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Mike Bull: ‘It’s not easy, the old bones are delicate’

Two-time Commonwealth Games gold medal winner, Mike Bull, talks to Audrey Watson about writing his autobiography and taking up pole vaulting again at the age of 74

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Mike Bull at his home in Groomsport. Pic Stephen Hamilton

Mike Bull at his home in Groomsport. Pic Stephen Hamilton

Stephen Hamilton

Mike Bull training on the beach near his home in Groomsport. Pic Stephen Hamilton

Mike Bull training on the beach near his home in Groomsport. Pic Stephen Hamilton

Stephen Hamilton

Mike Bull Pic Stephen Hamilton

Mike Bull Pic Stephen Hamilton

Stephen Hamilton

Mike Bull: An Olympian's Story

Mike Bull: An Olympian's Story

Mike Bull winning Gold in the Decathalon at the Commonwealth games in Christchurch New Zealand 1974

Mike Bull winning Gold in the Decathalon at the Commonwealth games in Christchurch New Zealand 1974

Mike Bull winning Gold in the Pole Vault at the 1970 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh

Mike Bull winning Gold in the Pole Vault at the 1970 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh

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Mike Bull at his home in Groomsport. Pic Stephen Hamilton

Q Many athletes write their autobiography during or just after their sporting careers end. What’s taken you so long?

A I actually started writing the book many years ago in 2002, when I sold my gym (Mike Bull’s Health Studio) and house in Bangor and went to live full-time in Spain. Someone said to me, ‘If you’re going to go and live in Spain you may as well do something positive — write a book’. So I started back then.


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