In the Nick of time
It is the first of the Look North specials where viewers will meet and question the party leaders.
Nick Clegg is first up at a church hall at Thornbury on the edge of Bradford.
Christa Ackroyd, one of Look North's senior presenters, takes the chair with five viewers selected from amongst the dozens who have contacted the programme with questions.
I'm there to report live into the lunchtime regional TV news on how the event goes together with an update on the activity of other parties so far on the day.
Nick Clegg is running a bit late and my deadline is close. In fact, it is getting VERY close.
The Liberal Democrat leader breezes in looking immaculate and exuding his trademark laid-back charm.
That is quite a feat.
I know he started out at 7am that morning with the party's daily press briefing in London. On the way to the Look North event he "popped in" to an election visit in Luton, then on meet the Yorkshire press at a factory in Bradford. That is an action-packed morning by anyone's standards.
Me? I am the one looking frazzled in the corner calculating how much time I have from the scheduled end of the recording to my live broadcast. It is down to 10 minutes.
The director is worried that our questioners have got a bit hot under our lights and makeup does a little "light dusting".
My window is now down to eight minutes (and counting).
Finally the session gets under way.
Nick Clegg deals with questions on:
• Education (a pledge of an extra £2.5bn investment)
• Afghanistan (allies' new strategy needs time to settle down)
• Disillusioned teenagers (more resources promised for the disadvantaged)
• Petrol prices (opposes recent "unfair" increase in fuel duty)
• Scottish and Welsh MPs (not a problem voting on English matters)
Feedback from our five panellists is mixed on Nick Clegg's performance.
That is only to be expected from a panel that was picked for the variety and quality of the submitted questions rather than any political neutrality.
It over-runs a bit so my time to the live broadcast is now down to five minutes.
A couple of technical problems soak up another four minutes and 55 seconds.
My earpiece comes alive in the nick of time with Harry Gration's voice: "and from Bradford here's our Political Editor Len Tingle" and the PA calling "cue Len".
Exactly two minutes and 10 seconds later I am off air and heading for a coffee and a breather.
Nick Clegg's bandwagon is still rolling.
He's now heading for his next appearance in Coventry.