Standing up to Cancer in London!

By Rebecca Sansome

So today I'm an emotional wreck and I feel like I've been hit by a bus... but all for good reason!!

On Saturday, myself, Adam Carney, Louise Purcell, Johnny Bowers and Craig Forsyth travelled down to The Big Smoke in preparation for Stand Up To Cancer's London 3 Peaks to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

(Pictured L-R: Jonny, Craig, Adam, Becca & Louise)

Joined by Chris Worth who was in the city anyway, we took in some of the sights of London - luckily for us, we were already accompanied by the perfect tour guide (Adam knows London like the back of his hand!)

Feet aching already, we headed back for dinner (a little wine) and an 'early night' before the fun began on Sunday morning!

Of course we were allocated the earliest wave time (9.10am!!), so after a hearty breakfast (thanks to Louise) and a quick warm-up session (confirming I have ZERO coordination) we were ready to go.

After a short, somewhat risky (as we all know, London's roads can be quite busy!) 3k run to the the first of the peaks - The Gherkin, we stopped for a welcome glass of water before Adam and Louise made the climb to the top of the building - at 180m tall it's pretty daunting! Adam and Louise made it to the top in just 30 minutes!! After enjoying the views, they made their way back down (in the lift thankfully) and we ran to the next peak.

Salesforce Tower (or Heron Tower to some) stands at 230 metres high, making it the tallest building in London's financial district. Craig was lucky enough to take on this tower, along with Adam (again) who stepped in for one of our team members who unfortunately had to drop out. We thought they would never return, just turns out there were sweets and goodies at the top of the tower!!

The final stint took us to 200 Aldersgate, where Jonny and I ran (not sure you can call what I was doing running but hey!) to the top of the building where I suddenly thought WHAT AM I DOING HERE, before completing our challenge and abseiling down the side of the building - approx 200 feet (believe me it felt like 200,000 feet!)

Jonny was already on the ground, when I was having a bit of a wobble (shaking like a leaf is a massive understatement), but after having a word with myself about why I was doing this, and with a little encouragement from my amazing team I eventually made it to the bottom of the building (after nearly knocking myself out on a giant CCTV camera!)

Sadly, there are not many people who can say cancer hasn't affected them in some way and this is what kept us going on the day! It was an incredibly emotional day and what made it even more special was that we reached our target of £2,000 just before we set off!! We can not thank you enough for your amazing support, it means so much to us and I hope we've done you proud :)

Special thanks to Lookers plc who donated towards our entry fee.

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