And he’s off!!!!!!!!!

Our Ambassador Mark ‘Run Geordie Run’ Allison, has set off on the next leg of his Round the World Run. He has already run down the UK and across the USA and Australia and his next stage will be to run – 3,400 punishing miles across Europe starting on Sunday 1st May.
As well as supporting The Children’s Foundation Mark is raising funds Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and he will need to draw on his motivation for running as he tackles a route which takes him through 14 countries and includes the Pyrenees and Alps mountain ranges, 15 Tour de France climbs and one Giro d’Italia climb.
Mark says: “This run is a big step up for me in terms of distance and especially elevation.
“It’s 300 miles longer than my run across America and I’ll be doing it in the same number of days.The logistics of running through so many different countries brings with it a whole new set of challenges, too.  Europe’s certainly been a lot more difficult to plan for than previous runs.
“I’m looking forward to actually getting started and putting all the preparation into effect.  But knowing there are 9,000ft climbs like the Stelvio Pass and 15 Tour de France climbs ahead of me is daunting.
“I’m very lucky to have a great Support Team around me, all volunteers and all paying their own way, but in the end I know this is down to me putting one foot in front of the other no matter how hard it becomes. My main aim is to do the two charities justice and repay the faith people have put in me when they’ve donated.”
Mark begins his run to raise funds for The Children’s Foundation and Sir Bobby Robson Foundation on 1 May in Lisbon, Portugal.  All being well, he will finish in Istanbul, Turkey, 100 days later.
Follow Mark’s journey on his blog: and show your support by donating to both charities here.