Welshman Jamie Jones will probably be hitting the roads over the subsequent 12 months, after deciding to run a marathon in 2022 for WST’s official charity Jessie Might Youngsters’s Hospice at House.
After negotiating Q Faculty at the start of final season, world quantity 55 Jones loved a powerful first marketing campaign again on the primary circuit. He reached the semi-finals of the Scottish Open in December and certified for the Crucible in April, beating Stephen Maguire on the Theatre of Desires and dropping out to Stuart Bingham within the final 16.
Jones admitted at Crucible qualifying that he has been aided by his renewed devotion to operating. Nevertheless, he’s now bidding to take part in a 26.2 mile race for the primary time.
We spoke with Jamie about why he has determined to tackle this problem and to mirror on his present type on the baize…
Jamie, what has drawn you to go for a marathon subsequent 12 months and the way a lot are you trying ahead to the problem?
“I’ve had two months off for the reason that Crucible and though I’ve now began practising once more, the one factor I’ve actually had my thoughts on has been the operating. I’m really coaching with a good friend of mine referred to as Paul Williamson, who’s operating the London Marathon for Anthony Nolan in a few months. I simply tag alongside once I really feel prefer it and he’s round my customary. If he struggles on a run, then I battle. I checked out his workload and thought why not attempt to push myself as properly?
“For those who aren’t aiming to do one thing higher than you already are in life, then you’re standing nonetheless. I wish to give myself a little bit of time to coach and go for it subsequent 12 months, so I haven’t determined which marathon I’m operating but. I wished to do it for the WST charity Jessie Might and they’re delighted that I wish to do that. Since chatting with them, I’ve actually appeared into the charity and the essential work they do and it has taken on a brand new that means for me. I actually wish to assist them out. They supply a lot assist for youngsters and their households who’re in very tragic circumstances and provides very important assist.
“Simply over 16 miles is the furthest I’ve been to date. In the intervening time I’m simply an enjoyment runner actually. I’ve by no means caught to a correct plan for any size of time. This can tackle an entire new factor for me with the operating. In case you are match sufficient, I believe you possibly can wing a half marathon. After that 16 mile run, I felt like I didn’t have another mile in my legs. To stand up to 26.2, I’m clearly going to have to coach particularly for this. I’m trying ahead to it and it is going to be one thing totally different.
“I signed up for my first half marathon six years in the past and I’ve executed one just about yearly since then. It’s at all times been behind my thoughts that at some point, earlier than I’m too previous, I wish to do a full marathon. I believe the time is correct now. I really feel extra focussed and devoted than I’ve ever been. I simply wish to push and see what I can obtain. To do a marathon, you need to get off your bottom and work for it. No quantity of kit might help you. It should undoubtedly be one of many greatest achievements of my life.”
Snooker MC and broadcaster Rob Walker is a marathon runner and athletics commentator, will you be looking for out his recommendation earlier than starting your coaching?
“I’ve at all times acquired on properly with Rob, he’s such a stunning man. In the course of the World Championship qualifiers I spoke to him a couple of instances at breakfast and he was telling me in regards to the runners which he has met whereas doing the commentary on athletics. I used to be fairly star-struck considering that he has met folks like Eliud Kipchoge. I simply run round my pond and he has met the best of all-time. I’ll undoubtedly have a chat with him about it, as a result of he is aware of what it takes to do it and I don’t.”
How a lot has operating helped you out together with your snooker?
“The operating has definitely helped me with my snooker. I’m fitter than I’ve ever been. For about ten years on the tour, I didn’t do any train in any respect and was consuming burgers. Each different skilled sportsman can have routines and vitamin plans. I’ve realised that I’m a sportsman and I should be giving myself the absolute best likelihood of success. I simply wish to see what life is prefer to be that little bit fitter and eat that little bit higher. I wish to assist Jessie Might out by doing this. Hopefully it may possibly assist me out as properly.
“The factor with operating is that it has additionally stabilised my snooker observe regime. I was up and down and put the work in once I felt prefer it. I take a look at my good friend coaching for this marathon and he’s so regimented. He has a plan and it isn’t about when he feels prefer it. These plans are structured to get you slot in the correct method. It has made me take a look at my snooker. Whether or not I wish to put the work in or not, I’ve to do it. There’s a parallel with snooker.”
How happy had been you to cap off final season by qualifying for the World Championship and reaching the final 16?
“Coming into the World Championship I genuinely thought I might qualify. I knew if I wasn’t going to, then it might take an excellent participant and an excellent efficiency to beat me. I went into it with that way of thinking. I used to be 4-2 all the way down to David Lilley in my first recreation and he was enjoying so properly. I managed to show it round and that’s what has helped me, my perspective. I then beat Michael Holt and Li Cling. These had been three glorious wins.
“It was simply good to play within the ultimate phases once more. I’ve performed on the Crucible a couple of instances earlier than, however it’s so particular. Simply getting referred to as out into the sector is an occasion in itself. You undergo that, sit in your chair and you need to discover a method of calming your self down earlier than enjoying. I’ve been there a number of instances now and I’ve received a couple of video games. I’ve acquired some expertise there and I do know what it takes in that two-table setup.
“I performed fairly solidly towards Stephen, he’s a superb participant, so to win via 10-4 is a very nice outcome. I performed alright towards Stuart, however his scoring was a bit an excessive amount of. I really mentioned to him after the match that his scoring was the most effective I’ve ever performed towards. It was simply how he made me really feel. Each time he acquired in, it was as if all the balls had been over the pockets. He was simply excellent. I genuinely thought he’d win the match. I mentioned to my dad once I got here off it might take some efficiency to beat him. Selby is a category act himself and he managed it within the semi-finals.”
How do you’re feeling forward of the upcoming season?
“I do know that I’m borderline a high participant once I get my consistency going. My consistency is there in the intervening time. I’m simply seeking to make it as troublesome as potential for anybody to beat me. Once I’m enjoying properly, I can let the reins off and I’m an excellent scorer. I’m going to go at it like I usually would, give each match my greatest and see what occurs.”