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Mother and son's epic challenge

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A mother and son have teamed up to travel 10,000 miles across the globe in the Mongol Rally.

Adventurers Liz Goddard and her son Will have recently passed Azerbaijan on their six-week journey from England to Mongolia.

The pair took part in a Rickshaw Run two years ago and were looking for another challenge before Will travels to Beijing University for a year as part of his Chinese and Arabic degree.

The route takes competitors through deserts and across mountains in a 1000cc car.

They are currently waiting for a boat to travel across towards Turkmenistan.

Liz, a teacher at Casterton College Rutland, said: "It’s a bit like going around the dark side of the moon.

"We expect there to be no contact with the outside world until we come out into Uzbekistan."

The team is raising money for Diabetes UK, in support of friends and family who live with the condition, and Cool Earth.

Their main sponsorship for the event comes from Mug Shots.

Liz said: “Why Mug Shots? Will eats a lot of them and I like them too and we thought they would be ideal food for the trip.

“I discovered they were based in Leeds where Will is at university, so I sent them a cheeky e-mail asking for sponsorship and they said yes.

"They’ve been amazing. We have been eating them most days and intend to continue.

“Massive thanks to the guys at Symington’s for supporting us and making sure we won’t go hungry as we clock up the miles.”

They have also received support from Welland Tyres in Stamford, Halfords Autocentre in Peterborough, and Autoseal which have provided a puncture prevention system, sump guard, oil and coolant between them.

Liz and Will are writing a blog of their travels which is updated when they have internet access.

You can follow their journey at www.bit.co/rallyblog

Donations to their fundrasing can be made ww.justgiving.com/fundraising/liz-will-goddard

They have raised £1,800 for the two charities so far.

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