Terrific Tony joins the UK Centurion ranks as gutsy Kim finishes just short

Tony Hill and Kim Reed completed the UK Centurion event at Southend-on-Sea
Tony Hill and Kim Reed completed the UK Centurion event at Southend-on-Sea

Tring Running Club duo Tony Hill and Kim Reed took on the physically and psychologically challenging annual UK Centurion event at Southend-on-Sea.

The event is a walking race round a normal 400m race track with no running allowed. The goal is simple – to cover 100 miles in under 24 hours.

The event started in 1911, and since then only 1,132 people have been successful in completing the course.

Tony previously attempted it in 2010 when he completed 88 miles in the time allowed. However, this time he smashed his target by completing the 100 miles in 23:41 – becoming centurion number 1,133.

In her very first attempt, Kim completed a fantastic 98.5 miles, before being timed out. Agonisingly, she was just six laps short of the 402 required.

Tony and Kim were supported over the 24 hours by Brian Layton and Colin Rees.

Elsewhere, Peter Hamson participated in the Lake District Ultra Tour. It involved a very challenging 50-mile off-road route from Dalemain to Coniston, taking in various peaks.

Peter completed the race in 14 hours 57 minutes – a fantastic achievement at the age of 66.