You may have heard of Run Geordie Run aka Mark Allison and his amazing charity, around the world running he started back in 2007. His mission is to run 20 000 miles around the World to fundraise for charities around the North East of England. Stage X begins on the 12th of July this year and he will be running 50 miles a day around Bamburgh and Northumberland for 5 consecutive days – 250 miles in 5 days to ‘celebrate’ his 50th birthday. I had to read that a few times to believe it! Mark is one of the nicest fellas you could ever wish to meet and we are proud to be one of his sponsors.
With his kind permission, I have taken some snippets from his awesome blogs to explain our collaboration back in April and some support we’ve given since. Mark’s target to raise £500 000 is well under way with a huge £337 466 raised so far – the equivalent of 67% – if you are able to donate please head over to his website here and give what you can. Thanks for choosing us Mark, we think, as you know, you’re lush but bonkers!!
Back in April, Mark introduced us as one of his new sponsors, with some interesting back stories!
“There has been a quite extraordinary response to my request for the commercial sponsorship of Stage X this week. Yesterday’s news was all about finding a main sponsor, Chapman Ventilation. Soon after that, I had a call with one of the owners of a local physiotherapy company. Quite soon into the conversation with Vicky Smith of Taylored Fit Physio I knew that I’d be a perfect fit for them and they would be for me.
Vicky’s enthusiasm was quite evident right from the start. I brought her up to speed with a potted history of the Run Geordie Run journey and she declared that she was more than happy to be on board as a sponsor.
Getting a new sponsor is always an amazing feeling. Knowing that their money is going to benefit St. Benedict’s Hospice makes it all worthwhile. Having a sponsor that shares your same passion, enthusiasm and vision is the icing on the cake. Just like my other sponsors, I firmly believe that Taylored Fit Physio ticks this box and then some.
As an aside, their premises in Langley Park is quite near to where my Dad grew up. They are situated in a renovated old Baptist Chapel. It wouldn’t surprise me if my Dad, who was a professional musician, was once heard on the church organ there. I know that later in life he had a residency at a social club in Langley Park. That was my Mam’s housekeeping money! You’ll please forgive me for getting slightly sentimental, but to have this logo on my shirt means a lot to me on numerous levels.
Following the initial treatment last week I’ve been moving a lot freer, the ankle pain isn’t as severe (but is still present) and Dave Fairlamb even commented on a much better posture in the gym. I think the work I’m doing with Dave has contributed to that also.
Regular readers will recognise Stobbsy from his time on the support team as I ran across Australia and Western Europe. As well as being a highly respected therapist, especially in the North East running community, he has always brought so much more during his time on the Run Geordie Run Support Team.
The Twitter hashtag #stobbsytales became a regular source of amusement in Australia initially. Some of my favourite #stobbsytales moments from Twitter are worth publishing here as a reminder to the camaraderie and merriment that Jason always brings to the team.
I don’t get tired of saying another huge thank you. This time it’s to Jason for once again offering his services on the support team. We’ve been through a lot of tough miles together already. This summer will be no different.