Charity runner Mark ‘Run Geordie Run’ Allison has just announced that he will attempt to run around the world. He has already run from John O’Groats to Land’s End, across America and, most recently, across Australia.
It will take him until at least 2024 to finish the challenge and he will have to do it in eight segments as family life, work and finances allow.
“Australia was the toughest thing I’ve ever done. I had no idea how hard it would be. It almost broke me.
To run around the world, Mark will need to cover 20,000 miles, over four continents and through 23 countries. It will take him approximately 608 days (1 year and 243 days) to complete.
His challenge began with his John O’Groats to Land’s End 874 mile run in 2007. He has also already ‘ticked off’ the USA (2011) and Australia (2013), 3,100 miles and 2,384 miles respectively, but still has approximately 13,642 to go.
The next segment of 'Run Geordie Run Around the World' is the European leg, which Mark will undertake in 2016.
“I’ve already begun detailed research on the European leg and my training> started in September. There’s a massive amount of climbs on this route and I need to go into it as light and lean as possible.