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Walking is a seemingly simple everyday activity serving to move the body in space. This is achieved by pushing feet against the ground hence generating ground reaction forces. The nature of these forces is well understood – we are pushing up against the ground to support the body against the action of gravity, we are pushing back to propel the body forward, and we are pushing sideways to enable bipedal gait and ensure that balance is maintained. Nevertheless, modelling pedestrian ground reaction forces remains a challenge in the structural engineering community.