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Girls are miles better after epic charity stunt.

A METRO ride into the unknown became a journey ending 3,000 miles away for students in a fundraising stunt.

Clare Atkinson and Soph Ryan were star performers in the annual jailbreak challenge, a mission to make it as far from Newcastle University as possible without paying for transport.

Teams had 36 hours to travel on planes, trains, buses and taxis anywhere in the world - as long as it cost nothing.

Clare, 20, and Soph, 19, began their epic fundraising feat by hopping on a Metro train from the city's Haymarket to Newcastle International Airport.

Hours earlier, a family friend who has contacts at British Airways secured them free flights to London Heathrow. The girls then charmed their way on to a flight to Montreal in Canada. All together, 19 university teams collected more than pounds 70,000 in sponsorship, which will go to children's cancer charity Kidscan.

Soph, said: "Never in a million years did we think we'd make it so far."

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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Feb 22, 2011
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