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

MINUS FORTY IN MONGOLIA MARK 2

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

THE COLD COURSE. GOLF AT MINUS 40 IN MONGOLIA

  Golf has been played for centuries, and is played by 55 million people, in 206 countries worldwide.  A little known fact is that a study from Sweden showed that the average golfer lives 5 years longer than those that don’t play, regardless of age, gender, and earnings. But while conditions in Scotland were tough… Continue reading THE COLD COURSE. GOLF AT MINUS 40 IN MONGOLIA

JUST PUT YOU MARATHON YOURSELF ON THE START LINE- THE LOCH RANNOCH

The finish line for a marathon is always one that requires considerable work to get there. I knew that reaching the finish at Loch Rannoch, having had the opportunity to run around the Loch in it’s full autumn glory would be extremely worthwhile, but I could not even think about the finish standing on the… Continue reading JUST PUT YOU MARATHON YOURSELF ON THE START LINE- THE LOCH RANNOCH

UK PARLIAMENT RECOGNISES MAJOR ACTION NEEDED ON PHYSICAL INACTIVITY

I remember when en route running to the Sahara desert feeling a little ashamed. I had been a doctor for about 6 years, but ironically (given that I had just a 4300km run to the Moroccan desert) had not grasped just how good exercise is for health.  I had not been communicating this to my… Continue reading UK PARLIAMENT RECOGNISES MAJOR ACTION NEEDED ON PHYSICAL INACTIVITY

BLOG- KEY KIT FOR RUNNING THE DESERT

It would be a lie to say that the running is the easy bit, but the most common questions I get asked after running say the Namib, the Sahara, or in the Namib desert is around kit, and specifically being a doctor, around medical kit.  Here are the lightweight things that I carry, and maybe… Continue reading BLOG- KEY KIT FOR RUNNING THE DESERT

BLOG- SHARED LESSONS WITH THE TOPNAAR TRIBE

A huge part of travel and adventure for me is about learning.  Trips to Kenya have helped me understand more about what leads to elite performance in running, whilst Mongolia brought it home to me that happiness is more important than having things. Namibia has a few of the same challenges as parts of Scotland… Continue reading BLOG- SHARED LESSONS WITH THE TOPNAAR TRIBE

PHYSICAL INACTIVITY POISED TO BE TAKEN AS SERIOUSLY AS SMOKING

A group of FIFTEEN, of the leading medical organisations in Scotland, have produced a report calling for the NHS to take major action on physical inactivity, and urging a series of sensible, concrete, and wide ranging actions. The Scottish Government have welcomed the report, and will look at the recommendations which I think will lead… Continue reading PHYSICAL INACTIVITY POISED TO BE TAKEN AS SERIOUSLY AS SMOKING

INCREASING PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

We know instinctively that exercise is good for health.  Our parents and doctors have probably told us so but this week highlighted the increased evidence that increasing physical activity for ourselves, our friends and family, and for the population in general will drive a huge increase in health and happiness. Surely no bad thing.  The… Continue reading INCREASING PHYSICAL ACTIVITY