Spring 2022 Social Walk 28th May

Constable Country – Saturday 28th May 2022 – 10:30am


Kim Howard C1020 will lead our next social walk in Constable Country, taking in the villages of Dedham, East Bergholt and Flatford Mill.

The walk will start from Milsoms Hotel, Stratford Road, Denham, Colchester CO7 6HW at 10:30am. We have been given permission to use the hotel car park and facilities. It is hoped that we can enjoy refreshments together here after the walk.

The 7 ¼ miles (11.5km) route is mostly good paths including sections of the St Edmund Way. We’ll take a break at Flatford Mill. There is a café, or you are welcome to bring along your own packed lunch.
All Centurions, aspiring Centurions, Family and friends are welcome.


Directions to Milsoms Hotel

From the M25. Take the turnoff for the A12 signposted Brentwood. Continue towards Ipswich bypassing Colchester. Take the exit for Stratford-St-Mary, Dedham and Higham. Turn right at the bottom of the hill for Dedham, over the bridge, down the hill. Take the first left.

The hotel can be reached by public transport. For further details or any other questions, please contact Steve Kemp on 07860617899.

Accommodation is available for those wishing to stay overnight. Milsoms Hotel 01206 322795

Gerrit Nederlof C922

T. Damen C 932

At the 2022 AGM Frans Leijtens C949 informed the meeting that T. Damen, a member of Attila (Holland) was known as a funny, agreeable gentleman who was always making jokes and having a laugh. His career in long distance race walking was brief. He completed one GB Centurion and Roubaix in the same year; Damen qualified at the 1995 Battersea Park 100 miles in 22.59.59.

Damen passed away May 2021.

Hans Leendertse C427

Hans qualified as Centurion 427 at the 1968 Leicester to Skegness 100 miles race in 23.43.00. He served as chairman for the Centurion Vereniging Nederland (CVN) for many years and will be remembered for his contribution to Dutch Centurions.. Hans sadly passed away aged 92 in March 2021.


1993 Battersea Park London

This 200 km / 24 hour race was the first time a 24 hour race had been held in Great Britain other than on the track. The 4 km circuit started and finished at the bandstand for ease of recording as this was essentially a 200 km race. Regrettably for those who decided only to do 100 miles, the race finish was at a lonely caravan more than half a mile away from the main centre of activity.


105 walkers started the race, the second largest number in any British ultra distance race.


58 completed the 24 hours, however the first 3 were not required to be on their feet for the full 24 hours, having already reached 200 km. 25 became new Centurions but only 10 of them continued beyond the 100 mile mark. The first new Centurion and also first at 100 miles and overall winner was Alexsey Radionov, who became only the second Russian walker to join our ranks since George Lind C24 in 1908. His 200 km time of 22 hours 4 minutes 39 seconds was more than 50 minutes better than the runner up, Richard Brown C760. One might have thought that Richard would be the first British walker at 100 miles, but as his target was the full 200 km distance he was beaten to the 100 by just over a minute, by Chris Berwick of Leicester who stopped at the 100 mile mark. The whole event was a tremendous success and thought to be one of the best races ever seen in Great Britain, so much so there have been calls for it to be repeated.