Jamie McDonald's Canadian marathon

A Gloucester man, has finally stopped running after travelling more than five thousand miles. Jamie McDonald has run from one coast of Canada to the other. He's thought to have raised more than £100,000 for hospitals in the UK and Canada.

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Gloucester man turns 27 halfway through 5,000 run

Jamie and some of his supporters at Gloucestershire University. Credit: ITV News West Country

An adventurer from Gloucester has celebrated his 27th birthday halfway through a gruelling 5,000 mile run across Canada.

Jamie McDonald's coast-to-coast run is raising money for SickKids Foundation, Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity and the Pied Piper Appeal.

Time is against him; Jamie has just 120 days to finish 100 marathons, because his travel visa runs out in mid-December.

He suffered 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 said: "To reach the halfway mark when so many said I wouldn't make it is incredible, but the hard work is about to begin - I haven't hit the Rockies yet.

"I'm very much taking a Forrest Gump approach to the run and basically just waking up and putting one foot in front of the other, there is no real planning here."

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