Mark Allison to lead 5k fun run round quayside

RUNNERS will hit the road to show their support for the Journal’s Great North Fitness Revolution.

Run Geordie Run hero Mark Allison with fitness trainer David Fairlamb

RUNNERS will hit the road to show their support for the Journal’s Great North Fitness Revolution.

Marathon man Mark Allison is set to lead Journal readers on a 5K run around the Quayside on Saturday.

And this is your last chance to take part, with places on the training session still up for grabs.

The charity champion, who travelled 3,100 miles across America to raise more than £87,000 for charity, will run three laps around the Great North Way.

The 40-year-old will share his training tips and experiences ahead of this year’s Bupa Great North Run.

The Great North Way is the first permanent interactive timing system in the UK and provides a training environment for runners, cyclists and walkers alike. Journal fitness expert David Fairlamb will lead a warm-up session, before runners set off on the one-mile circuit of the Quayside.

Mark, from Shotley Bridge, in County Durham, set out on his amazing challenge in May.

He left Huntington beach in Los Angeles and ran 3,100 miles in 100 days.

Mark covered 60 miles on the last day of his challenge – meeting his self-imposed deadline with just 50 minutes to spare at New York’s Coney Island funfair.

Mark, who is married to Katy, 38, and has a son Jack, eight, will split the £87,000 between St Benedict’s Hospice in Sunderland, where his late mother battled cancer, and The Children’s Foundation.

He dedicated the run to his father Terry, who died of cancer in 1988, and brother David, killed by a brain haemorrhage in 1998.

The Great North Fitness Revolution was launched by the Bupa Great North Run and The Journal to get the North East active and tackle the problem of obesity in the region.

Together we are encouraging as many people as possible to make small improvements to what they eat and drink and what they do for exercise.

The Great North Way covers a distance of exactly one mile around the scenic Newcastle Gateshead Quayside. If you would like to register to take part in the free 5k on September 10, email

All runners will receive a free Great Way timing chip, which will allow them to monitor their progress on the route.


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