Running back to his roots

30.08.2011

Mark Allison, the Run Geordie Run hero, has planned his next challenge a little closer to home.

The County Durham man who famously completed an epic run across America just weeks ago plans to don his running shoes again for the Kielder Marathon to blast past his fundraising target of £100,000.

Mark ran from the Pacific to the Atlantic within 100 days to raise funds for cancer charities.

He said: “Three thousand one hundred miles was tough on my feet! But I’m eager to get back out there for long runs again. The second my chiropodist gives me the ok I’ll be off.

“I’ll be using the Kielder Marathon and the Great North Run to help me get back on track. The Great North Run is a fun run for me; I’m more seriously interested in seeing how quickly I can complete the Kielder Marathon now that I’ve lost five and a half stone!”

Mark has lost five stone of fat and half a stone of lean mass having run an average of 31 miles every day for one hundred consecutive days. His incredible achievement has raised thousands of pounds in memory of his mother Margery, who battled cancer at St Benedict’s Hospice, his father who also died of cancer and his brother who died from a brain haemorrhage.

Almost at 90% of his target, Mark is calling on the generosity of the public for that final push: “Please continue to donate – I’d love to have reached £100,000 for St Benedict’s and The Children’s Foundation by the time I cross the finish line at Kielder.”

The Salomon Kielder Marathon takes place on Sunday 9 October. Those not brave enough to tackle the whole 26 mile distance themselves can still register for the redspottedhanky Kielder 10k or the Kielder Run Bike Run relay race – both taking place on Saturday 8 October. To register go to www.redspottedhankykielder10k.com.

To donate to either of Mark’s charities go to www.rungeordierun.com.

Kielder Water & Forest Park, which spans 250 square miles, is home to the largest forest in England and the largest man-made lake in northern Europe. It was voted the most tranquil place in England by the Campaign to Protect Rural England. For more information go to www.visitkielder.com.

Contact Philippa Clark, communications advisor (Kielder Water & Forest Park), on 0191 301 5538, 07970 897 756 or philippa.clark@nwl.co.uk.

Kielder Water & Forest Park Development Trust is a registered charity working to develop the Park as an inspirational place for leisure, exploration and fun.

Members, who have appointed directors/trustees to serve on the board, are Northumbrian Water, Forestry Commission, Calvert Trust Kielder and Northumberland County Council. Affiliate organisations that are not members but have a close working relationship with KWFPDT include Arts Council England, Northumberland Wildlife Trust, Environment Agency, The Scout Association and local decision making bodies such as the parish councils.

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