Kathy Crilley C.933 was elected Captain at the 2015 AGM
Captain’s Message to the Centurions
Throughout my Captaincy, I will be posting details on our website of all our endeavours and through Chris, our Secretary, I will also be sending news to everyone of what we are up to in the Captain's regular newsletters.
Hopefully this will encourage some of you to come and join us. It's hard work (of course) but it is fun and the camaraderie amongst Centurions is second to none.
So far, I am happy to say, once more there have been many successes by Centurions at home and abroad!
On the racing side...
Many Centurions have travelled far and wide to compete in a variety of races: France, Belgium, Holland and closer to home (slightly) the Isle of Man, the Channel Islands as well as the usual club races held in the north, south and midlands.
In 2016, the Centurions qualifying 100 mile race was held in the north and hosted by Redcar Race Walking Club and organised by Dave Jones and his team Trevor and Linda McDermot. It wasn't the easiest of courses with walkers having to compete for space along a busy promenade. The unusually hot weather (for Redcar) had brought a lot of holiday makers to the sea front. Nevertheless, the race produced six new Centurions out of the ten finishers. Congratulations to everyone who took part.
And, of course, we can also walk socially without having to race!!!
Since the social walks programme started in 2011, the Centurions have organsied two or three walks every year. Distances are varied as are the walks themselves. At first we were plugging long distances with a view to getting the miles in for future races. Now we are much wiser and concentrate on chat, cups of tea and often with a pint at the end. However, there is still room for longer distances for training and social walks if anyone wants to volunteer.... or has a favourite walk they want to share: please contact Steve Kemp, our social walks coordinator.
Of course, we have to work hard in securing the follow-on years. We know that clubs are, understandably, reluctant to take on the heavy burden of organising and financing a 100 miles/24 hour race. We will always endeavour towork together with clubs to ensure that future hundreds happen. Between us (the Committee and fellow Centurions) we do have an enormous wealth of knowledge and experience to be able to put on these events.
The last couple of years our "100s" were secure in the hands of the Isle of Man and Redcar RWC.
What of 2017? Fellow Centurion, Kevin Marshall has volunteered to organise the qualifying 100 miles in his home town of Bury St Edmunds. Secretary, Chris Flint and myself have visited the venue and offered our support to Kevin and his team. As soon as the details have been finalised - you will be the first to know!! Race details and how to enter
I think I am on target with my promise to uphold the tradition of our Brotherhood/Sisterhood of encouraging and supporting race walkers at all levels to achieve the very best in themselves.
I am so proud of everyone who even bother to attempt a 100 mile race (whether already a Centurion or not). It is a big undertaking and it does take a lot of courage, not to mention anything else.
So well done to everyone who has survived the experience!
Please do feel free to contact me with any ideas, thoughts you may have.
Kathy Crilley C933
setting up "camp" Schiedam 2016