Town trio set for challenge of a lifetime

Attending the launch of the Mongul Rally fundraiser for Fields of Life.
Attending the launch of the Mongul Rally fundraiser for Fields of Life.

Three Portadown men Alex Forbes, (20) Michael Busby, (20) Andrew Richardson, (20) are taking up the challenge of a lifetime, driving across one third of the earth to Mongolia in aid of local charity, Fields of Life.

They are taking part in the 2014 Mongol Rally, a 10,000 mile journey from London to Mongolia. It’s not a race or a supported event, there are no water stops, no hotels dotted along the route, no helpers for the inevitable flat tyres and breakdowns.

Once the drive begins, participants are on their own. Even the use of GPS is discouraged despite many unmarked roads and the terrain ranging from desert to mountain ranges. It’s all in aid of raising money for charity.

Team leader Alex explains, “We’ve been thinking of cool ways to raise money for Fields of Life and taking part in the Mongul Rally seemed like a good idea when we were travelling in Australia last year. I got a taste for long road journeys when I travelled over 2,000 miles while in Australia.”

The trio are all past pupils of Portadown College where they launched their mammoth bid to the complete school assembly and raised £406.86 in the process.

Andrew continues, “We’ve named our team ‘Not Fast Or Furious’ because we don’t foresee the journey being fast or furious. We’ll be navigating through 23 countries and on many precarious roads heading towards the finish line, the ancient Mongol Capital 
of Ulaanbaatar.”

Team Not Fast Or Furious depart from Battersea Park in London on July 20 and hopes to complete the epic journey in around six weeks. Michael explains, “We’ve already spent over £600 each for the Visas, but we have one slight problem, we still don’t have a car!”

The boys chosen charity is Fields of life, based in Portadown.

They’re hoping to contribute as much as possible towards drilling a borehole to provide clean, safe, drinking water to over 1,000 people in Uganda.

You can keep up-to-date on their website or follow their progress on Facebook for weekly updates at – ‘Mongol Rally -Team Not Fast or Furious’.

To contact the boys email: or phone 07756510106.