Mongolia Winter

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.

Doctor Andrew Murray running near the summit of Ben Starav
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

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.

Doctor Andrew Murray, running in Scotland
Dr Andrew Murray, running in Scotland

The Genghis Khan Ice Ultra will take 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.
Glasgow based DigitalPict photography will provide event photography, and HUTC will capture documentary and news video footage. All my kit as always will be provided by Merrell UK.