Nijmegen walkers drenched by downpour

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Walkers in the Nijmegen Four Days Marches faced heavy rainfall and falling temperatures during the so-called ‘mountain stage’ on the third day of the event.

At the finish line, Red Cross staff were kept busy giving massages to the more than 500 walkers suffering from cramped muscles as a result of the cold rain. The Red Cross said it was surprised by the large number of people who were stung by wasps.

The third day of the Four Days Marches is known as the ‘mountain stage’ because the course leads across a series of low hills east of Nijmegen. Soldiers taking part in the event held a commemoration at the Canadian military cemetery near the town of Groesbeek where more than 2,500 soldiers from World War II lie buried.

Many walkers are taking part to raise money for charity. More than 182,000 euros has been raised so far. The total amount is expected to exceed 200,000 euros by Friday. The organisers want the Nijmegen Four Days Marches to be biggest charity walk in the world by 2016, when the 100th edition of the event will be held.

Police have arrested a man who in the past few days was parked near the finish line with a rented ambulance. The man was not known to either the Red Cross or the event’s organisation. It is not clear if he actually provided any ‘assistance’ to walkers.

Thursday saw 643 people give up, which means that of the 41,316 walkers who started out on Tuesday morning, only 38,596 are left.

© Radio Netherlands Worldwide

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