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1932 Manchester to Blackpool 50 Mile Walk50 viewsThis medal was presented to Thomas Brooks of Birmingham Walking Club upon coming 4th in the 1932 edition of the Manchester to Blackpool 50 Mile Walk. This event was one of the classic events on the English calendar and was contested in late June every year from 1909 until the mid 1990’s. It offered three medals – one for those select few who broke 8 hours, one for those serious walkers who broke 9 hours 30 minutes and one for all other finishers. This medal was kindly donated to the club by Fred Brooks.
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1932 Manchester to Blackpool 50 Mile Walk50 viewsThis medal was presented to Thomas Brooks of Birmingham Walking Club upon coming 4th in the 1932 edition of the Manchester to Blackpool 50 Mile Walk. This event was one of the classic events on the English calendar and was contested in late June every year from 1909 until the mid 1990’s. It offered three medals – one for those select few who broke 8 hours, one for those serious walkers who broke 9 hours 30 minutes and one for all other finishers. This medal was kindly donated to the club by Fred Brooks.
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1971 - Jim Gleeson's Centurion Badge43 viewsThe 1971 Australian Centurions qualifying event at the Edwards Lake Athletics Track in Reservoir proved a memorable one with centurion performances by Jim Gleeson, Clarrie Jack and Stuart Cooper. But it was Jim's performance which set the standards which have withstood the test of time. In atrocious conditions, he powered through without stopping to reach the 100 miles mark in 18:33:58 (a record that would stand until 1979), before continuing on for the full24 hours to set our current Australian 24 Hours Walk record of 122 miles 215 yards (196.490km).

His widow Gladys has generously donated his centurion badge back to the club and it is mounted here as a lasting memorial to Jim's performances on the track.
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1971 Centurion Event, Preston, Victoria59 viewsThis collage captures the key moments of the 1971 Centurions 24 Hour Walk which was held at the Edwards Lake Athletics Track in Preston. It saw 3 new centurions - Jim Gleeson (C 3), Clarrie Jack (C 4) and Stuart Cooper (C 5). It was made up and presented to the club by Victorian walker Varel Newmark.
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1996 Ballarat Ekiden Relay 42 views1996 was the first occasion when the Australian Centurions entered the Ballarat Ekiden Relay and Merv Lockyer had this shield made up as a remembrance of our second place finish. The race consisted of 7 laps of 6km around the lake and our team was Merv Lockyer, Tim Erickson (2 laps), Bill Dyer, Clarrie Jack, Ian Jack and Carmela Carrassi. It was a handicap based event, a format that gave a lot of old timers like us a bit more of a chance!
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Australian Centurions Honour Board51 viewsThe Centurion Honour Board is a magnificently made board which features various sections of inlaid wood. It was crafted by co-founder Tom Daintry and presented to us in 1997. It now records the names of all the walkers who have completed 100 miles of walking within 24 hours in Australia in sanctioned competition.
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Australian Centurions Honour Board Mark II69 viewsThis is the new Honour Board which will be used once our original board is full. This board was made by Bob Gardiner who has made so many of the boards for Collingwood Harriers and the Victorian Race Walking Club
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Our 4 winning plaques from the Ballarat Ekiden Relay39 viewsFor a number of years, the Australian Centurions entered a team in the Ballarat Ekiden Relay which was contested around Lake Wendouree in Ballarat. We were lucky enough to win the walk division on 4 occasions - 2000, 2001, 2003 and 2004 - and these winners' plaques were awarded to us.
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Steve Jordan Remembrance43 viewsWhen Steve Jordan (C58) died in late 2014, we were lucky enough to get this keep sake for club record. As Steve was an avid fun runner, it was perhaps fitting that the shield we have was awarded to him in 2012 to recognise his feat in completing his 200th monthly Tan run with the Victorian Road Runners.
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The Australian Centurions Badge40 viewsThose walkers who complete 100 miles in our centurion qualifying event are awarded an Australian Centurion badge. For their first successful completion, the badge is numbered. For subsequent centurion efforts, they receive an unnumbered badge. Each Centurion club around the work has its own unique badge and many walkers try to collect as many as they can - but it is not an easy ask!
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The Centurion Silver and Bronze Medals47 viewsThose walkers who complete 100 miles in our centurion qualifying event are awarded an Australian Centurion badge. For their first successful completion, the badge is numbered. For subsequent centurion efforts, they receive an unnumbered badge. Each Centurion club around the work has its own unique badge and many walkers try to collect as many as they can - but it is not an easy ask!
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The Farmer Trophy57 viewsIn 2004, former British Centurions secretary and Centurion legend Freddie Baker passed onto our club an historic trophy that had been awarded to his grandfather many years previously. The inscription on the pewter trophy read as follows

ONE MILE WALKING HANDICAP
WON BY
R. FARMER
OCT 10TH 1881

It was silver plated and mounted and is now awarded each year to the winning man and woman in the RWA 100 km championships.
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The Gordon Smith Memorial Award64 viewsWith the rapidly increasing number of ultra distance walking opportunities available in Australia, the Australian Centurion Executive decided in late 2005 to institute a new award to recognise the Best Australian Ultra Distance Walking Performance of the Year. This award is called the Gordon Smith Memorial Award, in recognition of our inaugural Centurion. The idea of this new award was floated by Centurion member Fred Brooks and the shield was purchased after donations from Fred and Tim Erickson.
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The Jack Webber Trophy56 viewsWhen Jack Webber (C 2) died in 1998, it was felt that we should institute a trophy in recognition of his great contribution to the Australian Centurions. Donations were forthcoming and a new trophy, The Jack Webber Trophy, was instituted. The trophy may be awarded annually for the best performance during the Australian Centurions 24 Hour event.
   
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