Run Geordie Run prepares for 2,900-mile fundraiser for Sunderland Hospice
Written by Scott McGerty on 30th May 2018
A super-fit fundraiser nicknamed Run Geordie Run will embark on the latest stage of his round-the-world trip next week across 2,900 miles.
Mark Allison, from Bedlington, Northumberland, will set off on the fifth stage of his Run Around The World Challenge on Monday (June 4th).
He’ll be pulling his 18 stone specially designed support unit named Chappie on the trip which will provide his shelter, storage and accommodation.
Mark’s 100-day challenge covering 31 miles per day will see him travel from Belgrade, Serbia through Romania, Ukraine and Russia to Astana, in Kazakhstan.
Mark, 46, started his world challenge – a circumnavigation of the planet covering 20,000 miles in 657 days – 11 years ago to raise funds for charities, including St Benedict’s Hospice in Ryhope, Sunderland.
“The bed is actually really comfortable – as comfortable as mine at home, so I’m not worried about sleeping in it. This time I’m also building in a couple of rest days as that’s really important. This will be without doubt the most difficult stage so far, running solo and pulling an 18 stone buggy. I always say I’m a fundraiser first and a runner second.” – Mark Allison aka Run Geordie Run
Mark first started fundraising in 1994 following the death of his mother, Margery Allison, from cancer. The team at St Benedict’s Hospice cared for her and Mark said he was inspired by the treatment she received.
Over the years, Mark has raised £107,000 for the hospice and £301,000 overall for various local charities and this year, he has set himself the target of raising £30,000 for the hospice.
Mark is once again being supported by his headline sponsors, digital office services company, SOS Group, who have helped enable his transport, training and other necessary equipment.
While other sponsors have also been keen to get on board, including the British Army which has supplied him with ration packs and special 21 day underpants.