One of my goals in undertaking the London Borough Challenge* was to help shine a light on the amazing variety of running opportunities there are in London. So when I came across Total Motion’s Tower Running Sessions at the Broadgate Tower in the City of London I had to give it a go.
Broadgate Tower has 35 floors – 877 steps – and I couldn’t imagine how most people could run up them. Turns out that, as Matt Hudson, founder of Total Motion, explained to me, most people don’t. They walk them instead.
Walking speeds and techniques vary a lot. Matt recommended taking the stairs two at time, while simultaneously using your arms and the handrails to help pull yourself up. A technique which seemed to suit me and which gives you a really good whole body work out.
The first time up I chatted the whole way with Matt and some of the other climbers. The second time up was OK and I just about kept the conversation going. The third time up was a different matter. I did most of it on my own and I was counting off each floor in an increasingly grim attempt to reach the top without stopping. It was a huge relief to get to the 35th floor and take the lift back down to the ground floor.
So what was it like? Great – and different from standard running which, when you run as much as I do, is a relief.
You can do the climb as often as you want in the one hour session meaning you can really get your heart pumping – or you can take it more gently. And the group is full of friendly people who made this first timer feel very welcome.
Thank you Matt, Sam and all my fellow climbers. I hope to be back soon!
*In addition to completing a 10km run in all 206 countries in the world, I’m also doing 44 runs in the UK. Taking the global total to 250 runs.
Why? Because 250 runs is equivalent to running 2 500 000 metres. Which is a metre for every one of the two and a half million cancer sufferers in the UK.
All well and good but the question we asked ourselves at Run the World HQ is : where should those 44 UK runs take place? And part of the answer – three-quarters to be exact – is that 33 of them will take place in London. One in each of the 32 London boroughs plus one in the City of London.
We’re calling this the ‘London Borough Challenge’ and we’re really hoping that everyone will take part in some – or all – of the LBC!