Thanks Vertical Rushers!

4 March 2011

Jon Snow at the top of Tower 42

Huge thanks to the 950 runners who took on London’s Tower 42 for Shelter at Vertical Rush yesterday!

Now in its third year, the award-winning Vertical Rush is the UK’s largest tower-running event. 

On a cold and cloudy morning, 950 chip-timed runners, celebrities and elite athletes set off in hourly slots from 7.30am, racing 920 steps to the top to enjoy spectacular views across the city and to raise money for Shelter’s work with homeless and badly housed people.

Among the competitors were Channel 4 News broadcaster Jon Snow(pictured), who finished in 11m 57secs, and Matt Roberts, one of the UK’s highest profile personal trainers, who reached the top in an impressive 6m 44secs.

Matt said: ‘An event like Vertical Rush definitely pushes your physical capabilities to the limit. But the satisfaction you feel makes it all worthwhile – how many people can say that they have run up one of London’s biggest skyscrapers? Plus you’re raising money for a fantastic cause at the same time.’

Other famous faces included ex-Hollyoaks actor and reality TV star Marcus Patrick, Guinness World ‘Keepy-Uppy’ Champion Dan Magness and children’s favourite Bob the Builder was also on hand, cheering on the runners from the sidelines.

This year Vertical Rush was part of the Vertical World Circuit, the ‘Formula One’ of the tower-running world. A wave of elite runners, each competing to be crowned Vertical World Champion, with the fastest, Fabio Ruga finishing in 4m 24secs. Runners can see their times and order photos of the event

Campbell Robb, Shelter’s Chief Executive, said:

‘I want to thank everyone who helped make Vertical Rush such a huge success. The enthusiastic and energised atmosphere at both the start and the finish was amazing.

‘The money raised from this event will go a long way to help support the work Shelter does with homeless and badly housed people across the country. At a time when every two minutes someone faces the prospect of losing their home, this support is more important now than ever.’


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