The Broadgate Tower Run Up

Saturday, November 25, 2017

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The Broadgate Tower Run Up

Full Vertical Mile places sold out, last few places available for 1/4 Vertical Mile.

Deadline for entries: Midnight on Wednesday 22nd November 2017

Saturday 25th November 2017 will see competitors return to the home of UK Towerrunning to once again tackle the 877 steps, 35 floors of Broadgate Tower in the heart of The City of London.  

In 2017 we are pleased to announce several changes to the format of the competition, allowing you to compete and raise money for a charity of your choosing.  Please see the logos of charities currently signed up at the foot of the page, however if your charity doesn't appear then please contact us with a view to adding them to the challenge.

At stair climb events competitors usually only get to climb the tower once, however in this pioneering event we are offering opportunities for you to climb a quarter or a 'Vertical Mile' - 3 climbs, or for the true endurance athlete an opportunity to go for the full 'Vertical Mile', climbing Broadgate Tower an incredible 12 times over a 3 hour period.  Spaces are very limited for these challenges, so be sure to get in quickly if you want to supercharge your challenge.

Running alongside this charity event will be the elite race, which comprises 2 climbs of The Tower, with aggregate time deciding the overall result.  This category is not only open to registered elite athletes, but also anybody who in the past 12 months has reached the required sporting standard. See Event Q&A below for entry criteria.  In 2017 The Broadgate Tower Run Up also hosts the final of the Towerrunning UK Championship, the culmination of a season of tough head to head competition.

This is really set to be a festival of towerrunning the likes of which have not been seen in the UK before, don't miss your opportunity to be part of this incredible event.  We look forward to welcoming our regular competitors and especially all those new to towerrunning to Broadgate Tower on Saturday 25th November.

If you are a charity wishing to join our challenge, then please see our further information explaining The Broadgate Tower Run Up, and your role in it.

Essential information

The Broadgate Tower Run Up – 35 Floors / 877 steps
The Broadgate Tower, 20 Primrose Street, London. EC2A 2EW
Saturday 25th November 2017 – from 09:30
Single Climb Charity Places
£20 with minimum charitable commitment of £100

3 Climbs (1/4 Vertical Mile)
£25 with minimum charitable commitment of £150

12 Climbs (Vertical Mile)
£30 with minimum charitable commitment of £200

Elite Event - 2 Climbs  
£30 no charitable commitment

Early Bird Pricing - There will be a 20% discount for entries prior to 31st August 2017

What’s great about this event

  • Iconic venue – The Broadgate Tower in The City of London
  • Chance to support a charity of your choosing
  • Event medal
  • Opportunity to climb 1/4 and Full Vertical Mile (3 or 12 climbs) in addition to single climb option
  • Professional Chip Timing with print out and online results
  • Towerrunning World Association 40 Ranking Points (Registered Elites)
  • Prize money (TBC) in the Elite Category for 1st, 2nd, 3rd male/female + Bonus for Course record.

Event Q&A

What is it?
The Broadgate Tower Stair Climb – 35 Floors / 877 steps

Where is it?
The Broadgate Tower, 20 Primrose Street, London. EC2A 2EW

When is it?
Saturday 25th November 2017 from 0930

How much does it cost to enter?
Charity Places are £20, £25 or £30 subject to a minimum sponsorship commitment.  
Entry to the Elite event is £30, but you must be able to verify your meet the criteria. (see below)

What is the minimum sponsorship requirement?
There is a minimum sponsorship requirement of £100 for a single climb, £150 for 3 climbs (1/4 Vertical Mile) or £200 for 12 climbs (Vertical Mile). 

What charities can I raise money for?
You may choose a charity from our current partners - please see the logos at the foot of the page - or you may suggest a charity that you would like to fundraise for and we will contact them with a view to adding them to our list.

How high is The Broadgate Tower?
The Broadgate Tower is 541ft tall, 35 floors, 877 steps.

What is the format of the elite race?
The elite race will consist of two climbs, the first being at 0930, the second being at 13:00.  Rankings will be decided based on aggregate time.

What are the criteria for Elite race entry?
To be eligible for the elite race you must meet one of the following criteria.

  • You are a registered TWA athlete
  • You have achieved the following benchmarks in the last 12 months in timed, verifiable races.
    -Sub 20 min (male) / Sub 22 min (female)  5km/Parkrun
  • If you do not qualify under these criteria, but believe that you should be considered for the elite race, then please e-mail us here.

Is the Stair Climb Chip Timed?
Yes, the event will be professionally chip timed allowing you to receive a print out as well as viewing the results online post event. You will receive your chip on a neoprene band to attach to your ankle at registration.

How long will the climb take me?
The average time is around 9-10 minutes, however there is no time limit for the single climb options or 1/4 Vertical Mile options.  Those participating in the Full Vertical Mile will have 3 hours to complete their 12 climbs

What are the current course records for The Broadgate Tower?
Male     - David Robles (ESP) 3:58:03 (2016)
Female - Cristina Bonacina (ITA) 5:48:30 (2016)

When does registration open on the day?
Registration will be open from 08:30, where you will be given race numbers and final instructions for the event.  Please arrive in plenty of time prior to your selected wave start.

What are the health benefits of Stair Climbing?
Stair Climbing is classed as a vigorous physical activity and burns more calories per minute than jogging and can lead to improved CV fitness, a stronger musculoskeletal system, reduced risk of heart disease and promotion of weight loss and muscle tone. More information can be found at

Is my registration fee refundable?
Your registration fee is only refundable if we cancel the event, but you can transfer your place.

Is the Stair Climb open to everyone?
The event is open to everyone over the age of 18.

Will there be medical supervision?
First aiders will be present at the event as well as marshals at regular intervals on the stairs for your safety.

What do I need to bring?
You will need to bring your printed race confirmation.

What do I need to wear?
Running kit will be perfect.

Will there be refreshments?
Yes, refreshments will be available on the day.

Are there changing facilities & showers?
There are toilets and facilities to get changed, but no showers.

Can spectators come along?
Spectators are more than welcome.

Can I volunteer?
Events such as these cannot take place without the very kind help of volunteers. If you are coming along to spectate, why not get involved too? Please e-mail if you would like to help.

Is there parking?
There is no parking at the building, public transport is advised, with Liverpool Street being the closest tube.