Car rally takes trio on trip to Mongolia

When three friends from Duns decided to take part in the Mongolian Car Rally, their families were initially sceptical of them completing such an enormous challenge.

Sunday, 27th November 2016, 08:20 am
Updated Tuesday, 6th December 2016, 11:41 am
Mongolia rally

However, as John Walker (23), Paul Liddell (23) and Max Redpath (20) started planning the trip - which included everything from sorting out their route and organising visas to fundraising - offers of support and help from all around flooded in.

When they left Duns to start their journey to Goodwood in Chichester they had no idea what the next 45 days had in store for them.

Having met with the 300 other teams taking part in the rally, they found themselves on a 10,000-mile adventure across two continents and 21 countries, ending in Mongolia.

It was not all plain sailing however and on day six they thought it was all over when their engine broke down and had to be completely replaced.

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However, following an S.O.S. call home to the friend’s dads, a new engine was quickly conditioned and shipped over to Germany.

The trip, which was fully funded by John, Paul and Max, has raised an incredible £4,500 for Macmillan Cancer Support, and they are exceptionally grateful to many local friends and businesses, including Aitken-Walker Cars and Redpath Tyres, for the support they gave them.

“We decided to support Macmillan, because we all know someone who has been affected by cancer and we really just wanted to do something to help,” said John.

“People throughout the whole route were so friendly and helpful, we couldn’t have asked for better,” he added. “At the end, we donated our car to a local Mongolian family. They reacted like they had won the lottery and were inviting us into their house to feed us.”

“It wasn’t scary at all,” said Paul. “We kept our wits about us all the time but we never felt like we were in any danger, except perhaps when we were in our tent in Bosnia and heard gunshots.”

Local fundraising manager Pauline Macmillan said: “It was an honour to meet John, Paul and Max and hear their exciting story about their challenge. At Macmillan, we are lucky to have supporters who put themselves through such extreme measures to raise money for us. It makes a huge difference to people affected by cancer, and we are glad they had fun too.”

For information on fundraising for Macmillan call 0300 1000 200 or visit www.macmillan.org.uk/fundraising.

To access support from Macmillan visit www.macmillan.org.uk or call 0808 808 0000