Hamster's16-mile jog home; SUMMER MONSOON EXCLUSIVE.Byline: By KATE JACKSON
TOP GEAR'S Richard Hammond told yesterday how he RAN 16 miles in the dark to get to his daughter's birthday party.
The Mirror columnist legged it after floods forced him to abandon his car.
Richard, known as Hamster hamster, Old World rodent, related to the voles, lemmings, and New World mice. There are many hamster species, classified in several genera. All are solitary, burrowing, nocturnal animals, with chunky bodies, short tails, soft, thick fur, and large external cheek , was caught up in torrential rain driving from London to his home at Bromesberrow, Herefordshire, on Friday.
After taking 12 hours just to get stuck in Cheltenham, he decided nothing was going to stop him celebrating with daughter Willow as she turned four the next day.
He said: "There was no way I was going to miss it - I'm away from home enough as it is. Luckily I had my running gear and a waterproof jacket with me in the car, so I decided to run the rest of the way.
"It was pitch black, but I just put my iPod on and went." Richard, 37, finally got home to wife Mindy and daughters Willow and Izzy at 5.30am - after three and a half hours of jogging jogging
Aerobic exercise involving running at an easy pace. Jogging (1967) by Bill Bowerman and W.E. Harris boosted jogging's popularity for fitness, weight loss, and stress relief. .
He said: "I had a hot shower and a bacon butty butty
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Noun 1. and not long after that Willow got up and we had a lovely time for her birthday."
He described the scene in Cheltenham as "like a war zone". He said: "People were bedding down for the night in their cars."
Yesterday action man Richard was braving the elements again - as he borrowed a fishing boat to rescue friends Zog and Jill Ziegler from their severely flooded home in nearby Hawbridge.
He said: "Their house was about eight foot under water on the ground floor. I'm sure they would have been rescued eventually but the emergency services emergency services Emergency care '…services …necessary to prevent death or serious impairment of health and, because of the danger to life or health, require the use of the most accessible hospital available and equipped to furnish those services' round here are very busy at the moment."
TOP JOG: Our man Richard