Sunday, January 19, 2020
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Anne & Kay with their van

She’s not under starter’s orders yet but Danny MacAskill’s mum is off on a big adventure all of her own.

For instead of nervously looking on while her famous son risks life and limb, 67 years old Anne together with friend, Kay Simpson, 69, set off this week…to drive 10,000 miles in a two decade old van.

The pair left the family’s Dunvegan home today to compete in the Mongol Rally. It begins on Saturday and takes in an incredible route covering England, France, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Turkey, Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Mongolia and Russia.


Stunt cyclist Danny whose video of his ride through the Cuillin has been seen by 40 million people, seemed pretty upbeat about the whole thing and told his fans via social media: “And they're off! Was great to see my mum and her friend Kay set out on their 10000 mile drive to Mongolia as part of the 2016 Mongol Rally.”

In the build up to the event Anne said:  “It is more an adventure than a racing rally. My husband can’t quite believe I’m doing it after talking about it for the last two-and-a-half years. He thinks I’m mad. But I can’t wait to get going.

“Kay’s more the mechanic and we both enjoy driving, which is just as well. We plan to scrap the car at the end.”

The venture is in memory of Kay’s partner Duncan Strachan, who died almost three years ago.

“They had planned to go on the rally to celebrate their 70th birthdays so she wanted to do it in his memory. I couldn’t refuse,” added Mrs MacAskill.

“I hope to raise some money for two charities – Cancer Research UK and Wings for Life – and would be grateful for any support people can give.

As for the event itself the main rule is that competitors have to finish by September 12.

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