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Horse rider from Shropshire set to race in brutal 1,000km Mongol Derby

Zoe Geddes with one of the horses, Silver, in her care

Zoe Geddes is one of only 40 people to be accepted into the Mongol Derby, considered the world’s longest and toughest horse race and following a course of 1,000km on the Mongolian Steppe. It recreates the horse messenger and postal system developed by Genghis Khan in 1224.

Competitors – who have to demonstrate a high aptitude for riding – spend thirteen to fourteen hours a day in the saddle on wild horses, and the race lasts ten days – with generally only half finishing the course. Zoe will jet out to Mongolia to make her attempt on August 3.

The 28-year-old, who lives in Lydbury North and works with horses at nearby Walcot Hall, was accepted into the race in 2020 but it was postponed due to Covid which has given her more time to raise the £11,375 it costs to enter.

On top of the entry fee she has to cover air fares, which can cost up to £1,000, and she has been faced with some…

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