26 Facts About James Cracknell


James Cracknell began rowing whilst attending the independent Kingston Grammar School and rowed at the Junior World Championships in 1989 and 1990, winning a gold medal in 1990.

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James Cracknell graduated from the University of Reading as a Bachelor of Science in Human Geography in 1993, followed by a PGCE at the Institute of Education and a Master of Science from Brunel University in 1999.

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However, in 2003 a disappointing season was capped by a failure to win the World Championships, and Pinsent and James Cracknell were shifted into the coxless four, with Steve Williams and Alex Partridge.

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On 4 March 2006, James Cracknell's home was burgled: his Olympic gold medals were stolen, together with his wedding ring and a computer containing 20,000 words of a new book and family photographs.

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James Cracknell ran the London Marathon on 23 April 2006, in a time of 3 hours, finishing over an hour ahead of his rowing teammate Matthew Pinsent.

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In January 2008 James Cracknell set up Threshold Sports with Julian Mack and Charlie Beauchamp.

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In July 2008 James Cracknell competed in the European Triathlon Championships for GBR for his age group and in November 2009 he took part in the New York Marathon.

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James Cracknell's exploits were filmed for a Discovery Channel documentary The Toughest Race on Earth to be aired in October 2010.

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James Cracknell finished second in the 430-mile race across the frozen Alaskan countryside, beaten only by British cyclist Alan Sheldon who beat Cracknell's 163:20 with his own 99:30.

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James Cracknell ran the 2012 London Marathon in just under three hours, one of the fastest celebrities, but behind Nell McAndrew.

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In 2018, James Cracknell enrolled at Peterhouse, Cambridge to study for a MPhil degree in human evolution.

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On 7 April 2019, James Cracknell became the oldest competitor, and oldest winner, for Cambridge in the 2019 Boat Race; at the age of 46 he became the oldest rower in the event's history by 10 years.

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In 2019, James Cracknell participated in the seventeenth series of Strictly Come Dancing, where he was partnered with professional dancer Luba Mushtuk.

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James Cracknell was the first celebrity to be eliminated from the show after losing the dance off to David James and Nadiya Bychkova.

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James Cracknell competed in the third series of Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins.

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In 2021, James Cracknell again ran the London Marathon with a time of 2:55:39.

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James Cracknell covered The Boat Race 2007 with Mark Durden-Smith for ITV and is the presenter of ITV's coverage of the British Superbike Championship.

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James Cracknell is the main presenter of Channel 4's Red Bull Air Race World Series coverage.

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James Cracknell is a contracted columnist with The Daily Telegraph writing about various topics including sport, motoring, gardening, cookery and others.

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From 27 February 2008 James Cracknell covered over 1,400 miles from Britain to Africa in 10 days, rowing, cycling and swimming.

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James Cracknell rowed from Dover, England to Cap Gris Nez, France, then cycled to Tarifa, Spain, and finally swam across the Strait of Gibraltar from Tarifa to Punta Cires, Morocco.

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James Cracknell was the celebrity guest at The WiG GiG which raise over £10,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

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In January 2009, James Cracknell took part in the Amundsen Omega 3 South Pole Race with his TV presenter friend Ben Fogle and Dr Ed Coats as members of Team QinetiQ, finishing in second, 20 hours behind the winning Norwegian team.

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On 20 July 2010, James Cracknell was hit from behind by a petrol tanker whilst cycling during an attempt to cycle, row, run and swim from Los Angeles to New York within 18 days.

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James Cracknell has attributed his survival to wearing a cycle helmet at the time.

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In October 2013, James Cracknell was announced as a Conservative candidate in South West England and Gibraltar, together with Ashley Fox, Julie Girling, Georgina Butler, Sophia Swire and Melissa Maynard.

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