Legendary athlete Ron Hill, who has gone for a run every day for more than 52 years, has finally taken a day off.
The 78-year-old former marathon runner has prided himself on running at least a mile every day.
However the Accrington-born veteran has finally broken his streak which began in December 1964 and lasted an incredible 19,032 days.
Only ill health stopped Dr Hill, who is a former European and Commonwealth marathon champion, from continuing his running streak.
A message on his Facebook page today said: “Due to ill health Ron has decided to take a day off.
“Streak total: 52 years & 39 days
“Congratulations to Ron!”
In an statement to Streak Runners International he said: “It is great sadness that I have to report the end of my streak.
“I have been having heart problems and have been waiting for some time now to have the problem diagnosed and hopefully rectified.
“One mile runs have not helped and on Saturday, January 28 I ran my last 1 Mile.
“After less than 400 metres my heart started to hurt and over the last 800 metres the problem got worse and worse.
“I thought I might I die but just made it to 1 mile in 16 minutes and 34 seconds.
“There was no other option but to stop.
“I owed that to my wife family and friends plus myself.”
Ron competed at three Olympics - Tokyo in 1964, Mexico in 1968 and Munich in 1972 - before lending his name to a successful sportswear brand which has been a favourite of running enthusiasts for more than 40 years.
By 2004 he had finished 115 marathons, according to British Athletics.
The last of these was in Boston in 1996 and it was the only one where he did not run under two hours, 52 minutes.
Hill, who has an MBE and is a Freeman of the borough of Hyndburn, also has a road named after him in Accrington along with his wife May.