Team GB and Olympics legend Ron Hill passes away at the age of 82

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Great Britain Olympic running legend Ron Hill has died at the age of 82.

Hill was only the second man to break the 2hr 10m marathon barrier and also broke world records at four different distances.

He represented Team GB at two Olympic games, competing in the marathon at Tokyo 1964 and Munich 1972.

In a perhaps even more remarkable feat, Hill ran every day for over 52 years between 1963 and 2017.

Hill went on to found sports clothing company Ronhill, who broke the news of his death.

In a post on Twitter, they wrote: "It is with immense sadness we today mourn the passing of British running legend Dr. Ron Hill M.B.E.

"Our founder, our inspiration, a husband, a father, a grandfather, a runner.

"We send our thoughts to May, Graham, Steve and all the family at this time."

On running every day for over 50 years, Hill had said: "Once you get into the habit of it, you just do it. Just get wrapped up and get out the door.

"It's [my] advice to everybody – just start running and within five minutes you're in your stride and probably enjoying it."

In 1969, Hill won the marathon at the European Championships in 1969 before before taking gold in the same event at the Commonwealth Games in 1970.

He tasted success over 26 miles in the Enschede Marathon in Holland in 1973 and 1975.

Having graduated from the University of Manchester with a degree in textile chemistry, Hill also founded Hilly Clothing which specialised in socks.

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