Running streak over after chest pains

Ron Hill has been forced to quit his daily run after more than 52 years.
Ron Hill has been forced to quit his daily run after more than 52 years.

ATHLETICS: A remarkable effort of running for 19,032 days straight has ended for former Commonwealth and European marathon champion Ron Hill.

The British athlete, now 78, had gone for a daily training run for more than 52 years but after suffering chest pains decided to give himself the day off.

"After 400 metres my heart started to hurt and by the time I got to the one mile (1.6km) point I thought I was going to die," he told the British press.

"I was in such pain and I thought 'no, hang on, this isn't going anywhere at the moment', and really in respect of my wife, two sons and friends I need to stop this."

Hill competed for Britain three times in the Olympic Games and was the first from the UK to win the Boston Marathon.

His running streak began on December 20, 1964 and he then did that forat least a mile every day for 52 years and 39 days.

After 50 years of running, the total distance he had notched up was more than 160,000 miles.

Hill set a then world record time of two hours nine minutes, 28 seconds to win the Commonwealth Games gold in Edinburgh in 1970.

Topics:  commonwealth games marathon running olympic games

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