No, the M25 isn’t going to close for a week – despite Katie Hopkins reporting on her LBC radio show that London’s orbital motorway would be closed for the ‘ultimate fitness event’.
Following an on-air discussion about this weekend’s RideLondon cycle event, the controversial presenter told listeners: “The M25 motorway is due to close for one whole week in August as the Department of Health and sports officials are organising a fitness event which is being billed as the ultimate endurance race.
“So that’s to close the M25 motorway for one whole week in August and that will take place the 1st to the 8th of August 2016.
“Teams of four people are invited to walk, jog or run to complete the 117 miles that make up the second longest orbital motorway in the world.”
Hopkins, who shot to fame after appearing on The Apprentice in 2007, had fallen for a spoof article published in April.
She added: “Well I’m up for that if only to go and mock people that are causing such chaos and havoc.
“I wonder if that’s going to go down very well, shutting the M25 motorway.”
The satirical article, published on southendnewsnetwork.co.uk, said: “The Orbital Committal, a race intended for only those crazy enough to have a go, is due to take place from 1-8 August 2016, and teams of four people are being invited to walk, jog or run the complete 117 miles that make up the second-longest orbital motorway in the world.
“Although it is hoped that most teams will be able to complete the course within seven days, those who go beyond this time will be allowed to continue on the hard shoulder.”