Great Britain’s Ross Murray runs in the Semi Final of 1500m at Olympic Stadium, London.

Gateshead Harrier Ross Murray has announced his retirement from athletics following years of injury problems after competing for Great Britain at the 2012 Olympics.

27-year-old Murray competed in the 1500m at London 2012 and reached the semi-finals in what was his first major championships as a senior athlete. The North Shields born miler took to his Instagram account to announce his decision.

Murray wrote: “As most of you are aware, over the past few years I’ve been plagued with injuries/illness which just hasn’t allowed me to train and race at the level that I’d like to. It’s finally got the better of me and it’s time for me to hang up my spikes. For two years, I’ve been battling with issues caused by Haglunds Deformity. It seems that if I ever wanted to compete properly again, in spikes etc., I would need to have reconstructive surgery on both heels.”

He continued: “I think sometimes you just have to hold your hands up and say, I gave this everything and as much as I’d love to keep chasing the dream and go to Tokyo in 2020, this probably isn’t going to happen for me. Since my first race, I’ve had the most unreal time in athletics. From going to Young Athletes Leagues, the English Schools, competing for GB as a junior, going to the Olympics and travelling the world as a senior athlete.

“I’ve had such a fun time, created so many amazing memories and met awesome people. I feel so lucky for what athletics/running has done for me. Despite the injuries and frustrations since 2012, I feel so fortunate, blessed and privileged that I was able to compete in the Olympics…and a home games as well!”

Murray had been a regular in Great Britain junior teams competing at the European Cross Country Championships and World Cross Country Championships as well as the European Junior Championships over 1500m.

Murray’s big breakthrough came in 2012 as he clocked 3:36.69 for 1500m at the British Milers Club meeting in Stretford and followed that up with an Olympic A standard of 3:34.76 in Hengelo.

Prior to the Olympics Murray also ran a sensational 3:52.77 mile at the Diamond League meeting at Crystal Palace that really announced his arrival on the world stage as one of the top metric milers on the planet.

His second place finish in the Aviva Olympic Trials & UK Championships ensured Murray would be competing in the Olympics on home turf where he was one round from the final after a brilliant run to qualify from his heat.

Murray retires as the 23rd quickest Briton over 1500m and the 19th quickest over the mile of all time. Everybody here at SportsByte wishes Ross the best for his next chapter.