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Gloucester's gobal adventurer Jamie McDonald calls on more young artists to help create new superhero

By The Citizen  |  Posted: August 18, 2014

By Nick Webster

  • Jamie McDonald with his dad, Donald, on one of his superhero charity cycles.

  • The drawing from 11-year-old Maya Romeo. She said: "That is my friend Heather with you, she died of cancer one year ago and so I put her with you because if she was here I know you would help her."

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Designs for Gloucester’s first superhero have been pouring in ahead of the next great adventure planned by fundraiser Jamie McDonald.

Former tennis coach Jamie, from Tredworth, completed his last adventure in a Flash costume after a Twitter poll backed the comic book hero as his cross Canadian disguise.

He has since been adjusting to reality after completing near back-to-back adventures and is furiously planning his next feat of human endurance.

In the meantime, the madcap adventurer has called on children to come up with an idea for an outfit for his next superhero challenge. It will be under the guise of his alter ego, Adventure Man - although the destination is being kept a closely guarded secret.

The competition to design a superhero outfit for him to wear on that trip is still open for new submissions, with his favourite colours of red, green and yellow the preferred choice for inspiration.

“So far there have been 15 different entries and they have all been good quality,” said whacky Jamie.

“I need as many ideas as possible as the outfit will be something I will have to wear for the rest of my life.

"I've had one touching message and design from Maya Romeo who is 11. It is the best birthday present I could have wished for."

Maya's drawing shows her friend hand in hand with Jamie.

The caption says: "That is my friend Heather with you, she died of cancer one year ago and so I put her with you because if she was here I know you would help her."

Jamie added: “It is a tough competition to judge as the standard has been very high. But I would encourage anyone who has any ideas to get in touch with their own design. Adventure Man has no super powers. Hopefully that will help children to believe that they can be whoever they want to be too.

“The idea is to encourage children to get out into the open air, do exercise and discover their spirit of adventure. Hopefully I can help inspire other young people to chase their dreams and achieve their goals too.

“I’ve offered the first ever Adventure Man costume to the winning design. But I’ve not worked out who will make it yet so I may have to get my nan onto the sewing machine to help out”.

Jamie has promised he is just weeks away from deciding on his next big challenge.

So far, he has cycled back from Bankok, ran 200 marathons across Canada and established a super hero charity bike ride around Gloucester with his cousin Kev Brady, who completed his own brave charity challenge this year by paddling the length of the Mississippi River unaided. Both adventurers have helped raise thousands of pounds for the Pied Piper Appeal in Gloucester.

Entries can be sent in to citizen.news@glosmedia.co.uk, with Jamie picking the winner on Friday.

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  • mikehibby  |  August 19 2014, 10:46AM

    What's a "gobal" adventurer? What about some consistency "superhero" and then "super hero".

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