New UK stair running race for 2015

Posted: January 27, 2015 in News

A new race and a brand new tower is being opened up this February for an event organised by the children’s charity Shooting Star Chase. The race takes place on Saturday 28 February 2015 at Broadgate Tower in the City of London, which contains 877 stairs. Completed in 2008, Broadgate Tower is the 12th tallest building in London and presents an exciting new challenge for the stair running community.

Online entry to the event is available here, and we would highly recommend readers sign up quickly before all of the remaining slots are taken up.

Tower Running UK recently caught up with Emma Edwards, the challenge events fundraiser for the Surrey based charity, to find out a bit more about the event. “We’re looking for 300 heroic challengers to take on the climb and help make every moment count for young people supported by Shooting Star Chase” said Edwards. “You don’t need to be the next Mo Farah to take part. In fact, most people who have signed up so far have chosen to either walk or jog the climb – whatever your fitness level you can take part!”.

Shooting Star Chase is hoping to raise £40,000 through the challenge, to help them continue the amazing work they do. Emma explained that, “Thanks to medical advances, more young people with life-limiting conditions are surviving into adulthood, and helping them move from a children’s hospice into appropriate adult services is an increasingly important part of our service.” Every pound raised will allow the charity to provide a better service to those in need.

The event is a first for Shooting Star Chase, but also a first for the tower running scene here in the UK. Though it joins The Gherkin, Tower 42 and the former ‘Heron Tower’ as City of London stair race venues, it is the first race held on the north end of Bishopsgate, giving runners a slightly different view of the city from the top. Taking place just a few days before Vertical Rush, some brave runners might fancy doubling up on both events for a ‘hardcore’ experience totaling 1,847 steps.

Anyone with any questions about the event, or the charity, is encouraged to contact Emma Edwards at

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