David Pierce, Peter Hutchin and Tony Randles have set off on an Indian adventure – a 3,000km rally, to raise money for the Great North Air Ambulance Service.
The friends, from Cheshire, will travel in a light two-wheeled passenger vehicle, also known as a tuk tuk, and will cover 40km per hour, driving around 10 hours per day.
The Rickshaw Run starts at Jaisalmer and ends in Cochin and is described by organisers as “easily the least sensible thing to do with two weeks.”
David, a father-of-one who now lives in Northumberland, said: “We’re all in our early 30s and maybe going through a mid-life crisis, but we’ve just got an itch to do something a bit different.
“So we’re taking on the challenge to get across India in a seven horsepower glorified lawnmower. It’s going to be absolutely crazy.”
The friends started their journey on March 28 travelling from Birmingham to Deli and then hitched an overnight train to Jaupier.
Speaking of GNAAS, David said: “I know how crucial it is for Northumberland and the surrounding areas to receive urgent care quick.
“I have nothing but praise and admiration for those who work for GNAAS.
“I, like many other people, can’t believe that it is run by charity because it is so important and that’s why we wanted to raise funds.”
The organiser’s website reads that there is “no set route, no back-up, no way of knowing if you’re going to make it. The only certainty is that you will get lost, you will get stuck and you will break down. It’s just you and your mates in a wholly unsuitable vehicle, traversing the subcontinent.”
Good luck boys!
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