Greater Manchester Business Week: Forging a second career when time is called on sporting glory

This was a feature I co-wrote with Shelina Begum, a business reporter on the MEN, while on work experience there last summer. The feature was published in Greater Manchester Business Week, the weekly magazine of the MEN business desk, distributed mainly in Manchester city centre.

The issue came out in late July, shortly before the London Olympics began. Shelina and I interviewed several former sportsmen (exclusively men, I’m afraid to say), who had gone on to forge successful careers in business. They included Fran Cotton (the former England rugby union player who co-founded Cotton Traders), Dennis Tueart (a former Manchester City footballer who is the director of Premier Events), Gareth Griffiths (a former professional footballer who co-founded Pro Sport Wealth Management) and Ron Hill.

Ron Hill, for instance, was a former Olympian athlete who won gold medals in the European Championships in 1968 and in the Commonweath Games the year after. Along the way he picked up a PhD in textile chemistry. He later founded the RonHill sports clothing line. He didn’t stop running though; at the time of writing, the then 73-year-old Hill had gone on a run every day since 1965. He is otherwise sane, I can confirm.

I hope these pictures are legible as sadly I cannot find the feature online.

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