Skyscraper Challenger

I was the second oldest participant in the 2023 Skyscraper Challenge in aid of Tommy’s (prenatal death research and counselling). This involved a 660′ abseil down the side of the Leadenhall Building (aka Cheesegrater) – having first climbed 42 flights of stairs (1095 steps).

The 42 floor ascent begins…. 

1095 steps later. Time was 34:05. Could have been quicker but I kept company with another participant who was struggling
Partway down….


So far, so good. View is amazing. [Photo by Anne W]
Almost there! [photo by Anne W]
…and across the finish line! [photo by Bernice O]



Hayling Island, 2015.
Hayling Island, 2015.
Hayling Island, 2015.
The Solent, Hampshire, 2015.
Carshalton, Surrey, 2018. The Carshalton Day Of Dance.
Hampshire Avon, Boxing Day 2019. In flood and over half a mile wide.


Appledore, Devon, 2017.
Croydon 2016.
Dorset 2017. Black Bream freshly caught from Bournemouth Bay
Hampshire 2015.
North London, 2019. Coots feeding on proffered mealworms on the Lea Navigation.
Hayling Island, 2015.
UK, 2015.
Hayling Island, 2015. Black-Headed Gull (left) and Common Tern.
London, 2017.


London 2004. On South Bank by HMS Belfast.
Croydon 2002. Triumph 2000 saloon from 1968.
Black Mountains, Wales, 2007.
Black Mountains, Wales, 2007.
Black Mountains, Wales, 2019. Wether (neutered) rams in conference.
Croydon 2014.
London 2019. Old Thameside Inn, Southwark


Croydon 2016.
London 2019. Viewed from the Thameside Inn on the South Bank
Dartford, Kent, 2016.
Croydon 2018. Shirley Park golf course at dawn.
Cranbrook, Kent, 2019. The Apple Fair.
Croydon, 2010. 1960s Jaguar 420G awating restoration.
City of London, 2019. Looking south to the Elephant and Castle tower.
London 2019. Highgate Cemetary.
London 2019. Classic car owner on way to a show (car is a Morris Marina GT)


City Of London 2018. My eye was caught by the almost claustrophobic way the tunnel shrinks into the distance.
Brecon Beacons, Wales, 2019. A damp chill morning during the lambing season.
Whitstable, Kent, 2018. “The Reluctant Gardener”
Hampshire 2017. My faithful opener which had travelled 10 year on my key-ring finally uncapped its last.
Croydon 2019.
Twickenham 2019. River Crane.
Kent 2019. Ale and meat for Morris musician.
Croydon 2019. Baked Beetroot