Carol Vorderman: Countdown star forced to pull out of commitments due to health issue

She wrote: “Sadly I won’t be there Ben… proper poorly now with bad bronchitis thing… but huge congratulations… it’s wonderful what you all do.”

He replied: “Awww I’m really sad to hear this as I was really excited about meeting you!

“I wish you the speediest recovery and hopefully, when you are feeling better, you can pop down to our club and meet everyone… we would love that.”

Carol replied: “Can we make that a deal… I’m a walker not a runner BUT happy to help out next year. In fact, I’d love it.”