Strictly for rower and run organiser James
CHELTENHAM Half Marathon organiser James Cracknell is the latest star to be confirmed for this year’s series of the hit BBC TV show Strictly Come Dancing.
Double Olympic champion rower James and his team Run Joy Ltd became the new event organisers of Cheltenham’s half marathon in 2017.
This year’s event will be based at Cheltenham Racecourse on September 29 and James plans to run it.
On Good Morning Britain on Tuesday, Ben Shephard and Kate Garraway announced he would be taking part amid the rumours.
Speaking about doing the series, James said his biggest challenge would be to let go and allow himself to “look silly”.
He explained: “The biggest challenge for me is gonna be to give myself permission to look stupid, fail, let myself off the leash.”
On training, he teased: “I think it starts kicking off very soon, I’ve started to stretch a bit.”
He also had no problem with the famous Strictly outfits, claiming he was used to the Lycra.
Radio 1 DJ Dev Griffin has also been confirmed for the line-up of 15 celebrities.
Dad-of-three James was awarded an OBE for services to sport in the 2005 New Years Honours List.