Posted: 15 February 2014

Walking from France and running in Berlin

Twenty years ago this Wednesday, 118 people made history by walking the length of the Channel Tunnel. In an event dubbed 'Le Walk', participants strode 31 miles through the tunnel, beginning near Calais, France and emerging more than 12 hours later in Folkestone.

It was an event that took place less than three months before the Channel Tunnel officially opened for train travel on 6 May 1994. We partnered with the Daily Mail and other charities to raise funds for the event. In total, we raised more than £2 million.

We've compiled a handful of photos from the day - which are embedded below. 

If you're looking for an international activity to help raise funds for our work, consider this year's Berlin marathon. It's one of the most iconic runs in Europe. Find out more.

Le Walk, 12 February 1994

participants ready to begin their walk through the Channel Tunnel

Walkers ready to enter the Channel Tunnel and begin their 31-mile walk

participants ready to begin their walk through the Channel Tunnel

Walkers getting ready to embark on their walk through the Channel Tunnel

participants ready to begin their walk through the Channel Tunnel

A band plays as walkers prepare to embark

participants ready to begin their walk through the Channel Tunnel

approximately 50 people walking in the Channel Tunnel

Walking the Channel Tunnel

participants ready to begin their walk through the Channel Tunnel

At the one-mile marker

participants ready to begin their walk through the Channel Tunnel

At the border between France and England

 

The Berlin marathon

If you're looking for an international activity to help raise funds for our work, consider the Berlin marathon, one of Europe's most iconic runs.

Find out more.

By Matt Summers-Sparks - Digital team

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