Hilly was founded by Dr. Ron Hill, MBE* in 1992, the former European, Boston and Commonwealth marathon champion, ran a personal best of 2.09.28, as well as holding a string of world records on both the road and track.
Having completed in over 100 different countries during his preeminent career, he achieved the landmark on December 20th, 2014 of not missing a day’s running in 50 years.
With a PhD, in Textile Chemistry, he was able to combine his expertise and running background to design and revolutionized a core range of technical socks to cater the needs of the runner.
The range was split into two categories namely: Mono Skin and Twin Skin. The Mono Skin (single layer) range included the Marathon Fresh, Off Road and Super Racer Plus (now renamed Lite) and the Twin Skin (double layer), Moisture Management. All four socks have been improved over recent years.
Ron, accompanied by his sons, Steven and Graham and Stockport Harrier, Dean Loxam, developed the business and the range was sold to the specialist running stores by a team of external sales agents (many of whom remain with the company today). Major developments have included the launch of a complete range of socks, in particular the Mono Skin Supreme – ‘Probably the most technical sock in the world’ and the new Twin Skin range – ‘Probably the best double-layer socks in the world’. In addition, the company now offers a comprehensive range of accessories, including: reflectives, hats, gloves, water carriers, neoprene products and lots, lots, more!
The company has continued to grow and is now one of the UK’s leading brands of technical running socks and accessories.
*Ron was awarded the MBE in 1972 for services to Athletics.
Hilly is a brand owned by OSC Ltd.