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Mission accomplished for Genghis-Style team
BACK in July, a Knutsford man, his car and three trusty friends set off on a 10,500-mile Mongolian mission.
It was a bumpy road for Andrew Middleton, his Skoda Fabia and pals Mark Rossington, Greg Brown and Amy West, but after six-and-a-half weeks of tackling tough terrain the ‘Genghis Style’ team have returned home victorious.
Andrew, an Aylesbury Close resident, said: “We only just made it to the finish line due to car troubles. It was tough but a lot of fun and we met some amazing people.”
The group of friends set off for the 10th Mongol Rally from Bodiam Castle in East Sussex on July 14.
The dangerous challenge has seen previous participants injured, disabled and even killed, but the foursome arrived safely at the finish line in Ulaan Baatar in Mongolia on August 28.
With no back-up, set route or timed stages, the event involved travelling through 18 countries to donate vehicles and equipment locally in Mongolia.
As part of their journey the team had to cross the Pamir Mountains, travelling at an altitude of 15,272 feet.
“The Pamir Mountains were beautiful, Iran was full of incredibly friendly people and Mongolia was beautiful and welcoming but the roads punished our car,” added Andrew.
“The hospitality we were met with was incredible, with people wanting to go out of their way to help us with places to stay, food and mechanical assistance.”
It was not all plain sailing for the team, as they came up against numerous obstacles during their journey.
Andrew said: “The low point would probably be spending two days with a Mongolian mechanic trying to fix our smashed fuel pump, which eventually proved impossible as we didn’t have the correct parts so far from modern civilisation.
“We spent 18 hours sat in our car which was moving round, unsecured on bumpy roads in the back of a truck to get to the capital where the necessary parts would exist to complete our journey.”
As well donating their car to Adventures for Development in Mongolia and raising more than £1,000 for the rally’s chosen charity Cool Earth, the team raised £3,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support, a cause close to their hearts.
To find out more about the ‘Genghis Style’ team’s journey visit genghis-style.com/rally.
You can also see a video on Youtube by typing in The Mongol Rally/A Brief Guide.
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