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Race2SafeAsylum – AS IT HAPPENS! (Courtesy of The Saint)

The Saint will be offering round-the-clock reportage on the progress of the Race2 participants as they approach the European Union.

Day 1

Day 1 – And they’re off! The teams all manage to leave Aleppo at 5 a.m. heading for the Turkish border. Who will win?

Day 1 – The Race2 blog will be fully operative from now until the arrival of the last team into the E.U. Let’s make humanitarian crises fun again! (Follow the Race2 Twitter feed @TheSaint or @StAndRace2)

Day 1 – 10:00 a.m. As it stands, most teams are still on the road out of Aleppo.

Day 1 – 11:30 a.m. Team 4 ‘Schengen Fever’ are “on bus to Kåhta – feeling groggy but as long as we’ve got Amsterdam Treaty we’ll be fine” (Amsterdam Treaty is the name of their mascot – a cuddly panda.)

Day 1 – Serious roadworks and guerrilla warfare currently the thorn in the side of most teams… still stuck on the Aleppo ring road. Get a move on!

Day 1 – 13:58 p.m. A paramilitary insurgency has halted the progress of Team 3 ‘Death2theWest’ – bad luck guys!

Day 1 – Good luck to all the teams as they negotiate the blockades around the Syria-Turkey crossing point. Updates to follow.

Day 1 – They’ve made it! All teams apart from ‘Death2theWest’ have left Syria. Keep up with their progress here @TheSaint.

Day 1 – Team 1 ‘Swarm For This Time of Year’ are our current leaders – making great headway into Turkey after catching a ride with a ‘very kind lady’

Day 1 – Team 3 ‘Death2theWest’ tweeted us: “@StAndRace2 DAVID CAMERON WILL BURN WITH THE INFIDELS” – sore losers, methinks?

Day 2

Day 2 – 07:00 a.m. Logged on this morning and refreshed our feed – Team 12 ‘Euro-Stars’ are taking route up the Euphrates – bit of a detour via the Taurus Mountains, will it pay off?

Day 2 -12:30 p.m. looks like most of the teams have nearly reached the Turkish coast – things are heating up!

Day 2 – Team 1 ‘Swarm For this Time of Year’ and Team 6 ‘Merkel Jerk’ are the only two teams cutting an unlikely path across the Bosphorus

Day 2 – 16:05 p.m. Tweet just in from Team 2 ‘Refugee Whizz’: “Managed 2 catch small dinghy from Izmir – Munich here we come!”

Day 2 – Coincidentally, Teams 4,5,7,8,9,10,11 and 14 are all in the same dinghy.

Day 3

Day 3 – 06:00 a.m. as the sun rises over the Aegean on Day 3 of Race2theWest, 10 of the 14 teams have reached Greece.

Day 3 – 08:30 a.m. Team 10 ‘Open the Door’ tweet a group selfie on the Greek island of Kos. Meanwhile, Team 9 ‘Calais or Bust!’ are clear frontrunners after hiding in a barrel of anchovies bound for Bordeaux – fishy!

Day 3 – Team 6 ‘Merkel Jerk’ are languishing in the Balkans.

Day 3 – As the teams trudge through Greece, now seems like a good moment to remind you all to donate! The participants aren’t just doing this for fun, remember.

Day 3 – 22:00 p.m. – Having caught lifts, Teams 10, 4 and 8 are moving pretty sharpish through Macedonia. Tweet in from Team 8 ‘Sick Men of Europe: “omg beer here is SO cheap”. Is Team 8 taking its eye off the ball?

Day 3 – Team 9 has reached Hungary! But Team 6 now hot on their tail in Serbia…

Day 3 – 22:30 p.m. – looks like Team 1 ‘Swarm For This Time of Year’ is out of the race. They seem to be deep inside Russia and heading East – tactics? They just tweeted: ‘kind lady turns out to be a lunatic in a wig called Theresa – HELP’

Day 4

Day 4 – Well into Race2 now, most teams are nearly in central Europe. Teams 5, 7, 11, 13 and 14 are in Greece while Teams 4, 6, 8, 9 and 10 are looking hot favourites currently nearing Austria. Team 3 is the only one still stuck in Syria, while Team 12 is in the Euphrates and Team 1 seems to have been kidnapped by Theresa May.

Day 4 – 08:15 a.m. Team 10 ‘Open the Door’ has been side-tracked in Budapest – tweet came in “met bunch of posh people in yellow t-shirts who know EXACTLY what we’ve been thru!”

Day 4 – 11:00 a.m. Team 9’s anchovy barrel makes strides into Slovenia while Team 6 ‘Merkel Jerk’ has reached Germany via the Czech Republic!

Day 5

Day 5 – 07:00 a.m. Sorry for the radio silence, folks. Let’s check on our teams… Team 1 seems to have entered a grey area without satellite imagery somewhere in Siberia. Team 9 has arrived in Paris whilst Team 6 reaches Munich. That’s a dead-heat and joint victory for ‘Calais or Bust’ and ‘Merkel Jerk’ – good effort! Meanwhile, all the other teams bar 3, 1 and 12 are still on the Austrian border.

Day 5 – Game changer! Austria closes its borders and erects a fence! Suddenly Team 10’s prospects are looking up in Budapest…

Day 5 – 17:00 p.m. Team 4 ‘Schengen Fever’ tweets a pic of their toy panda ‘Amsterdam Treaty’ looking damp and bedraggled.

Day 5 – 18:30 p.m. – Teams 5, 7 and 8 manage to enter Germany clinging on to the chassis of a coach carrying university students from Budapest. Team 10 tweets that they’re also on board – cheeky!

Day 6

Day 6 – Well, it’s day 6 of Race2SafeAsylum and things are wrapping up. The teams are reaching facilities in Italy, Germany and France. Team 10 has arrived in the UK, while Teams 1 and 3 have officially dropped out.

Day 6 – Team 12 finally makes it out of the Taurus Mountains – but sadly the race is over.

This Liveblog has been officially condemned by the UN, as well as several humanitarian charities, and will therefore cease to exist following this post. Oh, The Saint

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