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Jamie McDonald

Jamie McDonald, against all odds, has become something of an adventurer.

In 2012, he cycled 14,000 miles from Bangkok to his hometown Gloucester, passing through dozens of countries. Along the way he was shot at, arrested and slept rough.

Just two days after he finished the journey back from Bangkok; he made the decision to attempt the world static cycling record, which stood at 224 hours and 24 minutes. It was a challenge he’d conceived whilst cycling from Bangkok.

He finally stepped off the exercise bike set up within a marquee in Gloucester after pedalling for a world record breaking 265 hours – more than eleven days! Throughout both challenges, Jamie raised tens of thousands of pounds for the Pied Piper appeal.

As a child, Jamie was in and out of Gloucester Royal hospital for nine years with a rare spinal condition known as syringomyelia, as well as a very weak immune system, and the Pied Piper’s help was invaluable. He also spent a great deal of time at Great Ormond Street.

On March 9th 2013, Jamie began his attempt to run Canada coast to coast, more than 5,000 miles unassisted, jointly raising money in aid of UK charities Great Ormond Street Children’s Charity and the Pied Piper Appeal and Canadian charity Sick Kids Hospital. He’ll become the first person in history to run it alone if he completes it, facing snow storms, -30°C temperatures, hundreds of miles without food and water and grizzly bears, all whilst carrying a 30kg backpack - the weight of an average 9 year old boy!

For more information on these events and to follow his journey visit

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