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The feet that ran 5,000 miles: Jamie McDonald resting up after his Canada run

By The Citizen  |  Posted: February 05, 2014

  • Jamie's feet after the 5,000 mile run

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These are the feet that pounded the highways of Canada as Jamie McDonald ran from one side of the country to the other.

The brave Gloucester runner has raised £50,000 for county charity the Pied Piper Appeal, and Great Ormond Street Hospital.

He has also raised tens of thousands for Canadian childrens' hospitals.

Jamie, 27, from Tredworth finished the mammoth run on Monday evening (GMT).

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During the run, after 140 marathons, he developed chronic tendonitis. He was advised to stop, but after a week’s break, he ran on in "agony".

But a bone-spur has grown over the inflammation, which can be seen on his right foot.

He said: “I had acute tendinitis in my foot along the way but struggled on. If I end up with not having a foot, I won’t mind. This has made such a difference to so many people’s live and no one can take that away from me.

Yesterday on Twitter he said he was hanging up his running shoes 'for a very, very long time'.

He also put on Twitter and Facebook a YouTube video of his dad Don McDonald making an announcement on board a flight to Vancouver, urging passengers to support his son.

And since finishing the run, he has been eating Nandos, drinking beer and speaking to the world's media.

But for his mum Ann, back at home in Gloucester, she now wants him to return to the UK and find a good woman.

“Now he’s coming back I’m going to try and find him a wife,” she said.

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