Run Geordie Run reaches finish line

Mark Allison, AKA Run Geordie Run, has completed his gruelling challenge to run across Australia.

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Police plans ahead of Tyne-Wear derby

Northumbria Police has released plans for crowd control ahead of next months Tyne-Wear derby.

It has been confirmed that kick-off time will be at 12.45pm on Saturday 1 February.

Northumbria Police have been working with Newcastle and Sunderland football clubs to make sure fans arrive and leave the game safely and reduce the risk of disorder.

Away fans attending the match will travel to and from St James' Park on free supporter coaches provided by SAFC, which will include pick-up points.

"Public safety and the welfare of supporters is our absolute priority and we've been working closely with the clubs, local authorities, supporters' groups and other partners.

"As ever, our priority is the safety of the supporters from both clubs as well as the wider public and together with partners we've carefully considered all aspects of managing this match, with this being one part of a much wider policing operation."

– Chief Superintendent Steve Neil, Northumbria Police


Shearer congratulates Run Geordie Run's "awesome achievement"

Alan Shearer sent his congratulations to Run Geordie Run. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Alan Shearer has congratulated endurance runner Mark Allison after tracking his progress across Australia.

The former footballer is a patron of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, one of the charities Mark, known as Run Geordie Run, was running for.

He has now raised more than £50,000 for the charity and the Children's Foundation.

Shearer said it was an "awesome achievement."

Run Geordie Run: I finished with my family in mind

Mark 'Run Geordie Run' Allison finishes his run across Australia. Credit: Sir Bobby Robson foundation

An endurance runner from Blyth said thinking about his family helped him in the final push to the finish of his 82-day ultra marathon across Australia.

Mark Allison, known as Run Geordie Run, dipped his toes in the Pacific Ocean at ShellHarbour, New South Wales this morning (local time) after running 2,383 miles.

He said: “I’m exhausted. My feet are in bits but this ocean feels fantastic.

"I’m going to enjoy a nice rest now.

“Again, I finished this run with my mum and dad and my brother in mind. This one’s for them.

"It’s been incredibly tough. But I made it.”

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