BBC Race Across the World winners crowned after gruelling challenge

Five teams in black pose on a lawn
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BBC One's thrilling reality show Race Across the World ended with a nail-biting final chase before the winners scooped up the £20,000 prize.

Best friends Alfie and Owen took part in a suspense-filled boat race to seal their victory after the gruelling 15,000 km race spanning Eastern Asia. The pair faced fierce competition from mother-daughter team, Eugenie and Isabel, who fought tooth and nail to come in just eight minutes behind them.

Hot on their heels were siblings Betty and James, with married couple Stephen and Viv taking fourth place. It all came down to a fast-paced sprint along sandy shores and through tropical waters for Alfie and Owen, before they finally signed the guest book, confirming their first-place finish.

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Overcome with triumph, they couldn't contain their excted, yelling out "We've done it! " and embracing each other. A thrilled Owen said: "We came, we saw, and we succeeded."

Joining in with him, Alfie added: "Best moment of our lives. Undeniably. Can't believe it."

Immediately after second-place winners Eugenie and Isabel landed on the beach, just eight minutes later, Eugenie expressed her feelings. She acknowledged: "We did it. We've come in a good second. If we were to lose to anybody, we always said that we would want to lose to Alfie and Owen."

In a third-place finish that was 24 hours and 34 minutes off the winning time, Betty and James triumphantly arrived. As James put it, "We said no matter what, all we have to do is complete and to be third and not fourth that's the bonus isn't it?".

Betty also shared her thoughts, saying: "I think, coming away from this experience we've learnt how to communicate better, and we now both have an extra person to lean on if we need it, it's amazing."

Alfie and Owen became the youngest ever pair to win BBC's Race Across the World
Alfie and Owen became the youngest ever pair to win BBC's Race Across the World -Credit:BBC

Later, Stephen and Viv claimed the unforgiving fourth place, coming 30 hours and 20 minutes after the champions. Defeated but not broken they said: "Gutted we're not winning, obviously, but we're so pleased for the boys. This is the end of the biggest adventure of our lives!".

Throughout the eight-part series, the four teams have journeyed 15,000km over 50 days, traversing six seas and eight borders. They've been pushed to their physical and emotional limits but managed to complete the mammoth trek from the northernmost part of Japan to the finish line on the Indonesian island paradise of Lombok - and they did it all without smartphones, internet access or bank cards, carrying only the cash equivalent of the airfare.

Following the final episode of Race Across the World, the teams took part in a heart-warming reunion special, which airs at 10.40pm on BBC One - 40 minutes after the main show ended. The teams will look back at their thrilling adventure, where unseen moments will be shown and shocking revelations made.

The pairs will also divulge how they prepared for the race, share stories on the wonderful food they tried, the local people they encountered, and the harsh realities of life on the road. Catch up on all episodes of Race Across the World on BBC iPlayer.

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