A fundraiser who ran across Australia for charity, was able to put his feet up close to home and cheer on his local team.
Blyth Spartans Mark Allison – or Run Geordie Run – to their recent home fixture with Witton Albion.
Mark has recently completed the incredible feat of running coast to coast across Australia in order to raise more than £210,000 for the Children’s Foundation and the Bobby Robson Foundation.
Spartans’ media manager Phil Castiaux presented Mark with a Spartans shirt signed by the first team squad and with a very special “squad number” of 2,383, the total miles Mark ran across Australia.
Mark’s son Jack was also made mascot for the day and, alongside club captain Robbie Dale, led the Spartans onto the field prior to the match.
Mark said: “It’s been my first non-league game and I’ve really enjoyed it.
“It’s a proud moment to be honoured by my hometown club and the game itself was excellent, I was really impressed. We will certainly be back.”
Phil Castiaux added: “As a club we have shown that we support and recognise the acheivements of the people of our town and what Mark has achieved is nothing short of remarkable.”