Manchester Softball League player and son on BBC challenge

Wed 4 Mar 2020

Manchester Softball League player Jo Gardiner and her 19-year-old son Sam will be appearing at 8.00 pm on Sundays on BBC2 over the next several weeks as contestants in Series 2 of the show called “Race Across the World”.

In the programme, contestants have to race from one place to another thousands of miles away without taking a single flight or using a smartphone, and they have no credit cards or internet access.  Instead, the contestants are given cash equivalent to the air fare between the two places with which to make the journey and also have to work to earn cash along the way.

Jo and Sam, along with other contestants, set off from Mexico City and had to reach the most southerly city in the world, Ushuaia in Argentina. 

As the trailer for the series explains, “Ten unlikely travellers cross 16 countries without the trappings of everyday life."

Episode 1, to be broadcast on Sunday 8 March, shows the contestants trying to escape from a chaotic Mexico City, the largest Spanish-speaking metropolis in the world.

The episodes that make up the show were filmed last year from September through November.

In the photo above, Jo Gardiner is at the back wearing sunglasses and Sam is beside her wearing red shorts.

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