Record success for Vertical Rush

4 March 2014

Vertical Rush - Lee Ryan and Duncan James

Nearly 1,300 people raced up the 920 steps of London skyscraper Tower 42 on Tuesday 4 March to raise money for Shelter.

Vertical Rush is the tallest and toughest tower-running event in the UK, and the £500,000 raised will make a huge difference to Shelter’s housing advice services as they struggle to meet demand.

Teams from City firms Fujitsu and Berkeley Group came out in force, with more than 500 runners taking on Vertical Rush and raising thousands of pounds.

Celebrity chef Jason Atherton spurred on the first runners of the day with the promise of a pancake breakfast for the first 10 to reach the top.

Celebrity runners Duncan James and Lee Ryan from Blue put their fitness to the test, with Duncan beating Lee to the top by just 41 seconds.

Lee Ryan said: ‘I can’t believe Duncan got to the top before me, but it was a brilliant morning and I’ve enjoyed every bit of it.’

‘Obviously I’m chuffed to bits that I beat Lee to the top,’ Duncan James said ‘but I’m also delighted that by taking part in such a great challenge, I can help Shelter to give homeless families the advice and support they need.’

Campbell Robb, chief executive of Shelter, said: ‘The hundreds of thousands of pounds raised by our amazing runners will help us to be there for more families about to lose their home. And we want to say thank you for each and every aching muscle, blister and stitch they’ve ploughed through to get there.’

Barry Rushmer, General Manager of Tower 42, added: ‘We are delighted to have hosted Vertical Rush 2014 in aid of Shelter for the sixth year in a row. The charity's work is more important than ever, so we would like to pass on our congratulations and thanks to all of the participants on their efforts. I encourage everyone to dig deep and help Shelter reach its fundraising target.’

People can now register interest and get an early bird discount for Vertical Rush 2015.