Centurions Captain’s Letter - March 2013
Dear Fellow Centurions
For the first time, following our recent AGM, our President and Captain are both ladies. I warmly congratulate Ann Sayer C599 on her election as our President. Ann became our first lady Centurion when she completed the Bristol 100 in 1977. Her sporting achievements are many; for example, she still holds the record for walking from Land’s End to John O’Groats. Ann has been an inspiration for me and for many. I am honoured and delighted to have been elected your Captain for a further year, and I look forward to continuing to work with Ann and your committee.
Alongside the challenges for race-walking in the UK, this is a time of opportunity – to build on the Olympic legacy, to capitalise on the growing popularity of long-distance walking and running events, and to take forward successful Centurion initiatives such as social walks. Let’s work together to make the most of these opportunities. If you can help, please get in touch with Chris Flint or myself.
News of Our 2013 Programme
100 miles event: We are pleased to report that the Isle of Man is to be the venue for this year’s 100 miles in 24 hours race (our 90th Centurion qualifying event) and will be held at the National Sports Centre in Douglas on 3-4 August with a 12 noon start. We are grateful for the work done by Manx athletes and officials in securing sponsorship and a chip lap recording system will be used. We hope there will be an enthusiastic entry for this event, last held at the NSC in 2006.
Social walks: Following the success of our July 2012 social walks along the 60kms Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Greenway, and [with thanks to Norman Smith] at Bicester, we are keen to offer further social walks this year. If you have ideas for a social walk or can offer to lead one, please contact either me (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Kathy Crilley (email@example.com).
On 29 June 2013, why not join us for a social walk of about 25m linking Bristol, Bath and Bradford on Avon? Centurions and friends are welcome. Details will be on our website and will be circulated separately by email.
Overseas: each year, Centurions take part in various events on the continent. These trips are great fun – good walking in good company – and getting there isn’t difficult. Two of the highlights of this year are described below. We are assured of a very warm welcome at both events. If you would like to join the party at either of these, or would like to know more about them, please contact Kathy Crilley firstname.lastname@example.org
Continental Centurion qualifying event and walking-weekend, Weert, Holland 18-19 May 2013.
Walk 100 miles in 24h around pleasant country lanes to qualify as a Continental Centurion, or chose one of the other distances on offer – 50kms, 50miles, 100kms, 24h – all very well organised and supported by our Dutch walking friends. Nine English walkers took part in the 2012 weekend at Schiedam.
Roubaix 28h race 60th edition, and 24h relays, Roubaix, N France, 14-15 September 2013
English walkers have participated in the Roubaix races every year since the 1980s and always enjoy the warm hospitality of our French hosts in this attractive northern French town. This 60th edition of the 28h event will be extra-special. Whether you’d like to try the 28h, or prefer being part of a 24h relay team, come along and join the fun! The Roubaix 28h is a qualifying event for the following year’s Paris-Colmar ultra-walking classic, so you can see great walkers from throughout Europe in action.
An article which I’ve written about the history and highlights of the Centurions1911 is being added to our website, and can also be requested as an e-doc from my email address below. It was while writing this article that I realised that the 2012 100 was our 89th qualifying event to become a Centurion. That means the next 100 will be our 90th qualifying event, and that there are just 11 to go to our 100th! Let’s make them all special! I look forward to seeing you at race-walking events and social walks during the coming year. My very best wishes to you all.
Sandra Brown, C 735, Captain email@example.com