First social gathering of Manx centurion walkers

By The iomtoday newsdesk in Athletics

More than half of the local walkers to have achieved ‘centurion’ status attended a get together at Woodbourne Hotel, Douglas on Saturday.

A centurion is someone who has walked 100 miles in under 24 hours in competition.

Seven countries have promoted such events and it is estimated that there is a figure just short of 80 Manx-born, or permanently resident qualifers.

In fact the island can boast more centurions than the USA, Australia, Malaysia, New Zealand or the whole of Africa!

Fewer than 1,300 people have achieved this distinction globally since 1877.

The idea of a local gathering was suggested by six-time Parish Walk winner John Cannell, who was a mere 23 years old when he qualified by walking from Leicester to Skegness in 1966.

At this point he had not previously completed a Parish Walk. In 1988 John went on to establish the Manx record of 17 hours 10 minutes for 100 miles, which still stands today.

In addition to him, also present were previous winners of the RWA National 100 Miles Championships Sean Hands, Richard Gerrard, Vinny Lynch and Jeanette Morgan, who has won the women’s equivalent.

The first social gathering of Isle of Man Centurions was co-ordinated by Graham Young, who became the first Manxman to become a centurion 50 years ago.

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