Run Geordie Run
Posted: 05 Jan 2014
began on 16 October, and on 4 January Mark ‘Run Geordie Run’ Allison
successfully completed his epic run across Australia for the Sir Bobby Robson
Foundation and The Children’s Foundation.
run is in partnership with the North East’s largest motor group, Benfield, and,
to date, has raised over £50,000 for the two charities.
82 days, Mark has endured everything Australia could throw at him including
extremes of temperature, incessant flies, brutal running surfaces, terrifying
storms and dangerous roads.
one point it became too much to handle and he was forced to stop the run completely
because of safety issues and the awful condition of his feet. But his
determination to succeed for the two charities, and to justify the incredible
support he has received, brought about a change of mind.
great courage, Mark rested his feet, changed his route to end at Shellharbour,
not Bondi Beach as previously planned, and continued his coast to coast run.
then he would not have succeeded if the British Consulate General in Sydney, Nick
McInnes, had not assisted in helping him change flights home to Newcastle and
giving him an additional 24 hours to complete the challenge.
last 23 miles of the run, including running along the beautiful but dangerous
roads through the Macquarie Pass National Park, were completed just hours before
his flight back to the UK.
sleeping in a baking hot RV, occasionally in a car, and frequently without
amenities like shower facilities, Mark has kept going, running up to and over
40 miles in a day – he has covered a staggering 2,383 miles in total.
trained hard, and prepared for heat, but the weather in Australia was so hot it
was the subject of a Severe Weather Warning and melted the roads. The
melted tarmac caused gravel to stick in his trainers, creating a new problem
for his ravaged feet.
has previously run across America to raise money for charity but says nothing
could have prepared him for this challenge. The run has taken him to the
edge physically, mentally and emotionally.
lost both his parents to cancer when he was a young man and he has spent 20
years raising funds for good causes in the North East of England. This
run, like his previous challenges, was in their memory and has greatly
benefited two charities which mean a lot to Mark.
Sir Bobby Robson Foundation was launched in 2008 to help find more effective
ways to detect and treat cancer and Sir Bobby’s family have been keeping in
close contact with Mark during the run.
Elsie says: “We’re so proud of Mark and very pleased he’s safely completed this
challenge. It must have taken every single ounce of his strength.
have that kind of determination is incredible really. It’s obviously been
a real battle at times. It must have taken so much out of him physically
and mentally and I expect it will take him months to recover.
raised a huge amount of money for the two charities and we know that’s what has
been keeping him going.
grateful to everyone who has donated and helped raise so much money. It
will be very well used helping people faced with the pain of cancer.
heartfelt thanks go to Mark and everyone who has supported him on this
run. We wish him and Donna a safe trip home to Newcastle.”
is an Ambassador for The Children’s Foundation and Libby Nolan, Fundraising
Manager for the charity, says: “We are so extremely proud of our
been through such a gruelling challenge which has seemed so much harder than
anyone had expected.
want to thank everyone for their support and donations! We can't wait to hear
all about Mark's journey and thank him by showing what a difference his
fundraising will make to the children of the North East.”
more information about Run Geordie Run Down Under with Benfield please visit www.rungeordierun.comand follow Mark’s progress on Twitter @RunGeordieRun.
you would like to donate to the two charities, please visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/rungeordierun.