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Fan’s Magnificent Charity Run Nears Completion – Please Help

We reported on Mark Allison’s charity run from John O’Groats to Lands End when Mark started his effort on July 7th.  We  were alerted to the charity run by the Newcastle fans’ popular web-site nufc.com.

Mark is now starting day 31 (Monday 6th August)) of his estimated 37 day run in Bristol and is only a couple of hundred miles from the finish line.  His efforts are on behalf of St. Benedict’s Hospice.

He he is due to successfully complete his historic and courageous run next weekend.

This is an opportunity to help and contribute to Mark’s effort – we hope you are able to help.


We thought we’d have a little fun and imagine a conversation between Mark and Big Sam on Mark’s efforts – this is how we think it would probably go


Mark Allsion – only 200 miles from the finish


Sam Allardyce

Sam to Mark:

“Don’t look at me – takes me all my time to get from the Director’s Box
down to the field – and have to rest next to Chris for a bit just to build

the old energy up.  Mark – you’re running almost a marathon a day for 37
days – that’s just incredible – but exactly the fitness level I’m trying to get
my players to!  As a club we’d love to contribute to your tremendous effort
but as you may have read in the papers – we’re skint. 


The nufc.com site is reporting that Newcastle United have invited Mark to celebrate his 870 mile achievement in some style – with a lap of honor around the St. James’ Park pitch at our opening Premiership home game against Aston Villa on Saturday evening, August 18th.

The donations for Mark’s effort have now reached the £16K mark – and Mark of course is extremely grateful for all the support. Let’s see if we can push that figure beyond the £20K mark before next weekend.  If Mark can do it – surely we can at least help him. We think this reflects so well on the North East, Newcastle, Newcastle United and of course on Mark’s own phenomenal good will and courage.

Here’s how Mark explains his run on his markallison site.

On July 7th 2007, I started running from John O’Groats to Lands End. This 900 mile run will take me 5 weeks, with a daily average run of 24 miles approximately.All funds raised are in aid of St Benedict’s Hospice (Charity No. 1019410). This event has the backing of Her Grace the Duchess of Northumberland, patron of St. Benedict’s Hospice.

If you would like to sponsor me, with immediate payment to the hospice, please visit the justgiving link below. Paypal payments can be sent to sponsorship@markallison.com and a receipt will be sent from St Benedict’s Hospice in due course.

Checks can be sent to the Hospice directly using the address on their website .

All funds pledged are passed to St Benedict’s Hospice. Any overheads associated with the run will be coming out of my own pocket (and the bairn’s money box!).

Mark has a journal on his site for every day and it’s really interesting reading. He has the times for each day, the terrain and he’s recieved some great support from all kinds of people along the way. 

If you have not yet contributed to Mark’s fantastic efforts for Charity there is still time to do so below.

Please contribute on this just giving site.

You can also get on his site and send him notes of encouragement. Since he’s broken the back of the run it would be nice to shower him with congratulatory messages and news on how great Newcastle is starting to look under Big Sam.

We appreciate any donations that are made on behalf of Mark and St Benedict’s Hospice.

We are truly humbled by his magnificent efforts on behalf of Charity.

3 comments so far

  • Tony

    Aug 6, 2007 at 9:52 PM

    Comment #1

    Now that is a real Geordie hero, personal pain for someone else’s gain…

    …Keep on runnin’ son!

  • Ed Harrison

    Aug 6, 2007 at 11:21 PM

    Comment #2

    Tony – he’s done really great – he’ll will be at the Aston Villa game.

  • Ken

    Aug 7, 2007 at 11:00 PM

    Comment #3

    Hi Ed

    A worthy cause and Mark now gets to run a lap of honour around SJP!

    Thanks for the publicity, did this article reach the Newsnow feed?




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