Yorkshire Yaks run into problems on Mongol Rally

The Yorkshire Yaks have come across crooked border guards and are trying to avoid bandits on their charity rally to Mongolia.

The teams were forced to hand over more than £200 after being told they did not have the right sticker on their window when entering Slovenia.

Adam Alderson told followers on their Facebook page that other teams taking part in the challenge had been robbed of all their electrical equipment further down the route in Turkey.

The team are currently heading through Slovenia towards Hungary but say they are not posting updates for the time being because they are worried about being tracked via their social media posts by bandits.

Together with new wife Laura and friends Andy Smithson and Liz Sheldon, cancer survivor Adam is taking part in the Mongol Rally – a 10,000-mile trip from the UK to Mongolia in cheap car – two old Suzuki Jimny 4x4s – and with no chance of rescue if it all goes wrong.

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.

Watch their latest video diary post here:

Another day another country, glad to be through Slovenia and into Hungary ?? Spirits are low today so hopefully this place will cheer us all up ???#madeinyorkshirerebuiltinoxfordMacmillan in YorkshireThe Steve Prescott FoundationCello Electronics UK LtdPseudomyxoma Survivor

Posted by Yorkshire Yaks on Saturday, 22 July 2017


Adam and Laura are funding the trip themselves but have 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.

Adam has also received help from other local businesses such as Fitness4All gym at Leyburn which is helping Adam build his fitness levels ahead of the trip.

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.

To sponsor Adam, visit www.yorkshireyaks.co.uk

To follow his adventure visit www.facebook.com/YorkshireYaks/