Shearer sees off Savage challenge to win Wembley race

Saturday 15 Mar 2014
Savage and Shearer completed their challenge for Sport Relief

Former England captain Alan Shearer was crowned as winner of the Sport Relief ‘Battle of the Backsides’ at Wembley on Friday evening after beating Robbie Savage in their extraordinary seat-sitting challenge.

Shearer and Savage have been under the Arch all week trying to raise money to help change the lives of vulnerable people in the UK and around the world.

And it was the former Newcastle United striker who was first over the line in the Royal Box to complete the challenge, but he was closely followed 13 minutes later by Savage who had set a new Guinness World Record earlier in the week.

Alan Shearer taking on the Battle of the Backsides at Wembley.

Shearer won the Battle Of The Backsides at Wembley


The challenge saw both Shearer and Savage sit in 45,000 seats each, with the total time taken to do so over 27 hours each.

But despite the clear competitive edge between the two, the main reason for the challenge wasn’t lost on either Shearer or Savage.

"The competition was the competition, neither of us wanted to get beat, but that wasn't the issue here," an exhausted Shearer told moments after finishing.

"The issue was trying to raise money for a great cause."

Savage added: "I’m absolutely delighted to have raised so much money.

"To raise over £200,000 and hopefully over £500,000 is brilliant.

"I never thought in my wildest dreams that I'd be able to raise so much money to help other people."

Watch our video from the final day of the challenge in the media player above.

You can still support them too, by entering a competition which could see you winning tickets to see England in the World Cup as well as helping support Sport Relief.

Click here now for more details on how you can enter.

By Nicholas Veevers