Doctor Andrew Murray began his warm up for the Round the World challenge by claiming victory at the Antarctic Ice Marathon yesterday (21 November). The Scottish Government's physical activity champion set a new course record by finishing the race in 3:41:15.
50 competitors representing 16 countries took part in the event which is the most southerly marathon in the world, taking place at 80 degrees south with a course comprised entirely of snow and ice. The average windchill is -20C, and the altitude is 700m. Dr Murray, who has run more than 150 marathons, described the race as 'one of the best'. The 32-year-old GP will now attempt to complete seven ultra marathons on seven continents in seven days.
The challenge will also see hundreds of people backing Andrew by completing a 5k walk/jog/run/bike on each of the seven days. For details on how to take part, visit the 5x50 website