73-year-old Raymond Keevil becomes first man to reach 200 milestone at Thetford Parkrun

Raymond Keevil, 73, becomes first person to complete 200 runs at the Thetford Parkrun. Picture: Subm

Raymond Keevil, 73, becomes first person to complete 200 runs at the Thetford Parkrun. Picture: Submitted - Credit: Submitted

An ardent running enthusiast has reached the remarkable 200 milestone run at Thetford parkrun becoming the first to do so.

Raymond Keevil (right) is a committed volunteer at the Thetford Parkrun. Picture: Submitted

Raymond Keevil (right) is a committed volunteer at the Thetford Parkrun. Picture: Submitted - Credit: Submitted

Retired engineer Raymond Keevil, 73, volunteered at the 229th Thetford parkrun on Saturday and completed his 200th 5k run in 27 minutes and 51 seconds.

Mr Keevil started running when he was 26 and since then he has completed over 100 marathons, with his fastest 5k run time in Thetford being 24 minutes and 36 seconds.

He was present at the inaugural parkrun event in February 2013 but did not participate in his first event until the second parkrun.

A firm supporter of parkrun and a previous Thetford Athletic Club coach, Mr Keevil uses his knowledge and experience to support other runners and walkers.

He said parkrun keeps him fit and healthy and has enabled him to meet new people and make many friends.

He said it is important to run but also to volunteer to ensure parkrun keeps going in local communities.

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