Archives for June 2012

Giving Duncan Goodhew the ceremony he never had

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Colin Murray | 14:50 UK time, Friday, 29 June 2012

Duncan Goodhew

While Gold Run set out to chart the history of Great Britain's Olympic success, along the way it was also a privilege to hear first-hand accounts of moments outside of competition that will shape the event's history forever, for better or for worse.

From long jump champion Lynn Davies' account of Tommie Smith's Black Power Salute in 1968, to various gold medallists recalling the horrific terrorist atrocities of Munich 1972, the programme has acted partly as a potted history of the Games themselves.

But on one particular occasion we were able to change the past!

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"It's not the winning, it's the taking's fighting for Great Britain.''

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Colin Murray | 16:25 UK time, Friday, 22 June 2012

Dick Mctaggart

Before I met a single Olympic gold medallist it was my hope that those who had fallen from the limelight, or were never in it in the first place, would have their story documented. So in 20 years when anybody needed to know the tale of Judy Grinham, David Bond or Gillian Sheen, to name but three, they would only have to reach for the Gold Run archive.

Invariably, it has been those lesser known stories that have gripped me, that have enthralled me, that have left an everlasting imprint on my mind and, in many cases, my heart.

In episode six of Colin Murray's Gold Run, broadcast at 11am on BBC Radio 5 Live on Sunday 24 June, Dick McTaggart tells his story of lightweight boxing gold at the Melbourne 1956 games.

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Sir Chris Hoy, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Jason Gardener

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Eleanor Oldroyd Eleanor Oldroyd | 15:49 UK time, Friday, 22 June 2012

The Olympic 2012 download features a selection of Olympic stories from across BBC local, national and World Service Radio, brought to you by BBC Radio 5 live's Eleanor Oldroyd.

This week:

After four years of intensive training, this weekend will decide which track and field athletes will have the honour of representing Great Britain at the Olympics. The Aviva 2012 athletic trials take place between 22nd to 24th June in Birmingham. Ahead of the trials BBC 5 Live’s Mark Chapman, Darren Campbell and Kelly Sotherton hosted a special programme of “London Calling” in front of a live audience at the Alexander Stadium. European Champion hurdler Andy Turner and British long jump record holder Chris Tomlinson joined the panel to reveal what it’s like to room with other athletes in the Olympic village.

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You either love it or hate it...

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Jennie Gow | 16:17 UK time, Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Lewis Hamilton


Prost v Senna, Mansell v Berger, Clark v Hill - all classic F1 rivals from years gone by, and most signify a golden age in Formula One. But is this current season one of the best ever, or is the lack of a clear leader the sign that something is wrong with the championship?

I've just returned from Canada where the history books were re-written; we had a seventh winner from the first seven races of the 2012 season. Some say that with no clear leader the championship is more alive.

But there's a quiet murmuring around the paddock suggesting that by not having the traditional rivalries of days gone by it's a disappointing start to the season.

I couldn't disagree more!

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Sir Chris Hoy's Olympic inspiration

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Colin Murray | 15:58 UK time, Friday, 15 June 2012

Sir Chris Hoy

From the very first Gold Run interview, myself and producer Nick Etherton did our utmost to uncover at least one thing connected to our Olympic interviewees that hadn't been talked about before. Or least made them think a little bit more about their moment - or moments - under one of the brightest of sporting spotlights.

Sometimes it would be a tiny thing, like discovering that Daley Thompson finished 18th on his 18th birthday in Montreal, or that Tim Brabants was partly inspired by the cult BBC show Paddles Up.
On other occasions it was truly sporting: Allan Wells racing the boycotting Americans from Moscow 1980 just weeks after that Olympic final, or that Dame Mary Peters' pentathlon win represents the shortest and, potentially, the longest a world record will ever be held.

In the case of Sir Chris Hoy, it was all his own doing…


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Dai Greene, Aaron Cooke and the torch in Scotland

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Eleanor Oldroyd Eleanor Oldroyd | 15:45 UK time, Friday, 15 June 2012

The Olympic 2012 podcast features a selection of Olympic stories from across BBC local, national and World Service Radio, brought to you by BBC Radio 5 live's Eleanor Oldroyd.

