13 Jan

Scale The Heights

Vertical RushThe New Year brings with it the opportunity to embark on something unique and enterprising. As such, Shelter’s Vertical Rush on Tuesday 3 March - known as UK’s tallest, toughest, tower-running challenge - might be of interest.

Expected to attract up to 1,000 participants, the event involves powering up all 932 steps of Tower 42, London’s original skyscraper, to raise money for homeless charity Shelter. Runners compete individually or in teams to climb the 42 flights of stairs in the fastest possible time. The pressure is on, with most scaling the impressive 600ft summit in less than 15 minutes.

The field will set off in hourly waves from 7:30am until 4:30pm and adrenaline junkies will be able to tackle the city’s most intense stair workout before returning to their desk within the hour.

Following a record rise in calls from people on the brink of homelessness, this year’s Vertical Rush is aiming to raise a massive £360,000 in support of the charity’s emergency helpline - where one call can make the difference between a family losing their home and keeping it.

Barry Rushmer, general manager of Tower 42, added: “The money raised through Vertical Rush can make a real difference to Shelter’s vital work, so I would encourage everyone to sign up, dig deep and get fit - the view from the top is not bad either!”

More information is available here.