NEWCASTLE – Mega marathon-man, Mark ‘Run Geordie Run’ Allison will be setting off on his mammoth Australian Mark1challenge today, to run from Perth to Sydney covering 2600 miles in some of the toughest conditions and terrain known to man. 

The 41 miles per day, 70-day challenge, the Geordie fundraising legend has set himself will see him tackle some extremely tough conditions, including the desert area, the Nullabor Plain, part of the Australian Outback.

42-year-old Mark is jetting off to Perth in Western Australia on 8th October, allowing him just 8 days to acclimatise before starting his gruelling challenge, which will hopefully see him meet his deadline and spend Christmas Eve on Bondi Beach, Sydney.

Mark said: “This is the third major charity challenge I have set myself and it will be more grueling and tougher than ever before. I announced that I would be undertaking this challenge nearly two years ago and I can’t believe that it almost time for me to make the journey to Perth to get started.

“There are going to be a whole host of daily challenges, the main issue being the extreme Mark_Libby_Lizdaily distances and temperatures to cope with. This challenge has been even harder to plan, than my previous run across Australia due to the remoteness of the locations I will be running through at points.

“I have been incredibly lucky to continue my sponsorship with Sport Newcastle, Chapman Ventilation and Cherry Active as well as attract some new big name sponsors including, Benfield, Identicom and Virgin Money.”

To date Run Geordie Run has raised over £170,000 and he hopes to raise a total of at least £50,000 for his two chosen charities, the Children’s Foundation (Charity No 1000013) and the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation (1057213).

You can follow Mark’s rather unconventional journey across Australia through his social media accounts and blog:

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To follow Mark’s progress for his 2013 challenge or to make a donation visit his blog at