About Orkney Athletic and Running Club
How Orkney Athletic and Running Club Got Started
Arthur Groundwater started what is known today as Orkney Athletic and Running Club back in 1987, coaching a handful of athletes at Stromness Academy. Originally called Team Raven Athletics Club, the team changed its name to Stromness Athletic Club and affiliated with Scottish Athletics in 1988. When the Pickaquoy Centre opened in Kirkwall in 1997, the Club decided to make the track at Picky their home and rebrand as Orkney Athletic Club.
Orkney Athletic and Running Club was formed with the merger of Orkney Athletic Club and Orkney Running Club in 2021. This combined entity achieved charitable status (SCIO) on 6th October 2021 and operates under the management of a board of trustees. It currently has over 100 members, the majority of whom are Junior Members (9-18 years of age).
You can read more about our Vision, Mission and Values here: https://www.orkneyarc.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/OARC-Vision-Mission-and-Values-1.pdf