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Climb The Capital

A unique stair-climb challenge, ascending 475 metres to raise funds for charity

The City of London | Saturday 5 October 2024

Tackle London’s Cheesegrater, Scalpel, and Walkie-Talkie in a 475m vertical test of strength and endurance

Climb The Capital is the new endurance charity initiative, combining intense physical challenge with life-changing philanthropy, right in the heart of the City.

Climb The Capital is an exhilarating charity event taking place on Saturday 5 October 2024.

Participants will require true endurance and determination to conquer three iconic London skyscrapers – The Cheesegrater, The Scalpel, and The Walkie-Talkie.

The event is raising money for a number of charities, however all proceeds coming from your participation will directly support Action Medical Research to fund vital research to help sick and disabled children and babies.

The Walkie-Talkie, Cheesegrater and Scalpel

Key Information

Date: Saturday 5 October 2024

Location: The City of London

Distance: 475m ascent

Registration Fee: £25 (early-bird rate if you sign up before the end of June) / £35 afterwards

Fundraising: £475

Route details

Four images - Leadenhall, Scalpel, 20 Fenchurch Street, and the Sky Garden

Get ready for the ultimate urban running challenge!

This is not your average fun run - it's a heart-pounding race through the core of London's iconic skyline. The course starts at Leadenhall Building, affectionately known as the Cheesegrater, after this it’s a short dash at ground-level to the suitably pointy ‘Scalpel’. But the real challenge lies ahead, with now-wobbly legs, at the final destination: the famous Walkie-Talkie building.

Once you reach the top of the Walkie-Talkie, you'll be rewarded with breath-taking views of the City of London from the Sky Garden. And what better way to celebrate your victory than with a refreshing drink in this incredible setting?

The challenge is about pushing yourself to the limit and proving that you can conquer the city's towering skyscrapers. So lace up your running shoes, get your game face on, and join us for the most exciting running event of the year! Sign up now and get ready to take on the ultimate urban running challenge!

What's included

  • Fundraising support
  • Training advice and support
  • Chip-timing linked with your unique runner number
  • Medical support from St John's Ambulance
  • Goodie bag
  • Finish-line reception with complimentary drink in the Sky Garden, 20 Fenchurch Street
The Leadenhall Building

Training Guide

This challenge is not to be underestimated, however it is achievable for people of all levels of experience and fitness, all ages and backgrounds. We expect all participants to train hard in advance to achieve this challenge, but we respect everyone’s limits. Everyone can go at their own pace.

Climb The Capital branded water bottle

The Climb The Capital water bottle

2024 Climb The Capital water bottle

Quench your thirst after pounding the stairs with this exclusive water bottle FREE for participants who have reached their minimum fundraising target.



Liberty Specialty Markets logo

We would like to say a special thanks to Liberty Specialty Markets for making Climb The Capital possible and helping plan, coordinate, negotiate and underwrite large elements of this event.

As part of the Liberty Mutual Insurance Group, Liberty Specialty Markets are uniquely positioned to support our clients in an unpredictable world.

Partner with us

Aligning your brand with this unforgettable experience offers a unique opportunity to showcase your commitment to social responsibility, health, and community engagement. We anticipate that this event will draw significant media attention and attract a diverse audience, providing your company with exposure to a wide demographic. There has not been an event like this in London since 2014, and therefore demand will be high.

If you are interested in becoming a Climb The Capital partner download our partnership pack, or contact our Head of Relationship Fundraising, Toby Tennant, for more information.


How much do I have to raise?

There is a £25 entry fee for Climb The Capital (early bird rate until the end of June, £35 thereafter), and you will need to commit to raising a minimum of £475. 

What is my route?

The Leadenhall Building (The Cheesegrater) - 52-54 Lime Street (The Scalpel) - 20 Fenchurch Street (The Walkie Talkie), finishing in The Sky Garden.

What happens at the finish line?

We will celebrate your achievement with a celebratory drink and chance to enjoy the incredible views from The Sky Garden.

How do I know where to go?

There will be marshalls in hi-viz directing you between each building.

Who should take part?

This event is open to everyone with a good level of fitness - however we highly recommend that you take the challenge seriously and train appropriately.

Which other charities are taking part?

Over The Wall, The Felix Project and The Brain Tumour Charity.

Is the total time taken counted?

Timing chips will be embedded in the race numbers, and will be activated and deactivated the bottom and top of each staircase. Therefore the time taken to descend and travel between each building will not be recorded.

Fighting rare diseases

There are 7,000 rare diseases - 75% of these affect children and, sadly, 30% of children with a rare condition will lose their lives before their fifth birthday.

Action Medical Research is funding some amazing research projects across the UK to develop treatments and cures to tackle rare diseases that devastate children's lives and affect families who are coping with the daily challenges of caring for a sick child.

Medical research gives hope - hope for new treatments, hope for a cure and hope that no family will have to go through the heartbreak of losing a child to a rare disease.