The organisers of the Walk of Death are delighted with the number of participants.
The figure of 10,624 participants is just 169 short of last year’s all time record.
The first participants crossed the finishing line at around 7am.
The walkers have until 9pm on Saturday evening to complete the 100km hike.
Walkers from 25 different countries are taking part in the Walk of Death.
The walk is especially popular among Dutch and German hikers.
On average around 60% of those that start successfully walk the 100km within the 24 hour time limit.