Magic Murray!

Posted in Dishing the Dirt by Matt Ward on Thu 27 Jan '11


Murray (left) with Donnie Campbell

Whilst a certain Andrew Murray is making the headlines in Melbourne, another Scot, and namesake, has just made history with a fantastic feat of endurance running. Dr. Andrew Murray set out on the 8 November last year with the aim of running 2650 miles in just 85 days…


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As it happened he smashed his schedule. Beating the previous ‘world record’ of 52 straight days of marathons. Starting out from John O’Groats he averaged an amazing 34 miles a day for 78 consecutive days to reach the Sahara 7 days ahead of schedule. His home page carries tributes and words of encouragement from the likes of Seb Coe, Sir Ranulph Fiennes and Steve Redgrave.


Writing on his blog Andrew states:

I couldnt be any happier. I’ve just finished my run, comprising 2659 miles from John O groats, and finishing in the magnificent moroccan sahara desert, near the algerian border. The desert was everything it promised to be. Tough, sandy, hot, and no friend of back or achilles pain, but the feeling coming off the high dunes to the finish with my good friend donnie campbell who has run the last 9 days with me was immense. A picture tells a thousand words, and i’ll not bang on about the views and the beauty of the shifting sand but will try to fire some pictures up as soon as i can.


Andrew arrives in the Morrocan Sahara

…and here are a few more images.

The story is all over the web and we are sure that documentaries and books will follow on what must rank of one the most impressive ultra-distance runs of recent times. From MST Andrew, congratulations!

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  1. Paul Bateson Jan 28, 03:11 AM

    A great achievement. Andrew is also head of our medical team at the Al Andalus Ultra Trail. To have a doctor that understands ultra runners is fantastic and to have one who has set world records, won ultras, (only Brit to win a 4Deserts race, the Sahara race), Indo Ultra, Scottish Ultra etc., makes it even better.

  2. Phillip Howells Jan 28, 05:32 AM

    Many congratulation Andrew, truly magnificent achievement.

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