They made it to the top
In support of Galvin’s Chance, London Hilton on Park Lane welcomed runners from the worlds of hospitality, sport, business and the general public to the Mayfair Park & Tower Race, held on Friday 31st May 2013. The Mayfair Park and Tower Race incorporates a 4.5 km sprint around the Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park followed by a gruelling tower run up the 475 stairs of London Hilton on Park Lane to Michelin-starred Galvin at Windows restaurant on the 28th floor. After rising to the challenge, the runners had the chance to recover and re-hydrate with a Pommery-sponsored champagne breakfast in the restaurant at the top of the 331 foot tall hotel.
Congratulations go to the winners, Tori Maden (time: 25.28) and Andrew Alley (Time: 19.03) for being the first to the top of the stairs in their respective races. For race times click here and for photos of the day please go to our facebook page.
Thanks to the generosity of all our runners and sponsors we hope to raise more than £20,000 for the Hilton in the Community Foundation's into-work programme, Galvin’s Chance. Galvin’s Chance is an innovative into-work programme for young people aged 18-24 who may be ex-offenders or who are deemed disadvantaged, including those ‘at risk’ of gang culture. It offers young Londoners training, mentoring and a series of apprenticeships in some of London’s finest hotels and restaurants as part of a course to equip and support them into full-time employment. The project was initiated by Chris Galvin and Fred Sirieix at the Galvin at Windows restaurant, the finish point for the race. Galvin’s Chance is a charitable initiative of Hilton in the Community Foundation and is delivered in partnership with Hilton Worldwide, The Springboard Charity, London Probation, and various four and five-star hotels and fine-dining restaurants in London.
Speaking at this year's race, Galvin’s Chance patron, Jeff Galvin said, “Galvin’s Chance is about giving young people a chance. Sometimes it is simply a case of showing what great opportunities exist out there. Despite the vital contribution hospitality makes to the economy, front-of-house is still a woefully misunderstood part of our business. But it is everything! Galvin’s Chance gives young people the chance to get a foothold and get ahead in this exciting and diverse sector."
Feeling inspired? Why not register to run for next year’s race on Friday 30th May 2014 and make a difference to a young person's life.