The 5 live torch relay
Mark Hutchings: Want the Olympics on a budget? I can help. I've hand-made 5live's Olympic-style torch, using, er, a torch, mic cube and - for the wow factor - a plastic tealight, stuck on with tape.
Former Olympian, Andres Jones, who ran the 10,000 metres in Sydney, is more excited about the news that the real thing will pass through his home-town on horseback next May. "Once the flame comes here, people will start to get more enthusiastic," he tells me.
I speed, legally, north to the village of Bow Street. The Rhyd-y-pennau Inn is on the route and landlord, Danny Whiteway, agrees that taking the official torch round the country will engender greater goodwill for the London games. That's not a view shared by all, though. He concedes my own procession has a cheap-and-cheerful quality. Well cheap anyway.
I then reach the spectacular Pontcysyllte Aqueduct. The Llangollen canal passes over it and so too will the Olympic flame. It's shut for my visit (word hadn't got round) so I meet Peter Jones, of Jones the Boats, at his mooring. He believes this part of North Wales is a well-kept secret, which a torch procession will help illuminate.
Peter watches on in awe/disbelief as I ceremonially hand over the 5live flame to fellow reporter Andrew Fletcher...
Andrew Fletcher: ....so the pressure is on. Not only do I have to get from North Wales to Salford via Chester, Stoke on Trent and Jodrell Bank, I have also been entrusted with Mark's hand-crafted 5 live Olympic torch. Like the real one, it goes out if you drop it.
I cross the border following the route of the real torch relay (for this stretch at least) and park up in Chester. There I meet the town crier of Chester, David Mitchell, in all his finery and with a specially-written proclamation on his scroll. Blimey, that man's got a loud voice.
His announcement of the Chester leg of the relay takes us right up to the end of Shelagh's programme, so there's no time to get his thoughts on the Olympics. Off air, he confides that he's not a big sports fan, but welcomes the opportunities the relay may bring for speaking loudly while wearing a frilly shirt.
On to Stoke-on-Trent, behind a tractor. I arrive an hour late. I can advise those planning next summer's relay to avoid the A50. Councillor Mark Meredith has, remarkably, not given up and gone home. He tells me the relay will be good for the city, and make the people of Stoke on Trent feel part of the Games.
Another mad dash and I'm at the foot of Jodrell Bank's extraordinary telescope, which looms eerily above the trees in the dimming light. Dr Tim O'Brien, an astrophysicist at the observatory, explains plans for the torchbearer to climb to the top of the telescope next Summer.
By now, darkness has fallen, and the 5 live torch, with its flickering tea light flame, looks quite magnificent. I place it carefully on the passenger seat and head for home, arriving at 5 live's Salford studios with 5 minutes of Drive remaining. Just enough time for Ranvir to knock its top off.