THE 2 HOUR MARATHON COMES TO EDINBURGH

There is a  fantastic event Sunday 23rd in Edinburgh giving you the chance to run fast, watch others running at World Record pace, and hear about how the 2 hour barrier for the marathon can be broken. Tickets can be bought here, http://www.edinburghemergencymedicine.com/summer-fair

Running School in Kenya

Running School in Kenya

I am looking forward to a run and supporting the event, raising cash for the excellent Medic 1.

Please share this and the info below as widely as possible, it will be a top event, supporting an excellent cause and the chance to win great prizes including pairs of Merrell shoes!

Breaking two hours for a marathon will be a moment of history, pushing beyond what most thought the human body was capable of. People remember where they were when Mt Everest was climbed, or when the mile was first run in under four minutes by Sir Roger Bannister.  It will be the same for the first sub-two-hour marathon. On Sunday, 23rd August, at the Meadows in Edinburgh, a terrific charity event will offer people the chance to run at two-hour marathon pace for a few hundred yards (or to watch others try) and to hear from the expert who has researched what it would take for an athlete to smash through the two-hour barrier. The two-hour marathon event is part of the Medic 1 Summer Fair, which will offer a range of fun filled activities and will help raise money to support the Medic 1 Trust – saving lives, and providing better emergency healthcare in South East Scotland.

Ed Caesar, author of Two Hours:The Quest To Run The Impossible Marathon said: “Two hours is running’s Everest- a feat once seen as impossible for the human body. Now we can glimpse that mountain top.  On the 23rd, I’ll talk about how this could be potentially achieved, and about my years of researching the world’s greatest runners. It’s also going to be great fun watching people try to run at two-hour marathon pace on the treadmills at Footworks.”

Dr Andrew Murray, a Sport and Exercise doctor at Edinburgh University and Scottish International distance runner, said: “This will be an outstanding day.  I’ll look forward to trying to run at World Record marathon pace if only for a few minutes at most, and hearing from Ed. Both Ed and myself have spent time with top British athletes, but also in Kenya, which is home to the single most concentrated production line of world class talent on earth.  His insights into the culture, and how you can run faster yourself, will be fascinating.  And every penny raised will go towards helping support emergency medical care in Scotland. The team locally already do a tremendous job. If you have a cardiac arrest in Edinburgh, you are more likely to survive than if you had one practically anywhere else in the world”

St Patrick’s High School Pupils

St Patrick’s High School Pupils

Dr Dave Caesar, Consultant in Emergency Medicine, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh added “The Medic 1 Trust has been supporting the provision of specialist pre-hospital care to the people of South East Scotland since 1988, and funds equipment and training to the team based in the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh Emergency Department.  This summer fair will raise vital funds for this charity, and should be a great family afternoon out in the meadows, with lots of activities for all ages and abilities, cake stalls, ice cream, and a chance to hear from award-winning writer Ed Caesar about his book “Two Hours, The Quest to Run the Impossible Marathon.  He will also be signing copies.  The event is kindly supported by Footworks Edinburgh, Penguin Random House UK, Di Rollo’s Ice Cream & Merrell UK.  It is also a way of promoting regular physical activity- we know regular exercise is one of the best things you can do for your health, a message we strongly believe in as doctors and health professionals.” To buy tickets, please follow the link here . http://www.edinburghemergencymedicine.com/summer-fair Or you can purchase them on the day on the gate at the marquee or in the Footworks shop.

