Having the Commonwealth Games in our home city has afforded unprecedented access to the athletes.
Easy to spot in their team trackies, you’ll find them wandering about the shops on Buchanan Street or else making guest appearances at the Irn-Bru pop-up store in the Merchant City. But by far the best place for medal spotting is BBC at the Quay, a live entertainment festival currently in full flow on the banks of the River Clyde.
We managed to blag tickets for last night’s live transmission of BBC1 telly show Tonight at the Games, a round-up of the Glasgow 2014 sporting action presented by Clare Balding and Mark Chapman.
Guests included more gymnasts than you could shake a set of parallel bars at; medal winners from the lawn bowls (the curling of the Commonwealth); Dame Kelly Holmes; Botswanan middle-distance runner Nijel Amos; boxer turned commentator Anthony Ogogo; representatives of Team British Virgin Islands; and – fresh from their triumph at Hampden Park earlier that evening – home nations athletics stars Steve Lewis (gold medalist in the pole vault) and Lynsey Sharp, who dramatically overcame a bout of sickness to take silver in the women’s 800m.
The sound of all those medals clanking was practically deafening.