Bristol students on the run in jailbreak
Press release issued: 13 November 2009
Around 70 students will be aiming to get as far away from Bristol this weekend with absolutely no money whatsoever, all in aid of charity. The students, who are members of the University of Bristol RAG, will be 'released' from the Students’ Union in a ‘jailbreak’ tomorrow (14 November 2009) at 9 am.
They will then have 36 hours to get as far away from the city as possible without a single penny to their name. Each team is sponsored and so far nearly £6,000 has been raised from the event. The money will go to the University of Bristol RAG Fund, which over the last two years has raised an incredible £288,186.34 for charity, including £33,000 dedicated towards local Bristol charities and projects. RAG's fundraising total since its inception 84 years ago is now well over a million pounds.
The teams have been set the task of trying to beat the current record holders who managed to reach Arizona, USA, at 5190 miles, the furthest distance ever travelled by a jailbreak team.
It might appear an impossible challenge but the organisers say it is far from that, as past teams have made it as far as Washington DC (USA) and Bahrain. Previously, nearly all groups have made it as far as mainland Europe as many major travel companies are often happy to help because the event is for charity.
Some students have made it to Prague, Amsterdam and Venice. However, some have only made to Avonmouth, at 4.39 miles, the least distance ever travelled.
To prove where the teams have been they have to take a picture outside a famous landmark holding a local newspaper and send a postcard back before they leave.
David Mansell, University of Bristol Students’ Union RAG co-ordinator, said: “People will be able to follow the teams on Google maps as the event happens on the choose a challenge website.
"All members of the team that reaches the furthest distance from Bristol in the 36-hour period will receive a travel guide book for the country that they made it to, courtesy of Rough Guides.”