Event Description

Jailbreak 2019

Sat 09 Mar 2019 - Sun 10 Mar 2019, Worldwide

THE CHALLENGE: You have 36 hours to get as far away from Oxford as possible without spending any of your own money.


RAG’s biggest fundraising event of the year is back and better than ever! Celebrate the end of Hilary term with this year’s Jailbreak (and get a cheap holiday to start your vac in style!) You get to travel in a completely new way and have loads of fun, while raising money for RAG’s four fantastic charities for this year.

NEW FOR 2019 This year we're improving jailbreak by using your suggestions, and are challenging you to be as environmentally sustainable with your travel as possible with some GREAT prizes up for grabs for the most eco-friendly team 


1) Sign up in teams of 2 or 3 - entry costs £25 per person and covers all the costs including t-shirts, tracking, safety briefings and fundraising training.

2) Fundraise a minimum of £100 (although we'd love you to raise as much as possible and will provide fundraising workshops to help you reach this goal!)

3) Get as far away from Oxford as possible in 36 hours, without spending any of your own money (you can busk, hitchhike, fly and more - think outside the box!)






If you have any specific questions that aren’t answered here, feel free to get in touch at: rag-jailbreak@oxfordsu.ox.ac.uk or on FB!


What is Jailbreak?

Jailbreak is a sponsored hitchhike event. In teams of three, you compete to get as far away from Oxford as you can in 36 hours, without spending any of your own money.


When is Jailbreak?

Jailbreak 2019 is taking place on the weekend at the end 8th week Hillary: 9th and 10th March.


How does Jailbreak raise money?

We ask participants for a registration fee of £25 each. This covers the administrative costs, your event t-shirt, the tracking software and your travel insurance. We then ask each participant to fundraise a minimum of £100, and give plenty of support and fundraising advice. If you’re worried, come along to our fundraising workshop on Friday 15th February to learn more about how to reach your target. This will also be followed by a social where you can meet the other teams participating in this year’s challenge!

You can see how much Jailbreak 2019 has already raised by going here. Fundraising is open until Wednesday 10th April.


So how do I travel without any money?

Get creative! In the past teams have been sponsored by travel companies, raised money through busking and hitch-hiked rides. It’s a really good idea to bring a collection bucket with you to raise money from the the public during the 36 hours, which you can then use purchase tickets. Often people will agree to donate a certain amount on the condition that half goes towards your travel and half goes to our charities. You’d be surprised how generous both companies and the public can be so always worth asking!


How many in a team?

2 or 3 - this is for safety reasons and decided by the SU!


Tell me about safety briefings:

Every member of the team needs to attend one of the safety briefings which will be happening in 7th and 8th week in order to take part in the event. They need to sign up for one via the link received in their confirmation email from the Jailbreak team.


How do we get back?

Once the 36 hours are up you need to start making your way back to Oxford. Depending on your time constraints you can try and get back the same way you came (without spending any money), or you may need to pay for a train/bus/ferry/plane ticket. It’s always a good idea to keep this in the back of your mind before you take up the offer of a one-way ride to the darkest depths of somewhere or another. Before commencing each travel leg you should ensure you have the means to return safely e.g. enough cash/money on your card to buy a return ticket.


Can I stay in the country after the event?

Once the 36 hours are up you would to start making your way back to Oxford as our support service and travel insurance will end after the 36 hour event period. If you were intending to remain in your destination after Jailbreak has finished you should ensure you have alternative insurance procedures in place. You should also ensure you’ve got enough money to support yourself in country after the challenge has finished.


Are we allowed to pre-plan a route?

You can (and probably should) think of a strategy before you set off, and have some idea of where you want to go. However Jailbreak wouldn’t be Jailbreak if everything went to plan so be flexible. You should not set up sponsored tickets or arrange lifts before the 36 hours begin.


Are we allowed to spend money on anything?

Yes! You are allowed to buy food, pay for accommodation and purchase souvenirs on the way with your own money. However, you are not allowed to spend any of your own money on transportation.


Can we raise money on the way?

Absolutely. It’s a really good idea to bring a collecting bucket with you so that people can donate to help you on your way. Make it clear what the money is going towards if you are collecting to pay for tickets. People will usually be generous once they hear about the crazy event you are taking part in.


Is Jailbreak safe?

As long as you are sensible, Jailbreak is perfectly safe. You will be fully insured. There will be an emergency telephone number that you can ring at any time during, or after, the 36 hours. If you are hitchhiking you must text in the registration number of the car you are riding in. Your tracking device will keep us updated regularly as to where you are.


Can I win prizes?

Yes! We’re offering some amazing prizes in loads of categories, with the top prize of VIP tickets to the St. Hughs ball! Follow us on our social media channels to keep updated with other prize announcements in the run up to Jailbreak 2019.

What if I don’t even make it out of Oxford?

While not everyone gets to Tokyo, Jailbreak isn’t as difficult as it might sound. There will be briefings in the weeks leading up to Jailbreak where we will give you advice about how to get away. If you’re still not sure come to one of our information evenings.


Where can I keep up to date with Jailbreak updates?

Follow us on our social media channels!

Instagram: @OxfordRAG

Facebook: bit.ly/jailbreak2019

Twitter: @OxfordJailbreak


Sounds great! How do I sign up?

Fill out the Fixr form here:


My friends are participating. How do I support them?

Sponsor them! Ask them for their BT MyDonate page url or find them by searching this list.

You can also watch their progress over the weekend and cheer them on here.


We have some amazing prizes including VIP tickets to the St. Hugh's Ball for the top fundraisers

Plus other prizes for

Furthest distance travelled

Furthest distance travelled by eco-friendly means

College with the most sign-ups


So what are you waiting for? Take part in Jailbreak 2019 and see where it takes you.

Sign up here


Visit our event page on BT MyDonate