Rugged Ronnie O’Sullivan trades snooker vest for racing vest as he competes in cross country race

SIX-TIME snooker world champion Ronnie O’Sullivan was pictured competing in a cross-country race on Sunday for his local running club.

The 45-year-old was pictured running for Woodford Green AC in the Metropolitan Cross Country League during a race in Welwyn Garden City.

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O’Sullivan has been an avid runner for several years and was taken for a jog here in 2011Credit: Alan Walter – The Times
The snooker legend won his sixth world championship last year, beating Kyren Wilson 18-8

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The snooker legend won his sixth world championship last year, beating Kyren Wilson 18-8Credit: PA

The league is made up of 23 athletics and running clubs in and around London and O’Sullivan finished in an impressive 253rd place out of 1,830 entries.

The Rocket reportedly rediscovered his love for running during the lockdown last year and said last year he had lost nearly two stones since becoming active.

O’Sullivan told SunSport last year, “I’m training again so I can run a good half marathon at some point. Maybe even go out in Iten, Kenya. Really go there.

“I was 14th at 7 pounds before the lockdown and I’m now about 12th at 10 pounds. So close to two stones.

“Everyone tells me ‘you’ve lost weight’. The scales have stayed the same for the past two months, but my body shape is changing – I look like Mo Farah now! “

But the former world number one snooker seems to be taking the hobby more seriously now by showing up at competitive club level.


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O’Sullivan previously revealed that he has suffered from a series of knee issues over the years, but now appears to be injury free and in excellent shape.

He said, “I’m getting there. That takes time. I hadn’t really run for 10 years. I now run instead of jogging.

“The knees are fine. I thought I might have arthritis, but a doctor said no, which is good. Probably just tight muscles.

“You have to condition them over a period of time so that they can take it. At the moment my body is not strong enough. It comes with bagging a good weeks of training.

“My body will soon become stronger to absorb the punishment I am inflicting on it.” “

O’Sullivan has now gone 15 months without a major snooker title, which world number two Judd Trump claims to be because he’s lost his fear factor.

Trump said, “I just think he’s lost his faith a bit. When you don’t win you don’t have faith and people aren’t afraid to fight you.

“No one is afraid to play it, anybody’s game is good enough to beat him in his day, which is what happened last year.”

The Rocket will look to end their drought and claim a record-breaking fourth Champion of Champions title and a £ 150,000 first prize at Bolton this week.

O'Sullivan beat Trump (9-7) in the Northern Irish Open final last year for the third year in a row

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O’Sullivan beat Trump (9-7) in the Northern Irish Open final last year for the third year in a rowCredit: Getty
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