Looking Forward to the Goodwin Cup, the Middlesborough Hundred and remembering Flo Payn

Reg Goodwin 1948 Olympic judge

This coming Saturday, August 13 the Goodwin Cup 10 kilometres will take place in Chorley, changing facilities at St Peter’s Church Hall, Harpers Lane, PR6 0HP – start at 1.00 p.m. As is now customary it would be helpful, if you are able, to let Dave Evans know if you are attending and in what capacity.

A week later Adrian Edwards, Martin Payne and Sailash Shah will be endeavouring to join the hallowed ranks of the Centurions, All being well there will be three club members in support – although a rail strike is planned for Saturday, August 20th. Our very best wishes accompany the trio in their endeavours. Fingers crossed we will be hailing three new Centurions.

The 2019 Hundred at Castletown, Isle of Man. Thanks to Centurions.org for the photo.

The Middlesbrough 100 mile Challenge

The Centurions are proud to announce they are organising the 2022 Centurion – qualifying race walk on the Cycle Circuit at Middlesbrough Sports Village (Alan Peacock Way, Marton Road, Middlesbrough TS4 3AE). The course is a wide flat tarmac cycle track of just under 1 km. It will have 24-hour lighting, space for support tents, power supply for chip timing, parking, and many other facilities.

The race starts at 12 noon and will be held under Category ‘B’ race walking rules. Minimum age 20 years old. The rules stipulate walkers must maintain contact with the ground and satisfy the judges they are walking.

Walkers who complete 100 miles within 24 hours will be eligible to become Centurions, a unique athletic body open only to those who have achieved this remarkable feat. The Centurions were formed in 1911 and to date 1209 have qualified and joined this unique group of athletes. We look forward to welcoming walkers from the UK and overseas.

The race will incorporate the RWA National Long Distance Championship. UKA-affiliated walkers will be eligible to enter. Important note: walkers already qualified as a Centurion in Britain must be a member of a club affiliated to UKA. See the website for updates www.centurions1911.org.uk


In this photo from 2017 John was in charge of the dog whilst Flo is stood between Pat and Irene

Thanks to Roy Gunnett for this close-up of the photo taken at the 2 Hours race at Bury

A few weeks ago Flo, the wife of John Payn, our oldest member, passed away. Flo is fondly remembered for her regular presence at our races, often walking part of the course encouraging our efforts, almost always accompanied by her beloved dog. In addition, she was often to be seen assisting Pat Evans with the post-race refreshments. Sadly because of COVID and growing illness, we’ve not seen her for quite a long time but she will be sorely missed. We send our deepest condolences to John and the family.

A delightful photo of Flo and John at the 2019 Fred Pearce Relay
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1 Response to Looking Forward to the Goodwin Cup, the Middlesborough Hundred and remembering Flo Payn

  1. Christopher Bolton says:

    May I send my warmest good wishes to our three aspiring Centurions. I am sure you will all perform well and I look forward to applauding your achievements.

    As a aside, I asked Frank O’Reilly what was the secret of his tremendous performances. He said “well Chris you should remember that it isn’t the fast walking you can do, it is the slow walking you can avoid doing”.

    Wishing you all well and a successful result.

    Chris Bolton. C 332.

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