Centurion Running


We have been lucky enough to receive a lot of incredibly positive feedback from our events. We work tirelessly to ensure that no stone is left unturned in assisting runners to get to the finish line in as safe and enjoyable manner as possible. Ultimately it is in huge part, the volunteers who make these experiences what they are.

Below some of the feedback we've received for a few of the events in 2017-18:

South Downs Way 50 2018


My 3rd Centurion 50 (CW/WW last year) and as before, exceptional organisation and volunteers, thank you all so much.
Thanks so much for another first class race this weekend. The organisation, support, care and attention to detail is what really sets you apart. 
Thanks all for a fine day out yesterday. Loved the race, please pass on my thanks to all the wonderful crew; especially impressed with southese checkpoint. 1st checkpoint i’ve ever seem with a proper cakestand!
Just a quick email to thank you and the Centurion team for another superb event at the weekend. Everything from the entry, the pre race  briefings, registration and the event itself was perfectly managed and of course the volunteers out on the course were awesome as always. 
Just a note to thank you for a brilliantly organised SDW50 yesterday. Everything was just superb in terms of details, organisation and pre-race info.  On the day, the aid stations were the best I have ever seen and the crews manning them just brilliant.  I'd heard so many good things about Centurion races and this surpassed everything I had heard. Thank you - I absolutely loved the race and the whole day. Please thank the outstanding volunteers for their time and smiles.  
Thanks again for another wonderful race on Saturday - one of the highlights for me was the absolutely outstanding provisions on offer at Southease - those guys really went beyond all expectations - for example they had made fudge, jellies and fruit in individual pots and egg sandwiches in tupperware containers with the crusts cut off!  It was amazing! I thanked them profusely at the time but please thank them again!
Just wanted to say a big thank you to you and your awesome team for another great Centurion event on Saturday. Fantastic organisation, loved the South Downs as always and incredible to see new course records!
I “ran” your SDW50 event on Saturday, and I wanted to thank you for organising such a well run ultra. The start and finish locations were excellent, as were the pre race instructions.  The crew were helpful, and visible throughout (they seemed to keep popping up on course), and your aid stations were brilliant. Never before has a roasted potato with sea salt looked or tasted quite so amazing. Obviously your taste for food changes quite a bit through the process of an event this long, from craving sugar to being repelled by the thought of it, and every aid station offered such a wide range of options I was always able to leave with a big smile on my face having found just the perfect snack for that particular moment in time. Also placing the aid stations before some of the main climbs works really well as most participants will be walking the big hills and can thus focus on getting some calories down their throats. This was my first Centurion race, but I will be back to do others. I really enjoyed myself (despite the discomfort on occasion).
Just a quick note to say thank you to everyone involved in making the race go so well on Saturday. I really had no right to finish it based on my complete lack of training but everyone from registration to the finish and all the marshals in between were amazing and helped alleviate the suffering. The welcome and support at every check point was world-class. Every team was amazingly helpful. Massive hugs to all involved and hope to see you all back on the trails soon

Just wanted to say a MAHOOSIVE THANK YOU to everyone who helped make Saturday such a great day out. Despite my determination and best efforts, I had to drop at Saddlescombe after aggravating a chronic back injury. But the 18 miles I shared, the hugs, handshakes and encouragement I received meant my legs never felt tired on that beautiful run. And I’ll be coming back stronger and fitter for the North Downs 50.

Thanks as always for a lovely day. It’s exactly what I needed x

I'm gonna add to the hundreds of posts, just because I want to say thank you to all the volunteers and runners! This was my first ultra and I'm currently debating which one to do next, despite being in A LOT of pain!
Thanks to the guy I was running with off and on for 20+ miles, I wouldn't have done it without you! Also the 2 or 3 ladies I was running with at various points - you all absolutely smashed it!


And the aid stations were absolutely brilliant and motivating! I can'tbelieve how well organised it was! I crossed the finish line, got my medal and t shirt, and there was already someone there handing me my drop bag!

I don't know how anyone can run 100 miles, but I'm about to go and apply to volunteer for one of them because the volunteers were so inspiring! Thank you so much for this event, I'm still on a massive high!


Many thanks for a great race: the course marking was excellent; the support provided by volunteers at aid stations and others’ crews elsewhere was much appreciated; and thankfully I and many others never got to see the sweepers but I know they have one of the toughest and least sung tasks, vital to the running of an event like this.

