Warwick Jailbreak 2014 winners reach Israel


Warwick Jailbreak returned over the weekend of 1-2 November 2014 for its 10th anniversary.

With 380 participants (150 teams) signed up to take part in the event, this was the biggest event of its type in the UK.

The students taking part had 36 hours to escape Warwick University campus and get as far
away as possible without spending any money.

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So far participants have raised almost £30,000 for international cancer research charity Worldwide Cancer Research (WCR). You can see the current fundraising total here, which is still increasing.

The winners of the event were team SmashBros, who landed in Tel Aviv, Israel in the early hours of Sunday morning. The pair of men were given two free flights: one from Birmingham to Istanbul, Turkey, and the other from Istabul to Tel Aviv. This was achieved without any planning prior to the event.

Tel Aviv is nearly 4,000km away and this means that the team have achieved the 5th furthest Jailbreak in Warwick’s history, only coming behind Bangkok, Vancouver, Los Angeles and New York.

This is the furthest winning location since 2011. You can see the full map and results here.

Runners up of 2014 include Malaga, Barcelona, Budapest, Antalya, Berlin, Frankfurt, Copenhagen and Dublin.

In the competition for the group who could get furthest north from campus, team Griffins managed to reach John O’ Grotes, the furthest northern point in the UK.

Warwick Jailbreak Launch 2The teams also broke a world record on the morning of November 1, by getting 314 people into a single pair of underpants. They beat the record of 304 set by the University of Birmingham in 2013. Warwick Jailbreak is still waiting on confirmation as to whether this is an official Guinness World Record.

Sian Elvin, media officer at Warwick Jailbreak, said: “We are absolutely thrilled with how successful the event has been this year and the huge amount we have raised for charity.

“We’ve broken world records; run the biggest Jailbreak the UK (and possibly the world) has ever seen; and seen three teams enter the top ten of Warwick’s furthest Jailbreaks. On top of all that we were tracking the largest amount of participants ever around the clock for 36 hours on our own independent tracker. Safe to say we’re all exhausted now, but it was so worth it!

“We’d also like to say a massive thank you to Warwick RAG, Radio Warwick, Worldwide Cancer Research, countless university and Students’ Union staff, Guinness World Records and our adjudicators, and everyone who helped out with the event to make it the biggest and best it has ever been.”

WCR funds research into any type of cancer anywhere in the world, and supports some of the world’s most diverse and unexpected projects to gain a global perspective. The cure for cancer will never be discovered by one scientist in one laboratory.

Anna Howarth, student fundraising coordinator at WCR, said: “Congratulations to everyone involved in making this the biggest Jailbreak Warwick has seen yet. The money raised will be able to fund another year of one of the very best cancer research projects in the world and this means that the money you’ve raised will effectively be saving lives. For this we cannot thank you enough.

“The winning team made it all the way across to Israel… I’m sure the group’s persuasive Warwick Jailbreak Launch 4skills are top notch. Awesome work – you really have gone worldwide to help fund worldwide cancer research!”

The event began at 10am on Saturday 1 November and ended at 10pm on Sunday 2 November. Students were travelling in groups of between two and four, and were offered free lifts in a variety of methods of transport, including cars, ferries, lorries, aeroplanes and even in police cars!

Feel free to use any pictures from our photo album of the launch here, as long as the images are credited to Warwick Jailbreak.

You can see Warwick Jailbreak’s coverage of the event on Twitter with the hash tag #JB14, and on Facebook.

Also find WCR on Twitter and Facebook.


Published by Sian Elvin

Journalist and editor from the UK.

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