Andrew: Totally exhausted. Just finished a 500 odd km run across the Namib desert with Donnie . Fantastic support from Sandbaggers, Merrell , Lyprinol , Ross Lawrie and Live the Journey amongst many others. Thanks loads all. Off to ( an actual ) bed.
Donnie: #Namib500 Done!! Time for a drink as running through a desert is thirsty work!! Thanks to everyone who has supported and followed Andrew Murray and myself over the last week Slainte Mhath. more updates and picture to follow once I get a big drink and de-sand, Its official I hate sand!!!
To see previous route maps, click here and scroll to the photo gallery, at the bottom of the article.
Doc Andrew Murray
I’m a doctor, runner, speaker and author.
2015 should be amazing !
It kicks off on 2nd February with an attempt with Donnie Campbell to be the first to run right across the Namib desert – which features the world’s driest climate, highest sand dunes and utterly phenomenal scenery. No doubts our feet will look as if they have been 10 rounds with a lawnmower; you can follow the run via The Namib 550 – sponsored by Lyprinol. And please join us on a virtual World Walk.
Apart from hopefully pulling on the Scotland vest again, I’ll take on a few races abroad and in the UK, and a challenge through some of the UK’s most epic scenery. Work continues promoting exercise for health, whilst looking also more widely at health promotion and the future of health with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow amongst others. The great news is physical activity levels are creeping up in Scotland. Work continues for the European and Challenge Tour Golf, Sport Scotland Institute of Sport, and the newly formed Scottish Running Clinic, whilst my second book “Running Your Best – some Science and Medicine” will hit the shops in the summer.
2014 highlights included running the 10 highest mountains in the UK in a day, placing first in 5 marathons or ultras, and working at the Commonwealth Games, the Ryder Cup, the Tour de France and the likes.
Previously I have been lucky to compete in (and win) a few races in some of the world’s most spectacular locations, from the North Pole, the Jungle, Antarctica and outer Mongolia, and have completed a 2,659-mile run from far North Scotland to the Sahara desert as well as running 7 ultra marathons on 7 continents on 7 consecutive days.
As a Sports and Exercise Medicine doctor, I have worked at the Olympics, for various professional sports teams and on tours and expeditions worldwide. I worked for the Scottish Government as their Physical Activity Champion promoting exercise for health. Becoming and staying physically active is one of the best things you can do for your health. 30 minutes of walking (or any exercise) is better than any preventative medicine, and it’s safe. 60 minutes physical activity a day is the single best present you can give a child.
I needed a good kick up the backside from a mate to get active again after university, and urge everyone to GET ACTIVE today, and spread the word.
Updates from various capers, health promotion stuff and injury advices will appear in my blog and the site content will be updated.
Please take the time to check out my charities. Thanks to you all, over £150k has been raised through various runs for 3 amazing causes.
My first book “Running Beyond Limits” is available via Amazon and the usual book stores.
For talks or inquiries, please get in touch !
Thanks to Richard Else, Mike King, and Dave McFarlane for the pictures on this site.