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Christmas in Canada for long-distance runner Jamie Mcdonald

By The Citizen  |  Posted: December 26, 2013


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ADVENTURER and long-distance runner Jamie McDonald spent Christmas trudging along snowbound Canadian roads in the final stages of an epic achievement.

Jamie, 27 is running coast to coast, for 5,000 miles across Canada.

After spending a Christmas Eve in Calgary where he received the city’s White Hat accolade, previously awarded to Arnold Schwarznegger and Prince William and Kate Middleton, and touring Alberta Children’s Hospital, Jamie hit the road again.

It was clearly a tough day’s running, with Jamie tweeting that he was making his way along a snowbound road with no hard shoulder.

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“Busy hwy with no hard shoulder, throwing Caesar, [his trolley] up on snow banks to escape head on collisions, nightmare.”

At one point he tweets that he was reduced to “trudging”.

But it seems that the kindness of strangers once again appeared, with Jamie ending his day sharing Christmas dinner at the home of a Canadian couple.

“Earlier I ate tin tuna for my Xmas meal, now, I'm on an unexpected round two, turkey dinner, with absolute strangers,” he posted on Twitter.

Jamie also reported being thrilled at receinving the White Hat from Calgary’s mayor - an award reserved for dignitaries and special visitors.

The White Hat Ceremony is a long-standing tradition that has been bestowed on numerous celebrities on their visits there since the 1950s, including Kate and Wills earlier this year.

Calgary's Mayor, Don MacKay, started the tradition as a sign of hospitality from the people of the city.

Jamie’s dad, Donald, said: “It is a huge honour for Jamie, we are all very proud. Calgary is the last main stopping point before the Rocky mountains so it is a major point in his challenge.”

The 27-year-old from Tredworth is due to arrive in Vancouver next month to complete his challenge.

Jamie is raising money for the Pied Piper Appeal at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, and children’s charities across Canada.

To donate or follow Jamie’s progress, visit http://www.jamiemcdonald.org.

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  • lindenengine  |  December 26 2013, 5:06PM

    Two thumbs up for this Gloucester lad. From Calary going west it gets increasingly sparse and desolate until almost into BC. The latest weather forecast is good down the West Coast so the icy sub zero blasts he has endured so far should ease up as he goes west. God speed and here's to a succesful arrival in Vancouver. Nice city, lots to do upon arrival and whale spooting off Burnaby Sound is a must ! Advise watch out for the local ladies, otherwise you won't come home ! An old Gloucester lad in Denver Colorado (Just down the road from Calgary)

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