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.

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2017 AUST CENT QUALIFIER
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The 2017 Australian Centurions 24 Hour Qualifier has now been held. We welcome Ivo Majetic as Australian Centurion Number 71.

2018 AUST CENT QUALIFIER
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The 2018 Australian Centurions 24 Hour Qualifier will be held in April 2018 in conjunction with the Coburg 24 Hour Track Carnival. Read more on page 2018 Qualifying Event.

  CENTURIONS PHOTO GALLERY
The Australian Centurions photo gallery is gradually being populated with photos. 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 70 members of this exclusive club, the first in 1938 (Gordon Smith - C 1) and the most recent in 2017. 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.


Ivo Majetic (C71): 21:30:55


Ivo Majetic has been awarded Australian Centurions Badge number 71 for his efforts in completing the 100 mile walk at the recent Coburg 24 Hour Carnival in a time of 21:30:55.  Results from our annual Centurions Qualifying event follow

2017 Ivo Majetic


Coburg 24 Hour Carnival, Coburg, Victoria, 22-23 April 2017


A total of 38 athletes (27 runners and 11 walkers) toed the line for the 10AM Saturday start in the annual Coburg 24 Hour Carnival / Australian Centurion Qualifying event. Conditions certainly varied. The Saturday afternoon saw sunny and warm conditions before a change came through, dumping a huge downpour of rain on the track in the late evening. From then on, intermittent rain made conditions tricky. And to add to the fun, the mist rolled in overnight from the Merri Creek, blanketing track and competitors in a dense fog.

The 24 Hour Walk saw wins to Dawn Parris (137.805km) and Ivo Majetic (160.934km). Ivo was the only walker to reach the 100 mile mark, achieved in a time of 21:30:55, to become Australian Centurion number 71. Satisfied with this outcome, he then retired from the race. Louis Commins and John Timms both walked for the full 24 hour period to take second and third in the men’s division with 130.088km and 119.306km respectively. All other competitors seemed happy to stop at the 100km mark, if they got that far. Special mention to first time ultra walker Colin Heywood who walked 100.773km in just under 14 hours before stopping. Colin is better known as one of our top master racewalkers – he won two golds and one silver at the 2016 World Masters Championships in Perth.

Coburg 24 Hour Walk - Men
1
IvoMajetic (71)
USA
160.934 km
2
Louis Commins
NSW
130.088 km
3
John Timms
VIC
119.306 km
4
Colin Heywood
NT
100.773 km
5
Robin Whyte (C29)
NSW
100.773 km
6
Terry O'Neill (C18)VIC
100.358 km
7
John Kilmartin (C67)
VIC
51.423 km
8
Ken Carter
VIC
15.616 km
Coburg 24 Hour Walk - Women
1
Dawn Parris
VIC
137.805 km
2Kate Sanderson
VIC
100.358 km
3Lorraine Billett
SA
92.105 km

A number of masters walking records were provisionally set as follows by Lorraine Billett (W70), Robin Whyte (M75) and Ivo Majetic (M45)

Lorraine Billett
50 Miles
24 Hours
W70 All-Comers/Residential
W70 All-Comers/Residential
18:42:40
92.105 km
Robin Whyte
50 Miles
12 Hours
M75 All-Comers/Residential
M75 All-Comers/Residential
10:55:16
85.997 km
Ivo Majetic
100 km
6 Hours
12 Hours
M45 All-Comers
M45 All-Comers
M45 All-Comers
12:06:56
52.914 km
99.170 km

Ivo Majetic
Louis Commins
Robin Whyte
John Timms
Ivo Majetic
Louis Commins
Robin Whyte
John Timms
Dawn Parris
Kate Sanderson
Lorraine Billett
Colin Heywood
Dawn Parris
Kate Sanderson
Lorraine Billett
Colin Heywood
 


LE CERCLE DES MARCHEURS DISPARUS
by Alain Moulinet, published March 2017


I've just received my copy of this fascinating book documenting the history of competitors who have completed the historic Paris Colmar race and the qualifying races that go with it. While it is in French, the tables of race results are very easily understood and the photos are fantastic.

To order your copy, go to the author's website at http://editionslemarcheur.fr. The book costs 23 euros plus 6 euros for postage anywhere in the world - now that's good value.
 
LeCercle_des_Marcheurs_disparus


Canberra 48 Hour Carnival, Canberra, 17-19 March 2017


The annual Canberra 48 Hour Carnival, which was held as the AIS track in mid March, has quickly become the biggest track ultra in Australia. With 113 starters in events ranging over 48 Hours, 24 Hours, 12 Hours, 6 Hours and Marathon, it was a huge affair with lanes 1, 3 and 5 all being used to spread out the many entrants. And of course, there were a small number of walkers in attendance, doing their thing.

The walking highlight came from sisters Linda and Heather Christison who walked together the whole way to a total distance of 236.703km. What makes this effort even more amazing is that Linda was training to go under 2:50 in 2004 when she began to lose co-ordination and was diagnosed with early onset Parkinson’s disease. She can no longer run but walks well using a walking stick. Last year, she and Heather walked together the whole way in this event to a final distance of 219.496km to set inaugural Australian W50 (Heather) and W66 (Linda) 200km and 48 Hour records. This time around, they have upped the ante considerably with even more impressive walks and new records.

Linda and Heather Christison


Coburg 6 Hour Championships, Coburg, Sunday 6 March 2017


The 2017 Coburg 6 Hour Track Championships were held on Sunday 5th March at the George Knott Reserve in Coburg, a northern Melbourne suburb. This annual event includes both run and walk divisions and always sees a smattering of our ultra distance walkers in attendance. I was there keeping a business eye on things as usual and all turned out well, with the weather kind and with a total of 35 starters (25 runners and 10 walkers) toeing the start line for the 6AM start. You might think 6AM a bit early to start but it was a good decision, with the sun breaking though the cloud at around 10:45AM, meaning the runners and walkers only had to worry about a relatively small period of tough conditions.  As usual, runners contested in lane 2, with walkers in lane 3.

Overall, Australia’s best ultra walker Michelle Thompson won easily with 54.639km while Robin Whyte won the men’s division with 49.406km, breaking the current Australian M75 record.  John Kilmartin (48.738km), Albin Hess (46.148km) and Karyn O’Neill (45.738km) all walked well and were each close to their respective PBs.


Coburg 6 Hour Walk - Men
1
Robin Whyte
NSW
49.406 km
2
John Kilmartin
VIC
48.738km
3
Albin Hess
VIC
46.148 km
4
John Timms
VIC
38.287 km
5
Saul Richardson
ACT
37.117 km
6
Ken Carter
VIC
22.078 km
Coburg 6 Hour Walk - Women
1
Michelle Thompson (C58)
VIC
54.639 km
2Karyn O'Neill
VIC
45.738 km
3Dawn Parris
VIC
40.748 km
4
Kate Sanderson
VIC
36.215 km

Michelle Thompson
Karyn O'Neill
Dawn Parris
Michelle Thompson
Karyn O'Neill
Dawn Parris
Robin Whyte
John Kilmartin
Albin Hess
Robin Whyte
John Kilmartin
Albin Hess


  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