Accrington has honoured its very own Ron Hill by naming a street after the iconic runner. The street, now called Ron Hill Way, is beside Blackburn Road and part of a major regeneration project in the Lancashire town.
Hill, won gold medals for the marathon at the European Championships in 1969 and the year after at the Commonwealth Games. In addition to these titles, the 75-year-old was the second man to break 2:10 over 26.2 miles, running a 2:09:28 in Edinburgh in 1970.
“It’s an unbelievable gesture to have a street named after you,” said Hill. “I’m very proud to be part of the regeneration scheme for west Accrington as I was born only 400 metres away from this street."
Ron added: "I have no intention of stopping running at all, I just hope I can inspire people of all ages to take up running or to continue running as long as they can.”
Hill has also become famous for his run streak, having laced up every day since 1964. It is estimated that he has covered over 159,000 miles, or six times around the world, since he started logging his training.