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The whole nation, let alone Gloucestershire, has been avidly following Jamie McDonald on his coast to coast Canada run since March 2013, and now his mission is complete, supporters have banded together to organise a celebration fit for this fundraising superhero.
On Thursday 13 February 2014, fans of the Gloucester-born world record holder are invited to King’s Square to see Jamie run to the Cathedral, where he will give a talk about his incredible journey – with superhero outfits being optional but preferred.
Enduring everything from snow storms and grizzly bears to being robbed on New Year’s Eve, Jamie is the first person in history to endure it all over 5,000 miles, unassisted, to raise £60,000 for UK-based charities The Pied Piper Appeal and Great Ormond Street Children’s Charity – both of which supported him through illness as a child – and $40,000 for children’s hospitals in Canada.
At 6.30pm, up to 2,000 supporters are expected to attend his 30-minute talk at Gloucester Cathedral, where mayor Chris Chatterton will also present Jamie with the Medallion of the City of Gloucester; the highest city accolade he can bestow.
Then at 8pm, the leader of Gloucester City Council, Paul James, will unveil a plaque outside the North Warehouse in the Docks, in the exact spot where Jamie broke the Guinness World Record for the longest time spent cycling on a static bike – an impressive 11 days and tens of thousands of pounds raised for The Pied Piper Appeal.
Before Dr Fosters provides the setting for a knees up to celebrate the local hero, with music, food, drinks and merriment all guaranteed from 8.30pm.
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