Last year (before I’d started this blog) I responded to a post on the Runners World Forum from a BBC Radio Five Live producer looking for runners to interview and take part in an on-air discussion abut running. I emailed him, not really expecting much back.
To my surprise, he did email, and called me! He asked various questions and he thought I would be a good guest to have on.
So a week later I drove to the local BBC radio studios in Taunton. Radio is much smaller than I thought! I had to sit in a broom cupboard at a desk with a microphone, and one of the technicians dialled me into the main 5 live studios. In my headset, I could hear the Victoria Derbyshire show discussing the current affairs of the day. Every now and then, a producer would talk in my ear over the show asking how I was, checking I had time and explaining when I’d be on.
It was all quite surreal. It was a bit like a conference call but with perfect clarity – we could have been sat next to each other.
Unfortunately the show over-ran so our segment was cut short, but I said a few sentences on live radio which was quite fun and spoke to some other newbie runners.
As a part of the experience they also wrote an article about us, which should be on the BBC website forever. My claim to fame, and probably the only time I’ll be in the media for running!