,
- Intermediate continuous jogging 3-6 km, and
- Advanced continuous jogging 6-10 km.
The programmes for all our groups Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced usually take the following structure:
- January - 10 week programme through till the Easter Holidays
- April – 10 week programme through till the Summer Holidays
- August – 15 week programme through till the end of November.
Out with the 35 weeks mentioned above we still organise official sessions of 3k and 5k distances with sometimes a longer run thrown in for those who training for longer runs.
We only stop our official sessions for 2 weeks at Christmas time, and then we still have free informal runs on a Monday and Wednesday night which we call PARK and RUN. No registration we simply park our cars and run, after a short safety briefing off course!!!
Thursday night at 6.30pm we have an informal track group who again concentrate on speed and interval work under Jim Mundie's instruction.
Friday night - we have an informal session where each of the joggers decide what distance they want to do along the same route and all turn at different point on that route!! Following on from this, at the beginning of July we started training for the Peterhead Half Marathon. We started with a 5km and added a 1km every Friday night for 15 weeks. On Sunday 12th September we helped with the organisation of the Peterhead Half Marathon, in aid of the Scottish Spina Bifida Association, and unbelievably 44 members of Peterhead Jogscotland completed the half marathon, 25 of them for the first time!!
Parents on the Run on Friday mornings at 9.10am (school term only), this started as a Mums on the Run, however some of men weren't very pleased as weren't getting a run ha ha, and as a result we adapted to suit.
Peterhead Jogscotland Juniors - In April after the school holidays we have our Peterhead Jogscotland Juniors, for primary school and younger children. This usually lasts for a 6 to 8 week period using the Junior Jogscotland programme. When we started in 2010 we had over 40 children that came along, which was brilliant! At the end of the programme we organised a fun night/party for the kids and all receive a medal and goody bag.
Peterhead Jogscotland Pilates - In 2010 we started a new initiative Peterhead Jogscotland Pilates, Suzie Crane a fully accredited instructor is taking the classes and we believe the classes are helping our joggers in a number of ways:
- Core stability and gluteal muscle stability will improve (reduces lower back pain).
- Breathing comfort will improve.
- Flexibility in some directions will improve.
Without the dedication of our 30 leaders Peterhead Jogscotland would not exist!! All leaders are dedicated to helping our members fulfil their potential whether it be walk/jogging a 3k or running a marathon. All leaders take turns with the different groups so they are with a different group each night. As a result if they are with the Beginners on a Monday night they will be with Intermediate on Wednesday night, the follow Monday night will be with the Advanced group and so on. Each leader takes a turn at back of each group whatever their ability may be. The programme for the week is emailed to leaders at weekend so they know exactly what they will be doing the following week. In e-mail the leader at the back of the group in highlighted in red so every leader knows exactly what's happening. If for some reason they wish to change groups, they will contact another leader from a group, which does happen occasionally. If a leader is unable to attend they will contact the Chairman to inform him, usually by text so he can insure there is plenty of cover for all the groups. All our leaders are identified in the groups by their bright orange jackets marked Jog Leader at the back.
Here is some pictures of our Peterhead Jogscotland leaders to help you recognise them...
We now have over 300 people who attend Peterhead Jogscotland regularly, however, our database contains over 1000 names. As you would expect some people have dropped out as perhaps jogging isn't for them, or for work or personal reasons but many will reappear when circumstances allow and are always welcomed back and we never take them off the database. Peterhead Jogscotland is very much a family affair, (all the Bruces attend!!!) which we are thrilled about, it's just great when we get Mum, Dad, Brother and Sister attending and jogging together!! Our oldest member at this time is Robert Thackeray who is over 60 years YOUNG, and he recently completed his first half marathon at Peterhead. In our Jogscotland Juniors programme we have children as young as 3, accompanied by a parent of course. Robert Sinclair is one of our most dedicated members, never missing a session unless he is away on holiday or is ill. Robert is really loved by everyone and is a real asset to our club. Robert was born with Down's syndrome but it has never hindered him and we are so proud to have him in our club. Robert completed his first 10k in June this year at the Peterhead Lifeboat Fun Run. In November 2010 we were so proud when Robert Sinclair was awarded the Jogscotland Achiever Of The Year at the Scottish Athletics Awards ceremony in Glasgow.
At Peterhead Jogscotland we like to think there is a place for everyone, whatever your ability or age.
Peterhead Jogscotland members are entitled to the following benefits:
1. Discounts of 10% to 15% at Run4 It in Aberdeen,
2. Corporate Membership of the Waterside Leisure Club £199 per annum instead of the usual £400,
3. Free injury prevention advice from a Local Chartered Physiotherapist (Injury Time Clinic) in Peterhead every fortnight at end of the Wednesday night session, and discounted treatment if injury occurs,
4. Subsidised bus travel (sometimes it's even free) to jogging and running events throughout the year, This year we organised buses to the following races:
a. Balmoral Road races,
b. Baker Hughes 10k,
c. Jogscotland 5k Challenges,
5. A number of subsidised social events throughout the year:
a. Christmas party
b. Picnic/ Barbecue in the summer- Battle of the Sexes.
c. Kids Christmas party
d. Meet and Greet Evenings
6. Health Information/ Gait Analysis evening twice a year.
When a member joins Peterhead Jogscotland they are given
Jogscotland membership (or consent form if the member is under
that age of 16),
A Peterhead Jogscotland A-Z
Running zones – blether, puff, and gasp!!!
