Best feet forward
23 June, 2017
Owen Murray at John O’Groats
OWEN Murray served in Iraq, Kosovo and Northern Ireland for the British army but is now on a tour of his own – from John O’Groats to Land’s End.
Mr Murray was three days into his 874-mile journey when Diary caught up with him in the barren northern reaches of Scotland. The 35-year-old, who grew up in Bloomsbury, is raising funds for veterans’ prosthetic limbs through the Blesma charity and the British Red Cross.
“I was in the army for five years and there were a couple of people I knew who have died, or were seriously injured. I just wanted to raise some money for them. I did a couple of tours – I was in Iraq and Northern Ireland, and Kosovo. The Blesma charity raises money for limbs for ex-service personnel who have life-changing injuries. They specialise in that, and they are one of the oldest military charities around.
“I grew up in Russell Square. I was born in UCH. I lived there until 21 and I joined the army. It was something I had always wanted to do. It was good for me, it taught me a lot of good stuff.” He said returning soldiers who needed prosthetic limbs were “looked after pretty well” and that their struggles were “often in the public eye”.
Mr Murray, who works for Jaguar Land Rover, added: “John O’ Groats is bleak. It is absolutely the end of the world up there. I didn’t see a tree.”