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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Summersdale (9 Feb. 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849539693
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849539692
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
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‘Jamie is extremely tough. What he has put his body through both physically and mentally takes a tremendous amount of determination. Not many people could even attempt the challenges. Whether you’re 3 years old or 93 years old, we all dream of and long for adventure, but the way Jamie’s managed to combine it with fundraising and helping the world is inspirational. His book is a must-read for all!’

(Sir Ranulph Fiennes, OBE)

‘Jamie is the perfect example of a real-life superhero’

(Phil Vickery, MBE)

‘As a double Olympic champion, I know what it’s exactly like, to push yourself to the limit to achieve something incredible. And you’ve done just that. I could never do what you do – mad.’

(Dame Kelly Holmes)

‘… sprinting for 100 metres is one thing, but to run 5000 miles, forget it! You are a legend.’

(Olympian Adam Gemili)

‘I’ve done some pretty hair raising things in my time, but even I’m not daft enough to take on some of the challenges you’ve completed Jamie. And I’m Eddie The Eagle.’

(Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards)

‘Having run many marathons, the last thing I’d do is run across Canada. Jamie, you are proof that grit and determination are what you need to succeed.’

(Paula Radcliffe, MBE)

‘Inspiring… incredible’

(Sir Steve Redgrave)

‘Jamie’s odyssey as he transforms himself from non-runner into trans-continental traverser by running across Canada will both amuse and amaze you. His call to follow his example and unleash your own inner superhero is one that’s hard to resist.’

(Lisa Jackson, best-selling author of Your Pace or Mine? and Running Made Easy)

‘Jamie is a real-life superhero. Not just because of being so selfless and raising a lot of money for charity but for doing challenges that are extreme and that any Olympic athlete would struggle with! A truly inspirational book that will touch people’s hearts across the world and hopefully encourage everyone to make selfless acts of kindness.’

(Rebecca Adlington, OBE)

About the Author

Jamie McDonald is a world-record-holding adventurer, author, motivational speaker and founder of Superhero Foundation. He was the first person in history to run the 5,000 miles from the Atlantic to the Pacific coast without the aid of a support crew, raising more than £250,000 for sick children in Canada and the UK. He lives in Gloucester, and was voted one of The Independent’s top 100 happiest people in the UK.


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For the past several years I've been doing a free weekly gig guide for Gloucestershire in my Local Music Events group on Facebook and taking photos/videos around venues post in my LME Youtube channel help keep local music alive and one of the most extraordinary people I've met through doing this is Jamie McDonald, who like me loves his music. When Hilary Wakeham a local musician told me Jamie had gone to Bangkok and was cycling back to Gloucester raise money for children's hospital I avidly followed his exploits on Youtube and found it truly inspirational what an ordinary bloke could achieve when he put his mind to it and how Jamie's experiences in all the countries he passed through showed the good side of human nature when you actually get to meet the different nationalities face to face.On completing his lone cycle up mountain and down mountain across half the globe what does Jamie do but break the world record cycling non stop on a static bike for 11 days at Gloucester docks. I was doing the photos of local musicians who came and played to add their encouragement and show support and I feel very proud to be able to take my grand children and anyone who visits me to see the commemorative plaque in the docks which marks the spot where Jamie achieved this. I was further astonished when I then learned that Jamie was going to run 200 marathons across Canada to raise more money for children's hospital.Read more ›
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It was some time ago that I stumbled across Jamie's tweets (David Redvers retweets I seem to recall). I couldn't stop reading. I followed Jamie's journey via Twitter, and witnessed the gut-wrenching lows and soaring highs in 140 character bites, so I had to buy this book, and boy am I glad I did.

A beautifully honest, warts and all account of an ordinary bloke, who did a real life Forrest Gump and just kept on running, whatever was thrown at him. No detailed plan, no schedule, nowhere to sleep a lot of the time. Jamie is proof that the human spirit is unsquashable. His struggles showed, but he ploughed on regardless, raising an epic amount of money to help sick children have a better quality of life.

What makes this truly remarkable is that Jamie as a child fought his own battles with illness. To put all that behind him and achieve what is essentially a superhuman feat is humbling and incredibly inspiring.

I laughed, I cried (especially when reading about the last day), I winced, and was filled with respect and admiration. This is a must read.
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Jamie is a truly inspirational human being. One that all parents should introduce to their children ( I have). In this world of celebrity, self-absorbed vlogging and insincerity, here is a Gloucester beacon that shines very brightly. Her's an infectious force for good. Giving something back to the people who supported him early in his life when he really needed it, is where this story starts. But then Jamie takes raising money for a cause close to his heart, to astonishing extremes. The book covers three momentous challenges. Cycling from Bangkok to Gloucester on a second hand bike. A static bike world-record attempt. And then an historic run from coast -to-coast across Canada! When reading the book you feel that you are experiencing the challenges with Jamie. The writing is pacy and in his own words - which makes it all the more readable and involving. It's fascinating, funny, sad, even dark sometimes when Jamie is an a low ebb. But you just know that he will overcome everything that 's thrown at him - and will ultimately triumph for the cause. He's even inspired me to get on my bike and ride from Land's End to John O'Groats to raise money for vulnerable young people. When things get tough for me as they undoubtedly will - I'll have Jamie's words ringing in my ears.
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I have followed Jamie's story's for a while and this book I believe is the first of many , once I started reading I could not put it down , but found I slowed up towards the end as I never wanted it to end , this book will pick you up when your low , it will inspire you to get off your sofa , it will make you laugh and cry , and it has picked me up when low , fantastic real life get out there and do it , I think it brings back the adventure of childhood , a must read , you really need this text in your life ,you once told me I had a big heart ❤️ Jamie ,this book shows yours so well , Dave.
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Sometimes these big adventure go getters are just on too much of a higher plane to ever feel real. This guy is real to the core and yet still does amazing things. Reading about his experiences really makes you think that maybe, just maybe, you could do something too, albeit not quite so 'out there' but maybe I *could* make a difference. His story is simple but it still grips you and you can't put the book down. A great, funny, and inspirational, read.
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