Robbed British charity runner in Canada has his bag returned

Jamie McDonald, 27, immediately launched an appeal on social media for the return of his 'man bag'. Photo: PA Wire

A British adventurer attacked and robbed on New Year's Eve while attempting a gruelling charity run across Canada has got his belongings back.

Jamie McDonald, 27, immediately launched an appeal on social media for the return of his "man bag" which contained footage of his trip, his camera and wallet after he was assaulted in the Banff ski resort in Alberta.

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This is a call out, anyone in #Banff, hand over a bag that is the difference in changing this world. Thank you so much!

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Thank you all for your support. I just want to say that all that can be done is being done and I'm OK physically, just a bit shaken up.

He suffered blows to the head during the incident.

Writing on his blog, McDonald said his bag had been found close to the scene of the attack:

Having spent a crazy day speaking to the police, I wanted to update everybody who's been kind enough to read, share and care.

My bag, including my possessions, priceless hours of footage of my journey across Canada and my wallet, amongst other things, has been found.

McDonald revealed that his plea on Facebook and Twitter got an immediate response from both sides of the Atlantic, with well-wishers pledging donations to the children's charities Mr McDonald is supporting.

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Great to meet u @mrjamiemcdonald have fun in Banff. We're around the corner if u want to pop in 4 a beer 2nite. http://t.co/iPGJm4KmmB

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Billed as the "British Forrest Gump", Mr McDonald is less than 600 miles from becoming the first person to run across Canada without a support team, but he is currently on the toughest leg of his route as he makes his way across the Rocky Mountains.

The 27-year-old is running dressed as comic superhero The Flash after a public vote on Twitter and Facebook chose a costume for him.

Throughout his attempt, he is keeping supporters updated on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, where he posts videos documenting his efforts.

Mr McDonald, who suffered from a debilitating immune deficiency and potentially fatal spinal condition syringomyelia as a child, spent the first nine years of his life in and out of children's hospitals and is running to raise funds for SickKids Foundation, Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity and the Pied Piper Appeal.

The 5,000-mile coast-to-coast run is the equivalent of more than 200 marathons in 275 days.

McDonald is less than 600 miles from becoming the first person to run across Canada without a support team. Credit: PA Wire

Mr McDonald has been forced to sleep by the side of the road, and rely on strangers' generosity during the gruelling challenge.

The 27-year-old's coast-to-coast challenge began in St John's, Labrador, in March and will finish in Vancouver after passing through mountain ranges, national parks and along highways.