2021 Autumn Social Walk

The Autumn social walk will be held Saturday 27th November.  Starting 10:00am from Folkestone the route will take walkers along the White Cliffs and include  visiting 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.

 

Further details in due course.

 

100 mile race 2022

The venue for the 2022 100 mile is currently under review and we hope to confirm the location and date very soon. We very much look forward to seeing everybody again next year.

 

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 100 miles

Southend AC track

Southend AC track

We are optimistic there will be a Centurion-qualifier in 2021 and have made  provisional arrangements for a track race at Southend for  7th – 8th August.

It is difficult to predict what the Government guidelines will be at the time but we can be sure that adhering to national and local guidelines current at the time will be a mandatory requirement for everybody attending – walkers, supporters, organisers, officials and spectators – so the event may be slightly different to those held previously.  Nonetheless we are committed to providing everybody the opportunity to take part in this unique race whether walking, supporting or officiating.

The situation is changeable so please continue to watch this space for updates.  We hope to make a decision  in Spring 2021.