From running track to celebs circuit for Andy Turner, golden boy of Hucknall sport

LEAPING IN TO NEW VENTURES -- that's celebrated Hucknall athlete Andy Turner.
LEAPING IN TO NEW VENTURES -- that's celebrated Hucknall athlete Andy Turner.

The golden boy of Hucknall sport has switched the athletics track for the celebrity circuit as part of his new career.

Andy Turner (34), whose family home is on Nottingham Road, retired from international athletics last year after a long and successful career that yielded medals and titles across the world.

And among the fresh ventures he has turned to since is an idea that cashes in on his fame and reputation as one of the nice guys of British sport.

In the past, Turner has appeared on TV shows such as ‘A Question Of Sport’ and ‘Would I Lie To You?’ Now he is offering fans the chance to buy personalised video-messages from him as gifts for birthdays, Christmas, weddings or anniversaries.

He has signed up to the website, celebvm.com, through which fans can click on the celebrity they wish to request a video from and enter details about themselves, so the message can be made as personal as possible. For just £15, the celebrities, such as Turner, then record the video before a link to it is e-mailed out, enabling fans to watch, download, share and keep for as long as they want.

Said a celebvm spokesman: “It’s the equivalent of autographs and photographs -- and a simple, fun way for fans and celebrities to connect. The messages could even be used to raise money for charities.”

SPRINT hurdler Andy Turner is one of the most celebrated sportsmen in the history of Hucknall. He competed in three Olympic Games -- at Athens in 2004, Beijing in 2008 and London in 2012. But his finest hours came in 2010 when he won gold medals at the European Championships and Commonwealth Games. He also landed bronzes at the 2011 World Championships, 2006 Europeans and 2006 Commonwealth Games.