A massive thank you to all the amazing volunteers yesterday you guys truly know how to look after us runners
Centurion events are like one big party on the go and the food was fantastic
I also want to say a huge thank you to the guy in the centurion shirt who rescued my running shoes when the mud decided to remove them from my feet, you could have just ran on but in true centurion style decided to help another runner and I will never forget that. And lastly centurion running you guys are so professional and it was a pleasure to be a part of your awesome event
See you soon on the NDW 50


North Downs Way 100 2017

Thank you Centurion and all the volunteers who looked after us all yesterday. 1st class support, brilliant marking and it was great see other runners families also cheer us on. I had done the NDW50 last year so knew what I was in for, but this NDW100 was something else! This was the hardest thing I have done in my life. This race took every piece of mental strength and determination to cross the line. 
Just wanted to say a huge thanks to you all for a fantastic race. I think it was my favourite race ever in terms of the atmosphere, aid stations, people, organisation… 
A huge thank you to every single volunteer out there at the weekend. Just amazing. I know how long some of those shifts are and you don't have the same adrenaline that the runners do, so thank you so much for helping turn dreams into buckles. And whoever made those tomato rice balls at Botley Hill, I love you!
Now I am back in the land of the living after the NDW100 at the weekend, I just wanted to say the biggest thank you to you and your team of volunteers for all your support during the event. Words can’t describe how wonderful everyone was and I dont think I would have completed the event without their help. Last year I didn’t finish and withdrew at 76 miles so I am just over the moon to have completed the race. It was the hardest thing I have ever done in my life and also I think, the best!
A massive thank you to all the awesome volunteers working so hard over the weekend. Buckle number 8 and I couldn't have done it without you. You guys totally rock. Thank you xx
I just wanted to add my thanks to the other numerous and well-deserved words of praise that have already been posted. Thank you to Centurion, to the volunteers, the supporters and the other runners for making my first 100-miler (albeit my second attempt at one) such a fantastic experience. I have never been so well looked after during a race and I felt like everyone really cared. It was such a luxury having my bottles filled for me. The food and drink on course was perfect -I wish I could have risked eating more of the yummy-looking ’real’ food, but as someone who’s better on mainly sugar it was really helpful being able to top up on gels instead of having to carry kilos and kilos of the things with me from the start! The organisation was top and the course was well-marked. Every time I was starting to get a bit nervous that I hadn’t seen a strand of tape for a while, one would miraculously pop up. I did go wrong 3 times but when I back-tracked I could see the markings really clearly and they were ‘my bads’. Thank you to the other runners who I shared a mile or two with -Mari, Nick, James, Graham and all the other positive, friendly people I met. I think it was my favourite ever race and I really want to do another Centurion race, if I can ever walk again. I took a flight to France this morning and I thought I was going to have to order wheelchair assistance at the airport. People kept asking me if I was ok as I shambled through the terminal. I told them it was self-inflicted. And one last thing -congratulations to everyone who finished but equally to everyone who started. Putting yourself on the start-line of a race like this takes guts and is an achievement in itself and you should be extremely proud of yourselves no matter how far you got.
Thank you all for a brilliantly organised event, my 4th 100 and it was definitely the toughest so far, loved the cheese on toast and chicken soup combo at Detling...looking forward to seeing you all again at the A100.
Thank you so much 'Team Centurion'. The organisation is second to none. I have nothing but total respect for the team of volunteers working their butts off to ensure we got our work done. The guy that looked after me at Knockholt with drinks, drop bag, food... double helping of pasta and cheese whilst I changed socks and prepared myself for the night...thank you kindly Sir. I was in and out in less than 15mins feeling fresh and full. It will be my turn next year on the aid station again, having volunteered twice and now completed two 100's.Look forward to seeing you all soon.
NDW100 volunteers: thank you, thank you, thank you. Without exception, friendly, helpful, cheery, encouraging, supportive and just damn lovely. I can't think of a better community in the running scene than the simply awesome Centurion events. I've missed volunteering this year so I'll be back to help all you CW50 runners next month.
Hi I just wanted to thank everyone for all the support yesterday at the North Downs Way, to be part of such an amazing day felt incredible. This was my second ultra, first 100 miler and it was so well organised. I felt so well looked after all marshals pushing you on, making you laugh at every opportunity and making sure I ate which I struggle with! I wanted to thank the physio at Blue Bell checkpoint who strapped my ankle, made me have a hot coffee as I was shaking and got me back on my feet enabling me to go claim my 24 hour buckle and come in third lady which I can't believe and I want her to know as she really helped get me there! Thank you all so much now I know what the Centurion Army really means 

