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World record attempt: father and son attempt non-stop wakeboarding record

A father and son team from Surrey are attempting to break the UK and World non-stop Wakeboarding records to raise funds for Overcoming MS.

David, 57 and Harrison Woodward, 24, will make the attempt on Monday 29 April 2019 at Thorpe Lakes Cable Park, Chertsey starting at just before 10am.

The challenge is to ride wakeboards non-stop for as long as they can on a cable. The father and son will be be riding at the same time, on opposite sides of a cable for as long as possible in an attempt to break both the UK and World records. If you're interested in how this works, take a peak at this video.

The current UK record is 7 hours, 4 minutes and 27 seconds, the World Record is 10 hours and 5 seconds. If all goes according to plan, the British record will be broken at around 5pm, and if achieved, the World record will be broken at around 8pm.

David and Harry wanted to challenge themselves as a personal salute to Ginny, David’s wife and Harry’s mum, who was diagnosed with MS in 2009 this came out of the blue with no prior symptoms. From a slight weakness in taking a step, to total loss of power and feeling in her right leg within just 10 days

This was a frightening experience, however Ginny did recover from this episode within a couple of months. Then an unrelated operation in 2013 which went horribly wrong triggered the MS symptoms once more, the symptoms are ongoing.

David said, “At this point one looks for information, but also hope, optimism and support. We found 'Overcoming MS' in 2015, they offered this and so much more. People living with MS face physical and mental challenges every day and push themselves to the limit of their abilities. We therefore thought this challenge of endurance was fitting. It is a tribute to the inner strength of everyone living with MS.”

Ginny has found the advice and support available from Overcoming MS invaluable.

David added, “OMS has delivered experiences, information and encouragement that we're very grateful for. We feel that OMS gives us the tools to take on the future, with the approach of 'whatever it takes' to ensure the best outcome.”

David raised almost £1,000 for OMS on the 50k Thames Path Challenge last year but hope this challenge will fundraise over £2,500 for OMS.

David and Harry have been riding at Thorpe Lakes for over 15 years and training over the winter on the full-size four corner cable.

To read more about David and Harry’s challenge or to sponsor them you can visit their JustGiving page here.  

David and Harry would like to encourage anyone who’s around on the day to come down to the lake on the day. See: https://www.thorpelakeswatersports.co.uk/ for info and directions.

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