Charity

The London Gherkin Challenge | NSPCC

Have you ever tried tower running? No? Me neither, until today.

I along with hundreds of other fundraisers ran up 1,037 steps inside one of London's most iconic buildings, the Swiss Re Tower, affectionately known as the Gherkin, to raise money for the NSPCC. 

Gherkin Challenge NSPCC

I was really looking forward to the event as I'd never been inside the Gherkin before. It's only open to the public occasionally and when it is, the queues are seriously long. Naturally I thought that running up 38 floors for charity was the best way to experience this famous masterpiece from the inside, and I wasn't wrong.

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The only race preparation I did was listen to Miley Cyrus's single, It's The Climb, Ain't No Mountain High Enough by Diana Ross and Step On by Happy Mondays. That playlist was I needed at the start line and with a smile on my face, up I went. 

The London Gherkin Tower

Although going up 180 vertical metres was a lot tougher than I imagined (the last few hundred steps were leg-sappingly uncomfortable and spiralling up 38 floors made me feel extremely dizzy) I enjoyed the elation that I felt when I reached the top to rapturous applause, a glass of champagne, Panoramic views of London and of course, the knowledge that it was all for a good cause. 

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Soon my stiff legs were being massaged and I got chatting to others. Through conversation I found out there's actually a vertical world circuit, with runners racing up skyscrapers including the Empire State Building in New York, The Sydney Tower in Australia and the 2,046 steps of Taipei 101 in Taiwan. Having just accomplished my very first vertical race, I felt inspired to add some of those global races to my bucket list...just not before I had taken the lift back downstairs. 

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The run was over surprisingly quick for me (8 minutes 12 seconds to be precise) but it wasn't about fastest times, with finishers reaching the summit in anywhere between 6 and 45 minutes and I am now proud to call myself a Gherkinneer! With a jar of pickled gherkins to prove it!

XOXO

The Gherkin

The NSPCC hopes to help protect vulnerable children through its projects and services, including the free, confidential 24-hour ChildLine helpline and online service.

Race For Life: Pretty Muddy

I'm excited to announce that I've partnered with the wonderful charity, Cancer Research for their Race for Life series, where I'll be taking part in their Pretty Muddy run, this June 13th. 

Over this 5K trail, I'm envisioning a muddy obstacle course where I (and thousands of women of any ability) can run, walk, climb or crawl to the finish line, all while dressed in Race for Life's signature colour pink, making it the prettiest event ever! 

Better still, it's for a fantastic cause, Cancer Research. I'm delighted they've asked me to team up with them as one of their official UK bloggers because it's a charity that is very close to my heart and one that I've actively supported before, the most recent being when I took part in London's Winter Run.

Over the course of the coming weeks I'll be sharing my entire training programme from start to finish. I'll also be showing you my complete step by step nutrition and food diary. This will certainly keep me on track but hopefully, inspire you to join me too. 

If you're already up for the challenge, join me on June 13th in London for Pretty Muddy. If that doesn't tickle your fancy then there's a whole host of activities taking place across the country, including UK's first ever female only marathon. 

To twist your arm I have a reader discount code which can be applied not only to the Pretty Mudder race that I'm doing, but also to any of the 300 Race for Life events taking place this  year too, so take your pick and get involved. You can sign up by clicking here.

Reader discount code: RFLAJ

I'd love to know how you're getting on or what event  you decide to do so Tweet me, Instagram your progress pictures, join me on Snapchat (AJ.Odudu) and of course, donate to Cancer Research.

In the mean time, wish me luck!

xoxo

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