South Downs Way 100 2017

Thanks to the marshals - every single one absolutely amazing as always. Especially the little things that make such a difference - like when they rummage through your sweaty pack for you so you don't have to take it off, when they rush around looking for someone with sun cream cos you were too stupid to put any on your neck, when they notice your pack is still unzipped as you leave the aid station, and when they wrap you up in their coats because you're cold - and you know they're just as cold and they've given up their only coat for you. These are Centurion staff, marshals, volunteers, helpers, crew, pacers, family. Love every one of you!
A friend and I took part in this weekends SDW100 (my first 100 mile attempt!) and I really wanted to pass my thanks on in writing to the team who put this event on. I've done a fair few shorter events as a runner and I have to say that this weekends event was organised absolutely brilliantly. There are a few things I'd like to highlight and if you can pass on your thanks to everyone, please do! The route was highlighted with tape and arrows absolutely perfectly. Navigation was never an issue at all. I ran most of the route in training sessions over the past months and those tricky bits which you may be hitting in darkness were made so easy with that red and white tape. You never felt like you needed to question the path you'd taken. Please thank everyone who helped with that as it ensured we got to the end safely and without having to do more mileage. The aid stations were insanely brilliant. Where did you find all those helpers ??? They were magical and really helpful. The support they provided to help get you in and out of the stations was second to none. Every station I stopped at, I was being offered help to fill my bottles and get me food, including coffee and tea where it was available. Time saved here was invaluable. The volunteers really lifted my spirits when times were hard. The team were just absolutely brilliant. Please if you can let them know that without them the run would have been a lot harder. I plan to volunteer next year if I can.
I just wanted to take the opportunity to thank the entire Centurion team for a great experience. In particular as a non-supported runner, I was unbelievably well looked after at every aid station, with stand-out service at Washington. I would also like to congratulate you on the efforts you went to in relation to navigational support. Living in Yorkshire, I had not been able to recce anything, and even overnight I had no problem finding my way.  I shall certainly be recommending Centurion events on my report on the Ilkley Harriers website. 
Just want to add my thanks to all the volunteers and marshals, you all made it an amazing experience. A special thanks to the guys at Washington who wouldn't allow me to drop until I'd had half an hour to think about it, I would never have finished without you!!
To every single person that cut fruit, made sandwiches, filled bottles, served tea, logged numbers, sorted drop bsgs and generally cared for our every need THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU. James Elson and team do not miss a single trick. That course was marked impeccably. Sheer joy to take part (minus the hills of course😣) my first buckle earned xxx thanks again what a TEAM!!!
Another amazing day spent with the Centurion Running family. Every single one of you were amazing and a credit race volunteers. This really is the ultimate ultra running company in the U.K. 
 Thank you all.
Thank you everyone for taking such great care of us yesterday and today. Brilliant aid stations, kind volunteers and just a first class race. Wish I lived here !!
Short and simple. Thankyou for the kindess and support shown by the whole centurion team this weekend. As ever the event was an absolute pleasure, despite the challenges of the route, made all the more so by the amazing centurion army.
I just wanted to say a huge thank you To all the centurion volunteers for all the support and amazing awesomeness you guys are truly incredible
A huge thanks to the team at Housedean. After getting there with stomach issues I ended up blacking out from vomiting, and came to on the floor not knowing who I was or where I was. As you can imagine this scared the hell out of me (apologies to all who heard me screaming 'where am I). To say I was well looked after would be an understatement, and I want to thank im particular the lady who called my wife to collect me (sorry I've forgotten your name!) . I'm grateful for Centurion events being so well run and for having such amazing people.
Thanks once again to the amazing Centurion family. You make it all possible and give us such a lift with your smiling faces x
A mahoossive thanks to all volunteers, an equally mahoossive well done to all runners!
Three things I'd not foreseen:
1. Got talking to a fellow runner around twenty miles in. I thought I'd be the only Sheffield United fan with a grandmother from Northern Italy. I usually am...
...I was wrong. Well done, Dan!
2. The shout-out, nickname ('Gia') and all, from a volunteer running back down from what for me was mile 70. Apologies: I didn't recognise you... But thank you! A much-needed lift.
3. Mile 98. The Descent. Ow. Ow. Ow.
Just got home from finishing the SDW 100. Just wanted to say thank you for another amazingly well organised event. These events really have the feel of being organised by people who love and understand running which is so refreshing in an increasingly commercialised field.
The volunteers at the aid stations really were something else. Particularly the team at Alfriston who I got to in a really bad physical and mental state but who persuaded me I could still finish under 24 hrs, which (amazingly) I did comfortably. (Maybe just check they're not lacing their lemon cake with something!). Yet again, can't imagine doing another one but soon I'll be looking forward to NDW100.
Please could you pass on my thanks to all the volunteers yesterday at the SDW100. They were amazing! Thanks for putting on such a great well run event. Centurion events are the best!

