Team Galloway, a four-strong rally crew raising cash for Help for Heroes, has won a European driving challenge after navigating their way through seven countries.
The Help for Heroes 4X4 European Rally team, ex-regular Army, ex-TA, current ACF and current Royal Navy recruits including local lads Malcolm Middleton and Thomas Hudson, covered over 2000 miles and raised over £7,000 for war charity Help for Heroes.
The 12-day route for the non-speed challenge followed the path and tell the story of the Allied Invasion through Europe and was also based on the TV series Band of Brothers.
The 45 teams passed through the UK, France, Germany, Holland, Belgium, Luxembourg and Austria with stops at higely historical places such as many parts of the WWI Western Front and ending at Hitler’s impenetrable Eagle’s Nest in Bavaria.
Having begun in 2010 with a fundraising target of £20,000, the win marks the end of the event as a total of £1 million has now been reached and also marks victory for Team Galloway which took part in the same rally in 2011.
Malcolm, who lives just outside Wigtown, explained that the crew’s £3000 Land Rover beat off competition from teams driving trucks worth £75,000 and sadly gave up on the lads – but only after the win, leaving them to return home in a hire car.
Camping en route and sometimes in torrential downpours in the Black Forest, the team – which included Kevin Wilson-Smith from Dalry, where Thomas is now also based, and Newton Mearns man Gareth Earl-Payne, struggled through and enjoyed the adventure.
A series of fundraising activities had taken place before the event to help the crew along and the team thanks everyone whocontributed to their challenge.