Mark enjoys a rest as he finishes run

Mark Allison running with Jeremy Lang (right), from the British Embassy, in Belgrade, Serbia.

Mark Allison running with Jeremy Lang (right), from the British Embassy, in Belgrade, Serbia.

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Marathon man ‘Run Geordie Run’ is enjoying a well-earned rest after completing the latest leg of his Around the World run.

Mark Allison, from Bedlington, completed his charity run across Europe from Lisbon to Belgrade last Friday, running the 2,650 miles in 83 days.

The software developer has now run more than 9,000 miles for charity, including the length of the UK, the width of the USA, Australia and Europe; raising over £250,000 in the process.

His European run, sponsored by SOS Group Ltd, was in aid of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and The Children’s Foundation and has already raised £40,900.

Mark said: “I can honestly say this has been the hardest run I’ve done so far. It was nearly 300 miles further than my Australia run and every day there’s been a new challenge to overcome.

“I knew it would be tough but it’s also been incredibly rewarding. The encouragement I’ve had in terms of messages and donations to the charities has been amazing. That’s what’s really kept me going.

“And I couldn’t have done any of this without help from my sponsors and wonderful support team who gave up so much to come out here.

“I’ll also treasure memories of the different countries we’ve been though. The exhausting climbs were offset a little bit by the truly breathtaking scenery and we’ve met some really lovely people.

“I’m pretty much completely exhausted now. There’s a long drive home but at least I can put my feet up this time. I can’t wait to get back to the North East and see my son.”

Mark’s route took him through Portugal, Spain, Andorra, France, Italy, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia and Serbia. He was due to finish in Istanbul but had to change his plans due to the situation in Turkey.

When he arrived in Belgrade, he was joined by Jeremy Lang, from the British Embassy, for the final stage of the run to Pobednik Monument, where he was greeted by enthusiastic cheers by local children.

Mark said: “What an amazing way to finish this run, being greeted by these beautiful children.”

During his run, Mark faced numerous challenges including road closures, such as on the Stelvio Pass in the Italian Alps due to a rock fall; issues with the motor home; stifling heat, storms and torrential rain; and language difficulties.

For more on Mark, visit www.rungeordierun.com