History of the African Centurions
The inaugral African Centurions race took place on 22nd-23rd October 2016 on Robben Island.
The question on everyone's lips was "who would win that coveted No.1 badge!"
Well, it was a clean sweep for the Isle of Man walkers who had travelled far to take part in the race on Robben Island.
First man home was Richard Gerrard, followed by David Walker. 4th, 5th and 6th places also went to Isle of Man walkers.
First lady home and 4th overall, was Janette Morgan also from the Isle of Man who won the C.4 accolade.
In fact, the next couple of years saw many overseas Centurions take the honours.
- 2017 saw very much of the same. Robbie Callister and Andrew Titley taking the top two positions. Caroline Mestdagh from Belgium was the first lady home.
- 2018 - more of the same with British Centurions (mostly fron the Isle of Man) and 1st lady Sharon Scholz (Aus) taking most of the honours. The weather also took its toll this year as it was not possible to get walkers over to Robben Island and at the last moment the venue was moved to a track on the mainland.
The fourth annual African Centurion Walk takes place on 26th and 27th October 2019.
This year, the event took place in the heart of Stellenbosch at the Coetzenburg stadium.
The course wound its way through the town’s oak-shaded streets and Coetzenburg precinct with each loop averaging approximately 30 minutes.
all results available > here
Only three individual race walkers took part in the 2019 race:
1st Jimmy Millard 21.35.17 C38
2nd Werner Alberts 23.29.14 C39
Melanie Cerqueira completed 100.625km in just over 15 hours.
Also competing were - 35 teams of four walkers and six teams of 2 walkers.
Race Rules 2019
The Contact Rule: Each walker must have at least one foot in contact with the ground at all times and NO walker will get disqualified for bent knees.
The judging criteria are simple: judges expect each walker to walk honestly in such a way that he/she is not gaining an unfair advantage over other competitors through his/her mode of walking.
Walkers will be notified of any infringements.
- Distance: To qualify as an African Centurion, you must reach or pass 100 miles within 24 hours.
- Time; There is a 24 hours’ time limit for the 100 miles – from the time of the start to the finish. You may stop, rest, get a massage, change your clothes, etc.…. the clock, however, will not stop!
- Judges: The race will be judged throughout the 24 hours by Race Walk Judges.
- Feeding: An “official” feeding station is available to all walkers during the race which will provide basic drinks and snacks. Walkers must provide their own food and drinks.
- Supporters are allowed to hand over drinks and food within the designated support area and should not walk with the athlete to feed/supply food and drink.
- Pacers: No pacers are allowed during the race. However, two or more walkers who have entered the race may walk together but must not impede other competitors.
- Assistance: No walker will be allowed hands-on assistance during the race. Poles, canes or walking sticks are not allowed.
- The Course: The course must be certified by an official course measurer and the certificate must be displayed during the event.
- If you leave the course for any reason you must return to the course at the same point. To be caught cutting the course hence making the route shorter may result in disqualification.
watch the YouTube video of the 2019 race location