Dozens of contestants in race to top of Yorkshire’s tallest building

One of the 100 fundraisers Cathryn Rushfirth makes her way to the top.

One of the 100 fundraisers Cathryn Rushfirth makes her way to the top.

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Taking the lift was not an option for competitors who stepped up to the towering challenge of scaling Yorkshire’s tallest building.

The first ever Great Yorkshire Stair Climb on Saturday saw 124 people take on the exhausting climb up 522 steps to the summit of Bridgewater Place in Leeds city centre.

The event was hailed a major success and is expected to have raised around £3,500 for the Yorkshire Cancer Centre.

First to the top was Mark Sim, 37, from Liverpool, who has been competing in stairclimb events for 13 years.

He reached the top of Bridgewater Place in an impressive 3 mins 14 secs.

Also taking part was wheelchair user Dan McIntyre, of Leeds, who has twice survived cancer and has suffered kidney failure.

Despite finding it a challenge to walk even short distances, Mr McIntyre successfully completed the Great Yorkshire Stair Climb and even dragged his wheelchair behind him.

G-Rex Fitness managing director Gary Butterfield was the event co-director. He said: “Dan is just one of the truly inspirational people who took part in the stair climb to raise funds for the Yorkshire Cancer Centre.”

He added: “All the feedback from the event has ben fantastic. Plenty of people want to repeat it next year. They were all eager to come down again and try and beat their times.”

The event was made possible thanks to backing from a string of sponsors, including branding company Rushfirth Creative, Innovate Contract Furniture and the Yorkshire Mafia networking group.

Andy Dodman, co-director of the Great Yorkshire Stair Climb, said: “This was a fantastic opportunity to take part in a fundraising event with a difference, whilst raising much needed cash for the Yorkshire Cancer Centre.

“The funds raised will help this amazing organisation to continue their work improving cancer outcomes for patients throughout the county.”

For more details on Saturdays’ event, go to: www.greatyorkshirestairclimb.com

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