Thames Path 100 2017

Massive thanks to all the Centurion staff, volunteers, crew, supporters and runners for brilliant day out along the Thames! What an awesome community.
I just want to say a huge thank you for all the staff and volunteers and Marshall's I just wanted to get in,fill up and get out as they say 😀so I wasn't overly chatty but tried to say thank you when I left every aid station, I was really pleased to meet Peter Colwill and Lee Scott and it gave me a real boost and thank you for telling me I was looking really good as well at 51 and 77 chaps was much appreciated!! It's a great family Centurion and I can't even put into words what this buckle means to me, 2 years ago I was 18 stone and heading for a heart attack, fast forward 2 years and 10 ultras, I failed last year and the DNF took 6 months to get over and it was a gamble coming back, but so very glad I did -thank you centurion for allowing me to be brave
Massive thank you to Centurion, volunteers, runners & supporters. Had a great time this weekend earning a third buckle.
My heartiest thanks to James, Nici and the rest of the red hoodies as well as the Centurion army out in force along the course, forever surpassing their own high standards. I am grateful to ALL of the volunteers; however, a few personal nods:-
i) Walton-on-Thames - amazing cheese scones, the baker needs their own bakery.
ii) Cookham - for telling me how handsome I was as I arrived at the aid station without any hint of sarcasm.
iii) Reading - for giving me a space to lie down for a little while when I was on the cusp of vomit and for the Whitney Houston. I will always love you, guys.
iv) Whitchurch - for trying to cater to my every need regardless of how ridiculous that was and for giving me a few minutes to try & get myself together, especially when there wasn't much time to be had.
v) The red hoodie that is Louise Ayling - for trying to shunt all of her potential drops at Henley another 8 miles along the course and for then re-appearing at Whitchurch to chivvy bedraggled souls on further yet again.
Thanks to everyone - runners, volunteers, organisers, supporters - for a fabulous event. The enormity of earning a buckle is slowly sinking in. Slept with it on my bedside table last night. Would it be too sad to wear it to work tomorrow?
Congratulations to all who took part in the TP100 
I loved every minute of it and the experience will stay with me forever 
I had a rocky patch at Henley but the Mrs slapped me a few times and told me to MTFU 
And the second half of the race flew by 
Can't believe that I smiled all the way round and the watermelon at 95 miles was amazing 
To all the Usual Suspects and to all the new usual suspects. Just massive thanks. My day was awesome from start to finish.
A beautiful and testing course, near perfect conditions, amazing support and organisation as I have become accustomed too at Centurion events. Some new acquaintances made and some old renewed. A day out with many friends and smiley faces.
Ultimately a 100m PB by over an hour on this time last year and the elusive Sub 21 for a Spartathlon ballot qualifier. See you all again soon for more running shinnanigans
Thank you to James , Nici and the rest of the Centurion family for an awesome TP100. Checkpoints and marshals fabulous as always
My first 100 and second time running at a Centurion event, fab,fab,fab. Obviously helped by finishing and exceeding my expectations. I can honestly say that the whole community - runners, volunteers, staff and supporters made me feel so welcome, so many acts of kindness. Apologies to the person at registration for sitting in the fire exit to put my number on, special thanks to Henley for delivering me food and drink while I changed all my clothes and cleaned my teeth! Also the runner just after Reading who picked up the glove that fell out of my pack Finally at the finish you were superb when I could barely move bringing me coffee and food. I hope I can be half as helpful when I am volunteering. 
As other runners have said, massive thanks to all the Centurion staff and volunteers for an amazing experience. I'm pretty sure that was my one and only 100 miler, but you were all so encouraging to those that were contemplating dropping out it was really inspiring.  Special thanks go to the sweeper who caught us up just after Abingdon, but kept reassuring us that we were on schedule to finish. (Ok, when he first appeared, he wasn't that popular!). Not only was he collecting signs and tape as he went, but he was making sure the back pack were all staying fed and hydrated, running ahead to open gates for us, and even running ahead to the next checkpoint with our orders for drinks and goodies!  Delighted to have completed the run with 19 minutes to spare! I'm looking forward to paying it back by volunteering at the SDW 100 this year, and I'll share my TP100 tattoo with you once it's done!
Thanks so much to centurion, volunteers, crews, and family and friends. 

