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Students take a jailbreak!

Byline: Ben Eccleston News reporter

HUNDREDS of students fled the University of Warwick campus for this year's Jailbreak event - with the winners blagging a trip to Israel.

A total of 280 entrants - making up 150 teams - took part in the challenge which gives students 36 hours to get as far away from the city university as they can without spending any money.

The winners were Team SmashBros, aka Leon Izbicki and Niklas Wagemann, who landed in Tel Aviv, Israel, in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The pair's adventure included two free flights from Birmingham to Istanbul, Turkey, and the other from Istabul to Tel Aviv.

A kind stranger brought them their tickets to Turkey after hearing of their planned journey, before the pair blagged the flight from Istanbul to Israel.

Tel Aviv is nearly 2,500 miles away and the feat saw the team achieve the fifth furthest Jailbreak in Warwick's history - only coming behind Bangkok, Vancouver, Los Angeles and New York.

Runners-up for 2014 up for 2014 R reached places such as 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'Groats in Scotland.

The event celebrated its tenth birthday this year and has helped raise PS30,000 for international cancer research charity Worldwide Cancer Research.

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.

"We'd also like to say a massive thank you to Warwick RAG,R Radio Warwick, Worldwide Cancer Research, countless university and Students' Union staff, Guinness World Records and our adjudicators, and everyone who helped out."


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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
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Date:Nov 6, 2014
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