Toylander triumph for road run Mark

Mission accomplished: Mark drives the Toylander into the support vehicle at journey's end, watched by his grandad Dave Carroll. Photo: S180811-151TW
Mission accomplished: Mark drives the Toylander into the support vehicle at journey's end, watched by his grandad Dave Carroll. Photo: S180811-151TW
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SPALDING Grammar School pupil Mark Carroll completed his 55-mile run from Cambridge to Spalding in the battery-powered toy car he built with his grandad.

Mark (14) spent a total of 17 hours behind the wheel of the open-top, tiny Toylander and the last five of those were in pouring rain as he headed to journey’s end on Thursday.

But he says the two-day trip was worth it because he’s so far collected £2,000 for Cancer Research in memory of the two grandmothers he lost to cancer and the total is still climbing.

Tonight and on Saturday he aims to take the car to Spalding United’s ground in the hope of raising more cash and the Toylander itself is destined to be sold for the cause.

Mark says the Toylander “went great” but there were clutch problems with the support vehicle, driven by his grandad Dave Carroll, because it was following at a steady 5mph.

Mark said: “Other drivers were fine – a lot of them gave me the thumbs-up and some of them beeped their horn in a good way. We even had a couple pull over and donate some money.”

There were live radio interviews too as Mark and his entourage, including pals James Buck and Max Davies, travelled from the Cancer Research shop in Cambridge to the charity’s shop in Spalding.