Marathon man Murphy makes the running

LOCAL MP Jim Murphy is running a marathon to raise funds for injured soldiers.

East Renfrewshire’s Westminister representative has chosen to run the 26.2 mile race in London this year in aid of those wounded in active duty in Iraq and Aghanistan.

The 45-year-old recently visited a Southside physio for a health check before the challenge.

He told The Extra: “This is my first ever marathon and I’ve always wanted to run one but never got round to it.

“But, this year I met some soldiers who have survived terrible injuries in Afghanistan and just thought I should do my bit.

“The Army Benevolent Fund raises money for serving soldiers and veterans — it is a great cause.

“It would be lovely if anyone with £10 to spare was able to sponsor my marathon for these brave and brilliant men and women.”

Physiotherapist Debbie McDougall, of Thornliebank’s Southside Physiotherapy Clinic, performed checks on Jim’s hamstrings and muscles, and passed on some much needed tips to the MP, commenting: “It’s important to pace yourself when you are running, regardless of the distance.

 “Jim said he has been running for up to an hour and tackling Ayr Road for the hill running part of his training program. He should really be doing a shorter, steeper hill repeatedly, with recovery time on the descent.

 “He should also try the fartleking technique which is running at a faster pace for approx 100m then resuming normal pace and repeating this throughout the run.

 “Most importantly, he should enjoy his runs and make sure he stretches. And if the stretches don’t work then he can always come here for a sports massage!”

Jim is running for the Army Benevolent Fund. ABF — or the Soldiers Charity as they are now known — give lifetime support to serving and retired soldiers and their families.

 More info on ABF can be found at

 If you wish to sponsor Jim’s marathon run, head to his Just Giving page at — or send a cheque made payable to the Army Benevolent Fund to Jim’s office.