She has had to keep it firmly under wraps for a while now, but Gail can finally confirm she will go up against seven titans of British sport, all aiming to be crowned the ultimate champion in a brand new six-part endurance show to be broadcast on primetime ITV from October.
Eternal Glory will be hosted by Richard Bacon and pits Gail against some of the toughest competitors in British sporting history. She’ll take on Olympic rower James Cracknell, footballer Matt Le Tissier, javelin thrower Fatima Whitbread, long jumper Jade Johnson, distance runner Liz McColgan, rugby player Shane Williams and sprinter Christian Malcolm.
The eight will be tested on a number of key qualities, including psychological endurance, reaction speed, agility, hand-eye co-ordination, strength, stamina, visualisation, strategy, adaptability and recovery time to see who can claim ‘Eternal Glory’.
Each episode comprises of four tough physical or mental challenges. One athlete goes home in each episode, determined by the ‘night duel’ where the two sports stars with the lowest scores will go head-to-head in a battle of focus and reactions.
And Gail’s relishing the opportunity. Speaking during filming Gail, told us “As an ex-athlete these kind of things still appeal to you. Straightway something goes off in your brain, competition, yippee!”
“It’s brilliant to spend time living with and chatting to so many people I respect and share common ground with and a really good opportunity to hear how other retired sportspeople are dealing with the transition into retirement.”
“It’s a real mix and we don’t really know what they’ll challenge us on next, but I’m loving every minute of it.”
The format has already enjoyed great success across Europe and shows every sign of being a hit in the UK, so make sure you don’t miss a second of the thrilling action and watch this space for news of broadcast times and dates.
We’d like to wish Gail the very best of luck!