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Mongol derby approaches for Doddie's Dazzlers - Full Article

2 July 2022
By John Hislop

IN less than 50 days time, two Borders women known as the Doddie5 Dazzlers will be participating in the world’s toughest horse race.

Alice Gully (46) from Heriot and Kate Mactaggart (46) from Jedburgh, decided to complete the Mongol Derby which takes place from August 7-20 in temperatures which range from freezing to 38 degrees centigrade to raise £30,000 for Doddie Weir’s My Name 5’ Doddie Foundation.

They will ride semi-broken wild horses over a 1000km route across mountains, rivers and desert through the Mongolian Steppe and survive on a diet of offal and mutton, and the terrain covers mountains, rivers and desert.

Usually, half of the riders quit or are injured before the finishing line but the pair are determined, not only to finish, but to win.

Alice said: “It’s was Kate’s idea but when she suggested we both do it, I jumped at the chance. I’d heard about the race several years ago...

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