'Run Geordie Run' Takes On The World

22 October 2014, 17:05 | Updated: 22 October 2014, 17:12

Run Geordie Run announces his latest challenge - to run around the world by 2024.

Charity runner Mark ‘Run Geordie Run’ Allison has already run from John O’Groats to Land’s End, across America and, most recently, across Australia.

In spite of everything he has achieved, the thousands of miles covered and thousands of pounds raised for charity, he still feels he has one more challenge he needs to complete – Mark is going to run around the world.

It will take him until at least 2024 to finish the challenge and he will have to do it in eight segments as family life, work and finances permit.

Mark explains:
“Australia was the toughest thing I’ve ever done.  I had no idea how hard it would be.  It almost broke me."

“When I came home I needed time to recover, mentally and physically, and I began thinking about why I run, why it’s important to me and why I feel the need to continue."

“It's clearly all very much on my mind because I dream about this world challenge.  I could see a map of the world with segments crossed off which I’ve already covered.  It sounds daft but that’s really how I came up with this idea."

“I’ve been using the Guinness World Record round the world cycle criteria as a guide.  I’m not looking to set any records, I just want to ensure I can honestly say I’ve met this challenge.”

To run around the world, Mark will need to cover 20,000 miles, over four continents and through 23 countries.  

It will take him approximately 608 days (1 year and 243 days) to complete.

To date, he has raised £212,478.40 for charity