Written by Cdt Heffernan
The Nijmegen Marches, also known as the Four Days Marches (Vierdaagse), is the largest road marching event in the world.
year cadets from Kent Wing successfully completed the 160km route after
months of training and preparation and will have walked over 400km (260
miles) during the training.
It all starts with the Taster weekend . . .
I started off the weekend not knowing what to expect; all I knew was that it would be physically and mentally demanding. On the Friday evening we had our inspections to make sure all our kit was up to standard for the next day and we were briefed on what to expect over the weekend.
The weekend wasn’t just all about road marching and on the Saturday evening we had free time to socialise in the NAFFI. This provides a great opportunity to meet up with cadets from all over the wing.
The Sunday was another early start but the kind NCOs gave us a small lie in (20 minutes!), and once we had had breakfast we ran through a quick recap of the drills and then we set off on our march. We learnt many different road marching songs and made strong bonds with each other within such a small amount of time. This was our first experience of proper road marching teaching us what a typical training weekend would be like and I wish I could’ve stayed and done it for another day.