The Australian Centurionswere 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?
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April 2021 - We welcome new centurion Pramesh Prasad (C810The 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 walkI 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
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
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-IsolationI 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.
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2020 Australian Centurions Qualifier cancelled
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 AwardGerald 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.
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