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From five years in a shed to 15,000-mile drive dare to Mongolia

By Poppy Jeffery

Keiran Hughes, Kieron Price and Isaac Hopper all attend Borden Grammar School and have each been affected by cancer.

Next summer, when they leave school, the trio will take to the road in a tiny car and travel nearly 15,000 miles across two continents to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

They are one of the teams taking on the Mongol Rally, aiming to get across the world in a tiny vehicle, raising money for charity with no help from anyone.

It will take about two months. Kieron, 18, who lives in Minster, is in charge of organising the event.

He said: “My dad and uncle both ran the London Marathon this year to celebrate 20 years since their mum died due to cancer and so, although I never knew her, I get the feeling that I should do something as well – and naturally I’ve got to ‘one up’ them.

“They ran 26.2 miles, so I’m going to drive nearly 15,000.

“Also, the three of us have known each other for almost seven years now through secondary school and it’s our last kind of adventure before we go our separate ways to university or jobs.”

The trio will take turns driving in shifts and aim to complete the challenge within two months. Keiron added: “The idea of the event is to pick the worst and most unsuitable car possible. It was a case of finding the right little car that won’t break our budgets on fuel and insurance.

“We’ve been given a Citroen Dyane, which will need a lot of work. It’s been sitting in a shed for five years.”

On the way, they hope to break the event’s record for the most countries visited by going to 41, with the current best standing at 40.

They hope to raise more than £1,000 and will keep family and friends up to date with their progress via a blog.

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