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  • 4 February 2014, 14:44

Brit 'Superhero' Completes Cross-Canada Run

A British man dressed as a superhero has jogged into Vancouver after a 5,000-mile charity run across Canada.

Jamie McDonald, 27, began in Newfoundland in March and has completed a distance equivalent to more than 200 marathons.

The Gloucester-born runner pushed a 60kg baby buggy carrying his possessions and achieved the feat without a support crew - the first Briton to do so.

His journey saw him endure temperatures of forty below zero, sometimes sleeping rough as he went through 13 pairs of trainers - and even being attacked at one point.

"I just can't believe it's over," Mr McDonald said.

"I feel a real mix of emotions. I'm ecstatic that I have finished. I'm honoured to have met so many amazing people in what is truly a beautiful country. I'm humbled by the support people in the UK and Canada have given me."

The runner is used to long-distance challenges and in 2012 cycled 14,000 miles from Bangkok to Gloucester.

Mr McDonald's cross-Canada run has raised more than 100,000 for children's charities.

As a child, he suffered from debilitating immune deficiency, epilepsy and a rare spinal condition. The donations will help the hospitals that treated him as well as supporting new ones in Canada.

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