Sam Murphy

I have been writing and presenting on health and fitness for more than two decades, becoming one of the UK's leading experts, with a specialism in running. With my background in magazine journalism and a first class honours degree in sport and exercise science, I am able to translate the science behind fitness, healthy living and optimising physical performance into accessible, engaging copy. My unique background also enables me to critically evaluate fitness and training regimes and products, and separate fad from fab. 

Alongside my writing career, I have appeared on TV and radio (including BBC Breakfast, BBC Radio 4, 5Live and Radio London) tallking about topical fitness issues - and presented in front of audiences ranging from 25-700 people at workshops and events at the Science Museum, The Running Show and the London Marathon's 'Meet the Experts' Weekend. I've also been involved with many sport and health-related projects (printed and online) including the BBC's Raise your Game, Runner's World/Asics Target 26.2 Project, Time Out's Run London Guide and The Guardian's Get Fit with Team GB and Official British Army Fitness Guide series.

It's not all talk, though! I have a passion for running, and, to date, have completed 16 marathons (best time 3 hours 22 minutes), the Himalayan 100 Mile Race, the 53-mile Highland Fling ultra and numerous other events, including a dozen triathlons. I am a qualified personal trainer and level 2 British Athletics running coach, and have helped hundreds of people achieve their fitness goals. (Read more about my coaching services here.) I am also a tutor for England Athletics coaching courses.

My freelance work has appeared widely - including in The Guardian, The Financial Times and Health & Fitness. I also have a monthly column in Runner's World called 'Murphy's Lore', and have written for women's magazines including Top Sante, Psychologies, Candis and Healthy as well as specialist sports/fitness titles like 220 Triathlon and FitPro. You can see a selection of my articles here. Do get in touch if you are interested in talking to me about writing or editing.

I have written 8 books to date, including the bestselling Run for Life: The Real Woman's Guide to Running which has sold more than 200,000 copies and been translated into 14 languages (the new edition was published in 2015), and the definitive marathon training book for newbies, Marathon: From Start to Finish. You'll find a full list of my books - including reviews - on the Books page.

I've also done a range of commercial work - copywriting and acting as a spokesperson for health and sport-related organisations including Nike, Pfizer, The National Lottery, Lucozade, John Lewis and Asics. Let me know if you'd like to hear more about this or would like to discuss a commercial project.

If there's anything else you want to know, just ask!