After overcoming a serious illness as a child, Jamie McDonald has become somewhat of reluctant Superhero. Now a world-record-holding adventurer, a bestselling author, motivational speaker and founder of the Superhero Foundation – he has won a Pride of Britain award for his fundraising achievements – which stretch into the millions of pounds.
In 2012, Jamie set out to break the Guinness World Record for marathon static cycling, and on December 20th stepped off the bike after a whopping 268 hours and 32 minutes.
Hi Jamie, thanks for taking the time for a chat with Le Col. Can I start by asking you to tell our readers who are you are, and what you do?
Sure, I’m Jamie McDonald, aka ‘Adventureman’. I am an author, an adventurer, and a motivational speaker. And I’m the co-founder of a UK charity called the Superhero Foundation.
You did something rather special back in 2012 – you broke a world record – tell us about that?
I sat on a stationary bike (like the spin bikes you get in a gym) for nearly 12 days non-stop, and I ended up breaking the Guinness World Record for the longest time for static cycling.
Crikey. And what was the previous record you were trying to break?
The previous record was set by an Italian guy, and it stood at 224 hours and 24 minutes.
So talk to me about why you took on that kind of challenge? Why would anyone want to sit on a bike for almost 12 days non-stop?!
So, if I take it back to about a year before the world record. I was a tennis teacher and I was saving up to put a deposit on a house. I was just about to buy the house, I mean, I had the papers in front of me and everything, but something just felt wrong. I had this gut feeling that it just wasn’t the right thing to be doing – so I put the pen down, pulled out of buying the house and decided to take a bit of time out.
I sat back and thought about what I wanted from life. I kind of reflected a little bit. And I started thinking about everything, and that included my life as a kid – when I was actually really sick, in and out of hospital all the time.