22 Jun

Tough Love For Dr Murray

Tough Mudder“Don’t wear a white shirt. Don’t even try to stay clean.” That’s the message ultra runner/adventurer Dr Andrew Murray has for anyone taking part in Tough Mudder, the world’s muddiest obstacle race. Tough Mudder Scotland – presented by Merrell comes to Scotland on 25 and 26 June with Drumlanrig Castle near Dumfries the venue.

Andrew Murray told runABC Scotland: “10-12 miles of running, walking, and crawling, and hauling over obstacles might not sound like fun, but the lessons I have learned from previous events is that a beer earned this way, tastes sweeter at the finish, with the friends you are bound to make on the course.

“Having raced all over the world – completing a 4300km run from John O’Groats to the Sahara desert, and more recently a 110km jog along the frozen rivers of Outer Mongolia in minus 35 celcius – there is nothing quite like doing an event with friends, and sharing a challenge/experience. There is an element of difficulty, but while I enjoy racing, that’s not what Tough Mudder is all about. I’ve been grateful to be hauled out of freezing water, and in turn helped friends over obstacles such as the notorious Pyramid scheme.  

“Three new obstacles make a debut for 2016, while a 1 mile mini-mudder for 7-12 year olds will fill them with stories, and your washing machine with clothes.”

Here are Andrew Murray’s top tips for the event:

  • Bring a change of clothes (or be prepared to walk home).
  • Come for the day, the full experience of the run, and the action-packed base area will not disappoint.
  • Break it down an obstacle at a time - 12 miles of mud can be daunting but bite size chunks can be more manageable.
  • Decent footwear- wear bowling shoes if you must, I’ll be in the Merrell All Out Crush.
  • Rope in your friends – they’ll thank you for it after.
  • Don’t forget to smile for the photo at the finish!

For more information, visit the Tough Mudder website.

Andrew’s next adventure will see him go to the Namib Desert – home to the highest and hottest sand dunes in the world. At the other extreme, he will also be going back to Outer Mongolia for the Genghis Khan Ice Marathon.

For more information on Dr Andrew Murray, go to his website or check out his Twitter account.