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Raod Marching Team complete Waendel Walk

Article posted: May 23, 2016 by Sqn Ldr Mayoh-Smith

Waendel Walk May 2016
Staff & Cadets from across the Wing completed the International Waendel Walk Weekend over the weekend of Friday 13 – Sunday 15 May 2016. The route 42km / 25km for the team travelled along footpaths and roads, whilst visiting places of interest and local villages in and around Wellingborough. Every marcher who completed the routes on Saturday or Sunday was presented with a medal for their achievement. This was the last 2 day event before heading out to Nijmegen in July. The event was enjoyed by all as they explored the fantastic scenery and culture in Northamptonshire.The photograph attached is Cadet Sergeant Thomas Chambers – relaxing after getting all his kit ready for the Walk, some of the kit was purchased through Cadet Direct who we are proud to say along with Magnum boots have sponsor the South and East Midlands Nijmegen Team this year.

A Brief History of the Waendel Walk EventThe International Wændel Walk was started in 1979 it was a one-day event offering two walks, 43km and 29km. 479 people signed up to walk and 355 of those tried the 43km walk.As Waendel was a Saxon Warlord – Waendel’s Burgh – Stronghold of Waendel’s people – the Waendel Walk awards and medals are based on Saxon symbols.
1980 Walking for Awards were becoming popular and the walk committee approached Internationaler Volkssport Verband (I.V.V.) to obtain IVV recognition.
1984 saw the introduction of the first swimming event
1986 the Friday Night Friendship Walk was introduced.
1991 was the first year as an IML walk. 18 Different countries were represented with 252 entries being IML walkers.
1993 was the year United Kingdom was invited to attend the International Two-Day Walks in Blankenberge , Belgium . The weekend for the Wændel Walk was changed to enable International walkers the opportunity of walking three IML events in three consecutive weekends. Switzerland , Belgium , then Wellingborough , UK .
1994 The Saxon Helmet logo was replaced by the modern ‘Boot Print’ depicting the 5 wells of Wellingborough.
1996 was an important year as the IML AGM was held in Wellingborough. Delegates from the 21 member countries visited Wellingborough.
2011 Following the retirement of Peter Boulden in 2010, Sue Bull became the new Waendel Walk Co-ordinator. The Waendel Working Party decided to offer all participants the option of registering online with the Castle theatre to streamline the registration process.
2015 marks Wellingborough’s 25th Anniversary of being a member of the IML Association