Sporting Heroes – January

Ronnie Running

Carrying on my theme from the other day of music to motivate you, I am going to start a new series of motivational figures from the world of sport.

Kicking things off is snooker master ‘The Rocket’ Ronnie O’Sullivan, a fellow Essex man like myself (according to my passport at least), who was actually born just a few miles away from this part of the West Midlands. Ronnie’s recent performances in the Masters and World tournaments have been simply amazing, even more so after taking the best part of a year out of the game, and struggling to cope with his talent.

But what has this got to do with this challenge? Well beyond our shared genius obviously, if you have not already guessed from the picture accompanying this post, Ronnie is a massive runner. To the extent that is what he titled his own autobiography last year. He was recently quoted as saying “Running clears my mind, and gives me a reason to get out of bed in the morning”, and I would say the same for all triathlon disciplines, that they can help you focus, clear your mind, give you time to think things through and help plan ahead. In fact, if I do manage to get through this distance, I should end up like some sort of zen master…

So here’s to you Ronnie, as the first Sporting Hero of the blog, and if it makes you play snooker as well as you do, please keep up the running!

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