In honour of Accrington’s most famous son celebrating his 80th birthday this year—and in recognition, too, of an incredible career that included numerous world records—Cannonball Events are inviting runners to compete in next month’s Ron Hill Accrington 10K and Fun Run.
Scheduled for Sunday 4 March, the race will see runners depart from Blackburn Road, just a short walk from Market Hall, to tackle a course that has underwent some revisions since 2017—organisers have promised that the new route will be flatter, faster and more scenic than previous years.
News of the course modification will no doubt prove to be a big boost for anyone considering tackling next month’s race and seeking a PB. The 10k had already been thought of as being quick: Ben Fish stands as the current course record holder with a time of 31:42.
Yet, while the race will most certainly produce numerous PBs, it has been organised to honour the remarkable career of Dr. Ron Hill. Holder of the longest run streak ever recorded—he amassed an incredible 52 years and 39 days of consecutive runs—Hill also won marathon gold medals at the European Championships in 1969 and the year after at the Commonwealth Games.
He was also the second ever man to break 2:10 over 26.2 miles, running a 2:09:28 in Edinburgh in 1970, and achieved a life-long goal of racing in 100 countries by the time of his 70th birthday.
The upcoming event will give prospective competitors the chance to tackle a 10k in the year in which Hill celebrates his next milestone. Registration is available here.