The Run Geordie Run Australia adventure is at an end, while most of you were asleep the intrepid Newcastle United fan Mark Allison reached the Pacific Ocean and Australia’s east coast, some 2384 miles after leaving the west coast and the Indian Ocean, then by the time you are reading this he will be on his plane home.
It was predictable that many parallels would be drawn with the dismal performances of the England cricketers and even at this late stage they didn’t let the side down, in a manner of speaking.
Mark completed 2384 miles as England bowed out with only 2158 runs in their entire 5 test series, the fact Run Geordie Run’s epic journey finished only sixty miles south of Sydney Cricket Ground provides a great punchline to what has been the most punishing of journeys for this Geordie fundraiser extraordinaire.
Back in mid-October, Mark Allison (AKA Run Geordie Run) set off from Perth to run across Australia, an astonishing feat that would even surpass his previous endurance runs across America and the length of the UK.
Mark was taking on this superhuman challenge to raise cash for both the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and the Children’s Foundation, two great causes.
You can follow the story that has developed across Australia by clicking HERE for more details (might be best if you wait until you’ve digested your breakfast before reading all of Mark’s trials and tribulations – especially the state of his feet!) and of course the important bit, visit HERE to donate and help support two great charities AND a fellow Geordie and big Newcastle fan.
As Newcastle were bowing out of the FA Cup, Mark was tying his shoelaces to begin the last stretch of 23 miles which he had to cover before he made a mad dash to the airport to catch his plane home. Even the comics I read as a kid would have deemed this story as a bit far-fetched!
Follow Mark on Twitter @rungeordierun and click the link to Tweet your support.
Lights out in Australia for the final time. Not an RV, not a motel, not a car. It’s lights out on a plane.
— Run Geordie Run (@rungeordierun) January 5, 2014