BBC Race Across the World winners revealed as best mates Alfie and Owen in nail biting final

-Credit: (Image: BBC/Studio Lambert)
-Credit: (Image: BBC/Studio Lambert)


BBC Race Across the World concluded its fourth season tonight with best mates Alfie and Owen being crowned winners after being the first team to reach the final checkpoint.

The boys, who are the youngest pair to ever win the show, sprinted across a sandy white beach in Lombok in an intense final push before discovering they were first to sign into the guest book, claiming the £20,000 prize.

It was a nail biting final with mother and daughter duo, Eugenie and Isabel, coming in just eight minutes behind their rivals.

They were followed by brother and sister, Betty and James who came in the following day, 24 hours and 34 minutes behind the winners.

Husband and wife, Stephen and Viv, came in fourth, 30 hours and 20 minutes behind the boys.

The final four teams raced for 15,000km from the northern-most part of Japan all the way to the Indonesian paradise island of Lombok -Credit:BBC
The final four teams raced for 15,000km from the northern-most part of Japan all the way to the Indonesian paradise island of Lombok -Credit:BBC

Alfie, 20, and Owen, 21, who maintained a determined mindset throughout the entirety of the 15,000km race across Eastern Asia, screamed “We’ve done it!” and hugged each other in celebration after their big win.

A jubilant Owen exclaimed: "We came, and we saw, and we succeeded" while Alfie added: "Best moment of our lives. Undeniably. Can’t believe it."

The final episode of the show saw Alfie and Owen set off first with only a mere 12 minute lead over their rivals, Eugenie and Isabel.

They started off the final leg in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta with more than 1,000km to conquer before reaching the finish line in Lombok.

The boys made up good time during the leg but ran into a problem when they arrived in Bangsal on the island of Lombok and learned they had to catch a boat to the small island of Gili Meno.

Race Across the World finalists Eugenie and Isabel pose for photographers in west London, ahead of the final of the BBC contest which concludes Wednesday on BBC One.
Mother and daughter duo Eugenie and Isabel came in just eight minutes after the winners -Credit:Lucy North/PA Wire

They had to cross the water before receiving further instructions about how to reach the finish line but unfortunately discovered that the boat only ran during the daylight hours, meaning they were forced to wait till the morning before they could set off.

This delay allowed Eugenie and Isabel to close the gap between them and the teams came head-to-head as they both waited for boats to Gili Meno.

However, the boys beat the mother and daughter duo to it in the end as they were the first to disembark from their speed boat and won the foot race against them to the finish line.

Over the past eight episodes, the teams have travelled 15,000km over the course of 50 days, crossing six seas and eight borders from the northern-most part of Japan all the way to the Indonesian paradise island of Lombok.

This was all done without the use of smartphones, internet access or bank cards with each team only being granted the cash equivalent of the airfare price to complete their race.

The teams are now set to return for a heart warming reunion special which is set to air on Wednesday 29 May at 10:40pm on BBC One.

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