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Pals taxi off on Mongolian adventure

PUBLISHED: 17:24 01 April 2009 | UPDATED: 11:30 12 August 2010

TRAVELLERS: Sean Mullins and Mark Tucker will travel with their friend Mark Elliot.

TRAVELLERS: Sean Mullins and Mark Tucker will travel with their friend Mark Elliot.

A TRIO of adventurers plan to racing thousands of miles from England to Mongolia in a converted black cab with a portaloo welded to the back. Sean Mullins, 31, of Southborough Lane, Bickley, and his two schoolfriends will embark on the trip through 20 c

Sean Mullins and Mark Tucker

A TRIO of adventurers plan to racing thousands of miles from England to Mongolia in a converted black cab with a portaloo welded to the back.

Sean Mullins, 31, of Southborough Lane, Bickley, and his two schoolfriends will embark on the trip through 20 countries, four deserts and 11 mountain ranges on July 18 to raise money for charity.

They will travel through countries like Iran, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, drive over the Pamir Highway, one of the most dangerous roads in the world, negotiate border officials and pitch their tent wherever they can.

Commercial director Mr Mullins, said: "I'm immensely excited but also a little nervous. I'm really looking forward to Iran and driving the Pamir Highway which is supposed to be exquisite. I'm not looking forward to bribing officials though.

"We wanted to do something dangerous and daring before it's too late and we wanted to do something different hence the black cab. People in some of the countries we are going will never have seen one so I'm sure we will draw a lot of attention and hopefully support. The portaloo will have a shower in it as well. Things are bound to get interesting or go wrong."

Some 500 other people will also take part in the event, which is called the Mongol Rally. It involves driving from England to Mongolia in a vehicle that is less than 1000cc without any assistance or back up, on a route devised by the participants. It can take anywhere from three to eight weeks depending on the route chosen and mishaps encountered on the way. The trio plan to take a southern route, known as the most difficult, and hope to complete it in four weeks.

A warning on the website reads: "These adventures are genuinely dangerous things to do...you cannot underestimate the risks involved in undertaking this kind of adventure. Your chance of dying can be very high, some past teams have been seriously injured. These adventures are not a glorified holiday. They are an adventure and so by their very nature extremely risky. You really are on your own. If it all goes wrong, that's it, tough."

Mr Mullins' comrades are his friends from South Africa, doctor Mark Tucker, 33, and businessman Mark Elliot, 31. None of them have any mechanical knowledge whatsoever.

The group have chosen the Christina Noble Children's Foundation and Mercy Corps as their charities and hope to raise £5,000.

katherine.nelson@archant.co.uk

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