When leading IT specialist Epson put out a call for new product testers, it was inundated with applicants.
It was only looking for 300 testers worldwide, so the selection process was tight.
Epson is launching a new running GPS watch and has been searching for a variety of people to test the product and write online reviews.
It has only selected 100 people from the United Kingdom and north Northumberland lad Ian McAllister is one.
Ian has this year embarked on a monumental challenge to raise money for the Newcastle Healthcare Child Bereavement charity by running in various events throughout the country, leading up to an Ultra Marathon along St Cuthbert’s Way in July.
Ian puts his selection as an Epson tester down to the stunning scenery in which he has been running, which includes Simonside Forest, Kielder Water and the Northumbrian coast.
He said: “When Epson put the call out for product testers, I was keen to showcase the fantastic places that we have to offer so have committed to not only test the product, but blog about it on the way.
“In the last couple of weeks, I have competed in a duathlon at Kielder and found myself lost in the dark up Simonside, so I’m sure Epson will get more than they bargained for with my blog.”
Ian hasn’t always been a runner, starting in 2014, but is now keen to go out running and explore new routes whenever he can and welcomes any offers of running that get thrown at him.
Together with his friends James and Andy, they have formed an informal running club which meets every Sunday at 8am outside the Running Fox in Felton and whose motto is ‘the more the merrier’.
For more, visit www.ianmcallister.co.uk