We caught up with two of our club members who graduated through our beginner's group this time last year to ask them how they were getting on.

Here's Karen Gatehouse and Fiona Latimer to tell you their experience after completing the course.

In April of last year, a friend and I decided to sign up for the ADAC couch to 5k programme.  I hadn't run in almost 20 years and even then, never more than about a mile without struggling.  My intention was to be able to run 5k and maybe get in better shape before the summer - certainly no more than that.  

About 16 beginners turned up at the first session along with 5 or 6 ADAC members.  The group varied in age and ability but everyone was really friendly and incredibly supportive.  Barry, who led the programme, explained how it worked and off we went, the first week running for a minute then walking for a minute. Ten weeks later, I ran my first 5k (without stopping) in a time of 34 minutes and 32 seconds.  Job done.

I wouldn't say I actually enjoyed running initially, but the sense of achievement when I managed to go further or faster made it worthwhile, so after I returned from holiday I decided to go along to one of the weekly track sessions.  By now I'd met a fair few of the members and realised that what I'd previously thought was a serious running club for experienced runners, is actually just a group of men and women who love running and want to encourage other people to do the same.  Yes, there are some phenomenal runners (quite a lot actually) but everyone goes at their own pace and supports each other.  On top of that, it's just good fun!  

A year down the line, I've ran in three 10k races and have got my 5k time down to just over 29 minutes.  I'm never going to be fast, but I am improving.  There's no way I'd have kept up running, particularly over the winter months, if it wasn't ADAC.  Heading out on a cold, dark, wet December night to run round a forest and enjoying it? Really? 

I was supposed to take part in my first half marathon four weeks from now but Covid 19 has scuppered that.  I've more or less kept my training up though and plan to run on the day, albeit not in Edinburgh and not with my friends.  

Over the last month, ADAC has adapted and kept going, driven by the amazing Joe Boardman.  We're taking part in a virtual league which has provided some light relief from the day to day challenges we're all facing at the moment.  Some 'good natured competition' has kept us focussed and definitely lightened the mood! 

I can honestly say that taking the first step in going along to the beginners group was the best thing I've done in the last year.  I'm fitter, healthier and can pretty much eat as much post race cake as I want!  Aside from that, I've made some amazing new friends and am proud to be one of the ADAC family.  

I've also learned (thanks Norman) that age grading means getting older isn't actually such a bad thing.

I was looking for a local club that would help me get back to running 5k.  I saw the 10 week beginners course on the ADAC web page and started with Barry as our trainer in April 2019. Every session was different but always supported by friendly helpful members of ADAC. Once the beginners group graduated I wanted to continue and joined the track sessions on Thursday night with coach Joe and joined ADAC club. I've not looked back and love the ADAC family and have got some great friends now because of the club. I've run 10k races, done cross country runs, hill sessions and now training for a half marathon. Far exceeding my original plan to just run 5k. Even with lockdown Joe has kept us going with his weekly challenges. Thank you Joe and all the ADAC family.‚Äč


Heather Allam has managed what few of us can and that is to run every day in May. I caught up with her last week to find out how she was doing and why she decided to take on this challenge.


Here's Heather

 "During this lockdown, I wanted to challenge myself to do something I never thought I would do. Run everyday in May. I know many of you already do this, but not me. I maybe run 3/4 times a week (if that).

   I admit,I’m not the most confident of runners and am embarrassed at my slow pace,but it’s faster than sitting on the sofa!

  I started with no game plan of such, as long as I ran a minimum of one mile. I did a mixture of treadmill runs, run/walks, track runs, 5Ks and a 10K ( all social distancing). 

 It’s definitely not been easy and some of the toughest have been a simple one mile on the treadmill.

 Have I nearly given up? I’m proud to say no, but I can be stubborn like that.

 Now I only have a few days left and I can’t imagine taking a day off and on the 31st finish this month in grand style (fingers crossed). Progress not Perfection."


Heather completed her challenge yesterday. Well done Heather especially in the heat !

29 April 2020Run 5km for the NHS


A tremendous effort from ADAC athletes this week raising over £220 for the local NHS by running 5km and donating £5 to the Justgiving site below. Superb effort folks. Keep it coming.  The Justgiving page is below.




On Sunday, ADAC runner Geoff ran the "Lockerbie Marathon" in his own back garden. He was due to compete in the London marathon today which was sadly cancelled. He decided to do the event as he had been in training for it for about 6 months and it was an opportunity to raise some money for his chosen charity GENETIC DISORDERS UK.

Geoff completed his run just before 2pm today and was delighted that the event has raised over £2300. Any more donations are welcome to his Justgiving page


He would like to thank all of his club members and family and friends who have supported him along the way both prior to the event and on the day.



Round 1 results

Our two captains go head to head with their teams ready for battle.

Jack and the Youngsters v Heather and the oldies.

After a weekend of stunning performances the average scores were as follows:

OLDIES 62.23%


It has been a fabulous weekend of running for ADAC both young and old.

Well done to both captains this week on a very close competition. Next weekend we will continue with round 2 and we will be running either 15/30/45 minutes. You can decide on your proffered time and captains must ensure that each time slot has at least 3 runners competing.

Course must be mainly FLAT however this time.

Competition begins on FRIDAY evening through to SUNDAY.

The selfie next week will be a simple folded arms but also chest out and proud to be an ADAC member kinda face.

Good luck !


Over the weekend ADAC runners got out for their exercise and competed in the first ever virtual 5km race.

Runners were paired up in teams of two and were evenly matched by means of their age grade %.

This meant that that winning team would have the highest % between them.

The age grade % is a way of determning your overall performance no matter what age both male and female. 

The task was to complete 5km on any course and post the time.

Members thoroughly enjoyed the event and nearly 30 seniors took part over the weekend.

The event was a huge success and was won by the team of "Dashing divas"  aka Louise Hopper and Rosie Ogg.

The series continues this weekend with a half marathon divided between the two runners.

Results will be published on our website.

Well done everyone !



After the final race of the series "Dashing Divas" are crowned champions. It has been a fabulous competition and our next Series is the "Oldies v Youngsters"

Stay tuned.

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