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Centurions Achievements

Centurions are the most remarkable people.

They can walk very fast at different distances.
They can also walk quite slowly at very long distances! (also at short distances)

The achievements of Centurion walkers are truly legend!
We have Olympians,

Olympians who have been Centurions include Frank O’Reilly (C276) (competing for Eire) who qualified in 1958 also on the Leicester to Skegness; Don Thompson (C631) (Olympic gold medallist at 50km in the 1960 Rome Olympics) who qualified in 1978, and Dominic King (C1098) who qualified at Colchester in 2012 alongside his twin brother Dan (C1100), the first twins to become Centurions. Dominic  competed in the 2012 London Olympics and the 2016 Olympics in Rio. See the list below.

Dave Ainsworth reports:
Page 24 of The Centurions' Handbook mentions Frank O'Reilly becoming our first Centurion to gain Olympian status in 1960 (Rome : 50K Walk).  This was taken from our previous 1997 edition. This was already incorrect as C175 Rex Whitlock was 4th in the 1952 (Helsinki) Olympic Games 50K Walk. It's now proved further to be incorrect as it's been discovered that founder member of The Centurions, C12 William Brown appeared in the 1908 London Olympics in the 3,500 Metres Walk - a year after his 1907 100 miles' qualifying performance.  This came to light after correspondence from a relative of the late William Brown - who died aged 103, and who in December 1978 became our first - and as yet only - known Centurion to reach 100 years of age.

"I helped organise a 100th birthday celebration for him - and he never mentioned it.  The 1962 RWA "The Sport of Race Walking" book fails to mention his Olympic appearance.  
However it came to light in an Olympic publication which mentioned 3 GB Olympians to reach 100 years of age, and was spotted by a relation of the late Mr.Brown.  
I've doubled checked records of the 1980 London Olympics. The 3,500 Metres Walk saw GB athletes George Larner & Ernest Webb gain gold & silver medals respectively.  
William Brown was our 3rd string walker - and was disqualifed in Heat 1 of this event.  The 3,500 Metres Walk had 3 heats, before the final.  But he competed - so is an Olympian."

Centurion Olympians:

  • C12 William Brown
  • C175 Rex Whitlock
  • C276 Frank O'Reilly
  • C376 John Kelly
  • C631 Don Thompson
  • C778 Brian Adams
  • C1064 Ian Richards
  • C1098 Dominic King

There are also Commonwealth Games Champions and athletes, world record holders, national and age category record holders amongst us.

Some of the fastest 100 mile men’s times are set out below:

Time          Name              Event

16:31:38  Jan DE JONGE         Bergen 10/11 April 1982
16:50:28  Richard BROWN       Sint Oedenrode 22/23 May 1993
16:54:15  Frank O'REILLY       Leicester-Skegness 01/02 July 1960
16:55:44  John MOULLIN        Ewhurst 25/26 July 1971

other notable achievements:

  • In 1977, for the first time in British 100 miles history, women were allowed to compete on equal terms with the men and the first Centurion qualification by a woman was achieved by Ann Sayer (C599) at the Bristol 100. In fact, Ann had become a Continental Centurion earlier that year in St. Odenrode finishing in a time of 21 hours and 46 minutes;
  • Eddie McNeir (C375) completed 10 Centurion events between the ages of 65 and 75 after whom a trophy is named for the first man over 65 to complete 100 miles;
  • John Moulin set the fastest Centurion qualifying time of 16.55.44 in 1971.
  • Dave Boxall recorded six wins
  • Richard Brown has won a record ten Centurion events
  • Sandra Brown has completed 26 UK 100 miles, and 41 Centurion races around the world, and has won the UK ladies 100 miles event 25 times. Sandra became the first person to achieve all seven worldwide Centurion awards.

  • 1877 to 2017, 94 Centurion qualifying events have been held in the UK.
  • In 2017 last number awarded  was C1187
  • Centurion qualifying events have been held annually (except during the two world wars when competitions were suspended) and now incorporate the RWA long distance championship.
  • 17 of the 94 events held to 2017 have been track races.

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