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Gloucester's adventureman Jamie McDonald named Pride of Britain fundraiser of the Year

Jamie McDonald has won the Pride of Britain fundraiser of the year award. Credit: ITV

Jamie McDonald, Gloucester's real-life adventure man, has won the ITV Pride of Britain fundraiser of the year award.

He was presented the award by Olympic champions Dina Asher-Smith and Greg Rutherford MBE at last night's (Monday 28) ceremony in London.

Jamie has raised more than £1million for charity through running and cycling.

During his mammoth fundraising challenges, he has broken several Guinness World Records.

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The 32-year-old smashed the world record for the longest distance covered on a treadmill in May 2019. Credit: Jamie McDonald

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The 32-year-old smashed the world record for the longest distance covered on a treadmill in May 2019.

Jamie spent seven days running 524 miles (842km) on a treadmill in his home city of Gloucester - pushing past the record by an extra 11 miles.

He ran - and walked - more than 20 hours a day to beat the current record of the longest distance covered on a treadmill - 513.97 miles (827.15km).

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

He has been raising money for several charities throughout his extreme challenges.

In March he completed a 5,500-mile (8,851km), 210-marathon coast-to-coast fundraising run across the US unsupported.

He has been raising money for several charities throughout his extreme challenges. Credit: Jamie McDonald

He also cycled 14,000 miles (22,531km) from Bangkok to Gloucester on a second-hand bike in 2012.

Just weeks after returning to Gloucester, he set a new world record for cycling non-stop on a static bike.

In February 2013, two months after setting the new world record, he began his 5,000 mile run across Canada- from coast to coast.

The Pride of Britain Awards celebrate the achievements of truly remarkable people who make our world a better place.

The Pride of Britain Awards celebrate the achievements of truly remarkable people.

Nominated by the public, the winners are from all walks of life, of all ages, and from all over the country.

Since the first Pride of Britain in 1999, royalty, prime ministers, and hundreds of leading figures from showbusiness, sport, politics and the arts have all taken part.

Hosted by Carol Vorderman, the Awards attract an audience of around five million viewers every year in a primetime slot on ITV - making it the highest rated awards show of its kind on British television.

The winners come from tens of thousands of public nominations and stories of remarkable individuals discovered by our team of researchers.

They are whittled down to a shortlist from which the judging panel, made up of celebrated figures in national life, chooses the winners.