Southend 100 miles 2021

We are sorry to inform everybody that this year’s Centurion 100 mile qualifier has been cancelled. This was a difficult decision to make and we understand it will disappoint many people. Rest assured, we are committed in our intention to hold a 100 mile race in 2022 and hope to see those intending to walk, help or support next year.

Level 1 Race Walking Officials’ Course

Online Race Walking Official Course

England Athletics are advertising a Level 1 Race Walking Officiating qualification online. The course will be held Wednesday 28 April 7pm-9pm and costs £20.00. The Officiating Journey web page has full details.

2021 AGM

2021 AGM

The 2021 AGM held using Zoom was attended by 22 Centurions. Eight apologies for absence were received.

Main points
The meeting gratefully accepted Martin Fisher’s (C788) willingness to continue as Captain for a further year.

The revised Constitution was accepted.

We welcomed two new committee members: Ian Richards C1064 and Richard McChesney C1131.

We hope to hold the next 100 mile race on the track at Southend on 7th – 8th August 2021, and the next Social Walk along the Kent coast in the Spring.

The next AGM will be held Saturday 22nd January in Leeds.

2021 Spring Social Walk

The Spring walk along the White Cliffs will start at Folkestone and visit the National Memorial to the Few which is open throughout the year and is accessible on foot at any time. The site itself includes the Memorial, Christopher Foxley-Norris Memorial Wall and replica Spitfire and Hurricane, and is free to visit.

 

On 12 August 1940, Pilot Officer Page was shot down and baled out into the sea with terrible burns. He was awarded the DFC and bar and received the DSO in 1944. Years later, Geoffrey realised to his astonishment that there was no memorial to his comrades who had flown with him in Fighter Command in 1940.

 

His determination that The Few should be remembered found a focus at “Hellfire Corner”, the area of Dover and Folkestone over which so much of the fighting had taken place in 1940. The Battle of Britain Memorial Trust was established and fund raising began.  On July 9 1993, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother opened the National Memorial at Capel-le-Ferne.

 

The walk will continue towards Dover with magnificent views over the Channel to France, and a stop at the Cliff Top Café for refreshment.  The return will take in Folkestone Harbour where so many infantry personnel left for the 1st World War front line, and also the memorial on The Leas to the thousands who never returned.