Running legend Ron Hill passes away aged 82

Lancashire’s former British marathon runner Ron Hill has died at the age of 82.

Sunday, 23rd May 2021, 3:03 pm
Updated Sunday, 23rd May 2021, 3:57 pm

The 1969 European Athletics Championships marathon gold-medal winner was the second man to break the two hours and 10 minutes barrier in the discipline.

The Accrington-born distance runner claimed marathon gold at the 1970 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh and also won the 74th Boston Marathon.

Hill, who competed for Clayton-le-Moors Harriers, also laid claim to the longest unbroken streak of running every day, that lasted 52 years and 39 days, from 1964 to 2017.

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Former British marathon runner Ron Hill (photo: Getty Images)

Hill’s clothing company Ronhill confirmed his death in a social media statement.

“It is with immense sadness we today mourn the passing of British running legend Dr Ron Hill MBE, our founder, our inspiration, a husband, a father, a grandfather, a runner.

“We send our thoughts to May, Graham, Steve and all the family at this time.”