This week, the Olympic torch headed north to Scotland visiting her beautiful cities, highlands and islands. BBC Scotland’s Bryan Burnett marvelled at the atmosphere surrounding the torch while Fred MacAuley heard from just some of the torch bearers. For the full coverage of the Olympic flame’s progress through Scotland, listen back to “Pass It On...with Bryan Burnett” or follow @bbcradioscot on Twitter.


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Testing the new 5 live homepage

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Will Cooper Will Cooper | 12:14 UK time, Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Beta page

We've started testing a new homepage for 5 live, and we want you let us know what you think.

The launch is part of a wider BBC Radio online project that will see all networks switch to a new homepage design permanently later in the year. But while there will be a common theme across all stations, the distinctiveness of each – and especially 5 live – should still shine.

The new look is designed to help you find content more easily. One new feature is the option to ‘Favourite’ a clip or programme, dropping it in to a personalised folder which you can access when logged in to your BBC ID on a computer, on mobile or on a tablet. This allows you to quickly listen to or watch your favourites programmes and clips wherever you may be.

More detailed information about the new look and the overall strategy can be found on the BBC Radio Welcome Page, as well as blog posts by Chris Kimber, executive product manager for the Radio and Music Product and who's led this project, and Mark Friend, controller of BBC Audio & Music Interactive.

Of course this is a beta test, and so what you see now is likely to change when it comes to full launch. We’d like you to let us know what you think, and help us steer the product towards the optimum online radio experience for you.

You can let us know what you think by clicking the 'Feedback' tab on the side of the new page, in the comments section at the bottom of this blog, on email at or even via Twitter using the #bbcradiobeta hashtag.

We look forward to hearing what you think!

Will Cooper is BBC Radio 5 live's interactive editor

''Hello, it's Daley here.''

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Colin Murray | 16:43 UK time, Friday, 8 June 2012

Daley Thompson

Tracking down the so-called superstars of British Olympic history isn’t actually that difficult, in the overall scheme of Gold Run.

You want Redgrave, you ring an agent. You want Holmes, you call a manager. You want Coe, just hang around Canada Wharf tube station for a couple of days.

Much more tricky is tracking down those Olympic heroes who have somewhat disappeared into a normal life, taking jobs ranging from teaching to dentistry, and from lawyer to, in the case of '56 boxing legend Dick McTaggart, rat catcher!

The one exception to the rule was Daley Thompson who, despite being arguably the most famous face in our Olympic history, proved somewhat of an enigma.

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Olympic 2012 podcast: Sir Steve Redgrave, Venus Williams and Olympic Flame in Ireland

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Guest Blogger | 15:30 UK time, Friday, 8 June 2012

The Olympic 2012 podcast features a selection of Olympic stories from across BBC local, national and World Service Radio, brought to you by BBC Olympic Correspondent Gordon Farquhar.

This week additional tickets to London 2012 went on sale, but with seven weeks until the start of London 2012, nearly three million tickets for the Olympic and Paralympic Games remain unsold. Chief Executive of LOCOG, Paul Deighton spoke to 5 live to defend the slow ticket sales.

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Euro 2012 on 5 live

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Will Cooper Will Cooper | 11:40 UK time, Friday, 8 June 2012

Fernando Torres

Euro 2012 finally kicks off in Warsaw today, and 5 live will bring you coverage of all matches - and all the stories - from across Poland and Ukraine.


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Christine Ohuruogu, Jessica Ennis and Olympic Flame in Wales

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Eleanor Oldroyd Eleanor Oldroyd | 16:45 UK time, Friday, 1 June 2012

Jessica Ennis

A look ahead to London 2012 with a selection of Olympic stories from across BBC local, national and World Service Radio brought to you by 5 live's Eleanor Oldroyd.

This week, seven months after he broke his neck in a riding accident, Tim Stockdale is back on a horse and on course for selection for Britain's show jumping team for 2012. Stockdale was treated for six weeks in a spinal injuries unit at Oswestry in Shropshire after a fall last October but last weekend won an event in France on his horse Calico Bay. He spoke to 5 live's London Calling about this amazing recovery.

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