10 Mar

Towering Effort At Vertical Rush

Vertical RushFormer model Nell McAndrew and TV personality Calum Best have managed to beat all of their fellow celebrity competitors to claim the title of fastest female and male in an adrenalin fuelled race to the top of London’s Tower 42 for housing and homelessness charity, Shelter. Now in its eighth year, Vertical Rush retains the record as the UK’s tallest and toughest tower-running challenge, with 932 steps and 42 floors to conquer.

Despite the daunting 600ft ascent, every celebrity runner was still feeling ultra-competitive when the starting whistle blew – a full list of their impressive race times below:   

1 Nell McAndrew – TV presenter, model and amateur athlete 00:08:17
2 Calum Best – TV personality, entrepreneur 00:08:56
3 George Lineker – Son of Gary Lineker 00:09:42
4 Sarah Lamptey – TV and radio presenter 00:09:48
5 Martin Lewis, OBE –  Journalist, presenter and author 00:10:34
6 Jake Sims – Solo artist, former member of Stereo Kicks 00:11:28
7 Rachel Christie – Celebrity Love Island and model 00:11:31
8 George Gilbey – Gogglebox 00:11:36
9 Hatty Keane – R&B Artist 00:11:56
10 Kieran Mcleod – DJ and Big Brother contestant 00:12:37
11 Gail Porter – TV presenter and former model 00:12:38
12 Antixx – Rapper 00:13:06
13 Pascal Craymer – Reality TV personality 00:14:51

Working up a sweat alongside the celebrities at Tower 42 - London’s original skyscraper - were over 1,000 members of the public, and a further 10 elite tower-running athletes competing professionally in the event.

Shelter, which turns 50 this year, is hoping that Vertical Rush will raise more than £350,000 for the charity’s expert advice, support and legal services, and make a huge difference to thousands of families battling to keep a roof over their heads.  

Finishing in under 9 minutes, making him the fastest male celebrity to take part in Vertical Rush 2016, Calum Best said: “I can’t quite believe that I managed to get up there so quickly – it’s a lot tougher than you think. But it's definitely been worth the effort to support the amazing work that Shelter does. I think it's great when charities put on an event that challenges you, while also helping others. Thanks so much for inviting me to take part - I can't emphasise that enough."

Proving that she is graceful in defeat, and reminding everyone what today’s race is really all about, 12th place Gail Porter said: “I would happily race up Tower 42 all over again, because I know from personal experience just how scary it feels to lose your home. Shelter is as important now as it was 50 years ago, providing a lifeline for millions of families struggling every day to keep a roof over their head. I feel blessed to have now come out the other side and be able to do something to help.”

You can sign up for next year’s Vertical Rush here.