Record breaking fundraising adventurer Jamie is best known for his world-first solo run across Canada, raising more than £250,000 for the charities that helped him with a life-threatening condition as a child. Oh - and he did it dressed as superhero ‘The Flash’! As a motivational speaker, he inspires others to overcome the challenges they set themselves.
Jamie McDonald – adventurer, motivational speaker – ‘The Flash’ – knows what it means to face seemingly insurmountable obstacles and to tackle them head on. Against all odds, Jamie has become a record-breaking superstar, in the process raising hundreds of thousands of pounds for charities close to his heart.
From early childhood Jamie suffered a debilitating illness, a rare spinal condition known as syringomyelia, alongside a very weak immune system and epilepsy. Until the age of 9 he spent much of his time in and out of hospitals – namely the Gloucestershire Royal Hospital and Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital in London.
As a result of becoming more active, Jamie’s symptoms eased around the age of 9, and he soon knew that he wanted to repay the people and places whom he credits with his recovery.
Jamie’s quest to raise money for the hospitals that supported him began in 2012 when he bought a second hand bike and cycled 14,000 miles from Bangkok to his hometown Gloucester, riding through many countries and encountering dangers and tribulations. He was arrested and shot at, and slept rough for many nights. Documenting his journey through clips which he posted on YouTube, Jamie became an online celebrity and accumulated fans and funds simultaneously.
Arriving home, Jamie rested for a full 48 hours before making the decision to attempt to beat the world static cycling record, which stood at 224 hours and 24 minutes.
After pedalling for a world record breaking 268 hours – more than eleven days – Jamie succeeded. And immediately began to think about the other seemingly impossible tasks that he could achieve.
At the start of 2013 he embarked on an historic journey across Canada, becoming the first person in history to run the 5,000 miles from the Atlantic coast to the Pacific coast without the aid of a support crew.
His journey raised more than £200,000 for sick children in Canada and the UK. Battling frostbite and other discomforts brought on by -40°C temperatures, Jamie ran the equivalent of a marathon most days – whilst wearing a Superhero costume The Flash. Indeed, one costume the entire time. He filmed his crazy journey to create a BBC documentary.
Jamie has created a new Superhero, Adventureman, and a new charity, the Superhero Foundation, and was awarded a Pride of Britain award.