Alastair McMurray yesterday reached the midway point in his challenge of completing a half-marathon a day for the entirety of September. Alastair, who had to brace the storm-force winds that hit Scotland on Monday and Tuesday, finished his most recent half-marathon with an impressive time of 1 hour 31 minutes.
Keeping to his target of finishing each half-marathon within 2 hours, the remnants of Hurricane Katia meant the oncology pharmacist had to battle with 60mph winds to complete each run. This, in addition to last week's three-hour delay at Heathrow that resulted in a late night rush into his running gear, meant his most recent finishing time was gladly welcomed, if not expected.
He told scottishrunningguide.com, "With the weather over the past few days it was like running into a brick wall; you almost get to the stage where you feel like giving up." After reaching the midway point of his month long challenge yesterday with his fastest ever time, Alastair commented, "I had an eager running companion, an 18-year-old student, who kept pushing me. I'm not asking him again, I'm knackered!"
The Stirling born runner has tried to run the majority of the half-marathons during his lunch break, meaning he gets to work at 6.30am each day. A scheduled 4-day trip to Stockholm has brought about a further challenge, with the Scot already researching possible routes throughout the Swedish capital.
Alastair, who competed in the recent Great Scottish Run, said he has been overwhelmed by the generosity he has encountered. He told scottishrunningguide.com, "The response so far has been phenomenal. After the Glasgow run people were stopping me on my way to the car and giving me money."
Alastair is raising money for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research and is looking to highlight the need for people to register as a bone marrow donor. If you would like to donate to the half-marathon challenge, you can visit Alastair's justgiving page.