After months of training around 500 cadets and adult volunteers have completed the 102nd edition of the Nijmegen Vierdaagse Marches.
The Nijmegen Marches event is an annual 160km walk that has taken place since 1909, being based at Nijmegen since 1916. It is now the world's largest walking event. This year saw 50,000 walkers take to the roads with an estimated 2 million spectators cheering them on.
With a Europe-wide heatwave and temperatures tipping 30°C it was one of the toughest marches yet for cadets and volunteers undertaking the four-day 100 mile march across The Netherlands in civilian teams or as part of the British Military Contingent.
Most cadets and volunteers have been training every month since January in preparation for the endurance event, with marchers from Kent wing averaging walking more than 260 miles over the six-month period.
As well as the heat, this year’s challenge was especially gruelling with the teams facing early starts in the dark before marching 40km a day in the relentless sunshine.
For an unprecedented third year running the Kent Wing Military Team was awarded the Jon Ford Trophy for the best Air Cadet Team in the British Military Contingent.
Flight Lieutenant Chris Tate, who led the Kent Wing team, said: “It’s been, once again a fantastic week. Cadets and staff from throughout Kent wing participating in this marathon endurance event.
“The camaraderie, fortitude and achievement of these young people reflects the true meaning of the Corps motto “Venture, Adventure””.
“To say I am immensely proud of all of them would be a total understatement”.
“To win the Jon Ford trophy for an unprecedented third time is no mean achievement.”
“Congratulations to all involved, not only From Kent Wing but throughout the region and throughout the RAF Air Cadets”