The following fascinating facts have been derived from the Centurion Handbook (11th edition published 2011).  Producing the more detailed records has been made possible because Gerrit de Jong C456 kindly shared the records he meticulously keeps.  We extend our thanks and appreciation to him.

Out of the 1209* walkers who have qualified as Centurions in Great Britain 374 have done more than one “100 miles within 24 hour” Centurion race (* 2 numbers were not allocated)

Centurions who have more than one completion 

Race results for Centurions with more than one completion

 

GB walkers are from 154 UK clubs. Clubs with 5 or Centurions are:

Surrey Walking Club  76

Lancashire Walking Club 40

Leicester Walking Club  40

Isle of Man (unattached)   39

Long Distance Walkers Association  33

Belgrave Harriers  27

Yorkshire Walking Club  21

Highgate Harriers    20

Isle of Man Vets A.C. 20

Woodford Green A.C  20

Polytechnic Harriers   19

Isle of Man, Manx Harriers   18

Unattached 18

Trowbridge A.C.    15

London Vidarians 14

Enfield & Haringey   13

Ilford A.C.    13

Sheffield United Harriers  13

Cambridge Harriers    12

Royal Sutton & Birmingham   12

Essex Beagles  11

Metropolitan W.C.   10

York Postal Walking Club    10

Isle of Man Boundary Harriers  9

Bristol Race Walking Club 9

Steyning A.C.  9

Queens Park Harriers  8

Southend A.C. 7

Brighton & Hove A.C.   6

Dawlish & S. Devon  6

Lozells Harriers 6

Middlesex Walking Club  6

Wakefield Harriers 6

Metropolitan Police  5

Yorkshire race Walking Club 5

 

Fastest times for walkers aged over 70 – First Race

  • John Borgars (GB) C1170 was 70 years old (70y 4mo) when he qualified at Redcar in 2016 (22:31:52)
  • Eddy McNeir C375 (GB) qualified at Chigwell in 1965 aged 65 (22:32:10).

When he completed his 10th and final 100 in 24 hours he was 76 (Woodford 1976)

  • Len Matthews C316 in 1960 when he was 67.
  • Jaap Visser C944 (NED) was 73 when he completed his 11th and final 100 in 24 hours (Lingfield 2011, 22:46:31).

The fastest times for completing 100 miles

Road
Fastest man: Frank O’Reilly C276 (Lozells Harriers) Leicester to Skegness 02/07/1960 16:54:16
Fastest Woman: Sandra Brown C735 (Surrey W.C.) Leicester 27/07/1984 18:36:29

Track
Fastest man: Hew Neilson C145 (Woodford Green) Walton 20/10/1960 17:18:51
Fastest woman: Sandra Brown C735 (Surrey W.C.) Kings Lynn 30/07/2005 19:25:07

The first British husband and wife to qualify
Sandra C735 Leicester 100 in 1982
Richard Brown C760 Surrey W.C. ‘Ewhurst 100’, 1983

The first walker to complete 100 miles wearing clogs
Hendrik J. Doornekamp (AV Altis; Nederland) completed the 1965 Chigwell 100 miles in 23:03:15 wearing clogs the entire way.

Centurion qualifiers who were Partially-sighted

C 253 1955 Archie Brown Polytechnic Harriers (St. Dunstans)
London to Brighton and Back 100 miles in 22.12.07 104 miles in 23.16.58

C 295 JL Dennis 1959 Surrey Walking Club (St. Dunstans)
London to Brighton and Back 100 miles in 21.38.30 106 miles in 23.21.05
Dennis took 5th place in 1961.

Twins qualified at Lingfield Park in 2011
Dominic King C1098 (Colchester Harriers A.C.) 18:13:11
Daniel King (Colchester Harriers A.C.) C1100 20:51:59

Youngest walker to qualify as a Centurion in the UK

F.T. Lock (Ashcombe A.C.)
1909 London – White City 100 miles; 23:06:44 Qualified as C 45 when 18 years old

Ray Flynn (London Vidarians)
1973 Bristol 100 miles; 21:40:13 Qualified as C512 when 19 years old

Ten Centurions are also Olympians

C2 Jack Butler (John)
Club: Polytechnic Harriers
Centurion qualification: London to Brighton & Back 1902 21:36:27 (104 miles)
Olympics: 1908 London 3,500m & 10 miles

C10 Thomas E. Hammond
Club: Blackheath Harriers
Centurion qualification: London to Brighton & Back 1907 18:13:37
Olympics: 1908 Summer Olympics

C12 William Brown
Club: Polytechnic Harriers
Centurion qualification: London to Brighton & Back 1907 20:38:01
Olympics: 1908 London Olympics 3,500m walk

C175 Rex Whitlock
Club: Metropolitan W.C.
Centurion qualification: Bath to London 1952 17:44:40
Olympics: 1948 London; 1952 Helsinki Olympics 50K

C276 Frank O’Reilly
Club: Lozells Harriers (Eire)
Centurion qualification: Leicester to Skegness 1958 18:22:14
Olympics: 1960 Rome 50K

C376 John Kelly
Club: Millrose A.A. (USA)
Centurion qualification: Chigwell 100 1965 22:53:07
Olympics: 1968 Mexico 50K

C631 Don Thompson
Club: Metropolitan W.C.
Centurion qualification: Leicester to Skegness 1978 20:46:48
Olympics: 1960 Rome 50K

C778 Brian Adams
Club: Leicester W.C.
Centurion qualification: Leicester 100 1984 (Congerstone) 17:39:28
Olympics: 1976 Montreal 20K

C1064 Ian Richards
Club: Steyning A.C.
Centurion qualification: Milton Keynes track 100 2008 19:37:11
Olympics: 1980 Moscow 50K

C1098 Dominic King
Club: Colchester Harriers A.C.
Centurion qualification: Colchester 100 2012 18:13:11
Olympics: 2012 London/2016 Rio 50K