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Top Gear star (Richard Hammond) runs 16 miles not to miss his daughters Birthday

Something a bit different from our usual Tea break articles.
Top Gear star Richard Hammond abandoned his Porsche 911 in floods to run 16 miles home for his daughter’s fourth birthday. Hammond had been driving from London to his home in Herefordshire on Friday when he became stuck in traffic caused by flooding in the area.

After a mammoth 12-hour journey, the presenter abandoned his Porsche 911 Carrera in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, at 3am on Saturday morning and ran home.

Richard Hammond - The hamster

Hammond told the Mirror: “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.”

The star, nicknamed Hamster, arrived home in Bromesberrow at 5.30am, in time to spend the day with wife Mindy and daughters Izzy and birthday girl Willow.

Hammond, who was injured in a high speed crash in September last year, said: “I had a hot shower and a bacon buttie and not long after that Willow got up and we had a lovely time for her birthday.”

The Mirror also reported that Hammond leapt into action again on Sunday. He borrowed a fishing boat to rescue his neighbours from their flooded house in a nearby village.

Top Gear returns on Wednesday with a one-off special challenge which sees Hammond, and pals Jeremy Clarkson and James May race to the North Pole.

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  1. Hannah July 21, 2009

    Oh so sweet. I love him.. he’s a very devoted father and husband. And he’s the best man ever in my opinion. So glad he pulled through that crash.. love you forever Richard xx

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  3. Katy January 11, 2010

    That is the sweetest thing I’ve ever heard! im so glad he pulled through the accident. Mindy, Izzy and Willow are so lucky. They are the luckiest people alive. He is such a devoted person. I love him so much and im so glad hes still alive. I will always love you Richard… you are my superhero xxx

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  5. amie efron January 24, 2010

    richard u have been through alot but u r an amazing man and thank god that you survived the crash!what would we do without you??!!

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  7. Samantha March 1, 2010

    Aww I love him too!! I would love to just be in his family, he is such a devoted family man. Issy and Willow must love having a Dad like him. He will do anything for them!! Happy that he is still alive after all the challenges hes been through. All your fans love you Hammonnd!!

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  9. Shauna March 14, 2012

    I know its a bit late to comment but that is the sweetest thing ever. I love Top Gear and was horrified when he crashed, that is terrible and nobody could ever wish that upon someone. I bet his daughter was so happy. And if you’re a dad then that is all that should matter, making your family smile. I salute you Mr.Hammond.

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