Yorkshire Yaks complete Mongol Rally

The Yorkshire Yaks have completed the gruelling Mongol Rally.

Cancer survivor Adam Alderson got all the way to Russia but then had to fly home with wife Laura after suffering from severe dehydration.

He had hoped to fly back out to complete the challenge but was not well enough.

However, the other two members of the team, Andy Smithson and Liz Sheldon, finished the rally, completing 10,000 miles across 11 countries, at the weekend.

Adam is now back home in Wensleydale.

He said: “I’m extremely proud of what we have all achieved and a huge thanks to both Liz and Andy for picking up the baton and carrying on the challenge.”

Adam, 37, from Preston-under-Scar, near Leyburn, refused to give in after being diagnosed with pseudomyxoma peritonei – PMP for short – a very rare form of cancer that grows inside the abdominal cavity and will crush and destroy the organs unless treated or removed.

Instead, he fought the disease and, with the help of a team of medics who performed a ground-breaking multi-organ transplant operation, he survived.

Adam and Laura funded the trip themselves but received sponsorship from local and national companies including Leyburn-based Truck Technics, which have helped prepare the vehicles, Cello, Metcalfe Farms, Ring Automotive, Davanti Tyres, and DG & M Construction, which are paying for the vehicles’ fuel.

This means all donations to their appeal will go to the two charities, The Steve Prescott Foundation and Macmillan Cancer Support.

The foundation was started by rugby league star Steve Prescott who eventually died from PMP.

Adam says he would not be alive today if it were not for Steve who helped him and led the way for sufferers of this type of cancer.

Adam was one of the first people to have the multi-organ transplant for this type of cancer and survive. He is now determined that as many people as possible have access to the same kind of help.

You can find out more about the trip or make a donation here.