For those of a black and white persuasion, please look out for a recent interview I gave in issue 261 of The Mag. It's available in many newsagents and supermarkets in the North East and also on match day around St James' Park.
Whilst not pursuing a world record, the run is following 2 aspects of the Guinness World Record criteria used, not in running, but in cycling for “fastest circumnavigation of the globe by bicycle”; To travel a minimum of 18,000 miles (28,968 km) and to travel through two approximate antipodal points (i.e. opposite points on the planet).
The purpose of using the criteria is to, at least, give credibility to the claim that I, Run Geordie Run, will “run around the world”.
The distance of my chosen route is 20,000 miles (32,189 km) and it will take approximately 608 days (1 year and 243 days) to complete. The chosen antipodal points are La Coruña in Spain and Christchurch in New Zealand.
The run Around The World is split into 8 segments, some of which have been completed already:
2007 - UK (£51,634 raised) - John O'Groats to Lands End. 874 miles in 37 days.
2011 - USA (£105,717.80 raised) - Huntington Beach, California to Coney Island New York. 3100 miles in 100 days.
2013 - Australia (£55,126.60 raised) - Cottesloe Beach, Perth to Shellharbour, Sydney. 2384 miles in 82 days.
2016 - Europe (£44,010.50 as at 13/08/16) - Lisbon, Portugal to Belgrade, Serbia. 2633 miles in 83 days.
The future segments are:
2017 - Special segment to be announced in September 2016.
2018 - Central Eurasia - Belgrade, Serbia to Astana, Kazakhstan. 3000 miles in 95 days.
2020 - China - Astana, Kazakhstan to Shanghai, China. 3400 miles in 100 days.
2021 - Japan - Cape Sata to Cape Soya. 1800 miles in 50 days.
2022 - New Zealand - Northerly tip of North Island to Southerly tip of South Island. 1463 miles in 33 days.
In total, that's 20,000 miles around the world, on 4 continents, through 24 countries running for approximately 1 year and 8 months.
OFFICIAL SHOE SUPPLIER OF RUN GEORDIE RUN
TOTAL TO DATE -£248,266.24 (as at 11/08/15)
2016 - £35,787.84 (The Children's Foundation, The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation)
2013 - £55,126.60 (The Children's Foundation, The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation)