Running legend Ron Hill dies aged 82 - Women's Running

Running legend Ron Hill dies aged 82

Author: Holly Taylor

Read Time:   |  May 24, 2021

The British marathoner and founder of Ron Hill Sports passed away over the weekend

British Olympian and sportswear innovator Dr Ron Hill MBE has died aged 82.

Hill was an icon to many in the running world, setting a record run streak of 52 years and 39 days by tackling at least a mile a day for over half of his life – a record that still stands today.

He was the second man to break the 2 hour and 10 minute mark in a marathon, with a personal best time of 2:09:28, and became the first Briton to win the Boston Marathon in 1970.

He also started the Ron Hill Sports company in 1970 and went on to found Hilly, developing a range technical running socks.

The company confirmed his passing on social media yesterday with the following statement:

“It is with immense sadness we today mourn the passing of British running legend Dr. Ron Hill M.B.E. 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.”

You can find tributes to the runner, innovator and British icon here.

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Holly Taylor

Holly Taylor

Holly Taylor is the digital editor of Women’s Running and co-host of the Women’s Running podcast, where she shares her running journey as well as the inspiring stories of women runners all over the country. She’s never been the sporty type, but running is the first time she’s felt real joy in getting active. She loves talking about running with a community of inclusive and supportive runners, and Women's Running is the perfect space for this. She's currently aiming for a half marathon PB!

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