Call for an instant quote
0345 90 80 161
Open Mon to Fri 09:00 - 17:30 | Sat 09:00 - 16:00 (GMT)
23 May 2014 08:32
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.
No matter whether you're heading abroad for a holiday, sport or whatever else, it is important to have comprehensive travel insurance just in case the worst happens.
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.
24 March 2017
People who drink moderately are less likely to suffer a heart attack, according to a new study.
23 March 2017
Passengers on certain flights into the UK will no longer be able to carry laptops and tablets like iPads in their hand luggage.
22 March 2017
Mountaineers looking to scale the world's highest peak may need to shell out for a GPS device, according to Nepal's tourism chief.
21 March 2017
The effects of being in skyscrapers, at concerts or even walking on wobbly bridges could help scientists understand the experiences of dementia sufferers, researchers are claiming.
18 March 2017
A young actor has released pictures of a lump on her throat that turned out to be thyroid cancer, with hopes the image will raise awareness and alert others who may be suffering from the disease.
17 March 2017
A "promising treatment" for aggressive blood cancer needs more evidence of its effectiveness before NHS doctors will be able to prescribe, a watchdog is warning.
16 March 2017
Millions of Brits are opting for coach holidays over jet-setting and cruises, new research indicates.
15 March 2017
Thousands of flights to and from America's north east have been cancelled in preparation for a "life-threatening" storm poised to hit the country.
14 March 2017
Seniors who experience weight loss should not put it down to the normal ageing process, experts are warning.
11 March 2017
Gatwick Airport is insisting it is still a "credible and deliverable" expansion option, as the airport experienced its busiest ever February.
08 March 2017
Strikes by French air traffic controllers (ATCs) are leading to delays and cancellations across the UK.
10 March 2017
Waiting times for kidney transplant patients have fallen significantly, health officials have said.