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Ross County Athletics Club

Ray Cameron, formerly from Elgin, formed the 'Black Isle Athletics Club' (BIAC), in May 1985, at Muir of Ord.

Originally, the club colours were to be a white vest, with grey trim and grey shorts. However, it was eventually decided to make the club colours all black, with a red diagonal, from the right shoulder, down to the left hip.

In its first year, members from the club, participated in Cross Country Races, Road Races, Track and Field events and even sent a few members to the Paris Marathon.
After a couple of years of successful growth, the Club regularly had buses full of athletes, from Tain and Fortrose, travelling to its training nights in Muir of Ord.
Such was its success, the Club won a National Athletics Development Award, from the British Amateur Athletics Board.
David Bedford, Frank Dick and Don Ritchie presented the prestigious award, at the National Hotel in Dingwall. The Club was also given a cheque for several thousand pounds.
At the prestigious presentation ceremony in April 1989, Ray entered discussions with staff from Minolta Office Equipment, who agreed to sponsor the Club. Its name then became, ‘Minolta Black Isle Athletics Club’ (MBIAC).
After a couple of years, the local Minolta office became known as North Office Technology and the Club was briefly called, NOTMBIAC (NOT Minolta Black Isle)!
About 1995, the Club attracted a new sponsor, BP. As a result, the club changed its name to, ‘BP Black Isle AC’ (BPBIAC).
After a fire at the Muir of Ord Clubhouse, the club was forced to temporarily move to Dingwall Academy. After a year, the club moved its base to Alness Academy, where it stayed for a couple of years.
In 2000, the club moved back to Dingwall Academy, where it trained on its large grass track, at the front of the school.
In July 2002, to reflect its Ross-shire membership, the Club name was changed to, ‘Ross County Athletics Club’ (RCAC). At this time, the Club Logo was changed, to incorporate a ‘Caberfeidh’ stag’s head, which is the synonymous symbol of the local area.
In 2005, due to the construction of the new Dingwall Academy on the school’s former playing field and grass track, the Club moved to Dingwall Primary School.
At the end of the 2010 Outdoor Track and Field season, the Club returned to the new Dingwall Academy.
Courtesy of the school, the club now has the use of a new grass track at the rear of the school. It also has the use of adjacent storage space and nearby indoor training facilities.