George joins tower runners for Shelter

George Clarke joined the ranks of nearly 1,000 runners to race up London skyscraper, Tower 42, in support of housing and homelessness charity, Shelter.

Now in its seventh year, Vertical Rush retained its title as the UK’s tallest and toughest tower-running challenge with 10 top ranked athletes taking to the stairs of Tower 42 to compete in the Vertical World Circuit of tower-running events, which stretch from Brazil to Beijing.

George climbed all 932 steps of Tower 42 in just 9 minutes and 29 seconds, narrowly beating fellow celebrity Shayne Ward by a mere 77 seconds.

George said: “This is the second time that I’ve been daring enough to take on Tower 42, and so I’m chuffed that I managed to bag myself a decent time today. But I am even more delighted to be working with Shelter again to help them be there for the thousands of families facing homelessness right now.”

Looking to raise a massive £250,000, this year’s race will make a huge difference to Shelter’s emergency helpline as it struggles to keep up with growing demand.

Campbell Robb, chief executive of Shelter, said: “It’s been amazing to see so many people geared up and ready to take on the UK’s tallest stair-running challenge for Shelter today. Having done it twice it myself, I know just how tough it is!

“All of the money raised by our incredible runners will allow us to be there for even more families fighting to keep their home. Our advisors can make the difference between a family losing their home and keeping it – so we’re extremely thankful to everyone who’s taken part.”

Barry Rushmer, General Manager of Tower 42 added: “Vertical Rush has become a landmark event in the Capital’s calendar and it is great to hosting it for the seventh consecutive year. From everyone at Tower 42, I would like to say a big congratulations to all those runners who took part, not only have you made it to the top of one of the UK’s tallest buildings but you have raised much needed funds for a very worthy cause.”

To register your interest for next year’s Vertical Rush visit: www.shelter.org.uk/verticalrush

This year George will once again take part in Shelter’s Vertical Challenge – to make a donation via George’s just giving page for Shelter click here

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