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Against all odds, Jamie McDonald has become something of an adventurer.  Jamie spent the first nine years of his life in and out of the hospital with a rare spinal condition known as syringomyelia. Combined with a very weak immune system and epilepsy, his health was very poor.  Around the age of 9 years old, Jamie’s symptoms eased which allowed him to become more active.

As an adult, Jamie was able to save money aside by working as a tennis coach – he then began a mission to give back to the hospitals that supported him, with his own money.

In 2012, he bought a second-hand bike and decided to cycle 14,000 miles from Bangkok to his hometown Gloucester, passing through dozens of countries.  

On his gruelling journey, he was shot at, arrested and slept rough. Using YouTube, he documented his travels along the way, cumulating in a highlight video of the whole trip.  Just two days after he finished the journey back from Bangkok; he made the decision to attempt the world static cycling record.  

He pedalled for a world record breaking 268 hours on an exercise bike set up within a marquee in Gloucester.  Across both cycling challenges, Jamie raised tens of thousands of pounds for a charity that benefits the children’s ward of Gloucester Royal Hospital.

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These feats sparked a thought in Jamie’s mind if he was never a cyclist before these two challenges, but he could go on to break one of the toughest official world cyclings records what else could he achieve?  

In February 2014, Jamie finished a historic journey across Canada, becoming the first person in history to run the 5,000 miles from the Atlantic coast to the Pacific coast without the aid of a support crew.  Starting...

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“Very impressed by your appetite for pain”

- Prince Harry

“An inspiring individual”

- Sir Steve Redgrave

“A true Superhero”

- Rebecca Adlington

“Thank you for all you have done for literally thousands of kids across Canada”

- Gordon Campbell (Canadian High Commissioner)

“I’ve done some pretty hair raising things in my time, but even I’m not daft enough to take on some of the challenges you’ve completed”

- Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards

“You are everything the world needs”

- Rick Hansen (Canadian hero for a two year around the world trip in a wheelchair)

“Extremely tough”

- Ranulph Fiennes

“You are proof, that with grit and determination are what you need to succeed”

- Paula Radcliffe

“On behalf of all the Olympic and world champions, congratulations, and best of luck with your future endeavours”

- Dame Kelly Holmes

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