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Fundraising 'superhero' to run 6,000 miles across the US

11 October 2017 16:46

Jamie McDonald ran across Canada as The Flash in 2013

Jamie McDonald ran across Canada as The Flash in 2013

An adventurer from Gloucester is planning on conquering a nationwide run across America - dressed as superhero Adventureman.

Jamie McDonald, 31 - who ran across Canada dressed as The Flash in 2013 - will start his next challenger on March 1, 2018, from the United States' westernmost point, Cape Alava in Washington.

The journey will take Mr McDonald not just east through America, but also south, covering between 5,500 and 6,00 miles and over 15 states.

Running south through California, Mr McDonald will head east along the south coast, passing through Texas, upwards through Tennessee, Washington DC and New York, before heading up to the states' easternmost point, West Quoddy Head Lighthouse in Maine.

A noble adventure

As co-founder of the Superhero Foundation, the Pride of Britain award winner is hoping to raise £250,000 for the charity.

Mr McDonald is taking on the challenge - expected to last 10 months - without a support crew, and expects to battle through desolate deserts and ice-cold temperatures with the constant threat of injuries, uncertain weather and wild animals.

"I'm absolutely terrified but also hugely excited at the same time to get back out and do what I love most all over again, challenging myself and meeting amazing people along the way," he says.

Anyone planning an overseas cross-country run or adventure-filled trip is reminded of the importance of sports and activities travel insurance.

Overcoming the odds

As a child, Mr McDonald was diagnosed with a debilitating immune deficiency potentially fatal spinal condition, syringomyelia.

Despite spending the first nine years of his life in and out of hospital, he's overcome all odds to become a champion athlete and record-breaker, raising more than half a million pounds for children's charities and hospitals.

In 2012, Mr McDonald hopped on a £50 second-hand bike to cycle 14,000 miles from Bangkok, Thailand, all the way back to Gloucester.

Just a few weeks later, the adventurer smashed the world-record for the longest time ever spent on a static bike, going 11 days with only 90-minute sleep breaks.

Mr McDonald believes there's every chance he may not be up to complete the challenge, saying he's not in the same shape as when he completed the Canada run.

He added: "I just hope I can raise enough money and make a difference to the sick kids and their families that we will be trying to help.

"And to also make everyone proud who have supported my adventures in the past. I'll just try my best, I suppose."