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Shocking challenge next for superhero Jamie

By Maryam_Qaiser  |  Posted: May 07, 2014

Jamie McDonald during his run in Canada

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HE has run 5,000 miles unaided across Canada, rode from Bangkok to Gloucester and broken the record for the world’s longest static bike ride and now superhero Jamie McDonald is preparing for his next challenge.

Jamie, from Tredworth, raised more than £100,000 for charity during his run in Canada which was equivalent to 200 marathons.

He completed the challenge in 12 months earlier this year.

Some of the money raised went to the Pied Piper Appeal at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital.

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During the epic journey in Canada he suffered a tendon injury half way through, but vowed to carry on.

Now he will be taking on the Fisherman’s Friend Strongman Run in Germany. The 27-year-old will be representing Great Britain with 11 others at the internationals. Jamie will be competing against 10,000 people from around the world.The Strongman Run features a range of difficult obstacles, including suffering electric shocks, swamps of quicksand and plunging into a pool of ice cold water.

On his Facebook blog Jamie posted: “Love it, I've been picked for the Fisherman's Friend (Strongman Run) in Germany, to help fly the flag for team GB in three weeks’ time. The course itself is a full half a marathon, with 17 obstacles in the way, including dangling cables that give you electric shocks (I know, why would you do that to yourself?!). Anyway, sounds like HORRIFYINGLY good fun!”

Jamie suffers from a rare spinal condition known as syringomyelia.

Jamie said: “The company called me to represent GB in this challenge, which will take place on Saturday. I have not done anything since coming back from Canada, I have been a little lazy and eating loads of food that my mum makes me, so it will be nice to do this. I can’t wait to try out all the obstacles. At the moment I am hoping to continue to inspire people to run, so I am looking at writing an adults and a children’s book, so I am hoping that will come off.

“I really miss Canada, it will always hold a special place in my heart, but it is nice to be back in Gloucester, I truly love Gloucester. It is nice catching up with my friends and family, there are a few beers knocking about at the moment. I did not expect to be nominated for the award, it is incredible.”

His dad Donald said: “I am immensely proud of Jamie, if there was a bigger word for proud I would use it, such as Canada, it is so big and reminds me of Jamie. Jamie will always have my support and backing in whatever challenge he does.”

The BBC also produced a short documentary of Jamie’s run across Canada for the Inside Out programme, which aired in the Midlands and West regions in February.

He was recently nominated for the Hero in the Community category in the Heart of Gloucestershire Awards for all his hard work in raising funds for charity.

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  • North Glos EPC  |  May 08 2014, 5:22PM

    I think Jamie is a complete nutter, but I like nutters especially when their antics raise pots of cash for good causes. They also make the world a more interesting place, good luck to him.

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