More than 300 ultramarathon runners completed a gruelling race along the 100-mile path of the old Berlin Wall, a quarter-century after it fell in the heady days that brought down communism.

Extreme athletes from around the world joined the third event of its kind in the German capital, which is also a historical pilgrimage along the symbol of the Cold War.

“I was astonished by the size and length of the Wall and the places it passed,” says the oldest registered participant, Sigrid Eichner, 73, of the 160-kilometre stretch.

Martina Schliep and her partner Gaston Pruefer run next to the former Berlin Wall at the East Side Gallery. – AFP Photo/ TOBIAS SCHWARZ