He first took part in the Big Walk when he was just 10 years old.
Mr M. G. Nilanga, 30, a systems engineer, told The New Paper: “I took part in my first Big Walk in 1997 when I was in Primary 4. My father, who is now 67, was also a participant.
“The most memorable moments about the Big Walks at the National Stadium was looking at the Gurkhas who were about to complete the Walk, when I was only at the halfway mark. But they also motivated me to persevere.”
Since then, he has taken part in other Big Walks — in 2001, 2002 and the SG50 Jubilee Big Walk 2015.
In 1997 and 2001, Mr Nilanga took part in the competitive category.