26 Jul 2022

London's Air Ambulance's ex flight medic taking on Murph challenge to fundraise

On 28 April 2022, Murray Coulter – a member of London Ambulance Service’s Emergency Ambulance Crew – organised a day of hardcore workouts to fundraise for London’s Air Ambulance Charity.

Many CrossFit affiliated gyms, military members, veterans and civilians participate in The Murph Challenge every year to honour those who sacrificed themselves for their countries. It is the official annual fundraiser of the LT. Michael P. Murphy Memorial Scholarship Foundation.

Murray described: “It’s true, it’s a scary workout, but it’s also about a man who gave his life to protect his team. We remember that, as well as everyone who served on the front line, and who serves in the emergency services.”

The workout consists of a mile run, followed by 300 air squats, 200 push-ups, 100 pull-ups, and ends with another mile run. At Murray’s local gym, Ascension Training in Epsom, where he is also a coach, on this day 100 people took part in the Murph challenge.

Group of people who took on the Murph challenge to fundraise for London's Air Ambulance Charity“It was a brilliant day, we definitely underestimated how many people would take it on,” said Murray. “I wanted to make it as doable for as many people as possible – we had teenagers taking part, and a group of 70 year olds!”

There was a buddy system throughout the day, so every participant had someone to help them get through when it got tough. A local independent business made specific t-shirts for the event, and many more people brought snacks and beverages for a cash bar at the end of the day.

“It was amazing to be able to raise money for London’s Air Ambulance Charity. It made a big difference knowing the pain we were in was going to a good cause!” said Murray. “Overall we raised £1,775.

Royal Marine, ex Flight Medic, LAS paramedic and more, all fundraising for London's Air Ambulance“I completed the workout in my medic suit – boots, trousers, weighted vest and all! It was awful, but worth doing as it really helped others to take part and push themselves!”

Murray’s father, who was a Royal Marine, attended the day and former London’s Air Ambulance flight medic, Lee Davis, took part too.

“My wife took part as well – she hated every second of the run!” laughed Murray.

We’re incredibly impressed with Murray’s – and everyone who bravely took part! – efforts in the Murph challenge for London’s Air Ambulance Charity and are grateful for their fundraising. If you’re interested in organising your own fundraising event, please do get in touch.

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