Jogging schedule for the 10 week session Code of Conduct Also at the end of each 10 week session all of our members are encouraged to complete a feedback card to help us improve the club and address any concerns they might have. ers so they always knew who to go with at all times. They followed the Jogscotland junior programme of games. The feedback from both the kids and the parents was fantastic and we will be organising this again next year. At the end of the 8 week programme we organised an awards/fun night for all the kids who received a medal and a goody bag and a hug from Sammie the Scurry (Seagull), our adopted mascot. We firmly believe that many of these kids will go to be members of Peterhead Jogscotland and possibly be stars of the future given the correct encouragement, instruction and training. Watch this space!! he proceeds from the weight loss challenge are donated usually in the region of £250. They also get a "BIGGEST LOSER" shield and a 6 month membership to the Waterside Inn Leisure Centre (kindly donated). Since we started the Charity Weight Loss in 2008, we have had 5 "Biggest Losers" and the group has lost on average 20 stone. In June 2010 the challenge was a dead heat with Willie Thomson and Michelle Keith both losing just under 2 stone a fantastic achievement. Stuart Robertson. Stuart joined us in January 2009 and weighed about 18 stones, 2 years later Stuart is now 13 and a half stone and now classes himself as an Athlete!! Stuart won our second Charity Weight loss challenge losing 2 and a half stone in 20 weeks and the weight has kept dropping off. Stuart has done amazing and gone from an unfit 18 stone to running a Half Marathon in under 1 hour 50min and in November 2010 he took part and successfully completed the New York Marathon along with Cammy (his brother), Jennifer (sister in-law) and Jason (His close friend). Stuart's enthusiasm for Jogscotland and life in general is a real inspiration to everyone, and a smile is never off his face especially when you mention going for a jog, going to an event, or organising a night out for all the team!! In May 2010 Stuart was awarded our ACHIEVER OF THE YEAR. We are really proud of our latest Charity Weight Loss Challenge Winners. Billy Lovie lost 3 stone 2ibs, Gavin Smith lost 2 stone 9ibs and Elaine Weir lost 1 stone 3ibs. The Peterhead jogscotland Charity Weight Loss Challenge lasts 20 weeks. All challengers donate £5 at the start of the challenge and this money goes to the winnerís nominated charity Billy this year chose McMillan Cancer Support to get the money. Since we started the Charity Weight Loss Challenge we have raised over £1300 for charity. One of the leaders does the weigh in every week, however it totally up to the participants how often they get weighed, some get weighed every week, and some once a month. All information is keep confidential, however every now and then information is given to the group (no names) on total weight loss and the biggest weigh loss to date, to encourage the participants to keep going. All we do is encourage our group to eat healthily, cut out the rubbish and get more active by following the jogscotland programme. We also take in an expert during 20 weeks to give them advice on healthy eating, other than its totally up to them to manage their own eating habits, but the results speak for themselves!! Our next Charity Weight Loss Challenge starts on Monday 17th January 2011, what better way to start the new year by join Peterhead Jogscotland and our Charity Weight Loss Challenge, and lose some weight whilst getting fit.
JOGSCOTLAND COMMUNITY GROUP OF THE YEAR 2010
In November 2010 we were invited back to the Scottish Athletics awards night after being nominated for a second time for the Jogscotland Community Group of the Year. Amazingly again we won the award and this time it was presented by Daley Thompson, twice Olympic gold medalist in 1980 and 1984.
JOGSCOTLAND ACHIEVER OF THE YEAR 2010, ROBERT SINCLAIR
At the Scottish Athletics awards night in Glasgow in November 2010, as well as winning the JogScotland Group of the Year when Robert Sinclair won the Jogscotland Achiever of the Year. Robert is one of our most dedicated member never missing a session unless he is ill or on holiday. Robert is really loved by everyone and is a real asset to everyone at the club. Robert was born with Down syndrome but it has never hindered him! Robert Joined us in 2008 and has progressed every year and completed his first 10K in 2010 in memory of his dad who past away earlier that year.
ABERDEENSHIRE SPORTS COUNCIL GROUP OF THE YEAR 2009
At an award ceremony in Inverurie in March we were awarded the Aberdeenshire Sports Council Group of The Year 2009, an award we were thrilled about when you consider how much sport clubs there are in the whole of Aberdeenshire.
JOGSCOTLAND GROUP OF THE YEAR 2008
At an award ceremony in Glasgow in November 2009 we were awarded the Jogscotland Group of The Year 2008, amazingly only 2 year after we were established! What made it even more amazing, the award was presented by Paula Radcliffe