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Megabus To The Ritz

Jimmy Watkins

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Megabus To The Ritz

Megabus To The Ritz

Jimmy Watkins

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In 2006 I made the 800m final at the World Indoor Athletics Championships in Moscow. A year later I quit the sport for rock and roll. I was only 24 years old. I lost my way and put on weight over a 12 year period of boozing and rocking. In 2019 I decided something had to change, so I started running again. 5 stone later I ran a 34 minute 10km and I feel better than ever. Here is my story via the Megabus to the Ritz - your weekly night time commute to a better version of yourself.

Latest Episodes

FrontRunner Radio/ Megabus to the Ritz Mash-Up!

Here's something a little different to usual for you. This week there are two drivers of the Megabus: Myself and David Martin-Jewell from FrontRunner Events. We share the steering wheel, talk rock and roll and running and then I go off on some strange word acrobatics as usual.

51 MINMAY 5
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FrontRunner Radio/ Megabus to the Ritz Mash-Up!

Balloon Bungalow

This week I talk about the pure happiness of Balloon Bungalow and how feeling free makes you run better.

30 MINAPR 7
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Balloon Bungalow

Jelly and Jam

Here we go. This was the toughest episode to record yet. Why was it so tough? Well, these are tough and strange times we're experiencing at the moment. The whole world is facing the same problem, and the current lockdown has forced me to take a good look at myself in an attempt work out why I run. Is it because I'm a selfish idiot? Conclusion: of course I'm not. I'm caring and full of love. Here, take a handful of positivity from your favourite bus driver.

29 MINAPR 2
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Jelly and Jam

I am the Iceberg!

I am back! Ladies and gentlemen, let's get the Megabus back on the road. After a little blip with a stomach bug, and having to miss the Llanelli Half Marathon, I am running again, and it feels good!

15 MINMAR 16
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I am the Iceberg!

The invisible phonebox.

I didn't expect to do an episode like this after all the jubilation of last weeks 27 mile run, but it's been a tough week for me mentally. I spent a lot of time battling with negative thoughts and emotions, and running has helped pull me through it once again. It's time now to look ahead at the Llanelli Half Marathon on Sunday and worry about which way my hat needs to be facing on the day.

23 MINMAR 4
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The invisible phonebox.

I just felt like running - 27 Mile Special.

This week the script is out the window and I talk about the 27 mile challenge I did on Saturday. I recall dehydrated memories like wanting to run as soft as the h in Rhubarb, and feeling my DNA change as the miles filled up my legs.

27 MINFEB 25
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I just felt like running - 27 Mile Special.

Sucking a Prawn Head. - my training for the World Championships.

This week I talk about my longest run ever (well, since strava got invented) and how, a few weeks before the World Champs in Moscow, I went to Spain to suck a Prawn head, drink beer and run up a mountain like a blue balloon.

24 MINFEB 18
Comments
Sucking a Prawn Head. - my training for the World Championships.

Changing gears in the dark.

This week I started doing calf raises as part of my warm-up routine and it really got me thinking about my earliest memory of that particular exercise.

25 MINFEB 11
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Changing gears in the dark.

Bobble Hat, No Bobble.

It's a slightly longer than usual journey on the Megabus this evening. I hope you don't mind. It's mostly down to the fact that I feel extra energised after appearing on the Wynne Evans show on BBC Radio Wales today. This week I talk about the Bobble Hat at the beginning of time, how to train for a 5km PB, and how I put a postcode on my belly in 2019.

24 MINFEB 4
Comments
Bobble Hat, No Bobble.

Snack Helmet.

I've decided to slow it down. Recently my focus has been on running fast, whether that's over 5km or on the track, but the speed work has been pulling at my body and making it sore. I took a few days off and re-evaluated why I run. I'm now focused on running longer and slower, which has already proven to make me feel better mentally and physically. The only issue I have now, is where do I carry my snacks on these longer runs?

17 MINJAN 28
Comments
Snack Helmet.

Latest Episodes

FrontRunner Radio/ Megabus to the Ritz Mash-Up!

Here's something a little different to usual for you. This week there are two drivers of the Megabus: Myself and David Martin-Jewell from FrontRunner Events. We share the steering wheel, talk rock and roll and running and then I go off on some strange word acrobatics as usual.

51 MINMAY 5
Comments
FrontRunner Radio/ Megabus to the Ritz Mash-Up!

Balloon Bungalow

This week I talk about the pure happiness of Balloon Bungalow and how feeling free makes you run better.

30 MINAPR 7
Comments
Balloon Bungalow

Jelly and Jam

Here we go. This was the toughest episode to record yet. Why was it so tough? Well, these are tough and strange times we're experiencing at the moment. The whole world is facing the same problem, and the current lockdown has forced me to take a good look at myself in an attempt work out why I run. Is it because I'm a selfish idiot? Conclusion: of course I'm not. I'm caring and full of love. Here, take a handful of positivity from your favourite bus driver.

29 MINAPR 2
Comments
Jelly and Jam

I am the Iceberg!

I am back! Ladies and gentlemen, let's get the Megabus back on the road. After a little blip with a stomach bug, and having to miss the Llanelli Half Marathon, I am running again, and it feels good!

15 MINMAR 16
Comments
I am the Iceberg!

The invisible phonebox.

I didn't expect to do an episode like this after all the jubilation of last weeks 27 mile run, but it's been a tough week for me mentally. I spent a lot of time battling with negative thoughts and emotions, and running has helped pull me through it once again. It's time now to look ahead at the Llanelli Half Marathon on Sunday and worry about which way my hat needs to be facing on the day.

23 MINMAR 4
Comments
The invisible phonebox.

I just felt like running - 27 Mile Special.

This week the script is out the window and I talk about the 27 mile challenge I did on Saturday. I recall dehydrated memories like wanting to run as soft as the h in Rhubarb, and feeling my DNA change as the miles filled up my legs.

27 MINFEB 25
Comments
I just felt like running - 27 Mile Special.

Sucking a Prawn Head. - my training for the World Championships.

This week I talk about my longest run ever (well, since strava got invented) and how, a few weeks before the World Champs in Moscow, I went to Spain to suck a Prawn head, drink beer and run up a mountain like a blue balloon.

24 MINFEB 18
Comments
Sucking a Prawn Head. - my training for the World Championships.

Changing gears in the dark.

This week I started doing calf raises as part of my warm-up routine and it really got me thinking about my earliest memory of that particular exercise.

25 MINFEB 11
Comments
Changing gears in the dark.

Bobble Hat, No Bobble.

It's a slightly longer than usual journey on the Megabus this evening. I hope you don't mind. It's mostly down to the fact that I feel extra energised after appearing on the Wynne Evans show on BBC Radio Wales today. This week I talk about the Bobble Hat at the beginning of time, how to train for a 5km PB, and how I put a postcode on my belly in 2019.

24 MINFEB 4
Comments
Bobble Hat, No Bobble.

Snack Helmet.

I've decided to slow it down. Recently my focus has been on running fast, whether that's over 5km or on the track, but the speed work has been pulling at my body and making it sore. I took a few days off and re-evaluated why I run. I'm now focused on running longer and slower, which has already proven to make me feel better mentally and physically. The only issue I have now, is where do I carry my snacks on these longer runs?

17 MINJAN 28
Comments
Snack Helmet.
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