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For 40 years Ron Hill has been one of Britain’s most iconic marathon runners. He has run every day since 20th December 1964, and continues to do so at 72 years of age.
Ron has clocked up 15,000 days running over 45 years – a world record streak! For 26.6 of these years he even ran twice a day (once on Sundays) without ever missing a run. During his impressive running career Ron has competed in more than 2200 races in 100 different countries.
His most famous sporting achievements took place in 1970 when we became the first ever Britain to win the Boston Marathon. Following his success in Boston, Ron went on to win Gold at the Edinburgh Commonwealth Games, recording a time of 2 hours, 9 minutes and 28 seconds.
Through his love of running Ron began to design running gear in 1968. Following his two most significant sporting achievements Ron went on to set up Ron Hill Sports in September 1970. In 1972 Ron Hill designed and produced the first edition of the iconic Trackster©, that quickly became a British favourite and is now a classic piece of clothing design.
Ron Hill Sports opened its first shop, in Hyde, Cheshire in 1975, the town where the brand is still based today. The opening of a retail outlet followed the early success of a mail order business, which Ron Hill ran from his home.
Ron went on to make numerous achievements in the sports clothing industry too. He was the first person to introduce synthetic fibres to running clothes, and he innovated ‘wrap-over split’ running shorts and the use of mesh in running vests. He designed the first Union Jack running shorts, and developed the best selling running pant in the world.
Another one of Ron’s incredible achievements has to be his win at the European Championships Marathon on the Marathon to Athens course in 1969.
On 13th November 2016, we are very pleased to be taking DR Ron Hill MBE back to Athens. Ron will be not only be running the Athens 5k, he will also be returning his European Championships trophy from Athens European during 1969 to the organisers of the event. For all of those who book a trip to the Athens event through us, you will have the chance to join a Q & A session with DR Ron Hill MBE himself. If you would like to find out more about our Athens packages, please click here >>>
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