On Thursday morning we made it to the top of Tower 42 for Shelter's Vertical Rush. Puffed out, cheeks aglow, thighs burning and sweat dripping we wondered if our lungs were genuinely bleeding or whether the air con was particularly evil up there. The view was amazing, according to these pictures, but frankly we just wanted to rehydrate and sit down.
Special congratulations to our James, the one team member deranged enough to have done it last year and want to do it again. He scored a new PB being an impressive 48 seconds faster at 7m 20s. Dean and Craig were close behind, with the ladies bringing up the rear, taking the enormously sensible "steady pace, smiling face" approach. Everyone clocked in under 11m 19s with no reported ill after effects. All that training paid off, then.
The fastest time was 4m 54s. Gobsmacking.
At the evening reception we were disappointed not to scoop the prize for best fundraising team, being pipped at the post by about £90 from totals registered the night before. But who needs prizes when you have the warm glow of satisfaction at a daft but gruelling challenge successfully nailed and over £2000 raised for Shelter? Um, we do. So we drank lots of wine and snaffled their breadsticks.
Thank you to everyone who has sponsored us. Those of you who forgot, pledged and didn't pay or were waiting for your wages you can still top up our totals at our Justgiving page. Please do!
Many thanks to John who was a volunteer steward at the event and took some amazing photos for us. You can see more pictures on his Flickrstream.