RIP Ron Hill

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May 2021
5:26pm, 24 May 2021
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alehouse
If you have 20 minutes to spare, and fast forward the ads, this is well worth watching:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FAuaOH-0-Ww


Made in 2019, just after Ron's 80th birthday.
May 2021
5:52pm, 24 May 2021
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Old Man
Like Alehouse I also had the pleasure of knowing Ron, he was a true gent who always had time for all runners fast or slow. He very kindly paced me to what is still (and now always will be) my lifetime best for a half marathon for which I've always been grateful

He also signed both copies of his autobiography for me and the original Thomas Cook Tour of Tameside in the 80's and 90's are amongst my favourite races.

Thanks for the memories Ron
May 2021
6:42pm, 24 May 2021
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swittle
Ron Hill ran 1:05:44 to win the inaugural 1965 Freckleton half Marathon in Lancashire.

Oldest HM in UK? You decide.

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May 2021
7:35pm, 24 May 2021
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Hills of Death (HOD)
They don’t make them like Ron anymore
May 2021
10:36pm, 24 May 2021
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UltraDunc
I have a towel from freckleton bearing the words oldest half , so it must be true🙂
May 2021
11:35pm, 24 May 2021
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swittle
Did you do the 2007 ebent, Dunc? Ron, aged 70, wore no. 65 :) [see wkpd abv.]
May 2021
6:43pm, 26 May 2021
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Pothunter
Marathon Talk podcast rebroadcast their 2011 interview with Ron on this week’s episode. Well worth a listen.

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May 2021
7:48pm, 26 May 2021
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UltraDunc
Had to check back and the first that I did was 2008
May 2021
8:51pm, 26 May 2021
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Mushroom
Sad news. I ran a few of the 5k Ron Hill Birthday races in Littleborough, nr Rochdale.

They were always well attended and he seemed such a lovely, genuine bloke and almost embarrassed by the attention before the start.

Even at 76, I think he was still running at about 25min pace for the 5k..!

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