On 5 June 79 athletes gathered in London Hilton on Park Lane to take on the mighty Mayfair Power & Tower Race 2015. The annual race has been running since 2009 in support of Galvin’s Chance – read more about how Galvin’s Chance has been transforming lives on the following page.
After registering at the desk and picking up their race numbers the runners headed to the band stand in Hyde Park, to start the race. They set off on a 4.5km dash around the Park, passing famous landmarks like the Serpentine, and then back across to London Hilton on Park Lane. The real trial then began for the runners, who had to scale the 29 flights of stairs to Galvin at Windows Restaurant on the top of the tower. The first person across the finish line was Daniel Brennan who completed the race in 23.38 minutes.
Participants who undertook the race in teams of four faced an additional challenge by taking on British Military Fitness obstacles along the way. The fastest team completed the whole course in 31 minutes. Fred Sirieix, co-Founder of Galvin’s Chance, decided to give himself an even greater challenge by sparring with boxing legend Clinton Mackenzie at points around the course and finished the course in 49.29 minutes, along with a few bruises.
At the top of the tower the runners were welcomed to Galvin at Windows, where they enjoyed a hard-earned glass of champagne – kindly donated by Pommery – and a breakfast sandwich. Speeches were then given by co-Founder of Galvin’s Chance and the Foundation’s new Patron, Chris Galvin, co-Founder Fred Sirieix and a previous Galvin’s Chance graduate Muhammed who thanked runners and explained how the programme had helped him to turn his life around.
Thank you so much to all of our participating runners for helping us to raise over £9,000 to support the future running of the programme. To read more about Galvin’s Chance and to support the programme please click here.