Filmed by Claire Jones; Edited by Andrew Georgiades; Additional Footage from the European Central Bank
Hi, I'm Patrick McGee, one of the Financial Times Fit Hacks. And today, I'm gonna run up the European Central Bank. A few weeks ago, I had the suggestion that I should run up and down skyscrapers, so, of course, I reached out to the people at the ECB. Turned out, it was an offer they couldn't refuse. So let's go meet them, and we're gonna challenge them to run up and down the ECB.
Hi, I'm Esther. I'm 40 years old, and sports belong to my everyday life.
My name is René. I'm 38, and sports is a big part of my life.
Hello, my name is Wolfgang. I'm 32 years old. And I do sports since 15 years, but I've never done the stair climbing thing.
The world record is 6 minutes 25 seconds. So I'm gonna have to aim for 06:24. My wife, actually, said if I take more than five minutes, she's not impressed.
Oh my god.
Hey, how is it going?
How is it going?
Oh my god, this is exhausting.
Wife isn't gonna be impressed. So the good news is, if I read my watch correctly - and I've got official timing downstairs - I did it in something like 5 minutes and 45 seconds. The bad news is, I came in second. So there's a new world record, and that was by René.
I'm really proud. It was really challenging, especially under these circumstances and weather conditions. It's 77 degrees outside, and inside it's, I guess, even more or even warmer. So I'm really exhausted but happy and glad to beat Patrick.