Jamie McDonald

Marathon man returns to UK

A man who ran across Canada to raise funds for children's charities after suffering from a severe childhood illness has returned home.

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US Justice Department name Syria terror suspect

A California man who prosecutors say was on his way to Syria to join an Islamist

militant group was arrested on Monday near the US/Canada border in Washington state on a charge of attempting to provide material support to a terrorist organization, federal officials said.

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The US Department of Justice said in a statement that 20-year-old Nicholas Teausant had planned to cross into Canada and travel on to Syria to join an al Qaeda-linked militant group, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

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Briton who ran across Canada 'sacrificed his foot'

A man who ran across Canada to raise funds for children's health charities has spoken to Daybreak about his experiences.

Former tennis teacher Jamie McDonald has "sacrificed my foot", which has been left mis-shapen after the repeated runs, to complete the mission but admitted he still had "a fun run" to do before reaching his goal.

Read: Briton dressed as superhero completes run across Canada


Briton who ran Canada dubs this 'the finish not the end'

A British man who completed a run across Canada said this was "the finish, but certainly not the end".

Jamie McDonald tweeted a picture of his hand in the Pacific Ocean to show he had completed the run.

Mr McDonald took up the challenge after suffering from a debilitating immune deficiency and potentially fatal spinal condition syringomyelia as a child, and spent the first nine years of his life in and out of children's hospitals.

He ran to raise funds for SickKids Foundation, Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity and the Pied Piper Appeal.


Made it to the Terry Fox memorial at B.C. Place stadium. Humbled isn't the word. #finalflash http://t.co/S42AqxUfjU


Jamie has permanently injured and distorted his foot. He will be having a homecoming celebration on 13 February in his home town of Gloucester.

Read: 'Mix of emotions' for man who ran across Canada

'Mix of emotions' for man who ran across Canada

A British man who completed a 5,000 mile run across Canada said he had "a real mix of emotions" about completing his epic fundraising quest.

Jamie McDonald ran the equivalent of more than 200 marathons in 275 days but could not believe he had finished:

I just can't believe it's over.

I have worked for so long and given this run everything I have, physically and mentally, that to finally dip my hand into the Pacific Ocean eleven months and more than 200 marathons after doing the same thing in the Atlantic Ocean is just incredible.

I feel a real mix of emotions. I'm ecstatic that I have finished.

And, of course, I'm sad that it's over as it's been such a big part of my life and I'm uncertain about what happens next.

Even though I had no support team, I felt like Canada was right behind me, every step of the way.

– Jamie McDonald

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British man completes run across Canada

A man from Gloucester who ran across Canada to raise £150,000 for charity said it was "hard to imagine" a friendlier country.

Jamie was joined by his father (dressed in the blue Captain America costume) and dozens of Canadians on the last leg. Credit: Jamie McDonald/Twitter

Jamie McDonald, 27, became the first person to complete the 5,000 mile journey without a support team as he crossed the finish line in Vancover.

However, he had been forced to sleep by the side of the road, and rely on strangers' generosity during the gruelling challenge.

A difficult point in the mammoth challenge had been when he had been assaulted and robbed of his "man bag" in the ski resort of Banff in Alberta on New Year's Eve.

However, he put out an appeal of social media and had his bag, "priceless" footage of his run and wallet returned the next day.

He told reporters: "Thinking about all the people that have helped me along the way, whether it was offering a bed, or handing me a coffee, it brings a tear to my eye. It's hard to imagine running in a more friendlier, supportive and hospitable country."

Read: Robbed British charity runner has his bag returned

Smoking in cars with children banned in some countries

Smoking in cars that are carrying children has already been banned in some states of Canada, Australia and the US and the whole of South Africa.

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Labour hopes to impose a ban on smoking in cars that are carrying children in England. Credit: Clive Gee/PA Wire

Canada's Cancer Advisory Coalition claims the states' bans on smoking in cars have reduced children's exposure to second-hand smoke by 33%.

Read: Labour attempts to ban smoking in cars carrying children

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