A former Olympian has taken a day of rest to end a 52-year running streak of at least one mile every single day.
Ron Hill, who competed at Olympics in 1964 and 1972, has run every day since 20 December 1964 – a total of 52 years and 39 days.
He finally took a day off last week. He said he felt a pain in his chest while out running.
“After 400m 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 added.
“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.”
He is the first Briton to win the Boston Marathon.
In 50 years of running, he has covered around 160,000 miles – the equivalent of running around the world more than six times.
He ran even with a snapped sternum following a car crash in 1993 and for six weeks in a plaster cast after an operation on his foot.
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