Archives for September 2012

Formula One Singapore GP: When the lights go out

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Jennie Gow | 15:35 UK time, Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Lying on the floor of an A380 wasn't exactly the way I imagined spending a large proportion of my flight to Singapore, but then sometimes life throws up a few bumps along the way.

I don't really know why I fainted on my way to the Orient but the airline staff who looked after me were amazing. The F1 fraternity who helped me recover were also amazing. A special thank you to Chris Buncombe who was there to see me fall like a tree, apparently, at the back of our plane and had the ominous task of waking producer Jason to tell him there was a little commotion.

The good news is that I'm feeling much better now. Thanks to all those who sent me messages and generally looked out for me. However, I wasn't the only one to have a bumpy weekend as the lights went out and we went racing in the darkness of the Marina Bay Street Circuit.

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5 live at the Ryder Cup

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Graham McMillan | 10:49 UK time, Monday, 24 September 2012

Rory McIlroy


The golden summer might be over, but there is at least one major sporting event to keep everyone glued to their radios. It's the Ryder Cup this week and 5 live will be there every step of the way.

We're at the Medinah Country Club, about 50 minutes west of Chicago for the 39th edition of golf's greatest event and there's a lot to live up to following the remarkable drama of two years ago at Celtic Manor.

From my point of view the work in the first part of the week is twofold. First, looking after all the build-up programmes and features we'll be producing on 5 live Sport and elsewhere. We'll be speaking to all 24 players in the first part of the week, plus the captains and vice captains - that's a lot of interviews!

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Formula One: Darkness falls

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Jennie Gow | 10:07 UK time, Thursday, 20 September 2012

Singapore Grand Prix

There have been many times this season when the excitement of my job catches up with me and I become like a fractious child the night before Christmas - this is one of those times.

Thirteen races into the Formula One season and we are into the final, fast paced, climax of the year. Seven races in 9 weeks and the second fly-away part of the season starts in the Far East - in Singapore.

This is a race I have watched with fascination since it's inception in 2008. The fastest cars in the world, whizzing around a 5km street circuit lit by over 1,500 lights with a back-drop movie makers would pay millions for - this is the theatre of dreams and I am about to step into it!

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Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg announced for Octoberfest 2012 line-up

Fighting Talk at Septemberfest 2012 in Newcastle and Gateshead.


Octoberfest, 5 live’s free three-day festival of shows and off air events, is only a few weeks away now and we’re putting the finishing touches to the programme line ups.

One guest who’ll be joining us is Nick Clegg, who’ll take part in a special one-off show hosted by Shelagh Fogarty from 12pm on Friday 12 October. The Deputy Prime Minister, leader of the Liberal Democrats and MP for Sheffield Hallam, will face questions from 5 live listeners about the coalition government.

The debate is just one highlight of the festival, run in partnership with BBC Radio Sheffield, which will also feature many other 5 live programmes including 606, 5 live Breakfast, Fighting Talk, Richard Bacon and Kermode and Mayo’s Film Review.

There’ll also be off-air events too that anyone who can get to Sheffield will be able to come along and enjoy in the 5 live activity 'Igloo', which will be located in Tudor Square. On top of all that we’re also trying to break a world record for Children in Need (more details of this one will come in the next few days).

The shows will all take place in the Crucible and Lyceum Theatres and free tickets are available now.

Click here for full line up and ticket information.

Adrian Van-Klaveren is controller of BBC Radio 5 live and BBC Radio 5 live Sports Extra.

Victoria Pendleton, David Weir and the original Blade Runner - Marlon Shirley

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| 14:12 UK time, Monday, 17 September 2012

David Weir

By Gordon Farquhar

A glorious summer of sport has finally drawn to a close. Over the last 6 months, the BBC Olympic Podcasts and blogs have charted the progress of British and international athletes at the London 2012 Games.

Like many people, I was inspired by many of the athletes who competed at the Games but none more so than David Weir. The Londoner won an incredible four wins at four events at London 2012 including the T54 marathon in front of an ecstatic crowd on the Mall, 5,000m, 1500m and 800m. He now matches Sarah Storey as Britain's most successful athlete at the Games. Mark Pougatch spoke to him at the Athletes Parade in London.

It's athletes like Oscar Pistorius, Katherine Grainger and David Weir who will inspire the next generation to Olympic and Paralympic greatness. The importance of mentoring young children in sport was highlighted when BBC World Service’s Simon Watts spoke to Mo Farah, the Somali-born runner, who has become one of the heroes of the London 2012 Olympics after winning Gold in the 5,000 and 10,000 metres for Great Britain.

The London Games certainly wasn’t all about London. Yorkshire was the most successful county at producing Olympians, Wales was the most represented home nation at the Paralympics and Scotland? Well they kindly provided some of the biggest names of the summer in Sir Chris Hoy, Katherine Grainger, Neil Fachie and Andy Murray. Northern Ireland also has a claim to fame as we discovered when Sportsound spoke to gold medal Paralympic sprinters Jason Smyth and Michael McKillop for BBC Ulster.

Despite incredible performances at the London Games, for many athletes this will be the end of their journey. Among those is two-time Olympic gold medallist Victoria Pendleton. She announced her retirement after an emotionally-draining home Games that brought a disqualification in the team sprint, a superb gold in the keirin and a silver medal after defeat to her long-time Australian rival Anna Meares in the sprint. Despite her incredible success, Pendleton spoke about her difficulties dealing with the intense pressure of elite sport, falling in love at work and her personal demons in a very frank interview with Victoria Derbyshire.

US athlete Marlon Shirley, the original blade runner, was the first man to gain the title of "the world's fastest amputee" after he broke the 11 seconds mark for running 100 metres. But Marlon had an exceptionally tough start. His mother was a prostitute leaving him to beg for food on the streets of Las Vegas before he was taken into an orphanage at the age of five. He then lost his foot in accident while in care. He spoke to Lucy Ash on BBC World Service about his extraordinary life and breaking the 11 second mark in the Sydney Games.

Well it seems that everyone in the United Kingdom has been inspired by the London 2012 Games – including Sandi Tosvkig on The News Quiz.

The BBC Olympic Podcast series was presented by BBC 5 Live presenter Eleanor Oldroyd and BBC Olympic Correspondent Gordon Farquhar, and was a Smooth Operations Production.

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