Wednesday, 29 May 2024
Wednesday, 29 May 2024

Fundraisers’ aiming for Guinness World Record for travelling the Thames fastest in a pedalo

The Challenging MND Team will again attempt to break the Guinness World Record to travel the Thames fastest in a pedalo.  

Led by Alex Gibson, a GB decathlete diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease four years ago, the attempt will begin on the 16th of June.  The team aim to travel the 128-mile distance of the Thames non-stop. On this latest attempt, the team hopes to beat the record and the amount of money raised. The team joining Alex will once again be ex-England Rugby Union player Andy Long, Alun Thomas, and Joe Reed.

Last August, Alex and the Challenging MND team made history by smashing the previous Guinness World Record and travelling from Lechlade to Teddington Lock in 2 days, 15 hours and 2 minutes – one day and 21 hours and 47 minutes quicker than the previous record.  In total, the team raised over £20,000 for Challenging MND, a charity founded by Alex, which aims to help those living with Motor Neurone Disease complete challenges and fulfil dreams to create lasting memories.

Alex Gibson, Challenging MND founder and living with MND himself, said:

This is once again going to be a massive challenge. Our record was beaten three weeks after we smashed the last one, so this time we are aiming to put the record out of sight by going non-stop throughout the night, completing the route in less than 48 hours. We have a great support team, and it’s going to take every ounce of effort for us to go non-stop.”

Alex, aged 43, founded Challenging MND following his own diagnosis. Alex has had a huge interest in sport and fitness throughout his life, representing Great Britain in the decathlon and playing rugby for Barking, Brentwood, and Loughborough University.

So far, Alex has raised over £220,000 for charity.

To donate towards Alex and Challenging MND’s latest challenge, please go to

If you would like to find out more about getting involved with Challenging MND, please call Andrew Cappaert, Chief Executive, Challenging MND, on 01258 813950.


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