Greg O’Shea celebrates as he completes the 50km ultra marathon

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The former Love Island star took part in the 7 hour, 50km run in aid of Big Moose, a UK-based charity which provides therapy for people struggling with their mental health.

He joined a group of runners on their second day of a five-day 250km marathon.

Taking to Instagram, the Limerick man opened up about his experience.

“I completed my first ultra-marathon,” he began.

“I’m truly in awe of @lewis_robling and this amazing group of people. I’ve been blessed to reach the top of the sport, but I’ve never met people with such a positive and determined mindset” , he said, congratulating the leader of the group.

“250km is a different beast and I was kindly welcomed to race with this group on their second 50km day. I crossed the line after 7 hours of racing, with two twisted ankles and lots of learnings on myself and my mental abilities,” he said.

“I really wanted to give up after 34k but this group took away something I didn’t know I had and that’s the real beauty of it all. We never know what we’re capable of and sometimes it’s all what we need is someone to support us!

“@bigmoose.charity does just that by providing mental health care to people in need and also helping to prevent suicide,” he explained.

“I am so grateful to have met these lovely people and to play my part in raising funds for mental health. If you can afford it, please any donation would be greatly appreciated and will truly help save lives,” he added.

Earlier this year he opened up about his “really, really bad” mental health issues after winning Love Island.

The reality TV star and rugby player was at one point contemplating suicide as it all got “crushing”.

Speaking to Doireann Garrihy on his ‘Laughs of your Life’ podcast, he said: “I was alone in London and I had no career, I didn’t know what I was doing.”

He said he was under pressure to “sell out” after appearing on Love Island in 2019 and stealing the show with fan favorite Amber Gill.

“I remember one time when I was back in Dublin and I was driving and it got really bad,” he said.

“It got overwhelming at one point, I was driving the car and I was like, ‘Okay, it goes both ways.'”

“I don’t want to get too dark on the podcast, but it was basically a decision of, okay, either it’s all over or get you to the doctor right now.”

The rugby Olympian sought professional help and took “pretty heavy medication”.

He told Doireann that no one but his mother knew what he was going through.

“I sat down with a piece of paper and started writing down the things that I cared about, my family, my friends, fitness, presentation,” he said.

“I’ve decided that these are my mainstays, I’m going to surround myself with my family and friends, I’m going to do my best to present and host and I’m also going to create a fitness app and I’m just going to go with it. hell for leather.

Greg recently landed his dream role as a TV presenter, taking over from Martin King on the Six O’Clock Show on Virgin Media.

“I’ve wanted to tell you this for so long and now I can finally…I’m going to be a presenter on the Six O’Clock Show,” he announced.

“It’s an absolute dream come true. I’ve done a few years of presenting, but I never thought I’d get a show. I’m so excited to start this journey and it’s even better that I’m alongside the charming Karen Koster.

“Also a big shout out to Martin King for such an amazing job. You are an inspiration to me and I can never fill your shoes, but I hope I will take it and make you proud on the show,” he said.

“Of course, thank you all so much for your support as always, I can’t wait to start this new chapter!”

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