Running is a double-edged sword: it’s great fun, but for many runners it’s a case of the more you do, the greater your risk of acquiring an injury. Which is where the soon-to-be launched Scottish Running Clinic comes in.
Founded by Scottish international ultrarunner, GP and sports medicine specialist Dr Andrew Murray, the kernel of the idea occurred to him a few years ago during his epic 2660-mile Scotland to Sahara run. Murray told scottishrunningguide.com: “Using my own knowledge, and that of colleagues, I ran around 34 miles a day despite a number of injuries that would otherwise have made it impossible.”
The idea continued to grow, and will be realised when the Scottish Running Clinic, based at FASIC University of Edinburgh, officially launchs on 20 October in Edinburgh at a special 'Being Your Best’ event. Andrew, an entertaining and articulate speaker, will be joined by the Seoul Olympics 5000m gold medallist and five-times World Cross-Country champion John Ngugi, plus Glasgow Commonwealth Games judo gold medallist Euan Barton.
Andrew said: “The Scottish Running Clinic offers something to runners of all abilities, whether it is help making those first steps to fitness from the couch, or competing internationally. With the right expertise, it is possible to prevent much illness and injury, as well as treating them quickly and efficiently when they occur. Given that 80% of runners have an injury each year, our strategies can get folks back on the road quicker, as well as working with each runner to get that extra 5% improvement in performance. Our team includes expert coaches, physiotherapists, sports massage therapists as well as sports and exercise medicine doctors and podiatrists. We work as a team to get results.”
Earlier this week (Wednesday 8 October) Andrew and his running partner Donnie Campbell featured on BBC2’s Adventure Show, documenting their Big Ten achievement, when, on 19 July this year, they became the first to run the UK’s ten highest peaks – all in Scotland – in a day.
Photo courtesy of Ross Lawrie of Purple Reign.