‘Kinging-It’ team completes Mongol Rally

Thursday, 13 September 2018

– Local People

by Tim ChapmanGEM Reporter

After 12,000 miles, 20 countries visited, 10 police stops and a visit to hospital, the Barry ‘Kinging-It’ team have completed the Mongol Rally.

Aimee Bannister, Craig Holmes, Jessica Berg and William Webb reached Ulan-Ude in the far reaches of eastern Russia on Monday, September 10. They had set off from the start line in Prague on July 16.

Aimee and Craig have a huge following on You Tube with their fun-filled ‘Kinging-It’ travel videos and predicted the rally would be “the adventure of a lifetime”.

Before they set off Aimee told The GEM there was a serious side to the trip.

“It’s to celebrate my 10-year ‘all clear’ from cancer and to support CLIC Sargent which provided support for me and my family after my diagnosis.

“It’s a brilliant charity that helps children, young people and their families when they are dealing with the disease.”

They completed the journey in a 1.2 litre Fiat Panda. Before the trip they had expected a few popped tyres but in the end they only had two punctures.

On the other hand, they had 12 visits to the garage, needed 40-plus stops for petrol and received four parking tickets.

One of the highlights of the adventure was visiting Iran.

Aimee explained: “Iran is strong and colourful and full of the most incredibly hospitable people you will ever come across.

“After our vlogs in Iran come out, I hope more people will visit it to see the true beauty for themselves.”

Much of the trip was undertaken as part of a convoy which meant people were on hand to help each other.

At the finishing line Aimee said: “After 70 days on the road (some of it driving from Wales to the start line) we finally made it and we are overwhelmed with emotion.

“This trip has been full of life lessons. As soon as we met our convoy it became about the people and the team work.

“We wouldn’t have got anywhere without these beautiful human beings.

“We hit the lowest of lows and the highest of highs together and we wouldn’t have had it any other way.

“It feels so surreal actually crossing the line after so much planning and imagining this moment.

“There have been tears shed, happy tears and sad tears, and this is by far the most exciting, challenging and emotionally charged adventure we have ever experienced.

“We have so many vlogs to edit and we can’t wait to show everyone the crazy adventures.”

The team was also raising funds for ‘Big Moose’ a non-profit organisation that inspires people to live healthier lives.

If people would like to donate to the team’s fundraising efforts, go to: https://www.gofundme.com/kingingit-mongol-rally-2018.

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