IN the second of our features with our new co-captains, we chat to Jack Fullerton about his journey from being a running novice to a qualified coach within a couple of years.
Q. Could you tell us about your back story with CAAC?
A. In 2019, as a very infrequent or non-runner I set myself the challenge of getting fit and signed up for the Loch Ness Marathon. I enjoyed the training and had to keep going with my running so decided to look for a club. I emailed Dave Henderson and started training with Corstorphine in October 2019.
Training with Jan and Dave’s squad for the next couple of years, my passion for running grew and I began my coaching journey in 2021 with the junior and development squad, completing my UKA Level 1 and then Level 2 in 2023 with a focus on endurance. In May 2022, I began training with Moray Anderson’s squad as I began to challenge myself further and develop more of a track focus. I have had the opportunity to train with a wide range of CAAC athletes and be coached by several great coaches.
Q. What is your preferred event or distance?
A. My preferred distances are long distances such as 5K or 10K on road, although I do like to mix it up with my recent, very painful 800m relay debut as well as longer trail races. In pushing myself and trying new events I often struggle or end up having a difficult race, but this helps me build resilience as an athlete and ultimately come back stronger.
Q. How did the co-captaincy come about?
A. I am really looking forward to co-captaining with Janet, a kind and committed clubmate who is well liked by all. Janet and I both trained in Jan and Dave's squad together when I joined CAAC and we also both represented the club together at the Scottish Athletics awards night this year which was great fun. I think together we will represent, and be available to, a wide range of athletes.
Q. What are your main strengths – and what plans do you have for the role?
A. I aim to be consistent and hard working with my training, something I try to convey in my coaching, encouraging athletes to believe in themselves and put in the work to achieve long-term goals. I also try to have fun and enjoy the time I have with clubmates – training and competing is a great part of my social life. We are aiming to bring about some great events and opportunities for our clubmates in the coming months.
Graeme has left a huge legacy in his work as outgoing club captain, having been involved in every aspect of the club and in his brilliant work in securing fundraising to expand our frame running facilities. He has been very helpful and I look forward to continuing to work with him in his new role as vice-president.
Finally, what would your message be to current and potential future members?
Joining an athletics club is the best decision I have made. Becoming competitive in sport again has given me a real drive to achieve and give back. I would highly recommend becoming involved in Scottish Athletics coaching qualifications to understand your sport better and to develop the next generation of athletes. In terms of training as an athlete, consistency is key, so get the best out of the club by training and competing consistently and you will improve massively.