Ron recommends - Ron Hill's top running event recommendations
We have asked Dr Ron Hill MBE, legendary marathon runner, for his recommendations of the top events to run in. If there's one person who should know, it is Ron. He's ran over 100 marathons plus won some of the very top marathons in the World, such as Boston and Athens.
New York Marathon: "I ran 4 times in New York, with the first being at the age of 38, when I came 10th in a time of 2:19:43. It is one of the best Major Marathons and I urge all runners to run it at least once."
Malta Marathon: "One of the most enjoyable places to run a marathon, as it's mostly downhill and in a great place for a holiday!"
Washington Marathon: "The Marine Corps Marathon is such a well organised event. I was there last time around and run in the 10km, which takes place on the same day. As Washington is a interesting town, this is a good place for running a marathon and having a city break at the same time."
Berlin Marathon: "The fastest recognised marathon course in the World. I have watched with wonder over the last few years as the current crop of top marathon runners have gradually reduced the World Record time on this course. The same applies to ordinary runners, as you can improve your own marathon times on such a good course."
Stockholm Jubilee Marathon 2012 : "As a former Olympian myself, it was an honour to represent my country. I love the sound of this event in 2012, as it captures much of the spirit of the original 1912 Stockholm Olympics Marathon and it will be wonderful seeing ordinary runners there presenting their country, especially with it being the year of the London 2012 Olympics."
Athens Marathon: "Where it all started. I won my first Gold medal on this course, when the European Championship were held in this city in 1969 - 2:16:48. I ran again in 1973 - 2:21:29 - and finally ran my 100th marathon there in 1985 - 2:43:56. Every runner must have Athens Marathon on their running CV!"
Boston Marathon: "The oldest marathon in the World starting, the year after the resurrected Olympics, in 1969. I won the race in a time of 2:10:30, taking 3 minutes 19 seconds off the Course Record. My prize was a medal! I returned in 1975 and ran 2:13:28 for 5th palce; 1990, on the 20th anniversary of my 1970 victory, 2:45:22; and finally in 1996 when i ran my 115th and final marathon in 3:12:46."
Edinburgh Marathon: "Edinburgh will always have a special place in my heart after my Commonwealth games win there in 1970. I ran 2:09:28 there. There's a great atmosphere in Scotland with the crowds cheering you along."
Chicago Marathon: "Another one of the Marathon Majors and a pretty quick course too. It sometimes gets forgotten behind New York and Boston, in terms of top American marathons, but Chicago is a fantastic city and well worth the visit."
Ron has been kind enough to give us some marathon running tips and advice for our website.
There's also more about Ron on the Hilly Clothing website.