Ex-Hawick doctor braced for big challenges

Dr Andrew Murray
Dr Andrew Murray

FORMER Hawick GP Andrew Murray is about to embark on an epic journey across East Africa with former Marine Commando Donnie Campbell.

Endurance athlete Dr Murray – a former GP at the Teviot Medical Practice who shot to fame in 2011 when he ran from John O’Groats to the Sahara desert – is preparing for a new challenge which will see him run more than an ultra-marathon (50km) every day, in an 18-day expedition that will include running up and down Mount Kenya and Mount Kilimanjaro. And Dr Murray, who works for the sportscotland institute of sport, aims to discover the secret to the prolific success of East African athletes.

He stated: “There is no better way to find out what makes these athletes so fast, than to spend time in their company and take on some of the biggest challenges East Africa has to offer.”

The former Hawick medic, who won the North Pole Marathon last year, the Antartic Ice Marathon and completed a world record seven ultra-marathons on seven continents in under a week, will also have to contend with the entire mission taking place at high altitude. He added: “It’s all about learning from Africa.”