Richard Hammond abandoned Porsche to run 16 miles to make it on time for family ...

RICHARD HAMMOND - who is best known for hosting Top Gear and The Grand Tour - abandoned his Porsche and ran 16 miles home to get to his daughter's birthday on time, after encountering traffic on the roads.

PUBLISHED: 16:36, Tue, Sep 15, 2020 | UPDATED: 16:36, Tue, Sep 15, 2020

Former Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond, 50, has revealed he decided to abandon his Porsche 911 back in 2007 so he celebrate his daughter’s fourth birthday with her. He was on the way home from work and stuck in traffic at the time, which was caused by flooding.

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Richard then resorted to leaving the luxurious car after a 12-hour journey and running 16 miles home in a desperate attempt to make it in time for the family event.

"There was no way I was going to miss it - I'm away from home enough as it is," he said while discussing abandoning the 997 911 Carrera in Cheltenham at around 3am.

"There was no way I was going to miss it - I'm away from home enough as it is," The Grand Tour presenter explained.

Fortunately for Richard, he had the appropriate outfit to wear for his run back home.

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Richard HammondRichard Hammond abandoned Porsche to run 16 miles to make it on time for family event (Image: GETTY•ITV)

Richard HammondRichard Hammond shares two daughters with wife Mindy (Image: GETTY)

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He continued to DriveTribe: “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’s efforts paid off and he arrived back home at 5:30am to meet his wife Mindy and their daughter Willow so they could spend the day together.

The star recalled: "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."

 

Richard HammondRichard Hammond hosts The Grand Tour with James May and Jeremy

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