12 Feb

Andrew Murray, Lee McConnell & Jenny Meadows Set For Running Show

Lee McConnell in GB kit

The organisers of the Scottish Cycling, Running & Outdoor Pursuits Show (SCROPS) have announced a great cast of speakers for their Glasgow show on Saturday and Sunday 3/4 March including high profile endurance runner and health campaigner Dr Andrew Murray; Lee McConnell, the heroine of the 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games; and GB athletics star Jenny Meadows.

Andrew Murray's talk is titled 'Why Get Outside' and will highlight the philosophy that getting outside and getting active is probably the single best thing you can do for your health.

Andrew's projects include a remarkable 4300 km run from John O'Groats to the Sahara desert, completing a world first - seven ultra marathons on seven different continents in under a week, and winning 14 international races at marathon distance or longer.

He is also acknowledged as an expert in physical activity for health, having worked as the Scottish Government's first physical activity champion, and, currently, as an ambassador for NHS Inform, and for Merrell UK.

Commonwealth medallist Lee McConnell began her career in the high jump before progressing to the 400m and 400m hurdles event. The Glasgow native has won medals at European, Commonwealth and World Championship level as well as competing in three Olympic Games.

Since retiring from professional athletics in 2014, Lee continues to play an active role in the world of athletics through her media work. Lee joins Dr Andrew Murray on the Saturday bill in the show theatre. to talk about her roller coaster career.

Jenny Meadows is firmly established as one of Britain’s leading female athletes. She has represented Great Britain since 2000 when as part of the GB 4x400m relay team they became World Junior Champions. After winning the European Team Cup and competing in the Beijing Olympics in 2008, Jenny established herself as a top national and international performer.

Her break through came at the 2009 World Outdoor Championships in Berlin where she won bronze in a life-time best of 1:57.93 and became the third fastest British woman of all time. After Berlin, Jenny went from strength to strength; improving her indoor PB first at the Birmingham Grand Prix in 2010 and becoming the British Indoor record holder, then again at the World Indoor Championships in Doha where she captained the GB team and took silver in a time of 1:58:43.

In 2011 at the European Indoor Championships, Jenny won gold for the individual event and silver as part of the 4x400m relay. That year she became British champion outdoors and won the Diamond League Series. After cruel injuries in 2012 and 2013, which forced Jenny to miss competing in her home Olympics, she made a return to competitive action to become Commonwealth Games finalist in 2014 and the world leader in the Women’s 800m indoors in 2015.

Not only will Jenny be chatting in the show theatre, she will also be on duty at the 40m indoor running track and offering a 'Running Mechanics' session each day working on techniques to improve your running.

For details of the Scottish Cycling, Running & Outdoor Pursuits Show (3/4 March) visit the event website

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