Centurion Running

Drew is one of our core stuff, yet so much of what he does is behind the scenes. Along with James and Jan, Drew does all of the event logistics management, pre-race packing and post race clean up. On race day he is everywhere, from setting up the start, to managing all of the course markings for each event. He is always the first to arrive and the last to leave a race weekend, when everyone is tucked up in bed after an event, it is he and James clearing bin juice out of the back of the rental trucks - glamour!!! No job is ever too big or too small for him. Drew has worked every race since the Thames Path 100 in 2012, event two in our history. His own running career is extensive twith well over 20 x 100 mile+ finishes from flat to truly mountainous, with 3 successful completions of Ronda Del Cims in Andorra. He's also amongst other things finished UTMB, Leadville, Ehunmilak, GUCR, Lakeland 100, Arc of Attrition, Istria, 100 miles Sud De France and the WHW Race . He is the ultimate fan of the sport and can often be found crewing, pacing or just spectating at events up and down the country and internationally. He brings a true runners head to our events, which is a huge part of what makes them friendly and safe. Not least, he also 'invented' the Chiltern Wonderland and Wendover Woods 50 courses - so many have to thank him for those too!

Dave ran our South Downs Way 100 in 2012, earning a 100 miles One Day buckle in the process. He then volunteered at  the two other 2012 events before he made the step up to staff. Since the start of 2013, he has driven our sweeper minibus. He is there for the runners no matter the time of day or night, picking them up and re-uniting them with their bags or loved ones up and down the course. Those who are regularly towards the rear of the field in our events know Dave well, he is so supportive and will bend over backwards to help everyone. 

Nick provides the cherry on the icing on the cake at our events. The professional chef from Northampton is in charge of cooking the hot food for runners at all of our finish lines. Whilst this gig is far below the incredibly cooking abilities, Nick loves it because as he says 'this is real world cooking'!! Nick goes the extra mile to provide everyone with options- he can usually be found cooking hot dogs, bacon rolls or hot chilli - always with vegan and gluten free options. He also happens to be Drew Sheffields Dad, so comes with all of the kudos that entails !

When James founded Centurion Running in October 2010, it was Al who was first on board to bring the dream to life. At the time he was working with James at a company called Clear Channel based in Golden Square, London. James was in the trading team and Al was Head of design. But the main efforts around that period were extra curricular with regular late nights and early mornings in Als Brick Lane abode. When James brought the idea of Centurion to Al, he jumped on it straight away and built the original website. In the first couple of years, Al did everything alongside James. Packing vans, sweeping the courses, logistics, IT and sometimes when we had time - the design work! He is reponsible for all of our logos, awards and works with Chris Mills to keep our website looking good. Now based once again in his native Australia, we do most things remotely. And miss his presence at the events greatly. 

Marc is a keen biker and runner - and joined us on incredibly short notice in 2016 when he stepped in to do aid station set up for us at the South Downs Way 100. Having plenty of experience working at endurance events he took straight to it and hasn't looked back. You can find him at our events in charge of the Drop and Finish Line Bag logistics. 

'Little Russ' joined us in 2015. A regular volunteer at almost every start line he gradually evolved into Staff as he took charge of kit check. Runners will still find him there at every race that he isn't running himself, along with setting up the race start and finish areas.  Russ' running background is extensive, with finishes at the SDW50 and NDW50 amongst many other things, evolving into his first 100 mile buckle at the Autumn 100 in 2016. He has subsequently also gone on to finish the Grand Union Canal Race amongst many other things. 

Debs is part of our Ultra Team and is responsible for having created and grown our instagram accounts. Her creative genius and photography skills are nearly matched by a stellar running career which has included amongst a host of the biggest international events around, wins at the SDW100 and NDW100 - for which she holds the ladies course record.