Epic drive was trip of lifetime

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BEING mobbed by a crowd in Russia and meeting a wedding party in Kazakhstan were among highlights of a 14,000 mile epic car journey by two Sheffield fundraisers.

Tony Clayton, aged 62, a board member of Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust, took a Suzuki Jimny across Europe and Asia to Mongolia on the eight-week adventure.

Tony, from Hackenthorpe, and friend and main driver Bren Bolger, 59, from Chapeltown, were fulfilling a long-term ambition to do an epic drive and decided to raise money for Sheffield Hospitals Charity and its work supporting mental health services.

People in Sheffield were given the chance to make a donation and sign the car.

Hundreds responded and the car, nicknamed Genghis, also acquired autographs during the trip.

Tony said: “Conditions on some roads were tough, with potholes two feet deep, and we were concerned about how the car would cope - but there were no disasters.”

Along the way, they met a wedding party in Kazakhstan and were mobbed in a Russian border town by a crowd who told them they were the first Brits ever to visit.

And while waiting to cross to the Mongolian border in the north of Russia, they chatted to Khairul Anuar Danial, one of a group of bikers, who had studied in Sheffield.

The venture has so far raised £2,335.

n Donate at www.justgiving.com/mongoliaorbust2012.