Race day information Getting to The Gherkin Challenge

The Gherkin
30 St Mary Axe

Transport links:
The Gherkin has many overground and underground stations surrounding it. But the closest stations are:

  • London Liverpool Street 
  • Aldgate 
  • Bank.

These stations have connections across London. Please check transport services for timings and disruptions before you travel.

Getting your results

Whether you choose to race to the top or take the challenge at your own place, our timing chip company will ensure your time is recorded on the day.

Results will be live, so you'll be able to see how you did as soon as you reach the top!

Pink piggy bank


Unfortunately we don't have the facilities on site to take your sponsorship money.

Pay in your sponsorship money by completing a paying in form and send this along with cheques to us at the address provided. Or call us on 020 7825 2505 to make a payment over the phone.

Arriving at the Gherkin

    1. Make your way to the base of The Gherkin where you'll find our event village.
    2. Here you'll be directed to our sign in area where you can pick up your race pack.
    3. If you have children in your team, make sure they wear their wristband and that you run with them.
    4. There won't be any changing facilities on site, but we'll have an area to store your bags - valuables are left at your own risk
    5. Toilets are located in Sterling Bar at the base of The Gherkin and at Searcy's Bar at the top.
    6. You can only bring water and valuables in a zipped, secure pocket. We'll provide water before and after the finish line. In case of emergency, our stairwell volunteers will have water with them.
    7. Please ensure you arrive at your allotted time. You'll be directed to start line by The Gherkin Challenge volunteers.

Event village

Before your challenge, come and get a NSPCC temporary tattoo or some green go faster stripes from our marquee. You can also visit our face painting station and children's balloon animal entertainer.

When you've completed your challenge, make sure you collect your medal and relax with a free massage back in the event village.

Other things to do

Once you've finished your challenge there is a wealth of entertainment on your doorstep.

Why not discover 1000 years of history at the Tower of London, take a shopping trip to one of London's finest markets at Old Spitalfields Market or head to West End to catch a matinee performance or a pre-theatre dinner?