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Posted on: Tuesday 5th May 2015

This year Challenge Denmark will have a very special competitor, our youngest yet.  Eight year old Harrison Smith from Surrey will be taking part in the event with his dad, Alex, who is attempting to set a world record for the long distance race. Alex will be carrying his 35kg son around the course on 13th June.

Harrison suffers from Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a fatal muscle wasting disease that means that he probably won’t live past his mid twenties and will be in a wheelchair before he is 10 years old.

Alex had read about an American called Dick Hoyt who in the late 1980s who went from being a coach potato to taking his son Rick, who had cerebral palsy, around an iron-distance course. He decided that as Harrison was progressively getting weaker he wouldn’t get to feel the sense of achievement of boys his own age who play sports or take part in events like this as they get older so decided he would do it for him and be Harrison’s arms and legs and tackle the course together.

Alex will be towing Harrison around the course in a specially designed 11ft mini-catamaran as he swims and pull and push him in a carbon fibre made trailer as he cycles then runs to the finish.

Alex is undertaking this feat to raise awareness and funds for Harrison’s Fund a charity him and his wife, Donna, set up in in 2011 in response to Harrison’s diagnosis. Its aim is to raise money to fund the world’s best researchers, who are working to find a cure for the disease which effects one in 3,500 boys who are born with it in the United Kingdom each year.

To support Alex in his world record attempt please visit:

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