Carn Gorm, Meall Garbh, Carn Mairg, Creag Mhor & Schiehallion
Running with Scotland’s Finest!
As you may have read by now, I doesn’t come any better when I manage to get some time to hit the hills, with my good buddy Donnie. What I’d like to highlight here is that Donnie is not just a run buddy and “running machine” – he is credited for his experience, professional expertise and achievements within the UK’s ultra sporting world. Donnie has
Donnie Campbell owner and founder of Get Active Running ( http://www.getactiverunning.com ) is an adventurer with over 6 years experience in the fitness industry. He is an ex Royal Marine Commando with a background in a wide range of sports from Mountaineering and Kayaking to Football and Shinty. However, his greatest passion is running which he has gone on to excel in and has gone on to represent his country at 100km.
Donnie loves to help people and this can be seen in his charity work raising over £22,000 for a number of local charities on the Isle of Skye where he was born and brought up and was part of the Local Mountain Rescue team. His enthusiasm to help people get more physically active and achieve their goals while having fun led him to set up his own company.
As you can imagine, Donnie is a strong runner and always managed to bag a podium position, many of those being 1st Place! There is one run in particular, that has to be mentioned and this was his charity run for a local charity, from his home town. In 2011, Donnie ran 184 miles non stop (without sleep) from Glasgow to Isle of Skye, in 44 hours to raise money for a local charity. I raised over £22,000 and received national media coverage; http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-13838901
This brings me onto Doc Andrew Murray, a very good friend of Donnie’s. ( http://docandrewmurray.com/ )
Andy, is a Scottish doctor, runner and author who works for the Scottish Government promoting physical activity for health. He became widely known in January 2011 when he completed a 2659 mile run from John O’Groats in far north Scotland to Merzouga, in the Moroccan Sahara desert running an average of over 34 miles for 78 consecutive days – Scotland to Sahara Run.
Murray was appointed as the Scottish Government’s Physical Activity Champion in February 2012 to work for Scotland’s Chief Medical Officer, and stated that “Becoming, or staying active, is the single best thing you can do for your health,”
On April 9, 2012 he placed first overall in the North Pole Marathon despite having broken his wrist 10 days prior.
Additionally, Murray has won numerous endurance races which include The Sahara Race (2009), The Gobi Challenge (2009, 2012), the 6633 Ultra (2009), the Indo Ultra (2010), and the Scottish Ultra (2009). He has stated that in November 2012 he will run 7 ultra marathons on 7 continents within 7 days to promote the value of exercise for health, and is the author of “Running Beyond Limits” (Mountain Media 2011.)
To say I was in FANTASTIC COMPANY was an understatement! As you can also imagine, I was in my element!!!!! :o}
As usual, I’ll let the pictures do the talking… 🙂
– Donnie’s movie clip:
– as well my short 50sec movie clip! ;o)