Obituary – Arthur Keily

Arthur akPatrick Keily (18 March 1921 in Derby – 2 March 2016) was a British marathon runner. Originally an amateur footballer, Keily served during the Second World War and, upon his return to England, was placed on the reserve list of his former team and never again made it to the field. He took up long-distance running at the age of 28 and ran in twenty-seven marathons during his career, finishing first in eleven of them and on the podium in six more. He set nine world records. After unsuccessful appearances at the 1958 British Empire and Commonwealth Games and the 1960 Summer Olympics, he retired from active competition, but re-entered the sport at the master’s level in the 1990s.

(Borrowed from wikipedia) “He was, and will continue to be, an inspirational figure for many of Derby’s runners.

5 thoughts on “Obituary – Arthur Keily”

  1. I used to have a chat with him in the 90’s at 5:30 in the morning when he was power walking in his GB tracksuit, inspirational man

  2. An inspiration to local runners of all abilities and his advice on training and nutrition Was way ahead of his time. The only shame was he did not win an Olympic medal at Rome 1960. RIP Arthur..never forgotten.

  3. What a lovely man he was. Had spoken to him many times at Moorways track. He would speak to anybody about running and could tell you a few tales of his time. He showed me his shoes that he started running in and that is exactly what they were – shoes, patent leather, nothing like the shoes of today.
    A sad farewell to an old friend.

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