Ball raises £8k for charities

Run Geordie Run, aka Mark Allison.
Run Geordie Run, aka Mark Allison.

A ‘round the world’ ball has raised more than £8,000 for charity at the weekend.

Run Geordie Run’s ball, sponsored by SOS Group Ltd, raised £8,223 for The Children’s Foundation and the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation on Saturday.

As well as raising funds for the two charities, the night at Newcastle’s Biscuit Factory celebrated Mark ‘Run Geordie Run’ Allison’s running and fundraising achievements to date.

Mark also shared details about the next stage of his Around the World 20,000 mile run, which begins in Lisbon this May, with guests including Lady Elsie Robson and Dr Martin Ward-Platt, chair of The Children’s Foundation.

Mark, from Bedlington, said: “I’m really pleased by how much the night raised for the two charities. So many people contributed to the event and it’s a relief to know it worked well.

“It was an emotional occasion for me because there were so many of my supporters together in the one room. Walking around and just talking to guests felt amazing. Everywhere I turned I could see sponsors, support team members and well-wishers.

“It’s a feeling that will stay with me and I have no doubt I’ll draw on it when I find things tough during the next leg of the run. There are some brutal climbs in both the Pyrenees and the Alps, which I’ll need mental as well as physical strength to complete.”

To run around the world, Mark will need to cover 20,000 miles, over four continents and through 24 countries. It will take him approximately one year and 243 days to complete.

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