Top 10 sporting travel moments

23 May 2014 08:32

Sir Ranulph Fiennes' journey to conquer Mount Everest took top spot in the survey

Sir Ranulph Fiennes' journey to conquer Mount Everest took top spot in the survey

Britons have voted on the top 10 iconic departures that changed sporting history for ever.

The flight that took Sir Ranulph Fiennes to the Nepal-Tibet border to climb to the summit of Mount Everest - and cross both polar ice caps - in 2009 was named the most significant journey from the UK soil over the past century.

In second place was Andy Murray's departure to the United States in 2012, a trip on which he became the first British player since 1977 to win a grand slam singles tournament with victory in the US Open final over Novak Djokovic.

The monumental sailing trip that took Dame Ellen MacArthur from Plymouth to Rhode Island in 2000 was voted third in poll of 2,000 people by Heathrow Airport.

She completed the journey in a record 14 days and 23 hours - the fastest time for a single-handed woman monohull east-to-west passage, and the fastest time for a single-handed woman in any type of vessel.

Sir Robert Johnston Knox's departure to single-handedly circumnavigate the globe in 1968 was fourth, followed by the England rugby team travelling to Australia to win the Rugby World Cup in 2003 in fifth.

Jonny Wilkinson's drop goal with just 26 seconds left on the clock in the Sydney final still lives long in the memory, as does the victorious image of skipper Martin Johnson lifting the famous Webb Ellis Cup.

Naomi James setting off to become the first woman to sail around the world in 1978, the England cricket team flying to Australia to win the Ashes in 2005, and Sebastian Coe's trip to Los Angeles to win gold in the 1500 metres at the 1984 Olympics also feature.

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Geoff Holt's solo sail around Great Britain in 2008 and Tom Daley's flight to China to become the youngest competitor at the 2008 Olympic Games make up the rest of the top 10 most iconic departures in sporting history.

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