27 Dec

Run Geordie Run Calls Off Challenge

Run Geordie Run

Mark Allison, aka Run Geordie Run, has decided to end his 2,600-mile Benfield Australia Run in Yass, New South Wales due to safety concerns. Mark said: "It's quite literally the end of the road for me. I gave it my best shot and then some. The run finishes in Yass, 73 days after leaving Perth."

After consulting with sponsors the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, Mark decided that running along the Hume Highway at night would be too dangerous: "I've caused enough people enough worry. The Hume Highway has already claimed victims this month. I'm not going to be one of them. I have to consider my safety for the sake of my son Jack back home and my partner Donna here by my side. It's just not possible to finish this run safely given the time I have left. If I had another week then it would be possible."

He added: "This run far and away eclipses what I achieved in the USA in 2011. I had to raise the bar after that. I've come so close to the finish line. It's hard to feel disappointed when I've run this far in these conditions in so much pain.

He was in a positive frame of mind, despite the circumstances: "When I get back to the UK I'll have a good long look at where I go from here. There is life in the old dog yet.

"It has been an incredible journey of immense difficulty. I have tried to share as much of it as I could via social media. Thank you to everybody for their kind donations. Your money has been well earned. I have fought and fought hard for it."

You can still sponsor Mark for his efforts over the last 73 days by visiting his Virgin Money Giving page.