Thousands follow Run Geordie Run's Oz challenge on Twitter

Mark Allison is running across Australia to raise money for charity. He is tweeting all the way, with more than 11,000 supporters following his progress.

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Half marathon done and rewarding myself by reading tweets as I run. #rgrdownunder

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The surface is all tiny stones. Really tough afternoon this one. Need to invent a new game for the last 11 miles. #rgrdownunder

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Just got off the Great East Highway in time before it got dark. Now on a minor road surrounded by thick bush land. #rgrdownunder

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Run Geordie Run!

A North East fundraiser is jetting off today ahead of his latest challenge. Mark Allison, also known as Run Geordie Run, is planning to run across Australia. It's two years after a similar challenge he did in the USA.