Run Geordie Run fundraiser, aka Mark Allison, took a break from preparations for his biggest challenge yet, to stop by at D-Line as the cable management specialists prepare forÂ the official opening of their new facility in North Shields on April 28th.
Local hero Mark ran 3,100 miles across America in summer 2011. Then in 2013 Mark managed to complete a staggering 40 miles a day for 87 days across Australia in sweltering conditions. On May 1st, Run Geordie Run, Bedlington-based, will set out from Lisbon with the aim of running 3,400 grueling miles to raise funds for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and The Childrenâs Foundation. The distance demands crossing some of Europeâs highest peaks and most challenging conditions, passing 14 borders, on route to a planned finish in Istanbul 100 days later.
On his visit to the company, Run Geordie Run explained the non-stop pressures and enduring pains to his feet across Australia. Then Mark recalled to staff how, when he needed to finish the American run, with over 3,000 miles completed, in blistering heat he still had to cover 60 miles on his last day to make the 100 day target. In comparison, this European part of Markâs run-around-the-world mission for charity - with many more climbs, including 2,392m elevation for day 50 - also demands an extra 300 miles are covered within the same time!
As Paul Ruddick, founder of D-Line commented âWhen I first heard of Markâs remarkable pursuits I could hardly believe them to be possible. His dedication to achieve his goals for the charities is incredible, and when you check-again the distances and terrains it is inspirational. We are proud to be a sponsor, and delighted to support Markâs fundraising aimsâÂ
Mark added âIt is great to have the support of D-Line, and I look forward to getting started and posting regular updates to followers. All donations for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and The Childrenâs Foundation are hugely appreciated. Iâm a fundraiser more than a natural runner, so when it gets really tough I often draw on the difference that my supporterâs generosity does make, for that special bit of extra motivation along the way!â