Welcome to The Great Yorkshire Stairclimb!

We have a new home for the GYSC, head over to www.G-RexFitness.com/GYSC where you can now register for the tallest charity event in Yorkshire!

From a pipedream to a reality… it’s all done and dusted… for now…

Hello stairclimbers!

As you all know, last Saturday saw 8 months of planning come to fruition in a single day. Both Andy and myself have had many sleepless nights over that time, and I’m pretty sure that the rest of our management team shared this feeling!

I’d like to take this opportunity on behalf of us both to thank everyone who made the event happen, because without you guys, I wouldn’t be sat here writing this…

Firstly, on event day, I’d like to thank all of our amazing volunteers. These guys came down and gave up their Saturday so that all you athletes could enjoy the event. They managed the registration desks, covered the stairwells, gave you all your goody bags, amongst many other roles, for this guys I thank you. Hopefully aside from the money you helped us raise, you got some great views from the Bridgewater Place roof.

Our sponsors in no particular order…

  • Bridgewater Place and Jones Lang LeSalle, you both bent over backwards to get the show on the road, and spent quite a bit of cash to help us ensure it all runs smoothly.
  • The Yorkshire Cancer Centre, aside from all the PR that you gave us to advertise the event throughout the hospital, you helped us staff the event with volunteers, whilst giving us constant support in the setup of the event.
  • G-Rex Fitness for working on the event from day one, from event proposal to managing the day itself in the form of Andy and myself.
  • Rushfirth Creative for designing all the fantastic branding, I think you’ll agree it looked absolutely brilliant!
  • The Yorkshire Mafia for donating their booking system, to say that it saved Andy and I a couple of hours of admin would be a massive understatement.
  • Innovate Contract Furniture for building the stage on the day of the event, it looked amazing, something that I’ve grown accustomed to with the company.
  • ghd sponsored two of the floors on event day, as you will have seen from the photos, as well as many staff members signed up to the challenge and ran the stairs.
  • Airienteers Orienteering, Steve in particular, for coming down for the full day and providing us with the dibber timing system, I love it, and it came across that you guys loved it too!
  • ASDA and Tesco for donating everything you received in your goody bags.
  • CrossFit West Yorkshire for helping us spread the word of the event; you guys turned out in force and pushed the leader board to the wire!
  • UK Outdoor Fitness for providing Rupert to lead the first two warm up sessions, preparing the athletes for the ascent to come.
  • Xercise4Less for backing the event and donating winners prizes.
  • Osteogenic Centers UK for coming out on the day and giving athletes free use of your kit, something that I know plenty of people took advantage of.
  • Up and Running and Sweatshop, both backed the event from the start, and gave away vouchers for their stores in the goody bags.
  • Eversheds for providing all the tables and chairs for the day so that we didn’t have to rent anything.

Secondly, can I thank our photographers Nicky, Mark, Karl, Craig and Mike, the photos/videos that you captured on the day are awesome, and I know that from the amount of notifications I’ve received on the iPhone all athletes loved them too. If you haven’t seen them, check out the G-Rex Fitness HQ facebook page where they’re all housed, with links to each photographers web address.

And last but not least, we can’t forget to thank you guys, the stairclimbers. If you hadn’t have signed up and taken part, we wouldn’t have had the great success that we had. Every single person, from the winning male and female, to the last ones to cross the finish line, you all gave it your all.

Great work everyone, it’s been a long 8 months… but it was worth every second!


In the press!

Hello stairclimbers!

I hope you’ve seen the great article in today’s Yorkshire Evening Post, link below:


We’ll be emailing out to all the participants very shortly with details about photographs and the money you have helped raised for the Yorkshire Cancer Centre. In the meantime, email us with any questions at GYSC@g-rexfitness.com

Thank you again to all our brilliant stairclimbers and their supporters.



The Results are in!


The first Great Yorkshire Stairclimb took place yesterday, and was a huge success.

Thank you to all our volunteers, sponsors, partners and stairclimbers. You’ve helped us raise a lot of money for the Yorkshire Cancer Centre.

