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Woody from the Bay City Rollers, DJ Des Clarke, comedian, Raymond Mearns and David Tanner of Sky Sports get set to Race the Roof, Scotland’s first vertical running challenge – Watch them here!

The race takes place at Glasgow’s iconic music venue, the SSE Hydro on Sunday August 20th 2017. The aim is to raise urgently needed funds for Scotland’s music therapy charity, Nordoff Robbins Scotland.

“We are facing unprecedented demand for music therapy as more people recognise the positive impact it can have on such a wide range of challenging health conditions,” explained Carolyne Nurse, Fundraising Director.  “We need to raise £50,000 so we can increase the therapist team : Race the Roof is a unique opportunity for everyone to help.”

Open to runners of all abilities aged 16 and over, Race the Roof is a 2km course, beginning outside the SSE Hydro. The real challenge lies in the climb up the internal  flights of stairs up to the finish line at top of the arena. Here you’ll enjoy a bird’s eye view of the world-famous stage which has hosted the MTV awards, the MOBOs and concerts by the greatest stars in music today.

Race the Roof will take place in staggered starts throughout the afternoon. When runners have completed the course they can enjoy food, massages and music from live DJs.

Open to individuals or teams of four, Race the Roof is a great opportunity for families, friends and colleagues to dust off the running shoes, get active and raise money for a brilliant cause. So, if you fancy swapping your usual Sunday run to something a bit more exciting, find out more at

Entries are limited to 1000 so don’t delay, SIGN UP today.

Vertical Running is a new sports discipline that is capturing the imagination of runners across the globe. Vertical races involve running up tall man-made structures and typically take place on internal staircases.

Donald McLeod, Chairman of Nordoff Robbins Scotland said,

“We are always looking for new and fun ways to encourage fundraising at Nordoff Robbins Scotland, and this is a truly unique opportunity to experience the SSE Hydro is a completely different way, whilst helping us raise essential funds for the charity.

Our aim is to make Race the Roof a dynamic and exciting sports fundraising event for people of all fitness levels in Scotland. We’re really excited to be the first charity to introduce a Vertical Running challenge here. Plus, according to the Vertical World Circuit, you’ll burn up to 10 times more calories than running on a flat surface – so it’s a great way to earn your Sunday Roast!”


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