Edinburgh doctor wins North Pole marathon

A doctor has become the first Scot to win a gruelling marathon at the North Pole.

Dr Andrew Murray, originally from Aberdeen, braved temperatures of -27 celcius to win the 10th UVU North Pole Marathon on Saturday.

The Edinburgh-based doctor was one of 41 competitors from 18 countries to take part in the 26.2-mile race.

Dr Murray, who is Scotland's physical activity champion, came fourth in the same race in 2007 and also completed an epic 3000-mile journey from John O'Groats to the Sahara Desert in Morocco last year.

He said: "Running at the North Pole is an experience of a lifetime.

"Your feet sink into the snow with every step and you need to protect yourself from the cold.

"But it's worth it. The landscape is amazing and it was fantastic to see every single runner finish. The message to get active is so important, we are taking it to the ends of the earth."

Dr Murray completed the marathon in a time of four hours and 17 minutes, two minutes faster than his closest competitor.

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