After reaching the stars in 2010, GB’s double gold medallist Andy Turner tellsMichael Marsh his plans for 2011 and beyond.
From the streets of Nottingham to gold medal stardom, Andy Turner has come to the fore.
The athlete produced startling form to project himself on the European map last season – and now he’s targeting the world.
Turner claimed his most significant victory to date on 30 June 2010, in Barcelona.
With thirty metres remaining in his European Championship 110m hurdles final, lady luck shone brightly.
Race favourite Petr Svoboda clattered with the eighth hurdle, allowing the GB man to take gold in a time of 13.28s – much to his delight.
“I was overjoyed with Barcelona, myself and my coach planned the season and hoped to win the gold so for that actually to happen was an amazing and fulfilling experience,” reflected Turner.
“It was extra special to be part of the most successful euro team ever and to add a gold to our medal tally.
“Chris Thompson and Mo Farah got the ball rolling with a hugely inspirational run which really fired up the team, add that to Christian’s and Mark Lewis-Francis’ silvers and the feeling in camp was one of huge passion and drive.
“It was probably the best feeling around camp I’ve ever witnessed in all championships that I’ve been to.”
The 30-year-old rounded off his campaign with another gold medal on 8 October, in Delhi.
He led an England 1-2-3, with Will Sharman and Lawrence Clarke grabbing silver and bronze respectively.
And Turner said this completed a dream season after the turbulence his Lottery Funding withdrawal the previous year.
“The commonwealth was a huge bonus for me, we always decided that Barcelona was the main aim and if we can hold on to fitness for Delhi then we would try that as well.
“Luckily I was still running OK so to win and finish the season a double champion was a dream come true.”
The next step is World domination.
Turner will be focusing all of his determination and enthusiasm towards the World Championships in Daegu, South Korea.
The tournament gets underway on 27 August, but the work behind the scenes begins now.
“In my time off I did nothing but relax and enjoy time with my two kids, they are my inspiration,” said Turner
“I took a month off after Delhi. This time of year is long runs, lots of reps in the gym and general fitness and conditioning work – all nasty and painful but I love it!
“My aim is to make the final of the World Championships and run well I’d have to run a huge PB to win but I do believe I can run a PB so its exciting times and I’m looking forward to the challenge.”
The World Championships are seen my some as a dress rehearsal for the 2012 London Olympics.
But Turner insists he is remaining focused on the immediate future.
“I haven’t given a huge amount of thought to the 2012 Olympics yet. I’m obviously looking forward to it but there’s still the World Championships to concentrate on first.
“London will be an amazing experience and its hugely exciting but anything can happen between now and then so you have to try to keep the excitement to a minimum for the time being.”
The Hucknall runner is always looking to improve. He has taken extra steps to get professional advice on his running technique to help him produce the new PB necessary for world glory.
He confirmed: “This season I hope to continue my consistency and produce quicker times.
“Last year’s races have been analysed by a world-renowned boimechanist and he has pinpointed what needs to be worked on and has seen lots to improve on which is good.
“He noticed that when I go over the hurdle I spend much more time in the air than the other hurdlers so that’s what needs to speed up.”
With this sort of professional help, along with a remarkable season behind him, Turner has the world at his feet.
And with just over seven months until the World Championships and potential glory beckoning, the grit, determination and sweat will be flowing.
The message must be – ‘more of the same, Andy’.