“The second day, we were about 10 hours into the challenge, we encountered a massive heavy storm and there was a torrential downpour for four or five miles,” he said. With MND, messages from these nerves gradually stop reaching the muscles, leading them to weaken, stiffen and waste. “I suppose it’s quite ironic really, when you take perfect care of your health and fitness, that MND comes knocking at your door. Mr Gibson, from Brentwood, was joined by former England rugby player Andy Long, as well as Alun Thomas and Joe Reed, to complete the challenge, which finished late on Friday night. “We really had to dig deep and summon up all the inner strength we had to push us through.”. The team was raising money for Challenging MND, the charity founded by Mr Gibson that aims to provide funds and support for people with the condition to take on challenges of their own. Even a swan pedalo I’d be apprehensive to get on in the future.”, Donations to the challenge can be made at https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Team/GuinnessWorldRecordThamesPedaloChallenge. It is expected to be ratified by Guinness World Records in the coming weeks. “We will work with him to support his rehab from an achilles injury and we look forward to him pulling on a Cov shirt at some point in the future. But his latest effort was not without its difficult moments. explains more about how we use your data, and your rights. "It’s been an emotional rollercoaster and accepting and dealing with it was difficult.". UK terrorism threat raised to 'severe' as Priti Patel warns public to 'remain vigilant', 'Wonderful' Saffron Walden reverend dies after crash on family bike ride, Police shut the road while officers investigated, Royal Mail unveils special Christmas stamps for 2020. “Alex will complement the other props in the squad really well,” he says. Just one month after his diagnosis, Alex is looking forward to tackling his illness head-on. Alex Gibson and his team navigated the Thames in a pedalo in just over two-and-a-half days. The World Champion Springboks have withdrawn from the Rugby Championship, according to a report by Liam Napier at the New Zealand Herald. Our county has had a bigger impact on the world than we may think. The Essex town with a higher infection rate than anywhere in London, We went to a murder mystery night at Essex's Peaky Blinders themed bar - and this is what we thought, From amazing food to great entertainment, the evening was very enjoyable, 8 areas in Essex where infection rates are below 100, Some areas in Essex are among the lowest in the country, Iconic Essex pub shuts for good after 'difficult decision', The pub had to stay closed this summer as it couldn't accommodate social distancing measures, Essex town's message speaks out after lockdown 2 announced, Those who are clinically vulnerable or over 60 are being told to be especially careful once again, Theatres shut 'until further notice' with shows cancelled or rescheduled, They announced the news on Facebook today, What lockdown 2 means for airport passengers and latest holiday rules, Here's how travel restrictions will affect the airports, Colchester Zoo is closing again - and this is what you need to know, The zoo has already had an extremely difficult year, Essex's 3 best restaurants according to the Good Food Award, Now more than ever it's important to recognise excellence in the hospitality sector, Essex cabbie's death blamed on NHS becoming the "National Covid Service", Lisa could only watch as her husband Peter died on their living room floor, Iconic Essex toy shop fighting for its future this Christmas, The owner of the beloved and historic toy store hopes that they will be able to remain open throughout Christmas, Muscle weakness, with loss of muscle mass (wasting), and movement and mobility problems, Muscle cramps and spasms, including rippling sensations (known as fasciculation), Stiff joints, which may limit range of movement, Pain or discomfort, as a result of other symptoms (not usually caused by MND directly), Speech and communication problems, affecting how you speak, gesture and show expression, Swallowing difficulties, affecting how you eat and drink, Saliva problems, where thin saliva pools in the mouth or saliva becomes thick and sticky, Weakened coughing, which makes it harder to clear the throat, Breathing problems, which can lead to breathlessness and fatigue, Emotional lability, with inappropriate emotional responses, such as laughing when feeling sad, Changes to thinking and behaviour, for about half of those diagnosed with MND.

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