17 October 2014
Below is some information from SportScotland about an event I am excited about being involved with on Monday.  Please follow the links and come along. John Ngugi and Euan Burton are absolutely top athletes and people with stories worth sharing.
‘Being your Best’ is the theme of an event being organised by the Fitness Assessment and Sports Injuries Clinic (FASIC), based at the University of Edinburgh on Monday (20 October). It’s a theme as applicable to school-aged children making their first steps in a sport to top Scottish athletes who already benefit from individually tailored programmes through the likes of the sportscotland institute of sport.

With John Ngugi and athletes in Kenya
With John Ngugi and athletes in Kenya

John Ngugi, 1988 Olympic 5000m gold medallist and 5 x World Champion is one of the three guest speakers on the evening.  Revered in his homeland of Kenya, Ngugi is regarded as one of the greatest middle distance runners of all time.  In what promises to be a fascinating talk, he will share his thoughts on ‘what it takes to win Olympic gold.’ The FASIC event is supporting the John Ngugi Foundation, an organisation that aims to help young athletes in Kenya.
From a Scottish perspective, keynote speakers will include Scottish judoka and 2014 Commonwealth Games gold medallist Euan Burton and Dr Andrew Murray.  The latter is an ultra-distance runner and a sport and exercise medicine consultant to the sportscotland institute of sport.
Speaking ahead of the event, John Ngugi commented: “What does it take to become an Olympic Champion?  Why have Kenyan runners won so many golds and broken so many records? My motto is train hard, fight easy and believe.  If you train hard you will be successful but belief is also vital to be your best. I look forward to sharing my insights and those from my country when I come to Scotland. I also look forward to hearing from experts at the sportscotland institute of sport and Edinburgh University and taking these ideas back to Kenya.  In particular, I am honoured to be opening the Scottish Running Clinic at the University.”
Success looks like this
Murray, who recently ran Scotland’s ten highest Munro’s in under 24 hours, has previously visited Kenya to gain insights to the factors that help the East African country produce so many world-class track middle and long distance athletes.
On Monday Murray will offer insights to how ‘science and medicine can improve performance’ while Burton will recall his experience of preparing for and competing at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Murray commented: “On Monday we’ll hear from two incredible athletes. John Ngugi, both physiologically and in terms of medals won, is amongst the greatest athletes the world has known. He was a real pioneer for Kenya, a country that in world terms remains the most successful nation in middle and long distance running.
“Euan Burton’s (2014) Commonwealth Games gold winning performance was one of the iconic moments of the summer. As a coach and part of the sportscotland institute of sport, he contributed to what is the single greatest and most concentrated production line of medals in Scottish Commonwealth Games history, with 93% of the judo athletes in Team Scotland winning medals. As an athlete and as part of the team behind the team his insights promise to be fascinating.”
Event information
The “Being Your Best” event will be held within the Anatomy Lecture Theatre, University of Edinburgh from 630pm-830pm on Monday 20 October.
Tickets for the event are £10 each and are available through the EventBrite site:
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Notes to the editor
For interview requests with John Ngugi, in the first instance please contact: Malcolm Anderson – Mob: 07956098281 /
For comment from Dr Andrew Murray please contact Dr Murray directly on:
Issued on behalf of sportscotland and organised by 3×1 Public Relations, Tel: 0131 225 7700.
The event has been staged through help with FASIC University of Edinburgh, Running Across Borders, Purple Reign, the John Ngugi Foundation, Edinburgh Sports and Exercise Medicine Society, Merrell UK, Footworks, Judo Scotland and Sportscotland
Scottish Running Clinic