Emotional farewell race for Andy Turner at Great North City Games

THE LAST HURDLE -- for Hucknall athlete Andy Turner
THE LAST HURDLE -- for Hucknall athlete Andy Turner

Hucknall’s Olympic athlete, Andy Turner, is bracing himself for an emotional final race of his career this Saturday.

Turner (33), whose famly home is on Nottingham Road, is bowing out after an appearance at the Great North City Games at the Newcastle/Gateshead quayside. The Games, which attract crowds of 25,000 are the annual forerunner to the Great North Run the following day.

Sprint hurdler Turner, who competed at three Olympic Games, decided to quit after disappointing performances this summer at both the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and the European Championships in Zurich.

“Saturday will be my last-ever race,” he tweeted this week. “It’s a weird feeling. I will be giving my spikes away after the race.”

Turner, who lives in Surrey, has been competing for Team GB at the highest level for more than ten years. A multiple UK champion, he won gold at the Commonwealth Games and European Championships of 2010 and bronze at the 2011 world championships.

He plans to concentrate now on his circuit training business, Antics, and also revealed this week that he wants to take part in the TV show, ‘Deal Or No Deal’!