Sir Bobby Robson on the pitch during his time in charge of Newcastle United

Fifth anniversary of football icon Sir Bobby Robson's death is marked

Today marks the fifth anniversary of football legend Sir Bobby Robson's death, following a long battle with cancer

John Alder and Liam Sweeney

Tragedy may bring end to bitter rivalry between region's football fans

Sunderland fan Gary Ferguson tells why he chose to raise money for tragic rival supporters John Alder and Liam Sweeney

Colin Davidson of Newcastle Indoor Bowls Club hands over a cheque to Liz Luff of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation

Bowling club forced to close down to make way for more profitable gym space

Bowlers at Newcastle's Eldon Leisure Centre have donated the last £600 in their account to the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation

The hero's and there representatives in Baltic Square in Gateshead

North East heroes immortalised on Newcastle's Quayside plaques

North East heroes past and present have been immortalised in Newcastle as bronze plaques have been unveiled

The hero's and there representatives in Baltic Square in Gateshead

North East icons immortalised on Quayside's Walk of Fame

Plaques to twenty North East heroes including Sir Bobby Robson, Alan Shearer and Brendan Foster have been unveiled beside the Gateshead Millennium Bridge

Tony the Fridge

Charity runner Tony the Fridge to tackle four marathons in 24 hours

Charity champion Tony the Fridge intends to hang up his fridge this year after first taking on his most ambitious challenge yet

Run Geordie Run Mark Allison meets pupils from Dunn Street Primary School at the RVI

South Tyneside schoolchildren meet inspirational Run Geordie Run at charity evening

School pupils were delighted to meet their running hero, Mark Allison, when he was guest of honour at a charity's supporters' evening

Run Geordie Run fundraiser Mark Allison on his return to the North East

Run Geordie Run lands special Sport Newcastle award

42-year-old Mark Allison was handed a special award following his epic run across Australia raising money for two charities

Professor Malcolm Young, chief executive of e-Therapeutics

Cancer drug trials recruitment halted by Newcastle-based e-Therapeutics

Newcastle drug discovery and development business e-Therapeutics has announced a temporary halt of recruitment into cancer trials

Run Geordie Run fundraiser Mark Allison on his return to the North East

Run Geordie Run gets a hero's welcome on return home

Fundraiser Mark Allison, better known as Run Geordie Run, returned to the North East yesterday after completing his run across Australia

Mark Allison aka Run Geordie Run celebrates finishing his epic run across Australia for the Bobby Robson Foundation and the Children's Foundation

Run Geordie Run flies homes after completing epic Australia run

Mark Allison runs into the Pacific Ocean as he finishes his coast-to-coast run of Australia for charity

Run Geordie Run Mark Allison with personal fitness trainer David Fairlamb

Run Geordie Run's epic challenge may go to the wire

Fundraiser Mark Allison may still be doing his charity Australian run just hours before he catches his flight home

Run Geordie Run charity fundraiser Mark Allison pictured in Cotteslow Beach, Western Australia.

Run Geordie Run fundraiser Mark Allison smashes £40,000 barrier

Heroic fundraiser Mark Allison has so far raised more than £40,700 with his epic Australian challenge which now has just days to go

Run Geordie Run Mark Allison during his epic Australian challenge

Charity runner Mark Allison starts his last leg of his race across Australia

Run Geordie Run fundraiser Mark Allison started the last part of his run across Australia on New Year's Day

Run Geordie Run Mark Allison during his epic Australian challenge updated

Run Geordie Run fundraiser Mark Allison determined to finish Austraila challange

Run Geordie Run charity fundraiser Mark Allison says he is determined to complete his across Australia

Lady Elsie Robson becomes president of County Durham's Tow Law Town AFC

Lady Elsie Robson becomes president of North East football club

Sir Bobby Robson's widow has become president of County Durham’s Tow Law Town AFC

Mark Allison during his charity run across Australia

Run Geordie Run: 700 miles to go but Mark is finding it tough

Run Geordie Run charity fundraiser Mark Allison has 'only' 700 miles left to go but is finding it tough on his trek across Australia

Run Geordie Run Mark Allison during his epic Australian challenge

Run Geordie Run: Halfway point reached on Australian run

Run Geordie Run charity fundraiser Mark Allison is powering ahead with his gruelling 2,600-mile run across Australia

Paul Smith (centre) with Colin Cooper (left) and Sir Bobby Robson's son Andrew

Durham man will run to all North East league football grounds for charities

Durham sports fan Paul Smith is hoping to boost two footballing charities as he takes a whistle-stop tour of sports grounds in the North East

Mark Allison on his run across Australia

Run Geordie Run: Challenge getting ever tougher on Mark's feet

Fitness expert David Fairlamb gives an update on Run Geordie Run man Mark Allison and his 2,600-mile challenge running across Australia

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