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Have you got what it takes to tackle London’s Three Peaks Challenge (aka running up three skyscrapers)?

Posted at 3:15 pm, September 12, 2014 in Fun London

The Gherkin © Hufton + Crow

Getting up all those flipping steps when the lift’s out of action at the tube is the closest many of us Londoners will get to Everest ­– but a new charity challenge on Sunday October 5 is set to bring mountaineering to the capital. Kinda. This Sunday (September 14) is your last chance to register for London’s very own version of the Three Peaks Challenge. But instead of the crags of Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon, the peaks in question are those of some of London’s tallest buildings ­– The Gherkin, the tower formerly known as the Heron Tower (now called the Salesforce Tower) and 200 Aldersgate.

The 400 participants in the first ever Stand up to Cancer Three Peaks Challenge will have to scale the stairs of all three buildings (that’s over 2,000 in total), with a casual 5k run between each ‘peak’ ­– before the pant-piddling final task: a 56-metre abseil down the outside of 200 Aldersgate. If this sounds like your cup of tea (nutter), sign up for your entry pack ­– you can take part as an individual, or as part of a relay team with your mates. Funds raised from the event will go to research charity Stand up to Cancer. See you at the top (and oi! ­No taking the lift).

The London Three Peaks Challenge starts at 8.30am on October 5. Register at standuptocancer.org.uk/london3peaks. Registration closes Sun Sep 14, and the event takes place on Sun Oct 5. The entry fee is £75 for individuals (with a fundraising target of £900) or £120 per relay team (with a fundraising target of £1200).

Like tall buildings? Check out the view from the 47th floor of the Leadenhall Building!

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