“It’s very very special but you just sort of go out and do your job and you don’t really think about it.
“Then when I announced my retirement and I was offered this lifetime achievement award, I realised I must have been doing something right. It’s just all really taken me by surprise.
“I feel so honoured and this is something I will absolutely treasure. These sorts of things almost mean more than doing the job. It surprised me and clearly excited me.”
Her extensive broadcasting career, spanning three decades, has seen her present an array of sports including the Olympic Games, the Ice Skating World Championships, the London Marathon, Royal Ascot, and the Grand National.