SUSHISAMBA Skyline Challenge London event helps young people in construction industry reach new heights

70 runners climbed the Heron Tower, one of London's most iconic buildings, on 28th September to raise money for the Trust.

The SUSHI SAMBA Skyline Challenge London event was organised in aid of the Trust by RBS and Trust staff, raising funds to help vulnerable young people build brighter futures.

During the event the 70 participants, in teams of 4, ran up 37 floors of the Heron Tower using a panoramic staircase.  The Heron Tower stands at 755ft tall, the tallest building in the City of London, and provided a real challenge even for experienced climbers!  Great panoramic views and an after- event celebration with refreshments provided by SUSHISAMBA were definitely worth the climb.

The winning team with the lowest aggregate time was from RBS who received a trophy from Phil Vickery MBE, former Captain of the England Rugby Team.  A team from Bouygues UK came in at a very close second place.

Stephen Gee, Managing Partner at John Rowan and Partners who sponsored the event and took part as a participant commented:

"We were delighted to sponsor the inaugural SUSHISAMBA Skyline Challenge.  Climbing the 37 stories was certainly a very challenging experience but every one of the steps was worth the pain knowing that the money raised was in support of Construction Youth Trust.

My legs were aching, my lungs burning, my head telling me that this was a crazy thing to be doing at my age, but what a great feeling of achievement and what a reception we received when we reached the top."

Christine Townley, Executive Director of the Trust said:

"We were extremely pleased with the success of the challenge.  I was very impressed with the runners who climbed an exhausting number of floors in order to raise money to help young people in London.  Our thanks go to our sponsors and to RBS who made the event possible."

The event was generously sponsored by SUSHISAMBA who provided the catering for the event.  It was also supported by Keltbray, John Rowan and Partners, and Fitness First.

Take a look at our images from the day.

Read a blog by one of the participants on the day from Bouygues UK about her Skyline experience!