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RON HILL

A MAN WHO HAS RUN EVERY DAY SINCE 1964, BROKEN RECORDS AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL AND CHANGED WHAT THE WORLD WEARS WHEN THEY GO OUT RACING IN THE STREETS

You shouldn’t have - workers at Courtaulds Textiles factory, who helped manufacture Hill’s designs, line up to congratulate their bashful boss on another victory

ven in a sport with more than its fair share of obsessives, Ron Hill takes things to extremes. Some of us think we do well to stick to a training schedule for more than a week, while others know even that level of self-discipline remains an aspiration. Hill has always set his sights just a little higher.

On December 4, 1964, he went for a run. You’d be forgiven for thinking there was nothing particularly extraordinary about that. The day you read this, or the day after, or even the day after that, he’ll have gone for a run. Granted, that’s not the kind of fact to knock you off your seat either.

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About Men's Running

I started running in the mid 1980s. Ask anyone around at the time and they’ll tell you it was the heyday of British middle and long distance running. I got swept along by the Coe versus Ovett battle of the Moscow Olympics and the then addition of Cram for LA in 1984. Britons ruled the world and I loved every second of the battles, the highs, the lows, the medals and the media. These guys were my inspiration and I wanted to be them. They were the reason I started running and it was no surprise that my chosen events were 800 and 1500m. That I was best at these was just an added bonus. There are so many influential figures in our brilliant sport. Some are well known, others less so. So we decided to choose our favourites so that you could also get a little sprinkling of inspiration. Whether it’s Dean Karnazes eating pizza by the roadside or Ron Hill running every day for more than 50 years, we know there’ll be something for everyone. Read and get inspired and hit the road for your next run!