Since 2009 we have been training and mentoring Mark Allison 'Run Geordie Run' both physically and mentally on his epic 20,000 mile journey running around the world.
This continues to be an amazing story with huge challenges, some which we knew we would have to deal with and others that were presented in extreme circumstances that had to be overcome. A hugely positive experience and learning curve for all involved.
Mark continues to push to the absolute extreme, I have never seen someone in so much pain, day after day and endure so much as he did running across USA and Austrlaia, temperatures hit 49 degrees on some days yet Mark is still on track... here is the story so far
A fundraising campaign to run 20,000 miles Around The World in aid of charities in the North East of England.
Whilst not pursuing a world record, the run follows two aspects of the Guinness World Record criteria used, not in running, but in cycling for “fastest circumnavigation of the globe by bicycle”; To travel a minimum of 18,000 miles (28,968 km) and to travel through two approximate antipodal points (i.e. opposite points on the planet).
The purpose of using the criteria is to, at least, give credibility to the claim that , Run Geordie Run, will “run around the world”.
The chosen route is 20,000 miles (32,189 km) taking approximately 608 days (1 year and 243 days) to complete. The chosen antipodal points are La Coruña in Spain and Christchurch in New Zealand.
The run Around The World is split into 8 segments, some of which have been completed already:
2007 - UK (£51,634 raised) - John O'Groats to Lands End. 874 miles in 37 days.
2011 - USA (£105,717.80 raised) - Huntington Beach, California to Coney Island New York. 3100 miles in 100 days.
2013 - Australia (£55,126.60 raised) - Cottesloe Beach, Perth to Shellharbour, Sydney. 2384 miles in 82 days.
2016 - Europe (£55,147.25 raised) - Lisbon, Portugal to Belgrade, Serbia. 2633 miles in 83 days.
The future segments are:
2018 - Central Eurasia - Belgrade, Serbia to Astana, Kazakhstan. 2900 miles in 100 days.
2020 - China - Astana, Kazakhstan to Shanghai, China. 3400 miles in 120 days.
2021 - Japan - Cape Sata to Cape Soya. 1900 miles in 50 days.
2022 - New Zealand - Northerly tip of North Island to Southerly tip of South Island. 1463 miles in 33 days.
In total, that's 20,000 miles around the world, on 4 continents, through 24 countries running for approximately 1 year and 9 months.