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Charity runner Jamie McDonald's missing bag found after attack in Canada

By The Citizen  |  Posted: January 01, 2014

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Cross-Canada charity runner Jamie McDonald's missing bag has been found after it was feared stolen when he was attacked in Banff last night.

The bag contained Jamie's wallet, the video camera he is using to document his unsupported run across the country and other valuables.

Jamie, from Tredworth, had pleaded for help to trace the bag by posting on Twitter and Facebook.

Tonight, Jamie took to his blog to update followers on the situation.

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He wrote: "Having spent a crazy day speaking to the police and the media, I wanted to update everybody who’s been kind enough to read, share and care. My bag, including my possessions, priceless hours of footage of my journey across Canada and my wallet, amongst other things, has been found.

"Some of you may know that I was attacked in the early hours of New Year’s Day in Banff and that I left quickly after the unprovoked attack, leaving my bag. I was told it had been taken. I reported the incident to the police today, including what I remembered of the three attackers. The police have been phenomenally supportive.

I would like to make it clear that none of this happened in Earls Restaurant in Banff, where I spent some time on New Year’s Eve. I had gone on to another place. I have nothing but good things to say about Earls Restaurant, I had a great time there.

"I have been amazed at the response, from friends and strangers and from the British and Canadian media, both of which have helped spread my story. I wish the story didn’t have to have an unfortunate incident in order to reach people, but I’m glad in a way because the more people that know about my journey, the more children it might be able to help. As the saying goes, every cloud has a silver lining and the additional donations as a result of people hearing about this are hugely appreciated.

"As I mentioned earlier, I’m physically fine and was obviously very shaken up, but the support has been incredible. Although I’d been told my bag had been taken, it appears that whoever did so had a change of mind, as the bag was found at/near the place I left after the attack.

"I would like to thank you all again, especially the people of Banff, who’ve shown me the most incredible hospitality, and as I told a journalist here, I’d like to say that this doesn’t affect my thoughts about Canada one bit – I’ve had the best experiences here and the world-famous Canadian hospitality has been proved to be anything but a stereotype."

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