The GYSC trial run matches the current tallest!

Last night we had the opportunity to take a selection of people down to Bridgewater Place to trial the stairwell. We purposely kept the occasion small, and invited a couple of people to sprint up the first 20 storeys of the building, matching Yorkshire’s current tallest stairclimb before it is surpassed by the Great Yorkshire Stairclimb!

Sian and Sarah from my UK Outdoor Fitness bootcamp session came down to give it a go, giving them the opportunity to test their tower running legs prior to the GYSC event on November 24th.

We had the event well marshalled, and four of us donned our shorts and t-shirts to be the guinea pigs for the evening. We decided not to time the event, firstly because we want to keep our innovative timing system a secret until the big day, but mainly because it was all about being there and enjoying the experience. Hitting the stairs we had:

  • Emma Griffiths (set off first to see how long it takes to walk)
  • Sian Owen (set off seconds)
  • Sarah Smalley (set off third)
  • Gary Butterfield aka me (set off last)

I’d like to send out a big thank you to the guys above for taking the time out and trialling the event for us, we learnt a great deal and can now take these away to make the GYSC even better next month.

Also, I’d like to send out a big thank you to the management team and volunteers who came down to help us run the show. These guys were:

  • Andy Dodman (my fellow race director and photo extraordinaire on floor 10)
  • Sue, Henry and Emily Dodman (our race starters and time managers)
  • Geoff Render (our time manager on floor 10 to check split times of people)
  • Richard Oldroyd (our photo taker on floor 20, and key marshal taking athletes in to the stairwell)

Overall I think the night went great, many lessons were learned, and thankfully not the hard way, and gave Andy and me the opportunity to experience our first time as event directors.

Really can’t wait for the big day now!

Gary

The four of us in front of an amazing Leeds view on floor 20, 12 storeys lower than the 32 storey event!

Match the tallest stairclimb in ‘God’s Own County’ as a warm up, anyone?!

The current height leader in the world of Yorkshire stairclimbing is the Arts Tower, weighing in at a hefty 20 storeys. It’s part of the University of Sheffield, and a building that Andy and Gary know all too well having participated in its first event earlier this year. The GYSC will trounce this though with a whopping 32 storeys on the November 24th!

For a mere £2.50 (all money raised goes to the Yorkshire Cancer Centre) we’re giving you the opportunity to come and match the Arts Tower Stairclimb by heading to Bridgewater Place and hitting the first 20 storeys, it’s all kicking off this Thursday only at 7:00pm! It’s very rare for access like this to be granted in BWP because it’s a residential tower, so it’s definitely an opportunity not to be missed.

The top of Bridgewater Place in all its glory!

This event isn’t going to be timed, so if you’re interested in hitting it as hard as you can and seeing how you fare against your other competitors, make sure you’re wearing a stopwatch and find other competitors on the G-Rex Fitness facebook page. If you’re a bit of a twitter fiend, you can use the twitter hashtag #GYSC as an alternative.

All participants will be required to complete a pre-activity readiness questionnaire (PAR-Q) before participating, don’t worry though we’ll give you these on the day.

We’re only granting 30 ‘lucky’ people the opportunity to access this warm up event to the GYSC, so if you’re interested then fire us an email on GYSC@g-rexfitness.com so you don’t miss out, first come first served!

It’d be rude not to come down and test out your stairclimbing legs, so who’s up for the challenge?!

Gary

The Great Yorkshire Stairclimb Website Goes Live!

Hello, and welcome to GYSC!

You’ve reached the home of Yorkshire’s tallest ever event, and you literally can’t get yourself any higher without taking your feet off the ground!

The view from floor 32-10

This event is the first of it’s kind in Leeds, and it couldn’t have started with a more spectacular building!

To celebrate the website going live, G-Rex Fitness are going to give the first person to register, and then each 10th person up to 100, a prize on the day. That’s 11 people getting something completely unique that can’t be matched anywhere else in the county! We aren’t going to tell you what it is yet, you’ll have to wait and see, but providing on the day we get the go ahead, you may need to wrap up warm…

New week, new you!

Like anything that is physical, it can all come as a challenge, and to be fair if you don’t find something challenging then you’re clearly not working hard enough! Anything worth having doesn’t come easy and all that jazz. Why not use the GYSC to kick start your travels down the road of good health?

G-Rex Fitness have been good enough to give all you stair runners some sound training advice to prepare yourself for the challenge to come. The smallest changes to your daily routine can get you the biggest benefits, and you don’t always need a gym membership to see differences. See Becoming Stairclimb Ready for some free advice, and of course you can get in touch with them at any time if you have any questions.