HE has been described as the Forrest Gump of East Lothian, who decided to give up his desk job and run from North to South America.
Now Jamie Ramsay, who has raised thousands of pounds for charity in a 18,000 kilometre marathon, is at his journey’s end.
Jamie’s epic adventure began on August 14 last year, before he made his way down the west coast of the US and crossing through Mexico, Guatemala and Costa Rica into South America.
From there, he has journeyed south through Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia before entering Argentina.
His 17-month run has spanned 14 different countries and taken in deserts and mountainous terrain.
While his friends and family were celebrating Christmas Day back home, Jamie was darting along Argentina’s Ruta 9 highway, sampling microwaved gnocchi at a service station instead of turkey.
I am not going to lie that I am absolutely shattered and looking forward to my bed, but bizarrely I spent this morning looking up potential new expeditions for the future, though I will need girlfriend approval.Jamie Ramsay
But yesterday evening, the 35-year-old’s gruelling cross-continent endeavour came to an end.
Jamie was due to arrive at the finishing line in the Argentinian capital of Buenos Aires at around 7pm last night, having completed the equivalent of around 428 marathons while pushing 45kg of equipment in a baby stroller.
In order to arrive in Buenos Aires for Hogmanay – over three months ahead of his initial schedule – he has ran for 27 days straight with no rest days, covering a remarkable 56km a day even in temperatures as high as 45C and “unbearable” humidity.
Speaking as the finishing line was in sight, however, Jamie, from Whittingehame, said he was looking forward to a “nice little run” through the city centre. Although he was exhausted, he has already started to contemplate new challenges.
“I am not going to lie that I am absolutely shattered and looking forward to my bed, but bizarrely I spent this morning looking up potential new expeditions for the future, though I will need girlfriend approval,” he said yesterday.
“Doing something constructive that I thoroughly enjoy for over a year has been an amazing experience, and if I can find a financially viable way to continue living this kind of life then I will certainly try.”
Jamie’s exhausting run has helped raise money and awareness for three charities: CALM, which is dedicated to preventing male suicide, as well as WaterAid and Macmillan.
The idea came to him while was working behind a desk for a financial communications firm.
Having spent 12 years in the job and mindful that he was approaching his mid-thirties, he made the decision to expand his horizons is dramatic fashion.
The run made stern demands not only of Jamie’s body – he burned through nearly 6000 calories a day during the fundraiser – but also his footwear.
The tough conditions saw him tear through a staggering 18 pairs of trainers.
Jamie said he will now enjoy a well-earned break, but there is one final leg awaiting him.
After arriving back in the UK on 10 January, he will don his trainers one more time and jog the 15 miles from Heathrow Airport to The Mall in central London. “I am just hoping I don’t seize up after a few days rest in Argentina,” he admitted.