SCOTS CAN WIN GOLD SAYS ULTRA-RUNNING DOC

Endurance athlete Dr Andrew Murray yesterday completed an epic journey across East Africa in search of the secrets behind what he labels “the single greatest, most concentrated production line of world-class talent in sport”. Dr Murray, along with former Royal Marine Commando Donnie Campbell, ran up and down the 5,895metre / 19,341feet Mount Kilimanjaro in… Continue reading SCOTS CAN WIN GOLD SAYS ULTRA-RUNNING DOC

LESSONS FROM THE BEST – KENYAN TRIALS AND JOHN NGUGI

A major focus of the expedition is to work out what makes the Kenyans the best in the world at long distance running. As background at the last world championships one Kenyan village won more medals than the UK, France or Germany. The Kenyan championship trials did not disappoint. Where else on Earth would you… Continue reading LESSONS FROM THE BEST – KENYAN TRIALS AND JOHN NGUGI

MOUNT KENYA IN A DAY

Chogoria was an incredible place to visit – a real appreciation of what is possible with limited resources in a hospital and amazing hospitality. But one of Kenya’s great endurance challenges awaited – running Mount Kenya in a day. The mountain itself is vastly different to Mount Kilimanjaro, with multiple jagged peaks piercing the sky.… Continue reading MOUNT KENYA IN A DAY

GOING HOME

I am from Aberdeen, and Jennie and I now live in Edinburgh but Chogoria, Kenya will always be a home for me. I lived there from the ages of 2 until 8 while my dad and mum worked at the local mission hospital, so having the chance to weave a visit into the itinerary was… Continue reading GOING HOME

ANIMAL MAGIC

One of the best things about Mount Kilimanjaro, is that you can see it even having run 100km away from it. East Africa is never boring with the hustle and bustle of downtown Arusha – mayhem – to the open wildlife filled plains. It is a beautiful but unforgiving place. It seems even the sun… Continue reading ANIMAL MAGIC

KILIMANJARO IN A DAY

Arrived in Africa. Driving South to Arusha, Mount Kilimanjaro loomed into view. Proud and snow capped Mount Kilimanjaro is instantly recognisable dwarfing the 14,000 feet Mount Meru. I will be on expedition with Donnie Campbell – a former marine commando and the current Scottish 100km champion. Basti Haag one of the worlds leading speed climbers… Continue reading KILIMANJARO IN A DAY

SCOTS DUO RUN UP MOUNT KILIMANJARO IN 7 HOURS

Endurance athletes Dr Andrew Murray, and Donnie Campbell yesterday ran up and down the 5,895 metres of Mount Kilimanjaro in a day. Remarkably this feat merely marked the start of a significant undertaking from the pair, who aim to run an ultra-marathon each day for the next 17 days, including runs up Mt Kenya, through… Continue reading SCOTS DUO RUN UP MOUNT KILIMANJARO IN 7 HOURS

ACCLIMATISATION

So we have arrived in Africa. For me, the flights are always the most nerve wracking parts of the trip – will vital bags be lost, etc. – so the touchdown in Nairobi was a relief. Nairobi is a blizzard of colour and noise. It’s an absolute mayhem but the trip south to Arusha yielded… Continue reading ACCLIMATISATION

SCOTS PAIR SET FOR EPIC AFRICAN JOURNEY OF DISCOVERY

Endurance athlete Dr Andrew Murray, who works for the sportscotland institute of sport, is set to embark on a spectacular challenge across East Africa with former Marine Commando Donnie Campbell. Beginning on 1st July, the pair will run more than an ultra-marathon (50km) every day in an epic 18-day run across East Africa, that will… Continue reading SCOTS PAIR SET FOR EPIC AFRICAN JOURNEY OF DISCOVERY