We have recently had the priviledge of seeing Doc Andrew Murray at the College of Podiatry Conference in Glasgow, Scotland November 17-19 as he was one of the main keynote speakers.
Dr Andrew Murray, running in Scotland
Dr. Murray is a doctor of Sports Medicine and also an amazing marathon runner. He has accomplished some tremendous marathons including:
- A 4,300km run from far north Scotland to the Sahara desert
- 7 ultra-marathons on the 7 different continents in under a week- whoa!!!
- The first run across the mighty Namib desert with Donnie Campbell
- A run across East Africa.
Race wise, he's placed first in the North Pole Marathon, the Antarctic Ice Marathon, the Gobi Challenge, the Indo Jungle Ultra, and races closer to home, whilst also competing for Scotland in various events.
He has written two books “Running Beyond Limits” and “Running Your Best – Some Science Medicine” that are available via Amazon and book stores. Dr. Murray also has a DVD called the Ultimate Marathon Man.
In March of 2016, Dr. Murray received the prestigious National Adventure Award for Scotland. He has worked at the Olympic, Paralympic, Commonwealth Games, the Ryder Cup, and with various national and international squads. He currently works for the European and Challenge Tour Golf, the SportScotland Institute of Sport, and the Scottish Rugby Union from the elite sport side of things. Doc Andrew's main passion is about increasing physical activity for health. He has worked for the Scottish Government as their first “physical activity champion”, and enjoy doing research with the University of Edinburgh in the area of health and activity.
To give you a taste of one of Dr. Andrew Murray's latest adventures, here is a snippet of his January expedition to Mongolia where he both raced in the Genghis Khan Ice Marathon and did a personal challenge 100-mile, 24-hour run from the region of Genghis Khan’s birth, through the Terelj national park, to the modern day capital of Ulan Bator. These runs are all done for charitible causes which are listed below and how you can still contribute.
Mongolia Winter 2016 - Genghas Khan Ice Marathon
Ben Starav, Scotland on 28th December 2014: Donnie Campbell and Doctor Andrew Murray running near the summit of Ben Starav, a Munro in the West Highlands of Scotland
© Colin Henderson
With average temperatures of -40 celcius, and the lowest density of human habitation on earth, Mongolia in winter is widely considered one of the most beautiful, yet savage places on earth. Perhaps it is unsurprising that few have attempted any serious endurance challenges there in winter, but January 2016 will see myself and a band of hardy international adventurers attempt the inaugural Genghis Khan Ice Marathon, run not on land, but along the frozen Tuul gol river, an area heavily populated with wolves, with the route patrolled by teams of huskies to ensure safety, and that supplies get through. At the conclusion of this, I will take on a 100-mile, 24-hour run from the region of Genghis Khan’s birth, through the Terelj national park, to the modern day capital of Ulan Bator. Read more about this adventure on Doc Andrew Murray's blog.
Clearly both the marathon, and the longer run will be extremely taxing. One is a race, the other a personal challenge looking to test myself to the limit in one of the most remote and extreme environments on earth. There are other fun elements to the trip. Which will be organised by Dave Scott, and the expert Sandbaggers team. A wild golf event will be played on Mongolia’s only upland course, while we will cut some holes in the ice to make further holes along the river. The famous Ulan Batar Burns Supper, will also take place during the expedition, a social event not to be missed in Mongolia.
The Genghis Khan Ice Ultra took place 26th January, with my solo endeavour shortly after. The expedition, as well as supporting local projects in Mongolia, will be raising awareness and cash for Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH), and Riding for the Disabled (RDA) – please donate on my Ghengis Khan Ice Marathon’s fundraising page.