Andrew takes on a steep new challenge in the mountains

Dr Andrew Murray running Mount Kilimanjaro last year
Dr Andrew Murray running Mount Kilimanjaro last year

Former Borders doctor Andrew Murray is back out in the hills following his bid to run from the Andes to the Amazon in a day earlier this summer.

Now he and fellow Scottish international distance runner, Donnie Campbell, aim to run Britain’s 10 highest mountains in a day, on Saturday.

Andrew said: “There is nowhere I would rather be than in the mountains of Scotland on a summer’s day. This will be a tough but beautiful shift, but what we are hoping to do is raise awareness of the benefits of exercise, and being in the great outdoors.

“We know, for example, that even doing 30 minutes walking five days a week has been shown to make people happier on average, and live 7.2 years longer, so we’re urging people to build walking into their routine, and take advantage of schemes like ‘Fit in 14’. Even a little exercise goes a long way towards happiness and health.”

The pair, who ran Africa’s highest mountain, Kilimanjaro, in seven hours last year, are believed to be the first to undertake the challenge they’ve dubbed ‘The Big 10’. They start with Ben Lawers in Perthshire before driving to the Nevis range, where they will tackle four mountains, and after, the Cairngorms for the last five.

A team from BBC Scotland’s Adventure Show will film them.

Now based in Edinburgh, Andrew, 33, first shot to fame when he ran 2,560 miles from Scotland to the Sahara in 2012.

He’s since completed seven ultramarathons on seven continents in seven days and won races at the North Pole, Antarctica, Outer Mongolia, the Sahara desert and Indonesia. He is also a Scottish Government Physical Activity team advisor.

The mountains the men aim to run within 24 hours are: Ben Lawers (1,214 feet), Aonach Mohr (1,221 ft), Aonach Beag (1,234 ft), Carn Mhor Dearg (1,220 ft), Ben Nevis (1,344 ft), Cairngorm (1,244 ft), Ben MacDui (1,309 ft), Braeriach (1,296 ft), Angels Peak (1,258 ft) and CairnToul (1,291 ft)