We’ll be updating you with more details shortly. But in the meantime:

The results are in at: http://www.aire.org.uk/events/archiveresults/2012/2012-11-24_GYSC/index.html

Congratulations go to Mark Sims (from Liverpool) as our fastest male climber at  3.14.

Maxine Russell took 4 minutes 14 seconds away from her volunteering duties on the day to become our fastest female climber! Well done and thanks for all your help!

Special mention also go to John Turner for completing the climb in 9.34 whilst wearing a 32kg backpack and Dan McIntrye on his time of 26.52. Dan is a wheelchair user who pulled himself (and wheelchair) unaided to the top! Amazing!

Keep checking this website and the G-Rex Fitness facebook page and twitter account for more information. The photographs and videos will also be published very shortly.


Just 16 hours to the big day!

Not long now guys, the Great Yorkshire Stairclimb kicks off in just over 16 hours, it’s amazing just how quick it’s come around, but we can’t wait!

It’s taken a lot of time and effort to get this far from a whole host of people; I’d like to take the time out to thank them all for getting involved in the tallest event in God’s Own County…

Firstly, our fantastic management team, you guys have been awesome, and Andy and myself really couldn’t have done it without you. The task was tall (pun intended) but you rose to the challenge and made the climb possible (more puns… boom!).

Secondly, our sponsors, your expertise has been second to none, please take a little time to read a little about them below…

 Without you guys being here, neither would we!

Don’t forget, you can now sign up on the day, so come down and get involved in this amazing event for the Yorkshire Cancer Centre.


It’s in the bag!

We’re just a few days away from the very first Great Yorkshire Stairclimb!

Have you booked your place yet? If not, why not! If you book online we can allocate a space and time for you. However, you can now just drop-in to Bridgewater Place (a 2 minute walk  from Leeds train station) any time between 10am to 4pm. Simply go into the main entrance (the Atrium) – a GYSC marshal will be on hand to direct you. Look out for the marshals in the purple t-shirts!

Don’t forget that all the net proceeds of your entrance fee goes to the Yorkshire Cancer Centre.

So, other than a massive sense of achievement, what do you get for completing Yorkshire’s tallest challenge?

Everyone will receive a fantastic G-Rex Fitness GYSC goody bag. Included within this bag (an Asda ‘Bag for Life’ no less) will a YCC t-shirt, an exclusive GYSC G-Rex Fitness Athlete wristband, bottled water, delicious cereal bars, fruit and a range of great vouchers and free passes from Xercise4Less gyms, Sweatshop and others.

You will also be given the opportunity to have your photo taken in front of the window on Floor 30. These digital photos will be downloaded onto Facebook and completely free for you to keep.

Finally, you’ll be deserving a drink and some food after climbing all those 522 stairs. We recommend that you head to Cuvee. This fantastic bar, with a waterfront location, couldn’t be much closer to Bridgewater Place. Head to Cuvee at Waterman’s Place, Granary Wharf and you’ll receive a 10% discount by showing your GYSC/G-Rex Fitness wristbands. The lovely people at Cuvee will also donate 10% of their revenue received from stairclimbers to the Yorkshire Cancer Centre.

We’ll be posting more useful information about the event over the next few days so keep a look out!


New GYSC Partner

A big thank you to the North’s leading low cost gym XERCISE4LESS for supporting The Great Yorkshire Stairclimb.

Look out for their vouchers, free passes and more in the G-Rex Fitness GYSC goody bag!

Don’t forget that you can now take on the GYSC challenge without having to register in advance. Simply turn up to Bridgewater Place, a 3 minute walk from Leeds city square, any time between 9.30am to 3.00pm on Saturday 24 November 2012. Only £20 per person to take on Yorkshire’s tallest and toughest challenge. Every entrant will receive a great G-Rex Fitness goody bag. All the net proceeds will be donated to the Yorkshire Cancer Centre.

Using the online registration system in advance will guarantee your place and may mean less waiting.

Activities in the Atrium

We are really pleased to announce that the Great Yorkshire Stairclimb is being supported by Osteogenic Centres UK.

Osteogenic Centres UK use state of the art technology to develop bone, muscle and joint strength through use of a bioDensity system.

Their remarkable equipment will be available exclusively for Stairclimbers throughout the event day – a perfect way to warm up and cool down from those 522 stairs!

