Food For Thought

Soren Kierkegaard

Above all, do not lose your desire to walk. Every day I walk myself into a state of well-being and walk away from every illness. I have walked myself into my best thoughts, and I know of no thought so burdensome that one cannot walk away from it.

John Burroughs

I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read and all the friends I want to see.

G. M. Trevelyan

I have two doctors, my left leg and my right. When body and mind are out of gear (and those twin parts of me live at such close quarters that the one always catches melancholy from the other) I know that I shall have only to call in my doctors and I shall be well again.

Latest News/Notice

2021 AUST CENT QUALIFIER
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The 2021 Australian Centurions 24 Hour Qualifier will be held on the weekend of 17-18 April 2021. Entries via website www.coburg24hr.org/24hr/.

  CENTURIONS PHOTO GALLERY
The Australian Centurions photo gallery has been setup and I will eventually get round to populating with photos. Oh for a personal assistant! See www.centurions.org.au/gallery.

The Australian Centurions

were formed in 1971 to honour the feat of those athletes who walk 100 Miles within 24 hours on Australian shores. Yep...that's right...WALK 100 MILES WITHIN 24 HOURS..

We now have 82 members of this exclusive club, the first in 1937 (Gordon Smith - C1) and the most recent (C81 - Pramesh Prasad) in 2021. Who will be next?

Select any of the pages listed above to find out more about our club and the exclusive world of long distance walking.

April 2021 - We welcome new centurion Pramesh Prasad (C810

The Coburg 24 Hour Carnival has co-hosted the annual Australian Centurions 24 Hour qualifying race since 2002 and has provided the venue for 38 new members to be added to our club (C27, C36-C48, C50, C52-60, C67-80).
This year was no exception, with Melbourne based racewalker Pramesh Prasad adding his name to our membership list and earning Australian Centurions badge C81 with a 100 mile walk time of 20:43:42. His walk in the 2021 Coburg Carnival 24 Hour walk was an impressive performance. He headed out fast, using the full racewalking technique,and powered through 52.693 km in the first 6 hours. Then he switched to an efficient strolling action that continued to eat up the miles. He passed the 100 km mark in 11:49:11 and reached the 100 mile mark in 20:43:42. From then he strolled a few laps to a total distance of 162.559km, his goal achieved.
To add further icing to the cake, Victorian based ultra walker/runner Justin Scholz (C61) also covered 100 miles within 24 hours with a time of 21:32:28.

March 2021 - Justin Scholz completes another centurion walk

I ventured to Canberra on the weekend of 27-28 March to watch the annual Sri Chinmoy 48 Hour Carnival. My main reason for going was to watch Justin Scholz (C 62) who had entered the 48 Hour Track Championship as a walker. Justin wanted to complete another centurion walk (100 miles within 24 hours) and he did just that, passing the mark in 22:50:00. It was his 14th centurion walk - a wonderful achievement.

2020 Annual General Meeting

Our 2020 AGM was held on 23rd February 2021 in Melbourne. Read the minutes here: http://www.centurions.org.au/documents/2020%20AGM%20Minutes.pdf

VALE Merv Lockyer (C30): 1931-2020

Sadly, I must report the death of another one of our Australian Centurions, with the passing of Merv Lockyer (C30). Merv passed away on Thursday 24th December 2020 at the age of 89, in the Victorian country city of Mildura. Merv made history in 1996 when he completed his 100 mile walk in 23:45:51. At 65 years of age, he became the oldest walker to join the club. What made his walk even more meritorious was the fact that he had suffered a heart attack some 5 years before, and completed his walk after undergoing a complete knee replacement!
You can read more Merv in my obituary – see http://www.centurions.org.au/centprofiles/30%20merv%20lockyer.pdf
Merv was one of a kind and will be sadly missed by all of his many friends in the centurion community.

VALE George Audley (C22): 1935-2020

Sadly, I must report the death of another one of our Australian Centurions, with the passing of George Audley (C22). After living for many years in Perth, George had moved back to Birmingham, England, some years ago to spend his remaining years with his family. George passed away on Sunday 28th June 2020 at the age of 84, at  home in Birmingham.
You can read more George in my obituary – see http://www.centurions.org.au/centprofiles/22%20george%20audley.pdf.
While George has now passed on, his memory will live on, both to hs fellow Australian Centurions and to the wider Australian ultra distance community.

VALE Deryck Skinner (C51): 1932-2020

Sadly, I must inform everyone of the death of Australian Centurion Deryck Skinner (C51), who walked his 100 mile qualifier in 2005 in 22:39:55 at the Santos Stadium in Adelaide. Deryck died in Adelaide on Tuesday 19th May 2020, aged 87. At 72 years of age, Deryck was the oldest Australian to earn his Australian Centurion badge. He went on to finish 3 further hundreds in the next 2 years and set a series of M70 and M75 records that will take some beating.
You can read more about Deryck in my obituary – see http://www.centurions.org.au/centprofiles/51%20deryck%20skinner.pdf.
He will be sadly missed by us all.


Art for Self-Isolation

I was sent this by my mate Harold van Beek and I just have to share it - a very moving take on our current self-isolation, as seen through some fantastic painting.

Quarantine in Art.mp4


2020 Australian Centurions Qualifier cancelled

The 2020 Australian Centurions qualifying event, which was due to be held in conjunction with the 2020 Coburg 24 Hour Carnival on the weekend of 18-19 April, has been cancelled. The quickly spreading COVID-19 disaster has necessitated the shutdown of all non-essential activities and sporting events in Australia. We will of course return in 2021, assuming that the coast has cleared. Stay tuned!


Jack Debert retrospectively awarded badge C1A

In our October 2019 Issue (see http://www.centurions.org.au/newsletters/2019-n10-oct.pdf), I reported on a possible newly unearthed Australian Centurion performance, dating from 1937. The Executive has discussed this in some depth and has accepted the performance and awarded Australian Centurion membership to NSW walker Jack Debert. Overall, that takes our Australian Centurion count to 81.
Badge 1 remains with Gordon Smith for his winning performance in the same race. Badge number 2 has already been allocated to Jack Webber for his 1971 walk in Adelaide. Accordingly, a new badge number of 1A has been inserted for Jack’s performance.


Gerald Manderson (C31) wins 2019 Gordon Smith Memorial Award

Gerald Manderson (C31) celebrated his 75th birthday in early 2019 by walking solo from Perth to Melbourne via the coastal roads, a total distance of 4,249km. He completed his walk in 80 days (January-April), battling horrendously hot and dry conditions along the way and carrying his own water as he traversed the desert areas. This feat has earned him the accolades of  his fellow centurions who voted him as the winner of the Gordon Smith Memorial Award for the Best Australian Ultra Distance Walking Performance of the 2019 Year.
Read about all the award and this year's nominations at
http://centurions.org.au/documents/Gordon%20Smith%20Award.pdf.

 

  To contact me, send a mail item to

Tim Erickson (terick@melbpc.org.au)
Secretary
Australian Centurion Walkers Inc.
Incorporated 2000,  No. A0040301S
Melbourne, Australia