Thirty-eight floors, 180 meters and 1,037 steps is what it takes to complete The Gherkin Challenge. This year’s edition had a total of 674 participants and one of them was UK’s house DJ, Mr. Danny Howells.
The Gherkin Challenge first took place in 2009 and since then it has seen thousands of climbers’ ascent the 38 floors with sweat and tears. Howells, who was doing the challenge to raise awareness for CALF Sanctuary said: “My first thoughts were: that looks easy, I can do that. It was only the next day when I sobered up that I realized what I’d signed up for! ”
Howells finished at 31st of a total of 674 participants. For his cause he has raffled memorabilia, gifted exclusive mixes, played at private parties, and he even jumped of a plane. “I’ve been doing loads of different things for CALF Sanctuary, and I’d just signed up to do a parachute jump for them when I heard about the Gherkin Challenge. I thought it would be good to mix it up a bit and as it’s for NSPCC, it felt like a fun way to raise a bit of cash. I didn’t realize at the time they would both be on the same weekend, and right before Glastonbury as well so a bit madness, but it all worked out amazingly.”
The building is located at 30 St Mary Axe (and informally as The Gherkin) and it’s a commercial skyscraper in London’s primary financial district. Although the Challenge is less than half the height of the tallest tower on the World Circuit, it’s still an impressive test of endurance and determination. And once you reach the top, you’ll understand why.
Howells added: “I’m quite proud of myself actually!! It was fun but I swear it was the most strenuous thing I’ve ever done. I thought I was going really slow and felt a wreck afterwards but was over the moon with my result and the generous people that sponsored me. I’ll do it again definitely.”
So pay attention and support his cause!
For donations: http://www.calfsanctuary.com