Radio 5 live commissions Colin Murray's Gold Run

Our Olympic coverage on 5 live and 5 live Olympics Extra will be radio coverage of sport like you have never heard it before.”Adrian Van-Klaveren, Radio 5 live Controller
Date: 20.04.2012     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 18.05
Category: Radio 5 Live
BBC Radio 5 live has commissioned one of its most ambitious sporting documentary series in its history as presenter and broadcast journalist Colin Murray attempts to track down all 114 of Britain's living Olympic gold medallists.

Two years ago Colin made a pledge with his friend and producer Nicholas Etherton to create a broadcasting legacy to mark London 2012, and Radio 5 live – the Official Olympic radio broadcaster - will support Colin’s pledge.

Whether or not he completes the challenge, armed only with a hire car and one microphone, remains to be heard, but his story begins on Sunday May 20 and reaches its climax nine weeks later, just in time for the opening ceremony. Each 60-minute show will broadcast at 11am with a two-hour finale to finish the story.

Radio 5 live Controller Adrian Van-Klaveren says: ”This series is typical of the unique style of presenting and entertainment that Colin brings to Radio 5 live listeners. It's a real challenge but this is a fascinating insight into how a very different group of athletes became gold medallists. 

"I can’t wait to hear how Colin gets on. As we gear up for London 2012, Gold Run tells the human stories behind the sports headlines. Our Olympic coverage on 5 live and 5 live Olympics Extra will be radio coverage of sport like you have never heard it before.”

Speaking of his journey Colin Murray says: “Regardless of whether or not I complete the challenge - at the time of writing this I still don't know the answer to that question myself, Gold Run has been an experience I will never forget, and some of the stories I have heard along the way will stay with me forever.

''It's by far the biggest project of my career and one that very few give me the chance of getting close to completing, but they forget that, with every interview, I am feeding off the Olympic spirit and pushing myself beyond the limit! One thing is for sure, when my Gold Run adventure comes to an end, I plan to sleep for a month.

''This documentary series is not really about how it 'feels' to win gold, but rather the journeys that led our champions to being the best on the planet at that one moment in time. I hope people will tune in, given the thousands of miles travelled, the tonnes of bad service station food consumed, and the blood sweat and many, many tears that have gone into it!''

Colin Murray will be broadcasting every day throughout the Games for BBC Radio 5 live.

In March 2012 the BBC Trust confirmed that 5 live Olympics Extra would provide another platform for listeners to hear live commentary of the Games. This temporary digital station will start broadcasting on July 25 2012.

Sunday 20 May 2012 at 11am and continuing each Sunday for nine weeks

Notes to Editors 

Colin is very keen, for a change, to talk about a project! He has pictures from his journey and stories coming out of his ears, so to arrange an interview with our ‘Mr Gold Run’, contact andrew.bate@bbc.co.uk.

AB