The Australian Centurions, established in 1971, are a very active group consisting of Australian walkers as well as many British, Dutch, Belgian and US Centurions. [See the list of Australian Centurions below]
The founders decided that the office of President and Vice President would be for terms of 2 years and rotate through the membership in order of Centurion number. This ensures that all members had the chance to serve the club in an official capacity.
Tim Erickson is the Secretary and he produces a regular and informative newsletter Footnotes full of reports and photos from races at home and further afield - see the list opposite.
Tim also organises the 24 hour Coburg races which are qualifiers for the Australian Centurions.
The 2020 Australian Centurions 24 Hour Qualifier will (provisionally) be held on the weekend of 18-19 April 2020 in conjunction with the Coburg 24 Hour Track Carnival.
Tim writes: "Amongst early overseas entries are Dutch walkers Arie Kandelaars and Remy Van Den Brand. Arie already has 4 centurion badges to his name (African C19 2016, UK C1185 2017, NZ C24 2017 and US C92 2018) while Remy has 2 badges (Continental CC433 2016, African AC12 2016). They will both be keen to add the Australian badge to their collections. This will be Remy's first visit to our race but it will be Arie's third visit, after attempts at Coburg in 2018 and 2019."
Sadly, the 2020 race had to be cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
There are now 80 Australian Centurions with a growing list of overseas walkers:
7 Great Britain
3 New Zealand
Jack Debert retrospectively awarded badge C1A
In the October 2019 Issue of Centurion Footnotes, Tim Erickson 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.
Australian walkers who are also multi Centurions:
African Centurions - Sharon Scholz and Justin Scholz
British Centurions - Geoff Hains; Carol Baird; John Kilmartin; Sharon Scholz and Justin Scholz
Continental Centurions - Geoff Hain; John Kilmartin; Sharon Scholz and Justin Scholz
Malaysian Centurions - Carol Baird. Peter Bennett
New Zealand Centurions - Carol Baird; Geoff Hain; Sharon Scholz and Justin Scholz
not a complete archive
older Centurion Footnotes can be found on the Australian Centurions website
Tim, a member of Victoria RWC, also publishes the club newsletter: Heel and Toe