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Race Across The World 2024: Eugenie and Isabel - ages, jobs, strategy

Race Across The World 2024: Eugenie and Isabel - ages, jobs, strategy
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Get to know Race Across The World pair Eugenie and Isabel, including their ages, jobs, relationship and more.

Ages: Eugenie is 60, Isabel is 25

From: Barking and Birmingham

Relationship: Mother and daughter

Jobs: Eugenie is a teacher, Isabel is a trainee clinical scientist

Why Race Across The World?

Eugenie: "Isabel came to me and said she was going to be putting in an application for Race Across the World and it was going to be for her and myself so I asked her 'what is Race Across the World?' She said 'you need to watch it' so I started watching it and got really excited and thought 'Yes, I'd love to be on that' and filled in the application. So, really the starting point was Isabel. And also, another thing is, I do anything I can to keep my kids happy including Isabel, so if it was going to keep my daughter happy then I was ready to do it."

Isabel: "I put in the application because although it seemed quite intense, I thought it would be something cool for us to bond together in the process. Mum and I are not as close as we could be so I thought it would be a good opportunity to explore."

Eugenie: "I've rolled with it, originally, I applied to make my daughter happy but then I watched the show and thought it was really exciting. Then when she said it would be a good time for us to really bond and spend time together I thought actually, she's right because Isabel's language of love is time and we haven't actually really had the quality time that we could have had recently. So I thought this is going to be brilliant, 24/7 just with each other all the time, we've got no choice but to work things out and bond."

Do you have a strategy?

Isabel: "We learnt loads of languages that are now pointless."

Eugenie: "Isabel was doing the Spanish speaking, then German between us and I was doing the French."

Isabel: "Just the who, what, where, whys. I think now, our strategy will be trying to utilise Mum's Makaton and other communication tools that she's had to use with the children with special needs she works with. Mum knows how to simplify things better for people, so I think that's where we're going to go."

Eugenie: "We were just thinking that in terms of the senses, people can be quite visual, so as well as using gestures, we're going to have to speak English but it might be that we could draw some visuals in terms of trying to find different modes of transport for example."

Isabel: "So, we brought a pen and paper and we have got little flashcards."

Eugenie: "I also have a cardboard roll that has some paper and markers in case we might need to do some drawings, some visuals, hold up some signs for hitchhiking maybe, instead of just doing the thumbs."

What creature comfort have you brought with you?

Eugenie: "Well, some makeup. It had to be cut down though. I think it's more skincare, serums, exfoliators... some little perfumes."

Isabel: "Moisturisers, SPF, we've got loads of facemasks too. It's more things like journals, so one journal is for planning things but then the other one is for capturing how we're feeling at the end of the day."

What will your biggest challenges be on the race?

Isabel: "Patience with one another, that's the key."

Eugenie: "I'm very patient. It's Isabel being patient with me because I have no sense of direction."

Isabel: "And you refuse to improve it."

Eugenie: "I don't refuse to improve it! She doesn't believe me, nobody believes me. When I make mistakes, they think 'come on, we did it 10 times' they don't get it that I have no sense of direction, they're not accepting it. And Isabel's biggest challenge will be anything with more than two legs."

Isabel: "I'm ok with animals, I'm just not the biggest fan of insects. But I think I could cope."

Race Across The World continues Wednesdays at 9pm on BBC One.

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