Sport Playlists supports Olly Murs’ Great North Run charity challenge

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Olly Murs unveils his Training Playlist, the songs that are getting him in shape for the Simplyhealth Great North Run on September 9. The 34-year-old is teaming up with sister, Fay, to conquer the longest half marathon in the world and raise money for Brainwave Children’s Charity and Mind – Sport Playlists are supporting him all the way!

Olly’s playlist features chart-topping tracks like Drake’s ‘In My Feelings’, Stormzy’s ‘Big For Your Boots’, The Black Eyed Peas’ ‘Pump It’ and Calvin Harris’ ‘One Kiss’ featuring Dua Lipa. The Playlist is also available on Deezer & Apple Music.

Murs is taking on his first-ever 13.1-mile challenge in Newcastle upon Tyne next weekend after making a pact with his sister following last year’s heartening Great North Run.

In an exclusive interview with Shoot Music’s Sport Playlists, Murs explained, “I love challenges in life. I have always tried to set myself targets.

“Me and my sister were watching the Great North Run last year, and seeing the stories from people that were taking part, it was really inspiring.

“I just wanted to get up and run! I just got so inspired by it, and obviously it gives me an amazing opportunity to raise more money for Brainwave, who I am a patron of.

“I’m very proud to be a part of it, and my sister is doing it for Mind, which again is something close to her heart and has become well established over the last few years.

“I’m really proud of both the charities and I’m really excited to be doing this run and raising lots of money.”

You can donate to Olly and Fay‘s Simplyhealth Great North Run charity causes by following this LINK.

A record 43,127 runners completed the world-famous Great North Run in 2017, and The Voice UK coach Murs cannot wait to be a part of the action next Sunday.

“I have never done a half marathon before,” said Murs, “but it is something that I would love to say that I have done.

“When I get older, I can turn around and say, ‘Yeah, I have ran a half marathon!’ To achieve that would be amazing.

“Me and my sister have never done it, so we are both really excited. It is going to be a really great day out, not just to see ourselves, but all the other inspiring people and the reasons why they are running.

“Pumped. Cannot wait!” When asked how his training programme was going heading into next weekend’s race, Murs admitted, “It is pretty intense, not going to lie!

“When I first got out and started running, it was really difficult. I started training a year ago, because I had never done a three-mile run in my life.

“Then it was really coming to terms with mentally how to cope with that, because you are telling yourself that you can’t do it. I need to stop. And without music! That is something that I have had to deal with.

“I’m a strong character anyway, but when you are in a situation where you sort of want to give up or quit, I am able to push myself through that, which is something I have really enjoyed doing.

“I’m ecstatic and I’m hoping, depending on how I feel on the day, I have done 10 miles in pretty much an hour and a half, so I am looking to do the Great North Run in just under two hours.

“That is my target. That would be phenomenal. I would be really proud of that.

“The run is on Sunday, so I will give myself the Friday and Saturday off, maybe get a few ice baths in and get a load of good nutrition in me. Oh, and beetroot juice!

“I have been told by a lot of trainers that that stuff is good for me. So I’ll get a few more beetroot juices in me and I’ll be ready to go!”

When it came down to training for the Great North Run, other than his own uplifting Training Playlist, the multi-million record selling singer sought guidance from the most decorated athlete in British history, Sir Mo Farah.

Manchester United season ticket holder Murs played in his fifth Soccer Aid match for Unicef at Old Trafford in June this year, where he teamed up with the most successful British track athlete in modern Olympic Games history on Robbie Williams’ triumphant England team.

Having kept in touch with Farah following their fairytale outing at The Theatre of Dreams this summer, Murs called in a favour from the four-time Olympic gold medallist for a one-off special training session for himself and Fay.

“It was frustrating if I am honest!,” Murs chuckled. “You are running with a guy that is an Olympic champion, one of the best runners of all-time, and after about an hour’s session with me, he hadn’t even sweat once!

“He is phenomenal. He’s such a lovely guy as well, very humble and just really incredible.

“I am really proud to have been able to work with him, train with him and get some advice from him. He was very positive and just really inspiring.

“For me and my sister to have a training session with Sir Mo is unbelievable.”

“A HUGE THANK YOU TO EVERYONE AND SHOOT MUSIC FOR SUPPORTING ME AND MY SISTER! I WILL GO OUT THERE AND DO MY BEST. THAT IS ALL YOU CAN DO. I AM REALLY EXCITED ABOUT IT. I THINK EVERYONE SHOULD SET THEMSELVES TARGETS IN LIFE AND GO FOR IT. DON’T LET ANYONE EVER TELL YOU NO.” OLLY MURS

Murs added, “I know his wife [Tania] is going to be running the Great North Run, so I think there is a little bit of a challenge there. Hopefully I can beat her! But, she has been training with Mo, so that is exciting.”

And despite yet to conquer his first half marathon, Murs has already set his sights on following in the footsteps of the UK’s most successful distance runner ever and build up enough miles in the tank to take on a full marathon in the future.

“I have never done a marathon, so this [the Great North Run] is the first step of maybe doing a marathon,” Murs continued. “Never in my wildest dreams have I expected myself to run for an hour and a half. Just running on your own, without music too! That is a long time.”

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“So, can I do 26 miles? Who knows. I definitely think I will continue training after this, and if I can get to 20 miles in training, then who is to say I couldn’t do 26?

“It would be amazing to be able to run 26 miles. That would be an amazing achievement and I definitely think it is something that I will do.

“I’m sure the London Marathon will be something I try and do in the future, whether it is next year, or the year after. I’m definitely going to take my time with it.”

Watch Olly Murs take on the Great North Run with live coverage of the the 13.1-mile journey from Newcastle‘s city centre to the coast in South Shields on BBC One from 09:30am on September 9, 2018.

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