Olympian James Cracknell waves off handful of brave runners after half marathon cancelled

PUBLISHED: 11:47 22 March 2018 | UPDATED: 11:47 22 March 2018

James Cracknell with runners who completed the Weston Super Half route in the snow. Picture: James Cracknell

James Cracknell with runners who completed the Weston Super Half route in the snow. Picture: James Cracknell

James Cracknell

Runners tackled Weston-super-Mare's half marathon route despite the event being cancelled by snow.

Sunday’s Weston Super Half Marathon was cancelled on Saturday afternoon due to met Office weather warnings ahead of the second Beast From The East hitting the town.

But double Olympic gold medal rower James Cracknell was still able to wave off a handful of runners from Weston Athletics Club and Milton Larder who set off to complete the 13.1-mile course anyway.

James said: “It was an incredibly tough decision to cancel Sunday’s Weston Super Half.

“It would have been an amazing event for the town, charities and participants.

“It is a real shame they all couldn’t benefit from the hard work they all put in.

“Some people ran it anyway and it was brilliant to be there when they set off.

“The spirit they showed is why it would have been such a great event.”

More than 2,000 runners were expected to take part in the inaugural event.

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