An endurance runner raising money for two charities has had to change the finish to his run across Europe.
Mark ‘Run Geordie Run’ Allison is aiming to complete the European leg of his ‘Around the World Run’ in Belgrade on July 21 following a change in his schedule.
The 45-year-old, from Bedlington, had been due to finish in Istanbul on July 28 but has changed the finish point following the recent attacks in Turkey.
It means he will have run 2,650 miles across Europe in 82 days.
This week Mark celebrated his second wedding anniversary and 45th birthday on the roads of Slovenia.
He has run more than 2,500 miles in a “monumental effort” as he raises money for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and The Children’s Foundation.
Mark, sponsored by SOS Group Ltd, said: “It’s been a difficult decision to change the run at this stage. There was a tremendous amount of preparation involved in choosing the route and I was really looking forward to the finish being in Turkey.
“However, the safety concerns were such that it just wasn’t sensible to continue as planned, either for me or the support team.
“The two charities were, rightly, concerned and after expert advice from the Consul General of Turkey we all agreed the best thing to do would be to revise the route.
“I’ll now finish in Belgrade, which gives us options to go north or south of the Black Sea for the next stage of the Around the World Run.”
Mark has run through Portugal, Spain, Andorra, France, Italy, Austria, Slovenia and is now entering Croatia before finishing in Serbia.
Mark added: “Every day, there’s something new to overcome. Small things, like issues with water system in the RV meaning we can’t shower, and that’s not fun for me or the support team.
“But we didn’t undertake this run for the fun of it. It’s supposed to be a great challenge and it’s proving to be so. In fact, I’m finding it harder than any other run I’ve done.
“I hope that everyone kind enough to have made a donation to the two charities feels I’ve earned it. We’ve now raised £39,835 though this Europe run and knowing that is what keeps me going.”
Mark, a father-of-one from Bedlington, Northumberland, set himself the phenomenal charity challenge of running 20,000 miles around the world and in order to complete the Europe segment of the run, he is running around 38 miles almost every day.
He is also receiving support from Fresh Freight Group, Chapman Ventilation, Cherry Active, D-Line Cable Management, Brooks Running Shoes, Virgin Money and Sport Newcastle.
For more information about Run Geordie Run Around the World please visit www.rungeordierun.com and follow Mark on Twitter @RunGeordieRun.
If you would like to donate to the two charities, The Children’s Foundation and the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, please visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/rungeordierun