Musician King Charles recently announced that he would be running 40 marathons in 40 days, which is a very impressive challenge. He also has a slew of tour dates coming up this year, so I thought it would be a good chance to have a chat. Find out more below…
By Jane Howkins
You recently announced that you would be running 40 marathons in 40 days starting at the end of
July, which is a very impressive challenge! How did this idea come about?
Yeah, I wonder whether I’ve lost the plot since lock down but I’ve been feeling a strong urge to
break things up a bit. I love touring and I’m into running. I’ve never done anything like this before
but I feel like I’ve been waiting for the right time to take this on. I have always dreamt of running
and seeing new places without turning back and this is the time to see if I can do it!
How long have you been in training for the challenge and what tips could you provide for training
for marathon running?
Its been about 4 months of training. I wish I had a bit more time but I’ve got be back for a tour
with my band in October, which I don’t want to miss!
The challenge is being completed to raise money for the charity Regenerate. What can you tell us
about the charity, and why did you pick that charity to raise money for?
I’ve known some of the Regenerate team for a while and have wanted to get involved with some
of their projects. They’ve done some big tours in the last couple of years: cycling from London to
Africa was one of them so it seemed the perfect fit. It’s astonishing to hear how they are changing
lives from their HQ in Roehampton.
Are there any other charities or causes that are dear to you that you would like to talk about?
These guys are the one’s for me right now. They work with a lot of young people and their Get
Active youth work program creates opportunities to grow in confidence and impact the world for
good. There’s also a Get Working program which supports and employs 75 young people
currently facing barriers to employment.
You’ve also announced several tour dates for later this year. Are you excited?
I can’t even tell you how much I’m looking forward to this. Its been 18 months since it was first
scheduled and I thought the day would never come. I’ve got new music to play, a new band and I
can’t wait to show it all off.
Is there anywhere you are particularly looking forward to playing? Would you ever consider
socially distanced gigs?
Anything is better than live streaming on my one from my bedroom! Right now if I can play on a
stage in front of people and feel the bass shaking the floor I’ll be happy.
What can people expect from a King Charles gig, and why do you think people should come and
see you perform live?
I released an album, Out of My Mind in April 2020 which was reason for the tour I’m doing this
October so there will be a lot of new music that I’m longing to perform. It will have been a while
since I’ve been able to air any of my older tunes too so expect lots of music!
We hear you have a new EP coming out this autumn. What can you tell us about that?
Im really excited about this one. Some of the songs have been brewing a while so having a release
date is a delight and a fulfilment of a process. I recorded at Eastcote in London early this year with
some brilliant people and the sound we’ve got is drawing on a lot of different aspects of my
journey so far. I can’t wait for people to hear it.
You also have a new single coming out soon titled 12345. What can you tell our readers about the
track and why did you pick that song for a single? Do you have any more singles planned for
This was the track I wanted to reemerge with. It’s upbeat and I love it. We’ll see what happens
after that but hopefully more singles, yes!
Any last words for the fans?
If you want to join me for a jog in a city near you, I would love some company!