Very few runners hold the same status or command as much respect as Dr Ron Hill – evidenced most recently when the 78-year-old’s run streak, the longest ever recorded and one that saw him accumulate over 160,000 miles in 52 years, came to an end.
To celebrate his amazing feat, Sports Tours International have renamed one of the most popular races in the region in his honour, the Dr Ron Hyde 7 Mile (formerly the Hyde 7 Mile) on Sunday 18 June. The race is the final stage in the iconic Tour of Tameside.
In a slight twist to proceedings, competitors are also being invited to “Run as Ron” by sticking on a moustache and a fashionable string vest to replicate his famous look from the 1960s.
Ron commented: “As you may have seen in the press recently, sadly I had to end my streak of running every single day for 52 years. It is still something I am immensely proud of and I hope that this has inspired others to get their running shoes on and get out in the fresh air.”
“This magnificent road race will take place in around one month's time, so I am personally inviting you to join me and many others on Sunday morning the 18th of June 2017 outside of the impressive Hyde Town Hall.”
Entry for the race is priced at just £16 (£14 for affiliated runners) until midnight on 31 May. More information is available here.