Mark Allison – Run Geordie Run wins BBC Sports Award

Having joined Tyne Bridge Harriers in September 2011 Mark Allison has not only proved that he is a competitive club runner but he also proved to be a real down to earth guy, pitching in with a vast array of raffle prizes, free samples of cherry juice and running apparel as well as being a regular at the Harrier League.

In November Mark announced to Real Radio listeners that he was going to run across Australia in 2013 from West to East, from Perth to Sydney finishing at the world renowned Bondi Beach. This amazing feat for charity has quite rightly got Mark the acclaim that he deserves and he has fast become a media darling.

Fabricio Coloccini presents Mark with the prestigious award

This week Mark won the prestigious BBC North East Sports Award of being the ” Most Inspirational Sportsman in the North East“. Mark a life long Newcastle United fan was presented with his award by Newcastle Captain Fabricio Coloccini.

Mark has also won an array of awards in recent weeks including the Northern Echo Local Heroes Award for a remarkable achievement in running across the United States and the Derwentside Physical Activity Achievement of the Year and the County Durham Sport Physical Activity Achievement of the Year. Oh and previously he won the Communicator of the Year Award which left Mark speechless!

2011 has proved to be an amazing year for Mark & Tyne Bridge Harriers will support him in every way we can to get him hitting the ground running for his run in 2013.

On behalf of all the Committee and every athlete at Tyne Bridge Harriers I would like to wish Mark all the best in his fundraising event for 2013 and keep recruiting Gladiators for Tyne Bridge Harriers

For more information on the amazing work that Mark is involved with, please visit his website at

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    • on 17th December 2011 at 22:33
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    What an incredible human being.. from starting to follow Mark on twitter when i first heard he was planning to run across the USA to getting to know him as a true team player and excellent club athlete with an excellnt sense of humour in Tyne Bridge Harriers. Mark is the most deserving person to receive this award. The thousands of hours of commitment, dedication, the planning, the preparation and of course actually running the width of the USA for the benefit of others is truly inspiring to everyone.

    I feel honoured that Mark chose to join TBH. As the article states.. we as a club will support mark in every way we can toward his next run across Australia in 2013

    nice one Mark.. very proud of you !! Well Done !!

    • david rowe on 18th December 2011 at 13:22
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    Well said Rob. Colo looks starstruck in the photo.

  1. Thank you so much for those very kind words.

    Looking forward to continuing to represent TBH in 2013.

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