The bio-Density machine is one of only three in the UK, so don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity.

The bioDensity system is a scientific breakthrough and is the non-pharmaceutical option for bone health and strength development. Made possible through neuro-musculoskeletal stimulation providing levels of loading normally associated with that of impact loading. This self induced, incredibly safe stimulation of the musculoskeletal system is known as osteogenic loading.

I’ve had a go myself and the 4 x 5 second exercises undertaken on the machine are fantastic. This machine, together with Power Plates, will be positioned in the Atrium in Bridgewater Place, so look out for them.

For more information, look at www.biodensitycentres.co.uk and follow them on facebook.




Registration problems


We seem to be having a few problems with the online registration system – if you are struggling to book please email us direct at gysc@g-rexfitness.com and we’ll sort it out for you.


The good news is that we’re hoping to announce a few exciting developments in the next day or so, watch this space!





The one to beat?

We’ve introduced two GYSC champions so far – both will overcome physical challenges and adversity in reaching the top of Yorkshire’s tallest building, Bridgewater Place. Our third GYSC Champion is a bit different – the challenge won’t be in getting to the top, but will be in climbing the 522 stairs in a time faster than anyone before him. 

The Great Yorkshire Stairclimb is delighted to introduce Mark Sims.

(Mark competing in the Spinnaker Tower stairclimb in 2010)

 Mark is an experienced (and very fast) stairclimber from Liverpool. Mark has been competing in stairclimb events for over 13 years and has a host of titles to his name. He has won his local Royal Liver Building stairclimb a whopping nine times between 1999 and 2007. Now it is true that Mark works in this building but he’s certainly no one-trick pony! He has taken the title for the Liverpool Cathedral run-up in 2010 and the Liverpool St Johns Tower in 2010 and 2011.

Mark has demonstrated his talent outside of Liverpool, winning the iconic Portsmouth Spinnaker Tower stairclimb in 2010 and 2011. He has also recently come first and second in the St Mary Axe stairclimb in London – not heard of this building? Well, it’s normally called The Gherkin.

Mark has also travelled abroad, taking on the 779 steps and 60 storey Donnaturm run-up in Vienna. He also came 8th in perhaps the most (in)famous stairclimb of them all  – the Empire State Building in Manhattan, New York. At an amazing 86 flights of stairs, that’s certainly a challenge!

 Mark (37) is a family man who works for a finance company in Liverpool, and unassumingly describes his stairclimbing talents as just something he found he was good at. Mark doesn’t find much time to train on stairs, although attributes his success to being a keen cyclist and having a very busy family life!

 Your very own Event Directors, Gary & Andy, have completed a trial run of the GYSC in comfortably under 4 minutes. However, we think that our time may be smashed by our third GYSC Champion.

 So, do we think Mark will become our inaugural GYSC winner? Do you think you could give him a good run for your money? There’s only one way of finding out – book yourself onto the event and give it your best shot.

Of course becoming the fastest stairclimber isn’t Mark’s primary motivation for competing – he explains how raising money for worthy causes such as the Yorkshire Cancer Centre provides that extra motivation. We really look forward to welcoming Mark and all you other budding stairclimbers to Yorkshire on the 24th November.


Sponsoring the Stairs

We’re really pleased that a number of different organisations are showing a real interest in sponsoring and supporting the GYSC.

The retail giant, Asda have generously donated bottled spring water for all our volunteers and stairclimbers. Having sprinted up the 522 stairs in a trial run, we know just how important this particular donation will become!

As well as large organisations, smaller businesses are talking to us about different ways in which they can get involved – ranging from retail outlets selling running related equipment, bars and restaurants, photographers and gyms. If you work for an organisation that might be interested, just let us know.

We are also speaking to a number of companies that wish to register a number of their work related teams. We think this is a fantastic idea – what a great way to encourage a little bit of inter-departmental rivalry! Whilst there are still spaces in each wave, we can group teams so they can stairclimb together – so if you want to get a work team together, let us know quickly so we can accommodate your preferred timing.

Thanks to our great friends at Rushfirth Creative who have updated and augmented the amazing event branding with the details of our new sponsors and partners. If you want your logo to appear let us know!