Vertical Rush

Whether racing solo or in a team of 5 there’s a time to suit you, with waves setting off every hour from 7.30am to 4.30pm. You’ll be rewarded with iconic views of London’s skyline when you hit the 42nd floor finish line and afterwards can join our post-race celebrations, enjoying refreshments and checking your live race results.

In the past five years, an incredible 4,500 runners have taken on Vertical Rush, raising more than £1.2million. But every 15 minutes another family loses their home. In that time you could power up the tower and help raise £578,000 – which could help over 3,300 families in need.

Will you join us for the ultimate vertical challenge?

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Our expert trainers recommend three training sessions per week to help you power up the tower. Start by checking out our top tips video and watch this space for new training tips and advice to keep you pumped while you train!

Training resources

Check out our handy training guides:

Training Guide 2014
Top training tips

Training support

If you’ve got questions or concerns about your training, or would like help, you can contact our expert personal trainers who’ll respond within two working days:

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You’ve signed up, started your training and now you’re ready to get going with your fundraising. Well, you’ve come to the right place!

From top tips and advice to sponsorship forms and resources to help you shout about what you’re doing, we’ve got everything you need to help you smash your target:

Set up a fundraising page:

The first thing to do is set up your fundraising page - the sooner you get going, the more likely you are to beat your target.

Click here to set up your fundraising page

Set an ambitious target:

Setting your target above your sponsorship pledge will help drive donations - hopefully leading to helping many more people facing homelessness.

Social media is your fundraising friend:

Social media is a great way to get people sponsoring you - and to get their support for the challenge you’ve taken on. In fact, runners who share updates on Facebook are statistically proven to raise more money, so don’t be afraid to share your training highs and lows in your status updates (just remember to include a link to your fundraising page each time).

Personalise your fundraising page:

Adding photos and telling people why you’re fundraising will help them see what it means to you - as well as what their money will do to help.

Don’t forget – we’re here to help! If you have any questions or concerns on your fundraising please get in touch at or on 0344 515 1190.

Fundraising resources

We’ve got everything you need to reach dizzying heights with your fundraising as well as your tower running!

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Individual Results

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Team Results

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Vertical Rush is a unique and amazing event - the atmosphere on the day is incredible and the finish line views really are worth all the effort. I can’t wait to see all our incredible Vertical Rushers taking on Tower 42 again in 2014.

Below are the most commonly asked questions - but we’re on hand to help with anything that springs to mind so if you can’t find the answer you’re looking, get in touch at or call us on 0344 515 1190.

General questions

What is Vertical Rush?

Vertical Rush is the UK’s original, tallest, toughest tower-running challenge. The event takes place at Tower 42 in the City of London, with 2,000 runners racing up 920 steps (42 floors) of one of London’s tallest buildings.

I want to fundraise online. How do I do this?

Fundraising online is quick, easy and one of the most effective ways to fundraise. When you register there is an option for automatic online fundraising set up, so you can register and set up your fundraising page in one go. We strongly recommend you take this option and set up your fundraising page straightaway.

Online donations on your page will automatically be sent to Shelter.

How do I make the most of my online fundraising?

The sooner you set up your fundraising page, the more sponsorship you will raise.

Set up your page today and check out our fundraising advice. Set my page up now

What support can I expect from Shelter?

Shelter will support you every step of the way. We will be in touch regularly with training advice, information about Shelter and the event, fundraising support, a t-shirt to wear when training and on race day itself, and of course lots of support and encouragement on the day, including a celebratory post-race reception.

How do I train for Vertical Rush?

You will need to ensure you have a basic level of fitness before attempting Vertical Rush. If in doubt, your local gym or GP will be able to advise you. Check out our training page

Do I have to run all the way?

No. This event is open to people of all abilities. If you need or want to walk then we are happy for you to do so. Participants will set off in waves so the stairwell will never get too crowded. People who are running will easily be able to pass those who are walking. However we do ask you start towards the back of the wave if you are intending to walk the whole way.

How long will it take me?

Depending on your fitness level it could take as little as 5 to 7 minutes, or it could be longer. The average time in 2013 was 9 minutes and 48 seconds. All participants will be chip-timed and the results will be available on the big screen at the post-race reception. And if you give us your mobile number we’ll also send you a text with your time on the day.

Can I change my time slot?

Yes. When you register you are asked to choose a time slot. If you need to change this time we will do our best to arrange that, as long as there are places still available on your desired wave time. The deadline for changes to time slots is Monday 24 February.

I'm running with a team: do all five team members need to complete the distance?

Yes, you must all complete the whole course. Team race results are based on the total time taken by all team members.

Can I replace team members after registration is complete?

