Olympians who have been Centurions include Tommy Hammond (C10) who qualified in the London to Brighton and back in 1907, Len Mathews (C316) who qualified on the Leicester to Skegness in 1960 (at the time he was the oldest ever new Centurion at almost 67 years of age), 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.
The Dutch and Belgian members of the Centurions 1911 are an enthusiastic and highly supportive group. Their number increased rapidly following the qualification of the first Dutch walker, Lieuwe Schol C291 in the 1959 London to Brighton and back. Including the Colchester 2012 qualifying event, Dutch and Belgian members of the Centurions 1911 number 317. Their many outstanding performances include the overall winners, other scorers and winning team in many events, Jaap Visser C944, the seven times winner of the Eddie McNeir trophy for the first man over 65, and other notable walkers such as Annie van der Meer C1055. The consistent support of our Dutch and Belgian friends is hugely appreciated, as walkers – many returning year after year, like Gerrit de Jong who completed 19 UK 100s – and in helping and supporting our events in many ways, including the compilation of race results and statistics on Centurion performances worldwide.
“Now the matchless deed’s determined, dared, achieved and done”