Olympic running legend Ron Hill has died. He was 82.
The former athlete, from Gee Cross in Tameside, was only the second man to break the 2hr 10m barrier for the marathon.
He broke world records at four different distances and represented Great Britain in the marathon at two Olympics, Tokyo in 1964 and Munich in 1972.
He also won gold at the European Championships and Commonwealth Games, as well as winning many of the world’s leading marathons.
He became the first British runner to win the Boston Marathon and his final marathon was the 100th Boston Marathon in 1996.
He ran every day for 52 years and 39 days between 1964 and 2017, a record itself.
In 2019 he was made a freeman of the borough of Tameside. He founded the Tour of Tameside.
He also gained a PhD in textile chemistry and founded clothing company Ronhill in 1970 which pioneered and designed new types of running clothes.
It had a shop on Market Street in Hyde and is still going strong today with its products manufactured at Redfern Industrial Estate in the town.
Accrington-born and raised Ron is also an honorary freeman of the borough of Hyndburn.
He had been living with dementia.
His death was announced on his company Twitter account @ronhill_uk on Sunday: “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.”
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“A gentleman and an inspiration to so many”