Runner becomes youngest to complete 100 Parkruns

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 - Credit: Archant

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 Palfrey

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

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.

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.

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

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 - Credit: Archant

"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