• Short Summary

    Fourteen thousand very weary walker put their best foot for forward on Friday (18 July) to make some attempt at a triumphal entry into the little Dutch town of Nijmegen.

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    Fourteen thousand very weary walker put their best foot for forward on Friday (18 July) to make some attempt at a triumphal entry into the little Dutch town of Nijmegen. They had just completed this year's Nijmegen Walks.

    The Walks began 1909. Then, only 41 people took part. Fifty-three marches later, with only a break for the war years, the number of starters this year was over 15,400.

    Organised by the Royal Netherlands League for Physical Culture, the Walks are non-competitive events to encourage people to reach their peak of physical fitness. Participants certainly needed to be on top form this year -- in the first two days of the four day event, which began on Monday (14 July) temperatures were over 809 degrees Fahrenheit (26.7 degrees Centigrade). By Wednesday an Englishman and a Dutchman had already died as a result of the marches.

    One thousand three hundred and sixteen pairs of feet had given up the trek by Thursday
    On the last day, a brilliant sunshine, the first marchers filtered into Nijmegen. They came over a pontoon bridge specially set up over the river by Dutch Army Engineers. Some 200,000 onlooker lined the streets to cheer them home.

    The oldest walker was an 85-year old Dutchman, the youngest cheating a little, a babe in arms.

    There was a 74-year old Swiss with a wooden leg, who had trained over some 800 kilometres (500 miles) specially for the Walks. He got a special bouquet for his performance. A blind man also got an ovation.

    Also among the finishers was a contingent of Israeli girl mineworkers, and a number of military units, including the third battalion of Britain's Queen's Regiment.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5LZ49QDHJ24GBO173ODINN88Z
    Media URN:
    VLVA5LZ49QDHJ24GBO173ODINN88Z
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/07/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:10:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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