Trekking through thick snow and freezing temperatures, charity superstar Jamie McDonald, has only 17 from to 200 marathons to go.
Jamie, 27, from Tredworth, is running 5,000 miles across Canada unaided for the Pied Piper Appeal, Great Ormand Street Hospital and children’s charities across Canada.
Earlier this month he suffered a slight setback as he has lost a camera, with a week's footage on it, a hard drive and his wallet and credit cards, following an attack.
Last week was a much better week for Jamie after a comfy sleep at the Bulging Elk Guest House, Field, BC.
On his blog he wrote: “After waking up in the Bulging Elk Guest House, Field, BC - I was greeted with a lovely surprise to start the day, an elk like chalk board that read: “Good Morning Jamie. I hope you had a good sleep. Enjoy the rest of your journey. You have inspired me. Susan.” Next to the message was a $40 donation - I scribbled her message out and wrote "Susan is awesome." Not only did Susan but me up for free in her guesthouse, she donated too.
Heading out of the town of Field with a spring in my step, I could hear someone screaming, but couldn’t figure out what the commotion was about. I turned around and seen a woman standing there and suddenly a kid came running at me to say “do you want to come to my school, my teacher wants to talk to you.” I headed over and met the teacher, I was invited in and I began to chat with the entire school, of eight kids.
The beginning of my talk, was about the cheese roll in Gloucester, during my schpeel, there was one kid that wasn't really listening, he bustled about doing handstands and such. When I was finishing my story, I mentioned that there were basically, only a few idiots that ended up ever agreeing to run down the hill. Suddenly, the wiggler, flipped over and fell to the ground. I looked around at the room full of kids and said “see, this is one of those idiots, he's definitely going to be doing it someday.” All the kids started to laugh, which had there attention immediately - I could then, lead into my true message; to go out in this world, pursue our dream and make a difference.
The teacher was very keen on wanting to talk about the incident in Banff, I did briefly talk on the matter, but I mostly spoke about how amazing people are, across Canada and the world.
I said my goodbyes to the kids and took off running, solo. For the first time I was running alone in what felt like weeks, it was nice.”
To find out more about Jamie’s challenge or to donate visit, www.jamiemcdonald.org.