Continental Centurion races are held in Holland and are organised by the country's two major walking clubs - Rotterdam Wandel Vereining (RWV) and OLAT - on alternate years.
- RWV hold their race in Princess Beatrix Park in Schiedam just outside Rotterdam.
- OLAT stage their race in Weert to the east of the country.
The Continental Centurions were established 1973 and the first Continental Centurion (C.C.1) was Jan Vos.
The rules to obtain this title are roughly the same as for British Centurions: you have to walk 160.928 kilometres (100 miles) within 24 hours at an approved race on Dutch soil in a judged competition.
A Continental Centurion also receives a unique number.
Continental Centurions are mainly Dutch, but there are a growing number of German, Belgian, British and Danish Continental Centurions.
The Continental Centurion title is handed out by the R.W.V. as it is the most active race walking club in the Netherlands.
Note that the 2020 race has been cancelled.
You can take part in a "virtual" almost 100 mile race. Just slightly a few miles less!
Decurion June 13-14, 2020
Results - a list of the new Continental Decurions! [pdf]
From the RWV website:
A nod to the Walking Weekend with the Centurion competition that could not take place this year.
Because it is not possible to do a walk together at this time, the RWV wants to organize an individual, recreational 10-mile Decurion walk as an alternative.
Not in Rotterdam, but with yourself in the immediate vicinity. Just a relaxed sporty walking tour.
Not 25 or 40 kilometers or similar, but 10 miles (16,093 km) as it suits you.
For anyone who signs up and walks the 10 miles according to the regulations, there is a Continental Decurion medal and a walking plaque sent by post. A diploma will be sent by e-mail.
These Decurion walks take place on June 13 and 14.
All participants post messages themselves, or via the organization, on a special Facebook page, which means that we are still active together, but each in its own environment.
Competition / performance race
For the walkers who want more than just walking, there is the Decurion Competition. You do not necessarily have to racewalk, but you can also just walk on. It is of course the intention to cover the 10 miles at once. And that is allowed on June 13 or 14. We understand that without GPS it is difficult to cover exactly 10 miles (16,093 km), but it is possible to plot one or more laps on a programm on the internet. If you walk too much, please tell us that distance and time by email or on the Facebook page, and we will calculate the time back to the correct distance.
Participants in the competition will receive a medal and walking plaque by mail and a diploma stating the time achieved by mail.
The distance to be covered is 10 English Miles (16,093 km).
It doesn't matter if you cover the distance in one go or several times.
The 10 miles must be completed on Saturday 13 and / or Sunday 14 June 2020.
This event can be followed (publicly) on Facebook. Everyone's participation is monitored and recorded there.
A list will be compiled with all names of all Continental Decurions 2020.
NOTE: The name Decurion is derived from the name Centurion. A Centurion is one who, as an amateur, has successfully completed a 100 miles race walking event in Great-Britain within 24 hours. With centurion, "cent" refers to a hundred. For decurion, dec is the reference to ten.
Usually , the Continental Centurions qualifying race includes various races:
so take your pick if you don't want to do a 100 mile race.
List of Continental Centurions after Weert June 2019
images below from Schiedam