His detractors had hoped they'd seen the last of him in a tracksuit for a few months, but Stoke City manager Tony Pulis was at least bereft of a baseball cap as he carried the Olympic Torch between Stoke-on-Trent and Middleport.
One of the Premier League's most notable tracksuit managers, Welshman Pulis smiled and waved to the crowd as he lightly jogged through Stoke's streets.
The 54-year-old was taking time out from a 960-mile charity bike ride from John O'Groats to Land's End, and said he was "proud and privileged" to participate in the relay.
OLYMPIC TORCH BEARERS GALLERY
David Beckham with the torch during the ceremony to mark the arrival of the Olympic flame, at RNAS Culdrose, Cornwall. Picture date: Friday May 18, 2012. Photo credit should read: Tim Ireland/PA Wire
Torchbearer 106 Matt Bellamy, Dominic Howard and Christopher Wolstenholme, MUSE, carry the Olympic flame on the leg between Torquay and Teignmouth.
The Black Eyed Peas star was cheered on by thousands of people as he ran through Taunton carrying the flame. The US-born music producer was a surprise addition to the line-up on day three of the relay. See PA story OLYMPICS Torch. Photo credit should read: Tim Ireland/PA Wire
Torchbearer 084 Yves Didier Drogba carries the Olympic Flame on the leg between Royal Wootton Bassett and Swindon.
Zara Phillips carries the Olympic Flame at the end of day 5 at Cheltenham Racecourse
Matt Smith carrying the Olympic Flame on the Torch Relay leg through Cardiff.
Radio One DJ Chris Moyles carries the Olympic Flame on the Torch Relay leg between Aberystwyth and Tre Taliesin.