What a fantastic week! Paul Dunstan and I took on a challenge to run over a marathon a day, and play a game of golf each day, while running London to Paris, arriving at Le National- the venue for the 2018 Ryder Cup. We accumulated 333km, and approximately 380,000 steps each, ate about 35000 calories… Continue reading RUNNING LONDON TO PARIS. THE RYDER CUP RUN. DONE!
This time last week, I was in hospital hooked up to a drip. A lumbar puncture had shown there were either bacteria or viruses in the membranes that line my brain and spinal canal. I had a high fever, a massive headache, and quite a stiff neck and back. Fortunately I received outstanding care from… Continue reading GETTING OVER VIRAL MENINGITIS, AND THE RYDER CUP RUN
There were multiple purposes to my visit, first among them was to further experience the charm and culture of Mongolia, which I enjoy more every time I come. The advantage of small race groups allow a genuine insight into daily life in temperatures that often dip below minus 40 in winter. As the horn signified… Continue reading GENGHIS KHAN MARATHON 2017 DONE
Some like it hot, but they would have been disappointed by the mountains of Mongolia which hosted the Genghis Khan Marathon in temperatures of minus 32 Celsius. The task was to navigate through a frozen river network, before enjoying traditional Mongolian and Scottish festivities. Nowhere can beat Mongolia for the sense of space, and remoteness,… Continue reading GENGHIS KHAN MARATHON 2017 DONE
Very few places excite taxi drivers, but Mongolia seems to do that to everybody. Pavel was chock full of questions, of a place that at this time of year is one of extreme beauty, temperatures and terrain.This time last year, I was running from the reputed birthplace of Genghis Khan to the modern day capital of… Continue reading MINUS FORTY IN MONGOLIA MARK 2
What works in promoting physical activity? I’ve been part of a group at the University of Edinburgh, and the International Society for Physical Activity and Health who have distilled this hugely important message down into an infographic. Whether you are a member of the public, or press, please share widely! The key health challenge of… Continue reading BEST INVESTMENTS FOR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY- WHAT WORKS
A prevailing interest of mine has always been promoting exercise for health. Partly in an effort to get better at conducting research, and partly out of curiosity I decided to do a PhD looking at golf and health. The first part of this was to see what was out there- by doing a scoping review.… Continue reading GOLF AND HEALTH
I am totally honoured to have been nominated for, and subsequently won a National Adventure Award 2016. The National Adventure Awards are a real highlight of the year, bringing together adventurers from the 4 corners of the British Isles to celebrate what everyone has got up to in the last year, and throw ideas around… Continue reading NATIONAL ADVENTURE AWARD WIN!
Having found the Genghis Khan Ice Marathon both arduous and spectacular, it was with some trepidation I looked at the map plotting the route that Genghis Khan took hundreds of years ago from the Tuul and Terelj gorges at the base of the Khenti mountains, the land of his birth to the modern day capital… Continue reading RUNNING 100KM AT MINUS 40 CELCIUS. JOB DONE
Put it on your bucket list, but pack your gloves and balaclava. I have just completed the inaugural Genghis Khan Ice Marathon in Outer Mongolia, which is just an incredible event. Standing on the start line it was -34 celcius. This was better than expected, with temperatures of -47 celcius recorded the week before the… Continue reading THE GENGHIS KHAN ICE MARATHON- PUT IT ON YOUR BUCKET LIST