Captain’s Letter August 2012
Dear Fellow Centurions
I hope you are enjoying some good walking this summer. At last the weather is looking up!
Our 100 miles event is not far off, and in celebration of HM’s Diamond Jubilee, we intend to mark this historic occasion by calling it the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee 100.
Before we became Centurions, someone stirred our imagination and our dream to achieve this feat of endurance. Becoming a Centurion is a great achievement, but it’s also a realistic ambition. If I can do it, anyone can! So let’s get out there and stir the imagination of walkers and others. Spread the word and encourage people to come to Colchester on 22-23 September and see what they can do. Everyone’s achievement will be recognised, and walkers can be sponsored for charity if they wish. The event as a whole will benefit the Help for Heroes charity.
As we’ve seen in the Olympic torch relay, there isn’t one torch but many! You can light the Centurion torch for others and keep it alight for yourself. Centurions do it again and again! So please come and walk or offer your help and support, and bring your friends – all will be very welcome.
Our annual 100 is a costly event to put on, and we try to keep entry fees as low as we can to encourage participation. The Centurions are making a contribution towards the costs. If any member would like to help by making a personal donation to the Centurions, this is always much appreciated.
In July, we held our social walk around London’s 60kms Diamond Jubilee Greenway, a very enjoyable, interesting and sunny day for the 17 who joined the party. Congratulations and thanks to all who walked, and special thanks to Kathy Crilley who organised the event. Some exciting ideas were discussed for future social walks. Please watch our website for news of these.
Also in July, it was a joy to see so many Centurions at the RWA’s Olympian lunch in London – very well organised by Pam Ficken and Peter Marlow. This was a wonderful opportunity to meet Olympian walkers in Games past and present, and to meet and chat with friends.
Hard on the heels of my last letter came great news on our archives. The Surrey History Centre at Woking chose the Centurions as their “Marvel of the Month” for July and mounted a display in their foyer. Our website has a link to enable you to see the display panel.
Finally on our archives, some members have already responded swiftly to my request to look out personal archives and consider adding these to our collection at Woking. Our archivist there looks forward to receiving further Centurions material in the autumn. Please contact Chris Flint if you have personal archives you would like to share, and Sue Clements about sharing your Centurion memories.
I look forward to seeing many of you at Colchester in September.
My best wishes to you all
Sandra Brown, C735, Captain
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