Stenhousemuir and Carronshore pals ready for next ordeal

George Rigby and John Henderson have raised over �100,000  for good causes.
George Rigby and John Henderson have raised over �100,000 for good causes.
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Two friends who have raised over £100,000 for good causes are preparing for yet another charity challenge.

George Rigby and John Henderson took part in their first fundraiser, a mountain climb, when they were in their early 20s and have regularly completed challenges ever since.

George (59), from Carronshore, said when the opportunity came up to take part in a tuk tuk race across Indonesia, the temptation was too great.

“Over the years we have climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, walked the Great Wall of China, swam with sharks, taken part in three legged races and jumped off the Forth Road Bridge,” he said.

“Basically, we are both bonkers and love challenging ourselves so if we can raise money for charity too - even better.

“We did a similar race across India last year in a tuk tuk and it was really difficult, so I don’t really know why we signed up to do another.”

The engineers pay for the challenge costs themselves and every penny raised goes to the charities.

The latest venture will support the Aberlour Child Care Trust and Bird Life International and will see them travelling 3000 km from Jakarta to Thailand in a three-wheeled motorbike with just half a horse power pulling a small trailer.

They will be joined in the race by Paula Burns from Edinburgh and will cover jungle tracks, rural roads, a cargo ship journey and winding mountain paths. The challenge, which takes place in October, should take them just over two weeks from start to finish.

John (58), from Stenhousemuir, said the Indian race was challenging but also one of the best experiences of his life.

He added: “We were travelling through tiny villages and streets, meeting people who had never clapped eyes on a Westerner in this ridiculous tiny tuk tuk.

“The race route is very much up to the driver and there is no one holding your hand - you need to find your own grub, get your own places to sleep and carry your own petrol.

“We broke down a few times in India - rickshaws are not the most reliable mode of transport - and had to try to find locals who could help fix the thing.”

The Indonesian race is run by the same organisation that arranged the Indian challenge, but as this one is through jungle, the conditions are hotter and more humid.

John went on: “Both our families think we are mad.

“Most of our challenges have been climbing or walking and most have raised money for Aberlour - which does great work. The race is difficult, it’s very hot, the bikes are not the cleanest and trying to find digs that aren’t absolutely disgusting is really difficult.

“Will we do a challenge again? Never say never, but I do know that after 3000 km on a tuk tuk we will be guaranteed very sore backsides!”

The pair have arranged a concert at the Dobbie Hall, Larbert, to raise money for the charities. It will feature local bands Kallisto, Bad Luck ‘n’ Trouble and David Waugh. The tickets have sold out but they will be organising more fundraisers in the lead up to their adventure in October.

For more information on the challenge and to follow the pair when they set off on their race, visit www.theadventurists.com.