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The Centurions Archives

Our archives consists of three types of material:

  • "Old" paper reports of race results, programmes, newspaper reports, letters, etc, which are deposited at the Surrey History Centre (see below). SHC now accepts digital material as well.
  • Material which has been donated (elctronically) recording individual memories and stories how their 100 miles happened.
  • Historic race walking material released on various news and social media channels

The Centurions1911 website is also archived by the British Library as part of their digital preservation project. You can see previous iterations of this website at the BL webarchive site.[external link]
You can also look at previous versions of the website dating back to 2003 at the Internet archive [external link]
Original material reflecting the history of the Centurions was deposited at the Surrey History Centre in Woking, Surrey in October 2011.


material held at SHC includes:
  • Minute Book One
  • Minute Book Three
  • Results sheets: 1911-1987
  • Scrapbook: 1910-1964
  • Race programmes: 1988-2004
  • Centurions Handbook revised edition 2011

A full catalogue of archived items has been produced by Surrey Archives and Sue Clements. Download catalogue [pdf]


Centurions are encouraged to visit the Archives and see for themselves: their website is  Surrey History Centre [external website]
You can take a Surrey County Libraries ticket or a County Archive Research Network (CARN) card to use the collections, but if you do not have either of these, take something official as proof of ID and address, such as a driving licence or bank statement.  
It is advisable to book before you visit Surrey History Centre: Telephone 01483 518737  and quote the Centurions Accession Register number 8923 (Copy of Accession Receipt). The material will then be ready for you to view on arrival.

If you have any material which you would like to be placed in the Archive - please our Archivist who will arrange for the material to be deposited at SHC on your behalf.
Contacts:

Archivist Sue Clements to deposit items at the SHC
Web Manager Kathy Crilley to publish your story on this website

From the Archives...photos and stories from our History

Achievements - building a record of our great race walkers... many Centurions have achieved remarkable records, world bests, etc.

Your story - our history

As part of our history, a few Centurions have related stories of their early races and how they reached that magic 100 miles to become a Centurion

You too can inspire future Centurions by having your story published on our website. To do this, contact Kathy Crilley.
We have more recollections in Centurion Memories 1st Edition - personal memories from fellow Centurions who attended the Centenary Dinner in May 2011 - for more information contact Sue Clements.


Our memories are also of Centurions who have passed on. But they are not forgotten as their fellow walkers speak fondly of those who were once their friends (and opponents!)
Many recollections of daring deeds are collected together in the  Obituaries page.


More on the Centurions and races walking
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