My name is Leonie Vink and I was appointed chairman in 2012. I was born in Nijmegen in a true Four Days Marches family: my husband, sisters, brothers-in-law, cousins and an uncle participate in the Marches or have done so in the past. I took part in the Marches eleven times. Because of a persistent knee injury I no longer walk long distances. I have, however, for 25 years been active as a volunteer in the organization of the Nijmegen Four Days Marches. The last 16 years as Head of the administrative volunteers. With my farewell in 2017, I received the Care Medal in Gold. In my ‘other’ life I own and run a communications business and write (in Dutch and English) texts for businesses and organizations. As a communications coach I help people function better in their jobs and teach Dutch to foreign speakers.
My name is Frans Leijtens and I have been a board member since 2003. I started walking the Four Days Marches when I was 12, obtained my Gold Medal in 1998 and have only skipped the 2002 edition. I have been walking since I was six years old. I prefer race walking events over long distances (from 50 miles to 24 hours) or night walks, but also don't mind walking multiple day walks in the Netherlands and abroad. I am an officer in the Royal Netherlands Air Force and I try to get my Air Force colleagues to take up walking. Next to my role of secretary for the association, I update our website on a regular basis.
I am Ed Hendriks and since 2018 I act as treasurer. At younger age and when I was a student, I participated in the Four Days Marches several times. In 1979 I was asked as sports physician to be part of the medical team of the Four Days Marches. Later I was the head of that medical team until 1999. Since 2000 I walk the Four Days Marches every year and obtained my Gold Medal. I was also medical supervisor and participant of the Walk Challenges in China and Israel. I am medical advisor of the „Via Vierdaagse“ since the beginning of this initiative. My experience as a member of the board has started in my studentship, including several assignments as treasurer.
My name is Arjan Versteeg and I have been a board member since 2004. Within our board I primarily deal with the two editions of our magazine GOUD!, but I also work on improving our website. Walking has been passed down to me by my parents. They have been walking for years and have transferred the virus to my brother and me. I started walking in a group in the eighties, but nowadays I mainly walk by myself. Of course I could not wait to walk the Four Days Marches along with the rest of my family and so I started walking them at the age of twelve. Outside of walking, I have a job: I am a Service Manager at a Danish company.
My name is Rino Hamelink. Since I was borne in Nijmegen, I have been walking the Nijmegen Marches since I was twelve. This year, I hope to complete my 35th Nijmegen Marches. I do not just walk Nijmegen, but also many other events. These include the local evening four days marches with my 5 year old daughter, but alos walks up to 160 km. And I litterally walk from here to Tokyo, since I take part in many IML-events. Although I am a new committee member, I have been a volunteer within the walking community for many years now, as an events advisor and as a committee member for the region Brabant-Zeeland. In my daily life I used to be a supervisor for many restaurants, but at the moment I am looking for a new challenge.
Allow me to introduce myself. I am Martin Pegels, from the year 1954, born and raised in the south of the Netherlands, although I have moved north a dozen years ago. I have been a board member since 2005 and before that I used to do translation work (into German and English) since 2003. I enjoy walking, mainly in Belgium since it has more hills, is tougher and offers longer hikes and a nice beer at the finish of a walk. Besides participating in organised walking events, I sometimes enjoy trekking through nature. I am an ERP consultant: I implement software book keeping modules for customers in the Netherlands and abroad.
Schedule of elections and resignations
If our board members are willing to stay on and if they are re-elected every three years, this will be the schedule of elections and resignations.
Leonie Vink DB
Francie de Leeuw – de Bruijn (not eligible for re-election)
Frans Leijtens DB
Martin Pegels (not eligible for re-election)
Arjan Versteeg (not eligible for re-election)
Ed Hendriks DB