During the past few months your support has been amazing and I have been constantly overwhelmed by the kind comments and well wishes from everyone. I feel as though I am now in a good place both mentally and physically so would like to move on and put the entire event behind me. Every message has helped me to become stronger and well again so from my heart to yours, thank you. Xxx
Archive for May, 2009
I am very busy filming Gadget Show items for the new series. Initially I returned to work for Gadget Show Live and I can only describe the whole event as a phenomenal success. It took place at the NEC in Birmingham over 3 days and we were all totally shocked by the sell out figures and wonderful atmosphere. All four presenters appeared in the Sony Super-theatre to host 3 x 1 hour shows a day, which was a baptism of fire for me having been out of it for 10 weeks! However, adrenalin is a wonderful thing and I got through them all until the final show where I almost collapsed!
We are just coming to the end of series 11, most of which I missed through illness, but series 12 will be a long run of at least 20 shows, I just hope I am fit enough!
We are launching our new range of ladies jackets and here’s a taster. All jackets are bike friendly with armour and zip-out linings. There is an inside pocket for your phone and they have been designed with our figures in mind. I wanted a jacket that was good on the bike, but also off the bike. So many ladies jackets are boxy and shapeless; these should show the waist, hope you like them.
Sunday October 11th is the date chosen for the 2009 Run for Dreams. Now that the Wolves have made the Premiership again, we are not as yet sure whether we can start the race from the Molineux because until the fixture list is out, is isn’t known whether there would be a home match on that day. There are quite a few Sunday fixtures in Premier League because of TV rights of course. Anyway, as soon as we know the route, we’ll let you know.
As a patron of Promise Dreams, I am delighted that once again the fabulous Extreme Trifle team are taking on our charity as part of their fund raising 2009 year.I think these guys are just amazing in what they do and it should be remembered that many great things are achieved by the ‘over-optimistic’. The Wrong Way round is going to be one gigantic adventure, if the Extreme Trifle website is anything to go by, there should be hours (months) of fun ahead.So – to Oz, Matt, Nick, Charlie and of course Greg and Jon, I wish you all a fantastic voyage and to all of the people that meet you on your journey, they should be in for some wonderfully colourful language. Good luck guys and on behalf of all at Promise Dreams, a million thank you’s. To read all about these extremely fantastic people please check out www.extremetrifle.com.
My 39th birthday was on May 3rd. I am not one to usually celebrate a birthday but with everything that has happened I found myself feeling quite lucky to have made my 39 years and woke with a spring in my step instead of the usual drag of being another year older. I was working, but as it was my first live race back at work I was excited about that too. I began my GP career 12 years ago at the circuit of Jerez when I worked for Sky, so it holds special memories. I was already covering World Superbikes, but GPs were a bit special; the elite paddock, and I had become a part of it. I had to collate as many interviews as I could and I was tasked with finding Mick Doohan, Alex Creville, Alex Barros, Carlos Checa, Max Biaggi, Loris Capirossi and Valentino Rossi. Well I did so and haven’t looked back since.Until this weekend just gone, I found myself in a rather reflective mood as I had my pit pass swiped and I re-entered the GP world. The first person I saw was Loris. He scootered up to me, hugged me and told me how great it was that I was ok and back at work. I had no idea who would know what had happened to me so I was quite surprised at Loris’ greeting. It was typical of him though; he’s such a great guy. So – I was in and I was back!
The weekend was full of its usual twists and turns, the highs being Valentino getting it so right, Stoner on the podium and good runs from DePuniet and Melandri. Also a thrilling win for Bradley Smith in the 125 race and top 8 finishes for both Scott Redding and Danny Webb. The low points covered JT suffering a miserable time with set up and Jorge low-siding out of his home grand prix.
During qualifying Vale couldn’t find a good feeling from the front of the bike so the team decided to change the geometry and effectively make the bike higher for the race, it worked and he found himself flying round the Andalusia track like a scalded cat and swearing like a navvy in our post race interview! I felt for Lorenzo, he really wanted a win but I guess he just pushed a little bit too hard. The conditions were quite gusty on race day but not as strong as for qualifying. The event at Jerez drew an astonishing crowd of circa 140,000 the largest of any motor-sport event this year and yes that does include the illustrious F1: not bad for a minority sport eh! Actually it’s only viewed as a minority sport in our fair (unfair) land as other countries recognise it for what it is, a magnificent sport. The race itself was eventful with action throughout the field, but I think the Spanish fans would have liked a home win.
Then again, Mr Rossi pretty much got away with it!
Charlie and I found a great vantage point, 200 meters above turn 1, dangling from a crane! We filmed a chat and were returned to land, which Charlie was quite pleased about!
Looking forward to Le Mans, not my favourite track, but with three different winners from the first three races, it’s tough to not imagine we could see 4….