Would-be NFU leaders must endure a marathon lasting hundreds of miles in the run-up to election day.

Over four days, leadership hopefuls criss-cross the country to speak to farmers at eight hustings across England and Wales.

The NFU 2012 leadership elections sees nine candidates standing for the posts of union president, deputy president and vice president.

This behind-the-scenes video shows it isn’t an election race for the faint-hearted.