Ron Hill breaks his running streak

At 78 years old, British running legend Ron Hill has been advised to end his unbeaten running streak on medical grounds relating to a heart issue.

Hill has been running every day for 52 years and 39 days - that’s 19,032 days in total. His streak is the longest ever recorded in the history of running, the world over.

In a statement posted on Streak Runners International’s Facebook page, Hill explained, “It is with great sadness that I have to report the end of my streak. I have been having heart problems, and have been waiting for some time now to have the problem diagnosed and hopefully rectified. One-mile runs have not helped, and on Saturday 28 January I ran my last one mile.

After less than 400m, my heart started to hurt and over the last 800m the problem got worse and worse. I thought I might I die, but just made it to one mile in 16min and 34secs. There was no other option but to stop. I owed that to my wife family and friends plus myself.”

If you don’t know about Ron Hill or his illustrious running career, here’s a little background…

Over the course of his career he clocked world records in the 10 mile, 15 mile, 25 km runs as well as the Edinburgh Marathon.
He has competed in 3 Olympic Games: Tokyo 1964; Mexico City 1968 and Munich 1972
He won the European Championship marathon in 1969.
He became Dr. Hill in 1964 when he graduated with a Ph.D. in textile chemistry from the University of Manchester.
With his doctorate he pioneered Ron Hill Sports in 1970; which to this day sells running clothing and gear. However he sold it back in the 90s and now runs Hilly Clothing.
In 1970 he became the first ever British runner to achieve first place at the Boston marathon with a time of 2:10:30.
In July 1970 (a good year for Ron) he won the Commonwealth Games title in Edinburgh
He was President of the Road Runners Club from 1987-1988.
His final marathon was the 100th running of the Boston Marathon in 1996, which he finished with an impressive time of 3:12:46 at the age of 57.
He was in a car accident in 1993 which resulted in a broken sternum, but thankfully Ron had already done his run for the day.

From everyone at RW, we wish Ron a speedy recovery.