Former athlete hoping to break Guinness World Record despite motor neurone disease diagnosis

A super-fit rugby player whose slurred speech turned out to be the first sign of motor neurone disease is taking on a string of gruelling physical challenges in a bid to make the most of his uncertain future. Having played rugby semi-professionally and competed for Great Britain in decathlon, dad-of-two Alex Gibson, 41, was at the top of his game, physically. But then, two years ago, his speech started to slur, and he noticed he was struggling with his balance. Realising something was very wrong after he fell outside his front door and had to be helped up by an elderly lady, he sought help from his doctor. Heartbreakingly, following a string of tests, Alex, a forecaster at a capital management company, who is married to IT project manager Cheryl, 41, and has two children, Max, eight, and Elysia, six, was diagnosed with motor neurone disease (MND) in January 2018. Having been given a prognosis of two to three years, he is now determined to make the most of his remaining time, taking on a series of challenges and even setting up a charity to help others with MND making lasting memories.

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