Mencap, the learning disability charity, is offering people the chance to climb three London buildings, including the ‘Walkie-Talkie’ (20 Fenchucrch Street), combining a 6.1km run, a vertical dash of over 1600 stairs and finishing with a glass of champagne in the Sky Garden at 20 Fenchurch Street, Europe’s highest roof garden.
Participants have the choice of taking on two different challenges. Step Up 1, which involves climbing the 36 stories of 20 Fenchurch Street. For those looking for a more extreme challenge, Step up 3,2,1 involves ascending Portland House in Victoria, 5 Strand in Charing Cross and 20 Fenchurch Street. In total participants will climb 71 stories, or 1672 stairs, in addition to a 6.1km run between the three landmarks.
On completion of both challenges, participants will be greeted with a glass of champagne in the luxurious Sky Garden at 20 Fenchurch Street, taking in the breathtaking views across the City.
All three buildings are owned by Land Securities who chose Mencap as their official charity partner earlier this year. Participants will be asked to raise £300 sponsorship money (Step up 3,2,1) or £200 (Step Up 1). Every penny will go towards helping Mencap and Land Securities give people with a learning disability a better future.
Event partners Fitness First will be supporting participants with training plans, providing guest passes to their gyms and warm-up and cool down exercises on the day.
**SOME FACTS ABOUT 20 FENCHURCH STREET (‘The Walkie-Talkie)**
1. At 177 metres tall 20 Fenchurch Street is more than 50 metres taller than NASA's Saturn 5 rocket – the largest rocket ever constructed!
2. The building has 690,000 square feet of office space - the equivalent in size to 100 Wembley football pitches
3. 96.4% of all the construction waste generated to create the building is recyclable, and the tower is rated 'Excellent' for sustainability by the building industry's international environmental assessment body BREEAM
4. Known affectionately as the 'Walkie Talkie' due to its distinct shape, which was conceived by the Uruguayan architect Rafael Vinoly, construction of the building began in 2010 and the building officially opened in May 2014.
5. Around 28,000 cubic metres of concrete has been used in the construction of 20 Fenchurch Street – enough to fill 11.2 Olympic size swimming pools
6. There are 38 floors, not including the ground floor, and the top three floors all cater for diners. Level 35 has a food bar serving Champagne and canapés, level 36 has a chic brasserie on Level 36, and there's a refined seafood bar and grill on Level 37 – all managed by the food catering company Rhubarb.
7. Around 13,000 tonnes of steel have been used in building the tower – the same weight as 8,300 small cars
8. There are 14 double deck eco-friendly lifts in 20 Fenchurch Street and it takes 30 seconds to get from ground level to the roof garden at a speed of around 6 metres a second – an ear popping 13 miles per hour
What: Mencap’s Step Up Challenge
When: Sunday 8 March 2015.
Registration cost: £25 January offer. Minimum sponsorship - £300 for Step Up 3,2,1 -£200 for Step Up 1
To register: https://www.mencap.org.uk/StepUp