A new President for Ramblers Scotland

Dr Andrew Murray in Antarctica

Dr Andrew Murray is encouraging Scots to "sit less and walk more"

Dr Andrew Murray, the Scottish Government’s first Physical Activity Champion, was elected the President of Ramblers Scotland earlier this month.

After spending a year advocating exercise for health as the first Physical Activity Champion for the Scottish Government, GP and Sports and Exercise Medicine doctor Andrew will be helping to promote walking as the new President of Ramblers Scotland.

Andrew was elected President at Scottish Council on 16 March and has been keen to show his support for the work being done by Ramblers to tackle inactivity such as the TAKE 30 initiative which helps people in Scotland to take 30 minutes of exercise five times a week.

“It’s great to have this opportunity to support the Ramblers in their efforts to promote walking for everyone.” said Andrew. “Most exercise taken in Scotland is by walking, and with the prospect of better health and happiness, the benefits are enormous.”

“I really enjoyed working with the Ramblers when I was promoting physical activity for the Scottish Government” added Andrew. “TAKE 30 is great for persuading even the most inactive person to get their legs working again”.

Endurance runner Andrew – who ran from Scotland to the Sahara in 2011 and completed seven ultra-marathons on seven continents in 7 consecutive days in 2012 – has also voiced his support for the Medal Routes project, which is helping to create a legacy from the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games by developing short local routes for local people in Scotland.

Dr Andrew Murray takes over the role of President of Ramblers Scotland from Dick Balharry. The position is honorary and is elected on an annual basis, with presidents serving for a maximum of three years.