Jamie's Canadian challenge just days away
INTREPID adventurer Jamie McDonald from Tredworth will be leaving for his latest endurance world record attempt on Sunday.
Just months after cycling home from Bangkok to Gloucester, Jamie has been furiously planning his next adventure to run from coast to coast across Canada.
Exercise physiologists have been testing out his fitness levels ahead of his trip.
Dr Stephen How and Matt Cole from the University of Gloucestershire took Jamie on as one of the first to use the new sports performance service.
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They tested out Jamie's lung function, maximal exercise rate and body composition.
Dr How, course leader in Applied Sport and Exercises Sciences, and Sport and Exercise Laboratories Director, said: "The test will provide us with some useful data on Jamie's fitness that will enable us to assess his readiness for the challenge he will shortly undertake."
As Gloucester's answer to Ben Fogle, Jamie hopes to raise £60,000 for the Pied Piper Appeal at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital and Great Ormond Street Hospital where he received treatment as a young boy.
If he succeeds, he will be the first man to run the 5,000 mile route unsupported.
He hopes to complete the equivalent of 200 marathons in just 270 days. He says his family have reservations about his world record attempt.
"My dad is always really enthusiastic with everything that I do but mum is terrified," he said.
"She is most worried about the grizzly bears so I'm trying to get hold of a 'bear banger' to scare them off.
"The coast to coast run has been done before, but not unsupported so if I do it - it will be a new world record.
"I'm carrying everything with me in a rucksack and it will weigh around 20kg so it will not be easy, but I'm looking forward to it."
He will be uploading video blogs to YouTube throughout his trip.
To find out more about the challenge or to sponsor Jamie, visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Jamie_McDonald
Follow the journey on Twitter: @MrJamieMcDonald