4 Friends, 20 Countries, 10,000 Miles In One Banged Up Rusty Old Car, Unaided, All For Charity
BRING IT ON!!
WHAT IS THE MONGOL RALLY?
The Mongol Rally is an annual event which sees teams from around the world driving from Europe to Ulan Ude, Russia, in order to raise much-needed funds for charities close to the hearts of ralliers. It thunders roughly 10,000 miles, spanning 2 continents, through more than 20 countries across multiple mountain ranges, deserts and the steppe of Europe and Asia over the summer.
There’s no backup, no support and no set route; just us, and a tiny 1.2 Polo named Dora (the explorer!!)
The Mongol Rally is all about getting lost, using your long-neglected wits, raising loads of cash for charity and scraping to the finish line (hopefully) with a wild grin.
The Mongol Rally has THREE Rules:
1.You can only take a farcically small vehicle of around 1 litre or less (they will generously allow 1.2 but technically a Mongol Rally car should be a maximum of 1.0 L), and should ideally cost less than £500.
2. You’re completely on your own. All teams must be completely unsupported. No back-up car, no support team… just the team.
3. All teams MUST raise a minimum of £1000 for charity. Our target is to raise £3,000 (please follow links to our fundraising page if you would like to kindly donate).
Meet the Girls...
Meet team member numéro uno: Rosanna, 25. Pretty much the team leader with her crazy suggestion to do the Mongol Rally last summer when her, Miles and Anna were road tripping around France.
Rosanna (or Rosie) has her sensible side - a teaching assistant by day, but also a crazy, adventurous side too.
Rosie lived in Argentina for her year abroad so has done lots of travelling, except for most of the countries en-route to Mongolia.
Anna, the city girl of the team, works in marketing at an advertising company in London.
Anna is going to meet the other 3 half way in Uzbekistan, due to lack of work holiday.
Never one to travel lightly, this trip is definitely going to be a challenge for Anna! In order to overcome her fear, Anna is seriously considering trading in Miles for a camel en-route so as to create some extra storage space.
And the Boys...
Miles, a country boy at heart, hasn't quite made it to London yet. Living in Herefordshire, Miles runs his own property business across the city. He is planning to move to the capital soon.
Miles has just got back from his second gap yah, which has made the planning of the Mongol Rally a little more challenging for our team! .
David has the attention span of a goldfish, which is why in the past two years he has worked in a summer camp, lived in a jungle cult in Brazil, started two businesses in New Zealand and moved to China.
Let's hope his attention lasts long enough not to drive the team off the road!
We aim to leave the UK on the 10th of July with a view of getting to the top secret start line in Prague for the 14th of July, before the official race starts on the 16th. The finish line closes on the 9th of September, but we are aiming to finish the week before, in time for Anna to get back to work.
If we stick to our route, we’ll be travelling over 10,500 miles. However, we have a feeling we’ll be taking a few wrong turns along the way, especially with Rosanna's sense of direction!
We’ll be passing through a total of 20 countries on this epic journey, including:
UK > France > Belgium > Netherlands > Germany > Czech Republic > Slovakia > Hungary > Romania > Bulgaria > Turkey > Georgia > Azerbaijan > Iran > Turkmenistan > Uzbekistan > Tajikistan > Kyrgyzstan > Kazakhstan > Russia > Mongolia and back into Russia again for the finish line in Ulan Ude.
We are currently raising money for the following charities...
Cool Earth is the Mongol Rally organisers' charity. As you will recall, one of the only three rules is to raise a £1000 for charity with at least £500 being donated to a charity of their choice, in this case, Cool Earth.
Cool Earth is an environmental charity that works in partnership with indigenous communities. The charity only protects rainforests that, without intervention, will be destroyed within the next 18 months. Cool Earth works strategically, protecting forests that acts as a barrier to a wider landscape. The charity spends only 10% of your donation on admin and governance, making sure as much as possible goes towards project areas.
Through working with local people, Cool Earth makes sure conservation goes hand in hand with better livelihoods.
Walking with the Wounded
Coming from an Army family and being in the Army Reserve, Miles was fairly vocal about supporting Walking with the Wounded as one of the CarDashians' charity choices, to help not only raise money but also awareness for injured men and women from the armed services who need support.
Established in 2010, Walking with The Wounded supports a pathway for vulnerable veterans to re-integrate back into society and sustain their independence. At the heart of this journey is employment. They recognise the inherent skills of armed service personnel, and want to complement these qualities, as well as provide support to transfer their skills into the civilian workplace. They offer assistance through specific programmes to those vulnerable veterans who have been physically, mentally or socially disadvantaged by their service, and assist them in sustaining their independence through new sustainable careers outside of the military. This includes providing support to homeless veterans and veterans in the Criminal Justice System, areas which are too often ignored. Resulting in sustainable employment, and independence for them and their families.
