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Cape Town to London record smashed

12/02/13

TWO MEN from the South East have smashed the Cape Town to London drive-time record in a 10,000-mile charity effort.

Philip Young, 63, and Paul Brace, 49, arrived at Marble Arch in London late on Monday afternoon after a 10-day journey across 13 countries.

Driving a Fiat Panda, the pair had set off from Cape Town on the morning of February 1 to raise money for the Farm Africa charity.

They broke the Cape Town to London record which previously stood at 14 days and was set by a British husband-and-wife team in 1983.

Mr Young, from Kingsdown, near Deal, in Kent, and Mr Brace, from Bexhill in East Sussex, also broke the London to Cape Town record which stood at 11.5 days and was set in 2010.

The pair were able to take advantage of a new land crossing between Egypt and Sudan and also had special permission to drive across Libya without hold-ups at the border.

The pair have so far raised more than £12,500 for Farm Africa which helps families in rural Africa produce food more effectively. More money is expected to be raised now the journey has been completed.

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