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Wimbledon GP achieves lifetime ambition to complete gruelling 24-hour 42 peak challenge

Wimbledon GP achieves lifetime ambition to complete gruelling 24-hour 42 peak challenge

A Wimbledon doctor has completed an unbelievable challenge whilst supporting a friend on their road to recovery from mental illness.

Dr Andrew Murray, a GP at the Nelson Health Centre and Merton CCG chairman has been a keen fell runner since his school days.

But he always had his sights set on the ultimate feat of endurance - the Bob Graham Round - which covers 66 miles, 42 Lake District peaks and 8,200m of ascent and descent (roughly the height of Everest) in just 24 hours.

Andrew and his friend, Josh Hickford, discovered they both had the same ambition and agreed to do it together to raise much needed funds for three charities. The challenge was also a big part of Josh’s journey of recovery from mental illness and addiction.

To take on the challenge the pair trained over the last year in all matter of weather. Their first attempt in June had to be abandoned over half way round after they faced blizzard conditions. They succeeded on their second attempt on August 25, but this time faced a heatwave, in the hottest bank holiday on record, making the challenge even more arduous as they battled dehydration.

Andrew was ecstatic to have made it and said: “This has always been a lifetime ambition and although I have done many ultra and mountain events this was the one I most wanted to succeed at.
"It was even more meaningful as I was able to support Josh on his journey to recovery and we completed the whole thing together without pacers or support on the fells.

"Mental illness is a cause close to my heart and I knew how crucial it was for Josh to train and succeed as he faced the daily challenge of recovery."

During the 24 hours they only stopped for a total of 32 minutes and finished in a time of 23 hours 18 mins.

Andrew and Josh are raising money for three charities which help the the lives of disadvantaged young people in Africa and the UK: WeSeeHope, Health&Hope and Eikon.

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