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Luke vs Heron Tower (video)


“How are you planning on climbing Heron Tower?”

I entered the Faas Climb a short while ago and have been rather blasé about the whole thing. Now that I have begun to write this blog I now am afraid.

You see, while completing the application form, you get asked a simple question:

 “How are you planning on climbing Heron Tower?”

Underneath there’s a drop-down box with three options:

  • Elite Run – Under 6 minutes
  • Run – 7 – 20 minutes
  • Walk – More than 21 minutes

Being a competitive sod, I naturally clicked the first tab without a moments hesitation or thought…


Then I received the following email:

Hi Luke,

It’s 37 floors and quite hard to put a time on it as it’s the first time it’s ever been done at Heron Tower. We walked the route in 25minutes and that was with stops. From other runs it seems to be about 15 mins – I would imagine you could do it in that time if you are extremely fit.

Faas Climb team

15 minutes!! If I’m ‘extremely fit’!  To pacify myself I have decided to visit Heron Tower in person – to know thy enemy – in the hope that I will feel slightly better having seen the staircase, gauged the size of the tower in person and generally gotten a feel for the place.

I’ll keep you posted

I’m going to take this challenge for Cancer Research UK. I lost my gran, Daisy Betty, to cancer so I’ll do this in her honour.

You can sponsor me any amount (however small) to help me reach my target of £200.

You can also sponsor me by texting MDAV83 £5 to 70070.