27 Dec

Run Geordie Run Almost Done

Mark Allison poses by Christmas tree

Mark Allison, aka Run Geordie Run, is back on the road again following a three-day break from his 2,600-mile Benfield Australia Run. Mark decided to take a brief rest after postponing his projected finish from 24 December to 31 December.

Before the break, Mark explained his reasoning for taking the time off: "I should have had seven rest days up to now - I've had one. Physically, I'm in great condition. Mentally, however, things aren't right. Running across Australia is a tremendous challenge both physically and mentally, and I've been at rock bottom for one reason or another. Pain, solitude, missing family etc., all of these things take their toll, and they certainly have with me."

He added: "I'm looking forward to a break but I'm equally, in some strange way, looking forward to Boxing Day and finally being the man who ran across Australia."

A host of people have donated to Mark's cause as he raises funds for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and the Children's Foundation. Supporters include the cast of BBC comedy Hebburn, who sent Mark a video wishing him luck.

Mark now has just over 200 miles to go (as of yesterday) as he runs through Harden in New South Wales. You can follow Mark on Twitter to keep up to date with the rest of his journey, or you can visit the Run Geordie Run blog.