Ron Hill: The Runner’s Runner is a documentary film celebrating the life and achievements of marathon legend Dr Ron Hill MBE.
The film, produced by SportsTours International, features Ron alongside his wife, May Hill, and some of his close friends and colleagues from the running community, including Diane Modahl MBE and former 10km World Record holder and former race director of the London Marathon, Dave Bedford OBE.
Ron Hill, who turned 80 in September 2018, is a British runner and clothing entrepreneur, considered an absolute legend in the running world. In the documentary he talks about everything from his childhood, to university, meeting his wife, and how he came to find his passion for running, the documentary features archive footage from some of his greatest achievements including the Olympics and a few early races at the start of his running career.
During his career, Ron has run in two Olympic Marathons – Tokyo in 1964 and Munich in 1972 – and he was the second man to break 2:10 in the marathon with a personal record of 2:09:28.
In 1970 he became the first British runner to win the Boston Marathon, by a wide margin, shattering the course record by three minutes with a time of 2:10:30.
He also won gold medals for the marathon at the European Championships in 1969 and in the Commonwealth Games in 1970.
Among his many medals, records and accomplishments, Lancashire born Ron is known for not missing a single day of running for 52 years and 39 days and thus inventing “the running streak”!
In addition to his running achievements, Ron, who has a PhD in textile chemistry, went on to create his own clothing brands. Convinced of the benefits of synthetic materials for runners, Hill started designing the clothes he wanted to run in, pioneering fabric products for sport including wrap-over shorts, mesh vests, and waterproof running jackets and reflective strips.
Sports Tour International, UK’s leading sports tour operator and producer of Ron Hill: The Runner’s Runner film, is the founder and supporter of the Running Bee Foundation. The Foundation aims to improve the health and wellbeing of local residents and to help tackle the challenge of childhood obesity by championing health and wellbeing initiatives, promoting the benefits of an active lifestyle and making funding accessible to all parts of the communities with no restriction on age, financial status, religion or gender.
This film celebrates an amazing man who has had a significant influence on the world of running. Download and watch it to get an insight into Ron Hill.
Thank you Running Bee for the footage!