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White Hat and Golden Shoes for Gloucester's Jamie McDonald marking monumental marathon effort

By The Citizen  |  Posted: December 20, 2013

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REACHING Calgary has been a significant point in the life of Gloucester’s global adventurer Jamie McDonald.

Not only does it signify the end of another major leg of his 5,000 mile unaided run across Canada, but he has also been presented with two major awards.

Jamie has been voted male runner of the year and won the Golden Shoe from Running Magazine.

He has also been given a White Hat from the city’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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