Shelter launches first ever ‘Orbital Rush’ event at Hillsborough stadium

Shelter is today launching Orbital Rush, a fantastic new endurance event that challenges people to run up, down and around Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield to raise money for the housing and homeless charity.

The event, which takes place on Saturday 15 October, follows the huge success of Shelter’s award-winning tower running fundraiser Vertical Rush, held annually at the iconic St. John’s Beacon in Liverpool and London’s Tower 42.

So far, over 1,000 people have taken part alongside celebrities Duncan Bannatyne, Marcus Patrick and Matt Roberts, fitness trainer to the stars, raising over £250,000 for Shelter’s vital work helping homeless and badly housed families.

This year, Orbital Rush aims to set a new challenge for stair-running enthusiasts across the country who are growing in number as the sport gains popularity. The gruelling event will see participants running up and down nearly 2,000 steps in the Hillsborough Stadium, double the number at London’s Tower 42 – the city’s tallest building. Runners can compete as an individual or team against others.

Tracy Griffin, Shelter’s Director of Fundraising, said: “Shelter is extremely excited to be bringing this fantastic new event to Sheffield, offering Sheffield Wednesday supporters the opportunity to experience the stadium in a truly unique way.

“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.”

To register for Orbital Rush visit: www.shelter.org.uk/orbitalrush 

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