GP Andrew Murray to run seven world ultra marathons

Andrew Murray Andrew Murray hopes people will walk, run or cycle 5km each day he is away

Related Stories

A GP is to run seven ultra marathons on seven continents in seven days in an attempt to promote health and raise more than £10,000 for charity.

Andrew Murray, who is from Aberdeen and now lives in Edinburgh, was recruited by the Scottish government to highlight the importance of physical activity.

His challenge will take him to Antarctica, Patagonia, Atlanta, London, Egypt, Dubai and Australia.

He hopes people will walk, run or cycle 5km each day he is away.

'Best thing'

The GP, whose will begin his attempt on 23 November, said: "It's a genuine challenge, athletically and logistically.

"But the most important thing is to raise awareness of the benefits of exercise - being active regularly is the single best thing for your health.

"If we get 6,000 people to walk or run 5km a day for a week, that's enough to go around the world five times."

Dr Murray will also be raising money for the Scottish Association for Mental Health.

Last year he ran 2,659 miles - averaging more than 34 miles a day - from Scotland to the Sahara in 77 days.

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

More Scotland stories



  • chocolate cake and strawberriesTrick your tongue

    Would this dessert taste different on a black plate?

  • Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George leaving New Zealand'Great ambassadors'

    How New Zealand reacted to William, Kate - and George

  • Major Power Failure ident on BBC2Going live

    Why BBC Two's launch was not all right on the night

  • Front display of radio Strange echoes

    What are the mysterious sequences of numbers read out on shortwave radio?

  • A letter from a Somali refugee to a Syrian child'Be a star'

    Children's uplifting letters of hope to homeless Syrians

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.