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Marathon superstar Jamie McDonald takes a fitness test to check his physical fitness

By Maryam_Qaiser  |  Posted: February 26, 2014

  • Sports nutritionist Matthew Cole explaining to students the test being done on Jamie

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MARATHON man Jamie McDonald visited the University of Gloucestershire to check his physical fitness following his epic run across Canada last year.

Jamie from Tredworth ran the equivalent of 200 marathons and raised £200,000 for local charities.

Before he left to embark on the challenge he took some initial testing of his fitness and training for the marathons but yesterday he visited the university again to see how his fitness had improved.

Jamie who suffers from a rare spinal condition known as syringomyelia, said: “I think the tests will prove that you don't have to be a professional athlete, but that any ordinary body can manage what I've achieved.

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“Also, I do have concerns about my health following the run and this would be a great gauge to see where I'm currently at.”

The tests included physiological measurements of Jamie’s aerobic fitness and lung function as well as body composition tests and biomechanical analysis.

Jamie also discussed the mental strategies he used to keep him motivated during his run with sports psychologist Dr John Parker.

It showed Jamie is a more economical runner than before he went away. His results showed the running economy across a range of speeds has improved by 5 per cent.

Matthew Cole, Lecturer in Sports, Exercise and Health Nutrition, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Jamie back to the University of Gloucestershire Performance Lab. The tests should provide a fascinating insight into how Jamie’s body has coped with the extreme physiological stress during his extraordinary challenge.”

Dr Stephen How, Sport and Exercise Laboratories director, added: “I am pleased Jamie’s visit has coincided with a visit by prospective students as it gives us a great opportunity to demonstrate the great work that staff and current students are undertaking in the School of Sport and Exercise.”

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