Brentwood man leads team on latest charity challenge

A team of fundraisers are to stage another attempt to break the Guinness World Record for travelling the Thames fastest in a pedalo.

Led by Alex Gibson from Brentwood, a GB decathlete diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease four years ago, the attempt will begin on Wednesday June 16.

The Challenging MND team aim to travel the 128 mile distance of the Thames non-stop. On this latest attempt, they hope to beat not just the record, but 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 in two days, 15 hours and two minutes – one day, 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 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, 43, 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 £220,000 for charity.

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


Mick Ferris

Editor Email: [email protected]