Challenging MND Team breaks Thames pedalo Guinness World Record

The Challening MND Team, which set off on Wednesday 26 August, have smashed the previous Guinness World Record to travel the length of the Thames in a pedalo. 

The team set off from Lechlade and completed the feat in two days, 15 hours and two minutes: One day and 21 hours less than the previous record.

Rewritten records

Alex Gibson, who was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease in 2018, led the team, he says: “The team absolutely smashed it and I am so proud of everyone involved, together we have rewritten the records and created history.

“Thank you to everyone involved, everyone who came to the river and of course all who donated. We are completely overwhelmed by the support and interest.

“Along with making a superb new Guinness World Record, we hope this feat raises awareness for motor neurone disease and puts Challenging MND on the map to help establish us as the go to charity for creating memories for people affected by MND.”

Alex, who is 42, founded Challenging MND following his own diagnosis. Throughout his life, Alex has had a huge interest in sport and fitness, representing Great Britain in the decathlon and playing rugby for Barking, Brentwood and Loughborough University. 

Previous to breaking this Guinness World Record, Alex has already cycled the Outer Hebrides; walked 100 miles in one weekend; scaled three peaks and cycled the 480 miles in between over the period of a week. 

So far, Alex has raised more than £170,000 for charity. 

Team spirit

Along with Alex, the team included Alun Thomas, Joe Teed and Andy Long who is patron of Challenging MND and a former England Rugby Union player.

So far, the Challenging MND team has raised £23,437 for the charity which aims to help people living with MND complete challenges and fulfil dreams to create lasting memories. 

“It’s not too late to donate – we have raised over £20,000 so far but the more we raise the more people with MND we can help,” urges Alex.

To learn more about Challenging MND and how they support people with motor neurone disease, click here

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