James Cracknell and Beverley Turner officially end marriage

Olympic rower James Cracknell and TV presenter Beverley Turner officially end 17-year marriage – with divorce expected to be granted next month

  • The double-Olympic champion and his wife have been handed a decree nisi
  • Cracknell, 47, announced his marriage to Beverley Turner was over shortly before his Boat Race success in April of this year
  • Court paperwork showed Ms Turner had petitioned for divorce on the grounds of unreasonable behaviour and her petition went unopposed by Cracknell
  • In 2010 the rower fractured his skull in a bike accident and suffered a brain injury

The marriage of rower James Cracknell and television presenter Beverley Turner has been drawn to a close by a family court judge.

District Judge Anne Hudd granted a divorce decree at a hearing in the Central Family Court in London on Monday.

Cracknell, 47, won rowing gold medals at the 2000 and 2004 Olympics and earlier this year became the oldest university Boat Race winner.

Judge Hudd granted the couple a decree nisi. A marriage does not formally end until a judge grants a decree absolute.

James Cracknell and Beverley Turner have had their marriage ended by a family court judge

Neither Cracknell nor his 45-year-old wife, who married at Clearwell Castle in Clearwell, Gloucestershire, in October 2002, were at Monday’s hearing.

Cracknell had, in April, helped Cambridge University beat Oxford University and win the 165th Boat Race, at the age of 46, while studying for a philosophy degree.

He had said, shortly before the race, that his marriage was over

In 2010, Cracknell fractured his skull in a cycling accident and suffered a brain injury.

Court paperwork showed that Ms Turner had petitioned for divorce on the grounds of unreasonable behaviour.

Cracknell did not oppose her application.

Judge Hudd concluded that Cracknell had behaved in such a way that Ms Turner could not reasonably be expected live with him.

She concluded that the marriage had broken down irretrievably.

The judge said a decree absolute could be granted next month.

 

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