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Guinness World Record Attempt To Pass Reading On 26th August

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On Wednesday 26th August, a team of four representing Challenging MND, will begin their attempt to break a Guinness World Record to travel the length of the Thames (128 miles) in a pedalo in the fastest time ever.  

Guinness World Record

With team captain Alex Gibson, diagnosed with motor neurone disease in 2018 at the helm, Alun Thomas, Joe Reed and Andy Long (patron of Challenging MND and former England Rugby Union Player) will travel from Lechlade to Teddington Lock* with the aim of breaking the current Guinness World Record for the feat which currently stands at four days, 12 hours, 49 minutes and 17 seconds – achieved by a team of four in 2018**.  All money raised will be for Challenging MND, a charity which aims to help those living with Motor Neurone Disease complete challenges and fulfil dreams to create lasting memories. 

Alex aged 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.  So far Alex has raised over £150,000 for charity. 

Alex Gibson, Challenging MND founder and diagnosed with MND in 2018 said: “We are committed to breaking this Guinness World Record for Challenging MND.  Being on a pedalo for 13 or 14 hours a day will be tough but I can’t wait! We have been training hard and are confident that we can complete the 128 miles faster than anyone before us and raise over £10,000 for charity.”  

How To Donate & Help

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 07919 484858, email:; visit: or join the CMND community on social media (Facebook; Instagram; and Twitter).