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Runner becomes youngest to complete 100 Parkruns

PUBLISHED: 10:30 22 May 2019 | UPDATED: 10:55 22 May 2019

Jake Palfrey has become the youngest runner to complete 100 parkruns. Picture: Naomi Palfrey

Jake Palfrey has become the youngest runner to complete 100 parkruns. Picture: Naomi Palfrey

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A 12-year-old has become the youngest runner to complete 100 park runs in a community group.

Jake Palfrey has become the youngest runner to complete 100 parkruns. Picture: Naomi PalfreyJake Palfrey has become the youngest runner to complete 100 parkruns. Picture: Naomi Palfrey

Jake Palfrey started running at the Thetford Parkrun in 2014 with a finishing time of 25 minutes.

Over the years he has been able to reduce his time to 22 minutes across the 5km distance.

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The Thetford Academy student said: "I started running because I wanted to get more active and have a hobby I could do with my Dad.

Jake Palfrey has become the youngest runner to complete 100 parkruns. Picture: Naomi PalfreyJake Palfrey has become the youngest runner to complete 100 parkruns. Picture: Naomi Palfrey

"I enjoy the sense of achievement when finishing a Parkrun but also the atmosphere which the runs bring, the cheers keep me going.

"I keep myself motivated by thinking of the finish line and not quitting. Because we do it as a family it's more fun and a bit of family competition helps."

Runners meet every Saturday at 9am in Abbey Meadows before setting off.

For more information go to www.parkrun.org.uk/thetford

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