Last Friday over 250 property professionals used their strength, speed and nerves of steel to conquer the Broadgate Tower, raising over £40,000 for LandAid and the Chartered Surveyors’ Training Trust.
The second ever London TowerAthlon sponsored by Savills saw thrill-seekers from across the industry pit their wits and fitness against one another in a series of physical challenges, including a vertigo-inducing abseil down the 539ft tower, a 39-storey stair run and a 10-minute sprint cycle.
For the second year in a row, Bilfinger GVA emerged as the runaway winners, with Alex Eason taking gold in the cycle with a distance of 6.5km and Nathan Pask bettering his stair run from last year to reach the roof in a blistering winning time of 4 minutes 39 seconds. Behind The Bilfinger Boys Return came Cushman and Wakefield’s Bish Bash Bosh in second place and JLL’s city office in third.
Special plaudits go to Amy Meyrick of Cluttons who was the fastest female tower runner with a time of 7 minutes 4 seconds and Helen Pearson of Trilogie CRE who won the women's cycling challenge with a distance of 5.3km.
City suits were replaced by flamboyant fancy dress in the name of charity, as the industry’s good sports became Mary Poppins, Batman and friends, the Three Musketeers and a giraffe for the day.
Two teams from Grosvenor, which included Executive Director of the London Estate Craig McWilliam who tackled his first abseil in 30 years, took the prize for best fundraisers, having collected over £13,500 prior to the event.
All proceeds from the London TowerAthlon will be split jointly between LandAid, which works to improve the lives of disadvantaged young people and the Worshipful Company of Chartered Surveyors, who’s Training Trust supports the growth of apprenticeships in surveying. We hope to raise £60,000 in total from the TowerAthlon, so please do keep fundraising.
Paul Morrish, Chief Executive of LandAid, said: “LandAid’s TowerAthlon is not for the faint-hearted or the vertiginously-challenged! But for those with strong hearts, big lungs and a head for heights, the TowerAthlon was an extraordinary exhibition of physical prowess, endurance and sheer madness! Huge thanks to everyone who ran up, abseiled off or cycled furiously at the bottom of the Broadgate Tower, and to our generous sponsors Savills. Everyone who participated or turned up to support someone has helped us toward our target of £60,000 for charities working with some of the UK’s most disadvantaged children and young people.”
Simon Camamile of the Worshipful Company of Chartered Surveyors, said: “We were astonished by the support for the TowerAthlon and delighted to see so many people out in force supporting LandAid and the Worshipful Company of Chartered Surveyors’ Charitable Trust. Thanks to you, young people from our adopted inner city schools will be assisted through University by our bursary scheme or via our support of the Chartered Surveyors’ Training Trust”.
Mark Ridley, CEO, Savills, said: "Savills is delighted to have supported this year’s London TowerAthlon. The event was a resounding success and brought together property professionals in a united effort to support a good cause with a phenomenal result. Well done to all those who took part!"
A big thank you to our headline sponsor Savills and our in-kind sponsors Keiser, Reed Smith, Hobs Studio, British Land and Broadgate. Thanks also to Estates Gazette, Property Week and ECN for helping us to advertise the event and to George Blonsky and Roger Bool for the photos.
And of course thanks to everyone who took part - your support helps us make a bigger difference to disadvantaged young lives.