The third charity we are raising money for is Dementia UK. This charity was chosen by Rosanna and Anna, as they have both had first-hand experience of what it is like to have a family member affected by this disease. Dementia affects people in different ways, depending on the type of dementia. The impact can be physical, emotional and psychological, and can also profoundly change the practicalities of everyday life not only for the individual but also the families of those individuals.
Dementia is an umbrella term used to describe a range of progressive neurological disorders, that is, conditions affecting the brain. There are many different types of dementia, of which Alzheimer’s disease is the most common. Some people may have a combination of types of dementia. Regardless of which type is diagnosed, each person will experience their dementia in their own unique way.
Dementia is a global concern, but it is most often seen in wealthier countries, where people are likely to live into very old age. The Alzheimer’s Society (2015) reports there are over 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK today. Of these, approximately, 42,000 are people with young onset dementia, which affects people under the age of 65. As a person’s age increases, so does the risk of them developing dementia. It is estimated that the number of people living with dementia in the UK by 2025 will rise to over 1 million. Rates of diagnosis are improving but many people with dementia are thought to still be undiagnosed.
Any donations would be extremely appreciated, and 100% of what you donate will go straight to the charities, not towards our trip. To donate, please visit our Virgin Giving Page which can be reached by clicking the button to the right.
We are very grateful to all our sponsors who, through their generosity, are making this trip possible. If you are interested in sponsoring us on this incredible adventure, then we would love to hear from you.
Vertu Volkswagen Hereford
We must say a huge thank you to Vertu Volkswagen in Hereford (previously South Hereford Garages) who are our primary sponsor for our adventure. (We are driving a VW of course!)
Vertu incredibly generously borrowed our little Polo for a few days and put it through its paces in their garage in order to do everything they could to make sure it made it to Mongolia! They very kindly replaced older spare parts such as the drive belt and fitted new break disc and pads as well as sort out an overheating engine problem among many other parts being replaced and upgraded!
We are incredinly greatful for the parts and work on our car! Thank you!
If anyone has or is looking to buy a VW around Herefordshire then please go and visit the Vertu Volkswagen team in Hereford who will no doubt look after you as well as they did us!
You can visit them here: Centurion Way, Roman Road, Hereford, Herefordshire, HR1 1LQ
Or ring them on: 01432 615 635
Thank you again! We probabaly wouldnt have made it their without Vertus help!
Thank you to James and his team at Hereford tires who very kindly provided us with a new set of tires for our trip at cost price to help us out. It is very kind of you.
For anyone looking for new tires, Alloys, Realligment, batteries and sfatey checks then please check our Hereford Tires great service and products!
At least now we can feel confident we will get 12,000 miles out of our new tires!
You can visit thier website here: or ring them on 01432 269212
FEATHERS FOOD AND FITNESS
Bella Featherstone is a qualified personal trainer working in London and Colchester. She focuses on providing clients tailored training and providing personal meal plans, and obviously the accountability and support someone is looking for when trying to get summer body ready!
Follow her on Instgram @feathersfoodfit or on Facebook @feathersfoodfit
Make sure you get in touch with her if you are looking for a superb personal trainer in the London or Essex area.
Summits is an online leading supplier of outdoor walking and camping equipment. They will supply great gear for walking, skiing, snowboarding, camping and climbing.
Their team of enthusiasts are on hand to help everyone have a great experience in the outdoors. So, whether you’re off on your first camping trip, or if you summit the Matterhorn on Sunday mornings, they have lots of great tips and advice to make your time in the outdoors just awesome!
Thank you for providing us with an awesome gas cooker for our trip!
To find out more about Summit Online, please visit their website at or ring them on 0141 889 3360.
APPLETON ASSET MANAGEMENT
Appleton Asset Management is a property investment and development focusing on acquiring residential and commercial property with unlocked potential which provide the ability to add significant value through refurbishment and/or development into luxury, high yielding houses of multiple occupation and blocks of flats which are either retained for long term investment or sold for significant profit.
Appleton Asset Management typically looks to partner with investors on a Joint Venture basis looking to acquire and build a portfolio of high yielding properties as well as offering investors the opportunity to receive substantial reliable returns on their capital on a guaranteed fixed equity loan basis.
If you or anyone you know is looking to build a portfolio of high yielding properties or looking to receive fantastic returns on their capital, then please visit to see how they can help you/them achieve this.
NATURAL BALANCE FOODS
Natural balance foods is a British company, that sell delicious and healthy snacks: Nakd and Trek. All the ingredients they use are natural as they aim to provide a healthy lifestyle for their customers.
Thank you for providing us with some Nakd bars to keep us going along the way!