Yes, but you must let us know if you’re changing or replacing team members. We must have all runners registered; otherwise they may not be able to take part in the race due to health and safety regulations. The deadline for making changes to your team is Friday 28 February. Please confirm any changes by calling us on 0344 515 1190 or emailing

What happens if I need to pull out before the event?

If you have a health issue or an injury that prevents you from running, or could make it dangerous for you to take part, please don’t sign up for Vertical Rush.

If you develop an injury or health problem after signing up, please call us immediately on 0344 515 1190 or email

What happens if I need to pull out during the event?

If you feel unwell during the event, please do not continue. There will be marshals and first aid personnel at designated levels to assist anyone who needs to stop. A full briefing will be given to all runners on the day of what to do if this situation arises.

Are there drinks stations during the event?

No. There are no drinks stations as it is dangerous to have liquid in the stairwell. There will be plenty of drinks available for all runners at the finish line and at the post-race reception.

What facilities are there for changing and storage of bags?

There will be safe bag storage available on site. However, changing facilities are limited and we would ask that you arrive in your running clothes.

Financial questions

How much money will the event raise and how does it help?

Our 2014 target is £578,000 which could pay to keep two Shelter housing advice service centres running for over a year, helping over 3,000 families in need.

How much money do I have to raise?

If you’re running as an individual, we ask for £180 sponsorship (plus a £40 non-refundable registration fee).

For a team of five, we ask for £800 sponsorship (plus a £200 non-refundable registration fee).

When you register, you commit to a sponsorship pledge. The pledge ensures we can provide a full programme of support and an unforgettable experience for all runners, while raising enough income for Shelter to continue our critical work ensuring a safe, secure and affordable home for everyone.

Not reaching your sponsorship pledge impacts on what we can achieve and may result in Shelter losing money - so the sponsorship commitment is an important part of participating in the event.

When do I pay the registration fee?

You pay your registration fee up front when you sign up for Vertical Rush. This is non-refundable.

When do I need to raise the money by?

The deadline for sending in all your sponsorship money is six weeks after the event - Wednesday 16 April 2014.

I have cash and cheque donations. How do I send in this money?

Cash donations should be paid into your own account; then make the equivalent donation to your online fundraising page or write a cheque and send to us. All cheques should be made payable to ‘Shelter’ and posted to: Shelter (Vertical Rush), 88 Old Street, London EC1V 9HU.

Please accompany all cheques with a note stating your full name and address and a reference to Vertical Rush.

My employer offers match giving. How do I send this to you?

You will need to agree this with your employer in advance. Once you have completed your fundraising, you will need to confirm the total raised and they will organise for the money to be sent to Shelter. You will need to ensure they provide your full name, the company name and a reference to Vertical Rush, to ensure the money is correctly attributed to you.

What happens if I don't meet the sponsorship pledge?

The Shelter events team is here to support you, and we’ll be in touch regularly with fundraising support and guidance to help you reach your target. If, however, you do fall short of the sponsorship pledge, we ask that you make up the difference yourself.

Tower 42

Tower 42 is proud to be supporting Shelter by hosting what is a truly exciting and innovative event. Vertical Rush was the first event of its kind in the UK and, together, Shelter and Tower 42 ensure the event is a great success.

Tower 42 is the centrepiece of a remarkable estate comprising six building in the City of London. It is a distinguished landmark of international recognition and provides some of the most enviable office space in the world.


At 600 feet above the pavement, Champagne Bar Vertigo 42 boasts the best view of any bar in London. A place to relax and enjoy the unrivalled panoramic London skyline, Vertigo is open to the general public as well as Tower 42 customers.

Rhodes Twenty Four

Located on the 24th floor of Tower 42, Michelin-starred restaurant Rhodes Twenty Four offers traditional British cuisine from Gary Rhodes in an outstanding location in the heart of the city.


Bannatyne's Health Club at Tower 42 offers a wide range of exercise and wellbeing opportunities to support its members' healthy lifestyles.

Facilities include a spacious gymnasium featuring the latest in cardiovascular, resistance equipment and free weights. The fitness studio hosts classes including pilates, boxing and spinning and there is also a luxury swimming pool, sauna, steam room and spa bath.

Step Jockey

StepJockey are a team on a mission to label the world for calorie burn and we are starting with office stairs.

StepJockey smart signs are a proven and inclusive system for seamlessly prompting greater physical activity in the workplace. They not only look amazing but also make use of the latest web and near-field technologies to allow employers of all types to 'gamify' performance, motivate and inspire.

The StepJockey team are proud to have worked closely with Vertical Rush to develop a new smartphone app to support competitors training for Vertical Rush.