Organisers are hoping to enlist hundreds of stair climbers to take part in this fun event, whilst also raising lots of much needed cash for Yorkshire Cancer Centre.
At a whopping 32 storeys high, Bridgewater Place is the tallest building in Yorkshire and the venue for the stair running challenge on Saturday 24 November 2012.
The size of the challenge, for those willing to accept it, is a climb of 522 steps right to the top of the 112 metre high building, which can be seen from 25 miles away on a clear day. Each person will be timed, but it’s up to each individual whether they want to walk, run or sprint two steps at a time up to the top.
The event is open to people of all abilities over the age of 16, and costs £20 to register. Yorkshire Cancer Centre is working hard to raise urgently needed funds and hopes that entrants will get their friends and families to sponsor them to take part. Further information about how to go about getting sponsorship will be provided when people register via the event website www.greatyorkshirestairclimb.com
The event has been organised by G-Rex Fitness, and its managing director Gary Butterfield promises to be with entrants every step of the way. Gary, together with Andy Dodman have led this event from a pipedream to reality. Gary said:
“Climbing 522 steps is a challenge for the fittest of people, but don’t let that put you off! This is a fantastic opportunity to take part in a fundraising event with a difference, whilst raising much needed cash for the Yorkshire Cancer Centre. The funds that are raised will help them continue their work to improve cancer outcomes for patients throughout God’s Own County.
“Whether you are brand spanking new to exercise or an athletic machine, we want you taking part. Everyone will be timed, but people can walk, run, sprint, crawl, whatever they fancy to get to the very top of the building – apart from take the lift of course!
Andy, who is Gary’s fellow event director for the event added:
“Bridgewater Place offers some of the very best views of Leeds and beyond, and we’re thrilled that they are supporting us by letting us hold the event there. The tower is not normally open to the public so it’s a unique opportunity to take a look at the breathtaking views whilst getting your breath back at the top!”
Sheila O’Shea, Appeal Director of the Yorkshire Cancer Centre said:
Andy Dodman and Gary Butterfield have embarked on an impressive, challenging year of fundraisingto support cancer patients at St James’s Institute of Oncology in Leeds. For two years they have endured gruelling marathons, swam in the muddiest and coldest waters imaginable and even walked through flames – all in support of this great cause. They have now organised another spectacular event – unprecedented in Yorkshire – the 32-storey climb of Bridgewater Place.
We are grateful to Andy and Gary for organising this event to benefit our cancer patients and to heighten awareness of both the cancer appeal and Bridgewater Place.
The event kicks off at 10.00am on Saturday 24th November. Runners will be set off at intervals for safety purposes, and everyone will be allocated their start time in advance. Due to the hoped high number of entrants, the day will be split into ‘waves’ which will be released throughout the day. Qualified local gym owners will lead warm-up sessions in the atrium at the beginning of each wave throughout the day. Then it’s over to the stairwell that leads right to the top of the tallest building in Yorkshire. Overtaking on the stairs is allowed, and provisions will be in place to keep those that are ‘going for gold’ in the same wave.
Stairclimbing is a highly strenuous activity, and people are advised to train appropriately before the event. We strongly recommend you consult your doctor if you have any concerns about your health before registering. Participants take part in the event at their own risk. G-Rex Fitness will be releasing training information leading up to the event on their social media platforms, as well as the GYSC website, so it is advised that participants keep tabs on them.
The Great Yorkshire Stairclimb is a charity fundraising event and entirely not-for-profit. 100% of all monies raised after costs will be donated on the day to the Yorkshire Cancer Centre.
The Yorkshire Cancer Centre is the fundraising arm of St James’s Institute of Oncology and provides specialist medical equipment, research and development and patient ‘home comforts’ to 1500 patients each day. http://www.yorkshirecancercentre.org.uk/
G-Rex Fitness is a vibrant and innovative health and fitness company offering health, wellbeing and events management solutions. Visit the temporary holding website for more information http://grexfitness.wordpress.com/
Gary and Andy can be contacted at any time via email should further information be needed: