Running Challenges


2012 was another great year, running and travel wise. The biggie I suppose was running 7 ultra-marathons, on each of the 7 continents in 5 days 14 hours, but I also managed to place first overall in each of the North Pole Marathon, The Gobi Challenge, and the Antarctic Ice Marathon. There were challenges, and hiccups encountered on each of these, for example breaking a wrist 10 days before the North Pole, but fortunately they all worked out.

Run The World challenge - Sydney
Run The World challenge: 7 Ultramarathons, on each of the 7 continents in 5 days 14 hours – Finish Line

For 2013, the over-riding goals are the same – to enjoy running, and see a bit of the world. But I also want to learn a bit from the best, what makes them so fast, what makes them so consistent, and why is David Rudisha always smiling. I am lucky in the work that I do with Scottish Institute for Sport, and UK Athletics to have some insight into this, but I really fancy heading back to East Africa, where I grew up, and learning from the Kenyans.
So a long jog in East Africa in the summer is the priority, and while I am there I will take in the main mountains, game parks, and things to see. More about this in the next blog. I would also like to take in some iconic sites like the Giant’s causeway, and the Dolomites and run there, and also test myself a wee bit in the UK and internationally – I have not trained specifically for a race in the UK before or a championship, and will give this a go.
Dolomites, Italy
Dolomites, Italy

Rough Schedule – TBC
March, 31st – Scottish Athletics 50km Champs Perth
May, 4th – Giants Causeway Race. Northern Ireland
June, 8th – Dirty 30, Lochalsh
June 26th – July 20, Run High Africa
July, 25th – Trans D’Havet Ultra, Dolomites, Italy
September, 21st – Sri Chimnoy 24-hour race
October, 28th to November, 3rd – Himalayan 100 miler and Everest Challenge Marathon

Health Physical Education


From February 2012 to February 2013 I worked full time pretty much for the Scottish Government as their Physical Activity Champion – I also did some work for London 2012 and others, but my focus was definitely Physical Activity. With Ministers, and our Chief medical Officer leading the charge, we got a lot done. Physical Activity for health is now a much higher priority in Scotland, at National, Local, and Community level.
The reasons for this are obvious – getting people more active saves lives, prevents disease, improves quality of life and saves the taxpayer about £800 million in Scotland. So it’s great to see this high up on the agenda, and great to pass on the role of Physical Activity Champion to Dr David White – no better man.
Here is a fun infographic that can be used freely:
30 Minutes of Exercise – The Key to a Happier Health
I’ll carry on looking to promote physical activity for health in any way I can, but this year my full time work is concluding SEM training, working in sport, with Scottish Rugby, Scottish Institute of Sport, The European Tour Golf, and UK Athletics.
The next 6 weeks will be concentrated on the 6 Nations campaign with Scottish Rugby, working with National Team Doctor, and British Lions doc James Robson. It will also involve work with Edinburgh Rugby, and it will be great to learn from the likes of James, and contribute to the mix.
The Scottish Institute of Sport is another place I’ll be lucky to work, with Dr Brian Walker, and Niall Elliot, working with the performance athletes in Scotland.
Additionally, I’m doing 9 tournaments for the European Tour and Challenge Tour Golf, which will come together to give me a great breadth of experience moving forward
It promises to be an intense, but fantastic year.