Ron Hill is a name synonymous with British running. The Lancashire-born runner competed in three Olympic Games, won the 1970 Boston Marathon in 2:10 and held world records at 10 miles, 15 miles and 25km, among many, many other achievements.
He was also famous for holding a running streak to beat all running streaks, running at least a mile daily from 20 December 1964 to 30 January 2017 (52 years and 39 days). In addition to that, he launched his own clothing company in 1970, and was one of the first people to use synthetic materials in running garments.
He is, essentially, British running royalty. So to commemorate Hill’s life following his death last year aged 82, exercise charity Running Bee Foundation, which has acquired the event as part of its portfolio, worked with Ron’s family to re-name the Accrington 10K in his honour. Taking place in the town Hill was born, the annual road race – which is now called The Dr Ron Hill Accrington 10K – was formerly organised by Accrington Road Runners.
Taking place on 14 August this year, it will start and finish at Accrington’s Grade II-listed Town Hall, with the route passing by Ron Hill Way and May Hill Close (named after Ron's wife).
Jan Collins, the Running Bee Foundation’s chairwoman of trustees, said: ‘His legacy deserves special recognition and The Running Bee Foundation wanted to deliver meaningful initiatives that not only remind us of Ron but helps others to follow in his stride.’
'The Dr Ron Hill Accrington 10K will drive The Running Bee Foundation’s mission to encourage an active, healthier and happier lifestyle, and we hope to inspire the community to get involved.'
Alongside the race, The Running Bee Foundation is also set to launch a new fund named ‘Dr Ron Hill MBE Legacy Fund’.
The fund will offer grants to support young athletes and athletic clubs in Tameside and Accrington.
To enter the race, and for more information, visit runningbeefoundation.co.uk
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