52-year running streak of at least one mile every single day
ended today 31 Jan 2017.
The former Olympian Ron Hill, who competed at the Tokyo Olympics
in 1964 and Munich in 1972, put on his running shoes every day
since 20 December 1964 – a total of 52 years and 39 days. He’s 78 y.o.
Dr. Ron Hill MBE was the very first Briton to win
the Boston Marathon in 1970 — the same year,
he posted a marathon time of 2 hours 9 minutes 28 seconds
in the Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh.
He won marathon gold medals at both the European Championships
in 1969 and at the 1970 Commonwealth Games.
His Facebook page said he “decided to take a day off”
due to illness.
He said he felt a pain in his chest while out running.
“After 400m my heart started to hurt
and by the time I got to the one mile (1.6km) point
I thought I was going to die. I was in such pain and I thought…
‘no, hang on, this isn’t going anywhere at the moment’…
in respect of my wife, 2 sons & friends
I need to stop this crap.”