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Starting on July 25, Charles Costa is going to begin a mammoth challenge, something the organisers think has ever been done before.
Charles will be running all the way from John o’ Groats to Land’s End, and after each marathon day Charles will do a gig. From the highest point of the British Isles to the farthermost corner of Cornwall there is one goal: 40 marathons, 40 days, 40 performances.
The 1,782km journey has been mapped out as something of a scenic route through three countries. The length of Scotland via Ben Nevis, through The Pennine Way, into Wales, touching on the Brecon Beacons and across the Severn to follow the Northern coastline of Cornwall arriving at the historic Land’s End. Whether it’s on the side of a mountain, by a lake or at the local pub, Charles will find somewhere to sing.
Charles will also be running with a small crew from Regenerate, a charity which ‘inspires and supports young people by helping them build strong relationships and creating life changing opportunities; helping them grow in confidence; and helping them make the best of their lives and impact the world for good.’
Working alongside the charity Regenerate, Charles hopes to raise awareness and support for mental health, showing that ‘we can challenge ourselves and overcome barriers’. The challenge will be documented throughout the route, via live videos on @kingcharlesuk and @regenerateuk social media channels.
‘I’m so excited about this challenge,’ said Charles. ‘The work of Regenerate is so real and the stories I’ve heard of lives being changed are beautiful. I’ve wanted to take this on for some time because I believe in running. I love the rhythm of feet hitting the road and the effect that that has on the mind.
‘The last 18 months of lock-down and isolation have been a feeding ground for anxiety, loneliness and depression. Running has always helped me find an escape when I’ve felt trapped and isolated. And all you need is a pair of shoes and a running buddy to get you moving. I can’t wait to see how Regenerate propel people into action as they always do and to see this journey unfold.’
‘King Charles’ is aiming to raise £100,000 through ‘The Feel Good Jog’, to support hundreds of young people, who are living in challenging situations, as they emerge through the pandemic. The charity Regenerate will allocate 50 per cent of the money raised to support over 300 young people through the Regenerate charities ‘Get Active’ programs. The other 50 per cent will go towards supporting the employment and personal development of 75 young people, who have previously been involved in gangs and crime, through the Regenerate ‘Get Working’ program.
Singer-songwriter Charles Costa, aka ‘King Charles, will be running 40 marathons and playing 40 gigs, stopping off in Lochaber after going up Ben Nevis.