Wellington deserves limelight
I'm feeling rather smug about the clairvoyant skills of 5 live Sport's "And Another Thing" at the moment.
Last Thursday, we interviewed Ironman triathlete Chrissie Wellington in our discussion about whether world champions in smaller sports get the credit they deserve - in comparison to the Jenson Buttons of this world.
And then five days later - she was named Sportswoman of the Year 2009 at the annual awards ceremony in London, thanks to votes from readers of the Sunday Times.
Chrissie recently became world champion for the third year running in her uniquely demanding discipline - which features a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride, and a marathon. And she broke a 17-year-old world record while she was at it, coming home in eight hours 54 minutes and two seconds.
That's right - she was in the water, on the bike, or pounding the streets for just short of nine hours. I sometimes struggle to stay awake for that long during the day.
Wellington powers up a hill on her way to the Ironman world title
I always expect to blub at awards ceremonies, and when Chrissie collapsed sobbing into the arms of her mother as she came off stage, I have to confess to shedding a tear or two myself.
Earlier over lunch we'd been chatting about achievements over the last few years - she only gave up her job as a civil servant to concentrate full time on her sport at the start of 2007.
I got the impression that she was simply delighted to be there, just across the table from Victoria Pendleton, world and Olympic sprint cycling champion, and a few tables away from world heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis, probably the favourite to carry off the main award.
But Wellington beat them both to the title - and her surprise was genuine, and a delight to behold.
The menu at the David Beckham Academy in Greenwich was a bit of a contrast to Chrissie's usual diet on competition days - a mixture of energy gel sachets, and the odd power bar. In fact, we agreed it was a perfect "Ladies Who Lunch" lunch.
A light starter and main course of chef's salad of artichoke, winter vegetables, soft boiled quails eggs and truffle dressing, was followed by a steamed fillet of halibut with chestnut ravioli, buttered spinach, pumpkin puree and smoked bacon cream. And then there was a socking great chocolate fondant pudding to finish.
England's women cricketers celebrate after winning the Twenty20 World Cup
I can reveal that the two world champions at my table didn't hold back. But then, it emerged that Pendleton's a bit of a Nigella Lawson on the quiet. She told me with great pride about how she'd been busy making jam with raspberries she'd grown herself in her garden in Cheshire, in the jam-making cauldron passed down through generations of her family.
She and her mum told me the secret of success is keeping the jam at exactly the right boiling point for long enough for it to set. It was just the kind of preserve-making precision you'd expect from an elite athlete.
Other big winners on the day were the England women's cricket team, who took team of the year for their all-conquering run in 2009, and their star bowler Holly Colvin, named young sportswoman of the year. Claire Taylor - the ICC's woman cricketer of the year - accepted the trophy on behalf of the team, who are in the West Indies at the moment.
And I had the chance to tell Claire that, in my view, her recognition as one of Wisden's Five Cricketers of the Year this year was the most brilliant and significant moment in women's sport in the last 25 years.