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Student takes on the Mongol Rally for The Soldiers’ Charity
Posted on: May 4th 2016
Section: Member news

The Mongol Rally - 10,000 miles with no backup, no support and no set route on a 24 year old Honda 125

Joe Harrod, a 20 year old member of Exeter University Officer Training Corps, will be tackling one of the biggest challenges of his life as he takes on the Mongol Rally this summer.  Setting off on a motorbike that cost £11.50, Joe is hoping to raise several hundred pounds for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity – the National Charity of the British Army.

Joe will be riding off on 17th July with little more than his bike and a tent, aiming to reach the finish line in the Siberian town of Ulan-Ude, 400 miles due north of Ulaanbaatar, sometime before it closes on 12th  September. Hundreds of competitors take part in the Rally each year, with very few making it to the finish, but Joe intends to be one of them. 

His preparations are well underway, but he is still on the lookout for a spare fuel tank for his 24-year-old Honda 125.  Joe said:  “My Dad is right behind me, but I think Mum is slightly less keen. I don’t have a sponsor yet, I’m hoping that Honda might be interested, even if it’s just to give the bike a tune up and maybe an extra fuel tank!” 

You can follow Joe on his Facebook page:  and if you would like to help him on to his £1,000 target, his Virgin Money Giving page is at:

For more details contact: ABF The Soldiers’ Charity South West at or telephone Colonel (Ret’d) Robert Jordan on 01392 496412

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