Mark on route from Barcelona – on bike

Mark Brown, from Ashington, who is cycling from Barcelona to his home town to raise money for the football club.
Mark Brown, from Ashington, who is cycling from Barcelona to his home town to raise money for the football club.
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AN Ashington man who moved to Barcelona 12 years ago is cycling his way back home – all in aid of raising funds for his local football club.

Mark Brown, who was born in Blyth but moved to Ashington when he was only four-years-old, set off for a new life in Barcelona just before the millennium.

But recently when his father Louis and family were across in Spain for a holiday, Mark said he planned to do a sponsored event for charity.

And it was his father who suggested he did it for the local football club – Ashington CFC.

Mark is now on route to Wansbeck cycling from the Nou Camp football stadium, home of Champions League holders Barcelona, to Woodhorn Lane, home of Northern League Ashington CFC – a distance of around 1,230 miles.

His father Louis said at the weekend: “Mark set off on Thursday and reckons it will take him around 14 days to complete the marathon journey.

“He left the Nou Camp going through the Pyrenees and into France, and in four days he had covered 330 miles.

“On Sunday he was due to be in Toulouse.

“He will board the ferry from France to Dover then cycle up to Ashington.”

Ashington CFC vice-chairman Peter Moran said: “I think it is absolutely tremendous what Mark is doing and that he should choose to help the club in this way. It is commendable.

“It is a huge task to undertake and an extremely long distance, and the first thing we want him to do is to have a safe journey before meeting him on his arrival at Woodhorn Lane.”

Mark, a teacher, was a pupil at South School and Hirst High.