The seed for this adventure was sown in 1966 during a unique school visit to Russia.

David Wortley gives the team a copy of his book “Gadgets to God” as a present just before the send-off at the Austin 7 National Rally at Beaulieu Motor Museum. Chapter two gives a short account of the school trip to Russia by a group of 15 and 16 year olds from Boston Grammar School, in 1966, led by the inimitable “Gert” Tromans. This was a highly unusual undertaking at that time and provided Chris with his first foreign trip! A starting point for many more adventures, and some of the inspiration for this Trans-Siberian Rugby World Cup Challenge.

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  1. An amazing adventure that I am sure will inspire and touch the lives of many people in the same way that our school trip to Moscow in 1966 inspired us – it was the best present any parent could have given and these memories will live on and be refreshed by chris’s epic journey.
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