The 1960 Olympic marathoner broke nine long-distance world bests during his career

Arthur Keily, who was one of Britain’s leading long-distance runners and ran the Olympic marathon in Rome in 1960, has died aged 94.

The Derby runner broke nine long-distance world bests during his career. Having run his first marathon at the age of 32, Keily, who served during the Second World War, went on to go sub-2:20 for 26.2 miles and from 1954 to 1960 he ran 27 marathons, winning 12 of them.

He just missed out on selection for the 1956 Olympics but represented Great Britain in Italy four years later, finishing 25th, and competed at the 1958 British Empire and Commonwealth Games where he placed 12th.

Keily continued competing as a veteran and in 1991 he clocked a 3:24:22 marathon for an M70 world best. In 2001 he won the British veteran 400m title as an M80.

In 2011, the Derby & County AC stalwart received an honorary degree from the University of Derby and became an Honourary Master of the University.

» With thanks to the National Union of Track Statisticians for info on Keily’s marathon performances