Ultrarunners Dr Andrew Murray and Donnie Campbell have successfully completed their African adventure - running across the Namib Desert from Luderitz to Walvis Bay, Namibia. The challenge was set three months ago by expedition organiser David Scott, and supported by Lyprinol UK.
The pair crossed the highest sand dunes in the world, including the formidable ‘Devil’s Workshop’, in punishing conditions. They ran over 50k each day, completing 504.1k in total almost entirely on punishing heavy sand, and crossing the finish line on day nine of the expedition, at 2:30pm on 10 February 2015. The pair are no strangers to racing in extreme conditions, with Murray having previously completed an epic 4295k run from north Scotland to the Sahara desert, and winning races at the North Pole, Antarctica and Outer Mongolia, amongst others.
Speaking from Walvis Bay, 34-year-old Murray, said: “The Namib desert is hands down both the most spectacular and gruelling place I’ve run in. Every step through the sand was energy sapping, and my feet are destroyed with blisters. We were in hefty trouble even after two days, but our support team and the incredible views got us to the finish. There were times every day I felt like stopping, but taking on many 300 metre dunes, passing shipwrecks miles inland, and seeing the surprising plethora of wildlife were particular highlights. We don’t advise everyone to run through the Namib, but would like to promote the value of exercise.”
Donnie Campbell, 30, added: “Running 500 odd km though the Namib desert was extremely tough and we could not have done it without the expertise of our expedition leaders David Scott, Bert Jukes and the support and superb local knowledge from the team in Namibia. Their route selection was incredible considering no one has ever driven parts of the route never mind ran it, so this was a huge them effort to deliver Andrew and myself to Walvis Bay a bit battered, bruised and tired but still in one piece.”
For more information, visit Dr Andrew Murray’s website.