Following the news that Doctor Andrew Murray is heading to east Africa this month to launch a sports science study aimed at improving the health and fitness of Scots, the 32-year-old has revealed more details about his trip. Dr Murray will be joined by Scottish 100km champion, Donnie Campbell, and the pair are planning on running at least one ultramarathon each day of the trip, including runs up Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya. The GP will be volunteering at local hospitals and conducting extensive research on the lifestyles and training methods of Kenya's superstar distance runners.
Dr Murray, who was born in Kenya, said: "The whole idea is bringing together my affection for Kenya with my passion for distance running. I would like to work out just how so many Kenyans are so fast and find out information that can help feed into our athletes going into the Commonwealth Games and beyond. Some of the stats on Kenyan running are just absurd. They have dominated distance running in every recent World Championship and Olympics, and out of the top 100 marathon runners in the world, 66 of them are from Kenya.
"Can you imagine what it would be like if 66 of the best 100 footballers in the world came from a country only twice the size of Scotland? The numbers are astonishing."
Andrew will be joined for the Kenya leg by his parents Scott and Mary, both doctors, as they plan to volunteer in local hospitals to raise awareness and as much money as possible for the African Palliative Care Association, which helps ease the suffering of terminally ill patients.
Andrew said: "Despite penicillin, despite rescue helicopters and despite all the amazing medical inventions, the death rate is still 100 percent worldwide, and this is all about working to support people who are dying, and try to make it as pain free a process as possible.
"Most people die in their own community because the cost of going to hospital can be very high as there is no national health. It's important to try and make the ordeal as pleasant as possible. In some parts of Africa, it's very difficult to get access to painkillers and a lot of people are dying in a lot of pain. There is good work happening in Africa, and I want to learn and share what we know in Scotland through the work of my dad and other people like that."
For more information visit Dr Murray's website.