The world’s largest walking event got off to a rainy start early this morning in the east of the Netherlands.
More than 41,000 people have signed up for this year’s Nijmegen Vierdaagse, or four day march. The first group of walkers set off in the rain at 4am this morning to cover either 30, 40 or 50 kilometres.
This is the 96th edition of the Vierdaagse, which was originally set up as an army exercise to keep soldiers fit after the introduction of motor vehicles.
Five thousand soldiers from 32 different countries are taking part this year, walking the 40 kilometre route with a 10 kilo rucksack.