Two running fanatics are teaming up to run 200 miles from Wentworth Club, England - the home of Ryder Cup Europe - to the host venue of The 2018 Ryder Cup, Le Golf National in France. Dr Andrew Murray and Paul Dunstan will run in excess of a marathon for seven days, while taking on various golfing challenges each day during their rest breaks.
The run coincides with the ‘Year to Go’ celebrations as Europe and USA prepare to lock horns in the 42nd Ryder Cup, one of the world’s greatest sporting contests, and will raise money for 'Golf In Society', enabling people with dementia to continue to play the game.
Dr Murray, a brand ambassador for Merrell UK is no stranger to long distance challenges having famously once ran 4300km from far north Scotland to the Sahara Desert. However the 36-year-old who also works as a Sports and Exercise Medicine consultant with the University of Edinburgh, and the European Tour Golf is recovering from a recent hospital admission with viral meningitis in mid August, and knows it won’t be easy.
“We will be racking up about 50,000 to 60,000 steps per day, eating about 5000 calories and will be on the move golfing and running most of each day,” Dr Murray said.
“We want to highlight that exercise in the great outdoors is the best thing you can do for your health. Going from being a couch potato to walking, running, or playing golf regularly can add seven years to life, it can improve health and on average make you happier. We’re urging everyone to get outside and get walking, running, golfing, or any other activity you enjoy.”
Paul, who is the Ryder Cup Operations Director with the European Tour added: “I’m not entirely sure what I’ve let myself in for, I enjoy running as well as golf but ask me at the end of the seven days how I feel about them!”
The pair hope to raise £5000 for Golf In Society, improving the lives of persons with Dementia and Parkinson’s disease by supporting them to continue playing golf, offering additional benefits to their carers.
You can support Dr Murray and Paul’s fundraising efforts by visiting their Just Giving page.