Reach for the sky…

A dizzyingly high run up the 1,120 steps of London’s tallest tower to raise funds for a new Thames Lifeboat Station in the heart of the City.

Not for the fainthearted, this. The RNLI Tower Run on Saturday, February 19th, will involve climbing 1,120 steps to the top of 22 Bishopsgate, on the 56th floor. It’s in aid of a new Tower Lifeboat Station, London’s busiest Thames lifeboat station, which many of you will have seen by Waterloo Bridge. And support is needed if you’re ready for the challenge.

As a precaution, considering the physical effort that will be involved, “runners will start in staggered groups of up to 30 runners every half hour.” There will also be first aid points every five floors with teams from the St. John Ambulance in case any help is needed.

On reaching the top, there will be a Reception and you will have the best views of London other than from an aircraft. You will also be given a souvenir t-shirt and a medal, which will surely become a symbol of pride and a collectors’ item.

A new station is urgently needed as the present one, now beyond repair, has come to the end of its useful life. See here. It served well both as a pier and as a Thames Division Police Station for over a hundred years, before being taken over by the RNLI in 2004, refurbished and occupied by Tower Lifeboat crews in 2006.

Tower Lifeboat Station ©Patricia Stoughton
Tower Lifeboat Station on standby 24 hours a day, 365 days a year ©Patricia Stoughton
Tower Lifeboat station facing the Thames and, among those tall buildings in the misty distance, the runners’ target: 22 Bishopsgate, London EC2 © RNLI
Lifeboat HEARN MEDICINE CHEST heading upstream towards Lambeth Bridge ©Patricia Stoughton
22 Bishopsgate, reaching into the sky above London – the ultimate challenge for stair climbers. ©Patricia Stoughton

Further Information
See details of the Run on the link here.
Read my article about the Tower Lifeboat Station Appeal here.
Discover Tower Lifeboat Station here.
Meet Chris Walker, one of the Helms at Tower Lifeboat Station here.
Follow Tower Lifeboat on Twitter @TowerRNLI
If you see anyone in difficulty along the Thames, call 999 ask for the Coastguard.