South Downs Way 50 2017

Please pass on my thanks to all the team for a great event yesterday. The marshals at every aid station were superb. You said in your briefing that they would look after every runner the same, regardless of speed, and I certainly experienced that at Alfriston, when I arrived two minutes under the cutoff and left with a minute to spare, with topped up water and lots of encouragement. I was over the cutoff at Jevington, and am really grateful to the marshals there too, both for the friendly welcome and for waiting there when I'm sure they were all longing to get home. The course was lovely and well marked, and the race information was excellent.
I just wanted to say a big thank you to the organisers and volunteers involved in yesterday's event. The staff at the aid stations were all so jolly and supportive and the fellow competitors so friendly - it gave the whole day a great atmosphere. I ran this event to celebrate turning 50 a couple of weeks ago - it's likely to be the only event of this kind that I ever do which I'm fine about. I don't think yesterday's experience could ever be bettered!! The weather, the views.... WOW WOW WOW!!! It was all breathtaking.
Thank you so much Centurion Running for another incredible event... everything as always was perfect even if it was a touch hot for this pink headband wearing ginger..To reiterate what many have said the Marshall's and volunteers were incredible and i could of quite easily stayed at Jevington eating watermelon but i had a race to run...Looking forward to doing it all again in a few weeks and thank you Mimi for signing my medal xx
Thank you Team Centurion for a superbly executed day out on the Downs. A fantastically well marked route, excellent support from the wonderful volunteers and well organised registration and finish. Thank you to all.
Yesterday was one of those glorious days again with Centurion .. weather was perfect , the most fantastic views & as usual all the amazing people that come with Centurion events . Volunteers & marshals , you are in a class of your own .. always smiling, helping & picking up the pieces to send us on our merry way , thank you so much . Not forgetting the marvellous Nici Griffin wiping tears blood and snot off us all and keeping us in line - we love Centurion Mum 😁and James Elson for his outstanding slick organisation that keeps us coming back ! 
Firstly, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for the way that you all cared for the runners yesterday. I could not have been better looked after. You have a great thing going, and I hope you never change that Centurion formula.
Please pass on my thanks to your wonderful marshals and volunteers - all of whom did an exceptional job in attending to each and every runner as they bimbled along the course, making sure that runners' water was quickly topped up and helping to combat the heat where possible. It's a standard that they have set for themselves, one that they always strive to, and more often than not, surpass.
I love Centurion runs. Great organisation, superb volunteers and cracking performances from my fellow runners. I can't thank you enough for another great day. Looking forward to another good year, even if I am a bit scared it's TP100 in a few weeks 
A massive thank you to the volunteers and marshals at yesterday's SDW50. My first UK ultra and first Centurion event - very impressed. Next time I won't bring so much food - carried so much I didn't eat as aid stations so well stocked! A great day, thank you all!
So I've finally done it. After three years of marshalling, I am now the extremely proud and honoured owner of a Centurion finishers t-shirt and medal. A huge thanks to all the totally awesome marshals. I have a great day in as close to perfect conditions as you'll get. Topped of by a 1/2 hour PB. See you at TP100 where I'll be back to marshalling before round 2 of the 50 slam.
Thankyou to all who made yesterday possible was a truly awesome day , with some incredible people , I managed to not get lost which I do quite a bit , eat loads aid stations were the best , the support on route was amazing lots of cheering , loved every minute, cant believe how great the wether was, we were so lucky, this was my first 50 miler and I'm looking forward to seeing you all in June for the 100 , happy days.

Thank you to all at Centurion and the aid station crews! My first 50 in perfect conditions at such a well organised event.

My daughters cheered me (and every one else it seems!) on at the crew cheer points and had such a great day! What a great community.

Well done to everybody who braved the hills and the sunshine! Great feeling today

I failed to make the start line last year due to injury so volunteered and since then I've been determined to wait and run my first Ultra at a Centurion event.

You did not disappoint! 'Thank you' seems inadequate for what was such a special day from start to finish. To the all the marshals I thank you sincerely, if you haven't yet and you're thinking of running next year, do it!!

I've tried to think of something I would change about yesterday, and you know what? Nothing, not one thing. I even made new friends on the bus ride back to Worthing.

Some things in life are worth waiting for. X

I can't tell you how much yesterday means to me
I was so nervous
Everything was perfect
The marshals and volunteers were so kind and encouraging 
The course was so beautiful 
The sun shone
I had a pic with Mimi too 
I'm now an ultra runner and very proud 
Happy Days 😊
While running a number of things go through your mind one mainly why do I do this and put myself through pain .
Well this is why , great people great medal and being looked after by the Centurion crew.
I haven't stopped smiling and it hasn't sunken in yet. 
The feeling coming over the finish line is the most greatest feeling ever( apart from taking off that dam back pack lol.)
If I'm going to be mad then I can't think of a better group to be mad with😉