Once again, the Dutch CVN put together an interesting reunion day bringing together Centurions from the Netherlands, Belgium plus a small British contingent - Chris Flint, Ann Sayer, Sandra Brown and Kathy Crilley.
This year, the reunion was held at the Oude Ambachten en Speelgoed Museum (Old Craft & Toys Museum) just east of Amersfoot. On arrival it was coffee and cake and a welcome by Gerrit de Jong, followed by a tour around the museum (see photos below).
The reunion generally takes the same format with a welcome to all new Centurions and an introduction to all the Centurions present.
Presentation of Centurion trophies and Certificates by the Centurion President (Ann Sayer) and Captain (Sandra Brown).
Hew Neilson C.147 trophy - awarded to Antoine Hunting, as the first new Centurion at the Southend AC 100 miles in August. A replica of the trophy awarded to overseas walkers was kindly arranged by Pam Ficken (daughter of Hew Neilson)
Sunday Dispatch Trophyto be awarded to the winning RWV (Rotterdam) team of Antoine Hunting, Frans Leijtens and Robert de Wolf. John Eddershaw kindly arranged a replica of this trophy
Bill King Memorial Trophy(Youngest Finisher) went to Frank van der Gulik
Eddy McNeir Trophyfor the first finisher aged 65 or over went to Robert de Wolf.
These awards were much appreciated.
The CVN Secretary, Piet Janssen, spoke of the CVN plans for the next few years. Piet has been the Secretary for nearly 40 years and in 2016 when the CVN celebrates their 50th anniversary, Piet intends to step down as Secretary. The CVN has benefited from Piet's commitment and energy and he will be a hard act to follow!
The first CVN reunion meeting took place in a restaurant near Amsterdam Central Station and so in 2016 the Reunion will go back to Amsterdam to celebrate 50 years.
In 2015, the meeting will be held in South Holland.
Venue of the 2014 Reunion:
Oude Ambachten en Speelgoed Museum (Old Craft & Toys Museum)