A TRIBUTE event is being held in honour of a legendary Accrington runner.

Ron Hill died aged 82 on May 23, 2021, and the Clayton-le-Moors Harriers are having a memorial run in his honour.

The event is taking place on Saturday, September 25 - which would have been Ron's 83rd birthday.

The run will set off from Park View Working Men's Club on Bayley Street, Clayton-le-Moors, at 3pm.

President of the Harriers, David Scott said: "He was very important and he was a fantastic guy.

"He could talk to everybody, it didn't matter where he finished in the race he just enjoyed taking part.

"That's what I always appreciated."

The 1969 European Athletics Championships marathon gold-medal winner was the second man to break the two hours and 10 minutes barrier in the discipline.

The distance runner claimed marathon gold at the 1970 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh and also won the 74th Boston Marathon.

He competed at the 1964 Tokyo, 1968 Mexico City and 1972 Munich Olympics.

Hill also laid claim to the longest unbroken streak of running every day, that lasted 52 years and 39 days, from 1964 to 2017.

No registration is required for the event and it will be a brisk run taken as a group in his honour.