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North-East charity athlete goes "runabout" Down Under
3:09pm Tuesday 15th October 2013 in News
CHARITY runner 'Run Geordie Run' is starting his toughest challenge to date, Down Under.
The software developer, who has previously run from John O’ Groats to Land’ s End and 3,100 miles across the USA, will have to endure the searing heat of the outback as he runs 41 miles a day for 70 days.
He will set off from Cottesloe Beach, Perth, at 7am local time (midnight BST) and is due to finish on Christmas Eve at Bondi Beach, Sydney.
Mr Allison lost both his parents to cancer when he was a young and has spent 20 years fundraising and has so far raised £170,000 for good causes.
He said: “People keep asking me if I’m nervous. Really, I’m just anxious to get going. I’ve been talking about this run for so long now and it’s time to put those words into action.
Before he flew out to Australia, Mr Allison met his footballing hero Alan Shearer, a Patron of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.
The former Newcastle United striker said : “It was a pleasure to meet up with Mark and to wish him good luck. What he’s attempting is incredible.
"When I went to Australia it was seriously hot and not conditions that made me feel like running so I have huge admiration for what he is taking on.
“I know he has his own reasons to want to raise money for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation. I hope that knowing he’s helping other people faced with cancer will spur him on when the run gets difficult.’’
More information is at www.rungeordierun.com and on Twitter @RunGeordieRun
You can donate at www.virginmoneygiving.com/rungeordierun to donate.
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