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  1. There is more info about the vital work of Medic 1 at
  2. Www.edinburghemergencymedicine.com/medic1-about/<http://Www.edinburghemergencymedicine.com/medic1-about/>
  3. Further information about Two Hours:The Quest To Run The Impossible Marathon
  4. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Two-Hours-Quest-Impossible-Marathon/dp/0670921890

For further information

Ed Caesar ewcaesar@gmail.com

Andrew Murray docandrewmurray@googlemail.com

Dave Caesar Dave.Caesar@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk

NEW YEAR TO GET OUT AND GET ACTIVE

lappingthecouchFirst of all the great news. Thanks to the huge generosity and efforts of family, friends, and companies like Footworks Edinburgh, Merrell UK, Tribesports, the Balmoral Hotel and UVU racing, and dare I say it many people reading this blog, we reached our targets from Lessons From Africa. A special thanks also to Arnaud le Marie for his fantastic and unstinting website work, and to Ross Lawrie for producing brilliant Graphic Designs, posters, and other great stuff all of which has led to the success of this project, and previous ones also.  Over 1000 pairs of shoes have been sent out to support Running Across Borders, over £10,000 raised to support African Palliative Care Association, and vital medical equipment has gone out to support Chogoria Hospital. Massive, massive thanks everyone.

New years bring new ambitions. I love the simplicity of a poster I saw “No matter how slowly you are going, you will still lap those on the couch”. It’s kept me going in December, when times were slow and the days cold.

2014 will be a huge year for sport in Scotland, and one that I’m looking forward to enormously.  There will be fairly major personal challenges from a running/ adventure point of view, and some great stuff going on at work.

Next week sees my first outing race wise of 2014, racing the Anglesey Coastal Trail Series  http://www.endurancelife.com/event-new.asp?series=82&location=267 . It’s a 34 odd miler, with about 1000metres of ascent and descent in a fabulous part of the world.   I’m usually one to pick races based on a place I fancy going and the seaside villages, coastal tracks and stunning beaches as well as the customary hills sound an ideal way to spend a Saturday morning.  As a bonus it is on a Saturday, so we can go climbing in nearby Snowdonia the day after.  The last time I was in Snowdonia, I did the Welsh 3000 feet peak challenge in winter, climbing all the 3000 peaks consecutively and running between them. The itinerary on Sunday might be a little less hectic.

The weekend also offers a chance to race in some new kit. My principal sponsor for 2014 are Merrell UK. I’ve enjoyed working with them last year, partly due to the top quality of their footwear and clothing but also they are good people- for example donating 150 pairs of new trainers to Running Across Borders during last year’s Africa trip.  I’m delighted to be a brand ambassador for both footwear and clothing this year, and a Merrell Pack leader. You can join the pack here, for information and lots of free giveaways.

Both weekends so far have offered the chance to do what I enjoy best- get outdoors. Last Saturday we had some fairly variable (glorious sunshine to white-out) weather up Beinn a Ghlo and a few of the Perthshire mountains and felt we’d earned a beer at the finish. In preparation for an epic challenge this summer, both Donnie Campbell and myself will be spending a load of time in the mountains.  This weekend I’m up in Crieff with the family enjoying some outrageous sunshine and doing a load of outdoor things.

Last year I had the chance to climb, run, bike and hike in a load of cool places, from the Dolomites to East Africa, but actually many of the amazing days were in the UK- running along the Giant’s Causeway and immense adjacent rock formations to days in the forests, on the coast, or in the mountains of Scotland. We also had some almost perfect weather for a week in the lake district.  This year will be no different, with trips planned at home and abroad- it is incredible what you can see in even a day.

Andrew & Kids

Work wise having largely worked in sport for the last year, I’ll start to direct more efforts into getting more people more active more often. For some of the reasons why check out a cool video called 23 ½ hrs, whilst January means that 6 Nations Rugby is round the corner, where I’ll be assisting Dr James Robson with the Scotland team during February as well as doing ongoing work with European Tour and Challenge Tour Golf, and the SportScotland Institute of Sport.

I’ve also started writing my second book – which will offer insights and smart solutions into the Science and Medicine of running for longer, and faster. I’ll share excerpts from this on my blog.

I’m speaking at a few (public) events in February, these ones feature some great line ups: Edinburgh Mountain Film Festival and Sports and Exercise Medicine Symposium.

Andrew