After 19,032 days, running legend Ron Hill finally took a day off but is “looking forward to getting back out there”

After more than 52 years of running every single day, Ron Hill’s incredible streak came to an end last weekend, but the running legend says he is “looking forward to getting back out there”.

Hill – who has won European, Commonwealth and Boston Marathon titles and represented Great Britain at three Olympic Games – had run at at least a mile a day for 52 years and 39 days but finally took a day off on Sunday (January 29).

The 78-year-old’s streak has come under jeopardy a few times over the years due to various accidents and injuries, but this time heart pain led him to sensibly decide to stop.

“On Saturday I went out for my regular morning run and after 400m my heart started to hurt,” Hill explained. “By the time I got to one mile I really didn’t feel good and to be honest thought I was going to die.

“I was in such pain and I thought in respect of my wife, two sons and friends I need to stop this.

“So on Sunday the kit wasn’t put on, the shoes not laced up and I didn’t run.”

With sights set on his return to running, Hill added: “I’m currently having medical consultations, following a period of prolonged ill health, so I can get back on my feet. I am looking forward to getting back out there!”

The end of Hill’s run streak had been announced by clothing brand Ronhill, which Hill created during a remarkable career that has seen him enjoy multiple successes in both athletics and business.

“The world’s greatest run streaker ends his streak,” read Ronhill’s tweet. “Due to ill health Ron has decided to take a day off.”

As AW editor Jason Henderson wrote when Hill’s streak hit half a century in 2014: “When Hill began his unbroken streak of consecutive daily runs, Beatlemania was all the rage, the British Parliament were still discussing whether to abolish the death penalty and Hollywood movie premieres included Mary Poppins and Goldfinger. In athletics, it was also the era of cinder tracks, Peter Snell and Abebe Bikila, while the Fosbury Flop had not yet been invented.”

You can read more from that interview here.

All at Athletics Weekly wish Ron Hill a speedy recovery.