In Pictures: Climbing Tower 42 For Vertical Rush

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By M@ Last edited 113 months ago
In Pictures: Climbing Tower 42 For Vertical Rush
Those 42 floors in full. Photo by M@.
Those 42 floors in full. Photo by M@.
Anonymous runner, going somewhat faster than team Londonist. Photo by Mike King.
Anonymous runner, going somewhat faster than team Londonist. Photo by Mike King.
Haste and Brown prepare to ascend. Photo by Mike King.
Haste and Brown prepare to ascend. Photo by Mike King.
An unfamiliar view of a familiar building. Photo by John Wilkes
An unfamiliar view of a familiar building. Photo by John Wilkes
Looking west. The white, steel-framed building down at bottom is the Heron Tower. In a year's time, it'll be taller than Tower 42. Photo by John Wilkes.
Looking west. The white, steel-framed building down at bottom is the Heron Tower. In a year's time, it'll be taller than Tower 42. Photo by John Wilkes.
Team Londonist: left to right, Colleen "runs and never" Waights, Dave "misnomer" Haste, James "the only way is" Upsher, M@ "don't look down" Brown and Julie "silly nickname immune" Palmer-Hoffman. Photo by Mike King.
Team Londonist: left to right, Colleen "runs and never" Waights, Dave "misnomer" Haste, James "the only way is" Upsher, M@ "don't look down" Brown and Julie "silly nickname immune" Palmer-Hoffman. Photo by Mike King.
On top of the world. Photo by Mike King.
On top of the world. Photo by Mike King.

We totally conquered the tower. Yesterday, a team of five Londonistas sprinted, then walked, then paused, then inched, then wheezed, then walked, then sprinted again up the 920 steps of Tower 42, the tallest building in the Square Mile. We gave it our all in the name of raising money for Shelter's Vertical Rush, but failed to get anywhere near the winning times. The fastest ascent of all came from Jahn Matthias with a knee-buckling 4 minutes 22 seconds. That's just over six seconds per floor - all the way up. Londonist travelled at a more stately pace. Our mean time was something like 10.20, but kudos to Londonista James who scaled the heights in 8.06. More importantly, we raised £1700 for Shelter, making us one of the top few donors. Thanks to all the readers who sponsored us, and it's not too late to retrospectively add a few pence to the cause. Shelter need every nickel to help house the hundreds of thousands without permanent accommodation in London alone.

With special thanks to Mike King and John Wilkes for the excellent photographs.

Last Updated 20 March 2009