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Ronnie O'Sullivan on Running

by Editor
Friday 6th December 2013
Tags  Ronnie OSullivan   |   Running   |   Orion Publishing

Why Snooker star Ronnie O'Sullivan is "Running" in his new autobiography... and your chance to win one of five copies

In the world of athletics, Usain 'Lightning" Bolt may stand out as the giant of the sport, but in the seemingly genteel green baize world of Snooker, "The Rocket" Ronnie O'Sullivan stands tall as the undisputed box office draw. "I don't think Snooker would be dead without me... but it is a lot better with me in it" is his perceptive assessment.

Why Snooker star Ronnie O'Sullivan is "Running" in his new autobiography... and your chance to win one of five copiesThe youngest player ever to win a professional ranking tournament in 1993, Ronnie went on to win his first World Championship title in 2001 at the home of snooker - the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield - and has now accumulated five world titles, including the last two, and will likely start as the favourite - certainly in the peoples eyes - to make that six in April 2014. And much like Usain Bolt, he'll likely attempt to do it in record time. While stopwatches and wind directions don't feature highly in the world of snooker, completing the maximum and iconic "147" maximum break in just five minutes and 20 seconds, means Ronnie is a world record holder himself - you can watch that HERE! Ronnie doesn't like to hang around when he plays...

So, Snooker and running? Unlikely bedfellows perhaps, but in the case of O'Sullivan, the sport of running has become and integral part of his life - something he would suggest himself has at times saved himself from his well publicised demons with depression, drug problems, a stint at the Priory clinic and other incidents throughout his career which, unsurprisingly, have lead to headlines of "flawed genius" being used on multiple occasions.

And what about the running then? O'Sullivan is a true fan of the sport, and not just in an "available for the cameras" celebrity sense either. A member of Woodfrod Green with Essex Ladies (WGEL), you are more likely to find O'Sullivan battling away anonymously in the glamour (not!) of the Metropolitan or Chingford Cross Country leagues than seeking media exposure for his fitness feats. Don't underestimate him either - he has sub 35 minute 10k PB and a pretty impressive performance in the South of England Cross Country Champs in 2008 to his name too. Yet more important to O'Sullivan than PB's and positions, is the balance and escape that the act of running provides, the freedom, that it assists all other aspects of his at times turbulent and difficult life.

For those reasons and more, Ronnie O'Sullivan's autobiography just released is called Running. You can find out a little more about the book, Ronnie and running in this short video below - but you can also win one of five copies of the book HERE.


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