Cambridge students take on the Mongol Rally for Anthony Nolan

July 5, 2011
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Five Cambridge students will race from Goodwood, West Sussex to Mongolia in a 7-ton Carmichael Fire Engine in the famous Mongol Rally, a 10,000 mile over-land race which will take them through thirteen countries and seven time zones raising money for Anthony Nolan.

The team – friends Jason Connor, Ed Chadwick, Harry Simpson, Ned Stuart-Smith and Alex Hacking – decided to support Anthony Nolan as Jason’s sister has leukaemia. Jason says, “Although my sister is currently responding well to drug treatment, she may need a stem cell transplant in the future, at which point we may need to rely on Anthony Nolan to find her a matching donor. I joined the register myself three years ago, and I think it’s a brilliant cause. To make up for the inevitable loss of five university-long friendships en route, we're aiming to raise £10,000 for Anthony Nolan – £1 for every mile!”

The race starts on 23rd July 2011, and is expected to last around 5 weeks. Teams must complete the race in a car with a 1.0L engine or smaller, or an emergency services vehicle which can be donated to the people of Mongolia once the race is over. Jason adds, “We were all looking to try something challenging and adventurous which would get us off the beaten track and let us see a bit of the world. The Mongol Rally, which is completely unsupported so plenty of things can go wrong, seemed ideal.”

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