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Centurions are the most remarkable people and their achievements are truly legend!
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..the list is endless.
There are quite a few Centurions who are or have been Olympians. Or, conversely, Olympians who are Centurions!
Olympians who have been Centurions include 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) qualified as a Centurion in 1978.
The latest Centurion who has competed in the Olympics is Dominic King (C1098). Dom competed in both the 2012 London Olympics and the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
- C12 Bill Brown (Polytechnic Harriers)
1908 London Olympics 10 Miles' Walk (disqualified).
- C175 Rex Whitlock (Metropolitan WC) Brother of Harold Whitlock MBE
1936 Olympic 50K gold medalist.
1952 Helsinki Olympic 50K - Rex came 4th.
- C276 Frank O'Reilly (Lozells Harriers)
Competed in the 1960 Rome Olympic 50K for Eire.
- C376 John Kelly (Millrose AA)
1968 Mexico Olympic 50K Competed for Eire (did not finish).
- C631 Don Thompson MBE (Metropolitan WC)
Gold medalist in the Rome Olympic 1960 50K.
- C778 Brian Adams (Leicester WC)
1976 Montreal Olympic 20K.
- C1064 Ian Richards (Steyning AC)
1980 Moscow Olympic 50K.
- C1098 Dominic King (Colchester Harriers)
2012 London Olympic 50K
2016 Rio Olympic 50K (DQ'd)
Page 24 of the Centurions' Handbook (1997 edition) mentions Frank O'Reilly becoming our first Centurion to gain Olympian status in 1960 (the Rome 50K Walk). This turned out to be incorrect as C175 Rex Whitlock was 4th in the 1952 (Helsinki) Olympic Games 50K Walk. However, this has now also proved to be incorrect as it has been discovered that the founder member of the Centurions, C12 William Brown, appeared in the 1908 London Olympics in the 3,500 Metres Walk - a year after his 1907 100 miles' qualifying performance. This came to light after correspondence from a relative of the late William Brown - who died aged 103, and who in December 1978 became our first, and as yet only, known Centurion to reach 100 years of age.
Commonwealth Games Centurions
There are also Commonwealth Games Centurions - notably Ron Wallwork and Bill Sutherland...
... and a few stats
- Top four fastest 100 mile men’s times: see the complete list of the fastest (under 18 hours for 100 miles!)
16:31:38 Jan DE JONGE Bergen 10/11 April 1982
16:50:28 Richard BROWN Sint Oedenrode 22/23 May 1993
16:54:15 Frank O'REILLY Leicester-Skegness 01/02 July 1960
16:55:44 John MOULLIN Ewhurst 25/26 July 1971
- In 1977, for the first time in British 100 miles history, women were allowed to compete on equal terms with the men and the first Centurion qualification by a woman was achieved by Ann Sayer (C599) at the Bristol 100. In fact, Ann had become a Continental Centurion earlier that year in St. Odenrode finishing in a time of 21 hours and 46 minutes;
- Eddie McNeir (C375) completed 10 Centurion events between the ages of 65 and 75 after whom a trophy is named for the first man over 65 to complete 100 miles;
- John Moulin set the fastest Centurion qualifying time of 16.55.44 in 1971.
- Dave Boxall recorded six wins
- Richard Brown has won a record ten Centurion events
- Sandra Brown has completed over 26 UK 100 miles, and over 41 Centurion races around the world, and has won the UK ladies 100 miles event 25 times. Sandra became the first person to achieve all seven worldwide Centurion awards. (see the multi Centurions list)
- 1877 to 2018, 95 Centurion qualifying events have been held in the UK.
- In 2018 last number awarded was C1195
- Centurion qualifying events have been held annually (except during the two world wars when competitions were suspended) and now incorporate the RWA long distance championship.
- 17 of the 95 events held to 2018 have been track races.
- Dominic King (C1098) who qualified at Colchester in 2012 alongside his twin brother Dan (C1100) are the first twins to become Centurions
- the over 70s Amazingly there are a number of race walkers who achieve their Centurion status when they have reached the magical age of 70 or over. See the list of the "super vets" compiled by Gerrit de Jong
UK rankings -races where Centurions have competed
There are also champions, world record holders, national and age category record holders, national and world best performances....
More to follow as we compile our records...
Contact: Kathy Crilley C.933 if you know of other records and achievements