Wednesday, 22 September 2021

Barista runs up three skyscrapers for charity

A BARISTA completed the alternative three peaks challenge for charity.

A BARISTA completed the alternative three peaks challenge for charity.

Phil Carter, 40, from Peppard, had to run up three of London?s tallest buildings before abseiling down the last one. He also had to run between each building.

Mr Carter, who works for Tamp Coffee Culture in Reading, raised almost £700 for Cancer Research UK in memory of his mother Susan who died from bowel cancer in 2011.

He was inspired to attempt the London Three Peaks Challenge after abseiling down The Blade in Reading to raise money for Naomi House and Jacksplace, a hospice for children and young adults.

?I enjoyed abseiling down The Blade so much so that I wanted a bigger abseiling challenge,? he said. ?I Googled ?charity abseil? and when I came across the London Three Peaks I knew that was the one I wanted to do next.

?It sounded like a real physical challenge, daunting but achievable if I did some training. The fact that it was for Cancer Research, a charity close to my heart, sealed the deal.?

Mr Carter and his fellow participants completed 5km, starting at the charity?s office in Angel, then running up the The Gherkin in St Mary Axe, which has 40 storeys, Salesforce Tower in Bishopsgate (46 storeys) and finally 200 Aldersgate Street (17 storeys) before abseiling back down.

They were allowed to take the lift down the first two buildings. Mr Carter completed the challenge in 53 minutes and 22 seconds, which put him 46th out of 194 participants.

He said: ?I was nervous and excited on the day and full of anticipation but once I started chatting to fellow runners the nervousness disappeared and I was itching to get started.

?As soon as we were running all the nerves went and it felt really good and the excitement kicked in. It was a real buzz, especially reaching the top of the first tower. Knowing I had got over the first hurdle was a good feeling.

?Climbing the stairs I felt like I just wanted it to end but as soon as I got to the top I felt a real sense of achievement.

?Abseiling down the final buildings was exhilarating. I was a bit nervous at the top but was determined to enjoy it and impress the members of my family and girlfriend waiting at the bottom who had come to show their support. It was a great challenge and one that I?m glad I took but amid all the excitement we mustn?t forget the real reason I did it, which is to raise money and awareness for Cancer Research UK.

?The work they do changes people?s lives. I know this through personal experience and the money raised through events like this enables that work to continue and progress.?

Mr Carter now wants to repeat the challenge next year and is also considering taking on the Three Peaks Challenge in which people climb Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon within 24 hours.

?I?ve definitely got the fund-raising bug,? he said. ?I?m also looking to do the Reading half marathon.?

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