Charity fundraisers urged to step up for football stadium challenge

rushBS''Shelter's Sam Davies training at Hillsborough, before October's Orbital Rush event
rushBS''Shelter's Sam Davies training at Hillsborough, before October's Orbital Rush event
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WHAT a loopy idea!

Sponsored runs are ten-a-penny nowadays - but housing charity Shelter is inviting people to take part in an endurance event with a difference.

They want people to run up, down and around the stands at Sheffield Wednesday’s Hillsborough stadium, doing loops of the pitch to raise funds for homeless and badly housed people.

The gruelling event - dubbed Orbital Rush - involves running up and down nearly 2,000 steps at the iconic Owls ground.

The idea is an evolution of the charity’s Vertical Rush events, which have seen thousands of participants run up and steps at London’s Tower 42 and Liverpool’s St John’s Beacon.

Vertical Rush has so far raised more than £250,000 for Shelter, backed by celebrities Duncan Bannatyne, Marcus Patrick and Matt Roberts, fitness trainer to the stars.

But this event will be far harder, with nearly double the number of steps than at Tower 42, London’s tallest building.

Shelter’s director of fundraising Tracy Griffin said Orbital Rush - the country’s first stadium stair running event - would give loyal Wednesdayites the chance to experience the stadium in a unique way.

She said: “Shelter is extremely excited to be bringing this fantastic new event to Sheffield.

“Orbital Rush is going to really test people’s mettle, so we’re calling on people in Sheffield and across the country to put on their running shoes to see if they’ve got what it takes to make it round.

“All the money raised at the event will go towards supporting the rising number of people who are coming to Shelter for help in these tough times.”

People can enter as an individual or as part of team and there will be a celebration reception after the event.

n To register for the event, which takes place on Saturday October 15, log-on to or call 0844 5151190.