Portsmouth man overcomes multiple disabilities to enter Guinness World Records

IN LIFE, we all have our challenges to overcome – but some people’s struggles are tougher than others.

Wednesday, 30th December 2020, 7:00 am
Harley Salter (25) with his mum Vanessa Salter. Harley raised more than £1,000 for Rowans Hospice by completing the virtual Virgin Money London Marathon. Picture: Sarah Standing (041020-4915)

Harley Salter from Portsmouth has grown up battling a number of disabilities and illnesses, including autism, Tourette’s and an amputated foot.

But none of this has slowed him down, and he has continued to fight on and raise money for those who have supported him in the process.

Last year, the 25-year-old completed the Great South Run using his specialised Alinker walking bike.

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This year, he has pushed himself further than ever before – not only completing a 26.2-mile route around Portsmouth as part of a ‘virtual’ Virgin Money London Marathon for Rowans Hospice, but also entering the Guinness World Records for the fastest 10km on a tri-wheeled walking bike.

His determination to never give up, even when the odds are stacked against him, has won the hearts of readers across the surrounding area.

Harley’s proud mother Vanessa Salter said: ‘The marathon was the highlight of an amazing year of achievements for Harley, taking on a multitude of challenges raising money for Huntington’s Disease Association, Mind and the Royal British Legion.

‘All of this has been achieved despite the challenges of his multiple physical and learning disabilities, the Covid-19 pandemic and significantly the death of his father in May and another close family member in August.

‘He is a true hero for doing so much in a time when there has been so little joy – he has made it the year that was rather than the year that wasn’t.’

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