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PHYSICIAN HEAL THYSELF

DR ANDREW MURRAY TACKLED ILLNESS, INJURY, EXAMS AND A MIND-BOGGLING NUMBER OF MILES TO RUN FROM SCOTLAND TO THE SAHARA DESERT

Imagine setting yourself a challenge that, at best, carries with it the guarantee of injury, illness and overwhelming exhaustion. Imagine it’s a week before that challenge starts and you are struck down with a stomach bug that has you running for the toilet every half an hour and that, by the time it is done with you, will have robbed you of over three kilograms in weight and, in all likelihood, left you with a backside that resembles the flag of Japan.

Those are the circumstances under which Andrew Murray (not that one) embarked on a run from John O’Groats to the Sahara desert last year. Being a doctor who has worked at and run his fair share of ultramarathons in some of the world’s most inhospitable environments, Murray knew the assault he was about to make on his own body. He also knew he had to nip into Edinburgh on the way to sit an exam. As you do.

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About Men's Running

I started running in the mid 1980s. Ask anyone around at the time and they’ll tell you it was the heyday of British middle and long distance running. I got swept along by the Coe versus Ovett battle of the Moscow Olympics and the then addition of Cram for LA in 1984. Britons ruled the world and I loved every second of the battles, the highs, the lows, the medals and the media. These guys were my inspiration and I wanted to be them. They were the reason I started running and it was no surprise that my chosen events were 800 and 1500m. That I was best at these was just an added bonus. There are so many influential figures in our brilliant sport. Some are well known, others less so. So we decided to choose our favourites so that you could also get a little sprinkling of inspiration. Whether it’s Dean Karnazes eating pizza by the roadside or Ron Hill running every day for more than 50 years, we know there’ll be something for everyone. Read and get inspired and hit the road for your next run!