Fancy walking up the stairs?

20130808-085630.jpgAre you feeling all inspired by the WPFG and the stair climb up the Obel Tower last week. I noticed a few comments with people saying it’s no Shard in London, but nonetheless it is the tallest building in Ireland.

How would you fancy the challenge of trying it yourself?? Well now you can power yourself up all 28 floors of the Obel Tower!

On 19th October, Ireland’s tallest building will host CLIC Sargent Northern Ireland’s first ever stair climb event to raise money for children and young people with cancer.

‘Tower Running’ is becoming an increasingly popular sport with people who want a new challenge. Similar events have taken place at iconic buildings across the world including the Empire State Building, The Eiffel Tower and the Sky Tower in Auckland.

The event is physically challenging but it is open to all running abilities from a non runner to an elite runner.

Participants will set off in waves and the stairwell will never get too crowded; you can walk, run or sprint. The race will be accurately timed using professional timing chips and there will be awards for the fastest man and woman as well as top fundraisers.

CLIC Sargent Fundraising Manager Christine McClune encourages anyone wanting to try something new to sign up, “We’re really excited about Power up the Tower as it is a brand new event and a fantastic chance to raise money for our Homes from Home Appeal. Tower running is really taking off around the world and it is great to be able to bring it to Ireland’s tallest building.”

CLIC Sargent is the UK’s leading children’s cancer charity and the Homes from Home Appeal aims to build two specialist houses close to the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children and the Belfast City Hospital NI Cancer Centre that can be used by families of children and young people that are undergoing cancer treatment.

The houses will be provided to families free of charge and offers them the ability to remain close to their loved ones while they undergo treatment as well as the chance to maintain a sense of a normal family life by keeping the whole family together. Construction of the first CLIC Sargent Home from Home is now underway and is expected to be completed by December 2013, with families being able to use the house in early 2014. But fundraising is still required for the teenager and young adult Home from Home.

To enter Power up the Tower registration is £25 and we ask you to raise as much sponsorship as possible for example, £150 could pay for a family to stay at a Home from Home for 5 nights. To find out more or to register get in touch with Christine on 02890 725780 or

Post Author: Belfast Times

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