July 31 2014 Latest news:
Sunday, March 23, 2014
Hitch-hiking students competing to travel the furthest from Norwich for free were outdone by one plucky duo - who made it to Dubai.
Third year drama student Isabella Luba, 20, and third year business management student Simon Langley, 22, won the University of East Anglia (UEA) jailbreak challenge.
And the 30 teams that took part have raised more than £10,000 for Water Aid in sponsorship money.
Students dressed as dragons, in animal onesies and bouncy boots set off around the world on a charity mission at midday on Friday.
With no cash for travel, participants have a single target - to get as far away from the students’ union at the University of East Anglia (UEA) within 48 hours.
Winners of last year’s jailbreak competition reached Cyprus, but at midday on Sunday it became clear that this year’s competitors had gone one better.
The winning team Going The Distance - Isabella Luba and Simon Langley - made it 3,300 miles to Dubai - from UEA to UAE.
Team KTRoo made it to Lisbon, Portugal, 1,080 miles form Norwich to take second place.
KTRoo comprised sun-seeking trio Kate Batty, 24, Elisa Toselli, 19 and Daniella Foux, 22, and they travelled in kangaroo-style rebound boots.
Speaking before the event, Kate, who teaches fitness classes in the boots after picking up on a continental fad, said they would perform dance routines along the way.
“It brings a bit of attention, so hopefully it will be picked up and people will donate,” she said.
Team On The Road Again took third place, making it to Krakow, Poland, 822 miles from Norwich.
The event was organised by student radio station Livewire, and two DJs stayed on air for the whole 48 hours of the challenge.