Walking from France and running in Berlin

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Posted 15 February 2014, 2 comments
Matt Summers-Sparks
From our Digital team

This week marks the 20th anniversary of Le Walk, an event that raised £2m and was the first time since the ice age that humans walked from France to England

inside the Channel Tunnel, a band plays, a train sits and people prepare to walk

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.

Comments

What a fantastic story. Really enjoyed the pictures also. Would be nice to know twenty years later, what our supporters are doing now and their recollections?
Although I didn’t participate in the actual walk, I can remember the event taking place. It was a truly innovative ‘once in a life time’ opportunity for The Children’s Society and took a lot of organising with the Daily Mail and others. Le Walk had its own office in the BT Tower (courtesy of BT) and attracted both the support of individuals and companies, e.g. H M Samuel. What an experience being able to walk through the Channel Tunnel! I don’t think they would stop the trains for it now! Special medals were made for each contestant, a gala dinner was held for the contestants and a plaque commemorating the event put in place at the Folkestone (I think) end of tunnel; I wonder if that is still there? The huge piece of equipment in the big group photograph is the cutting-end of one of the tunnel-boring machines used in the construction process – and clearly for sale at this point!

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