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5 Mar

Oz Challenge Stepping Up

Mark Allison Oz

With his outback quest commencing in October of next year, Mark Allison's preparations for his run across Australia are already gathering pace. Mark, whose Run Geordie Run challenge gained widespread publicity and raised over £100,000 for charity, has finalised the finer details of his journey across the outback, and says this will 'easily be the toughest challenge to date.'

Beginning in Perth on October 16, Mark is planning to cover 2,600 miles as he makes his way to Bondi Beach in Sydney. He has set a prospective finishing date for Christmas Eve, 70 days after taking off. This translates to just under 100 marathons, a distance the Geordie is looking to cover by sticking to a punishing scheduled of 41 miles per day with only 3 full rest days.

On his blog Run Geordie Run, Mark commented: "There is one stretch of the Eyre Highway which is the longest straightest section of road in the world at 91.1 miles. Given the harsher temperatures and lack of facilities, it's set to make the 1000 mile long stretch of Highway 36, on my USA 2011 route, look like a walk in the park."

In amongst finalising the route, the Geordie runner has also drawn up a training schedule for the upcoming year. Mark has set himself a target of 2500 miles to cover in the remaining 43 weeks and pinpointed the London Marathon, North Tyneside 10k and Brampton to Carlisle for PBs this year.

To keep up-to-date with Mark's outback challenge, visit his Run Geordie Run page.