THEY came in droves to storm the tower.
But it was all for good causes, as dozens of people attempted to run up the staircase of the iconic Spinnaker Tower at Gunwharf Quays for their chosen charities.
The 90 people from across the region who took on the 530 steps in the 105m vertical climb were rewarded with the stunning night-time views from the top.
While the fastest were making the climb in under three minutes, others were just happy to finish it.
Sam Walden, 49, of Wild Ridings in Fareham, led a group of six from her keep-fit class in aid of The Rowans Hospice. She said: ‘My dad John Laskey died there on Christmas Day, so they were the natural place to do it for.
‘I’d taken a couple of months off from the Body Blast Boot Camp, so when I heard about this, it was an ideal way to try and get fit again, and the others just joined in.
‘When I signed up, I didn’t realise it was spiral staircase all the way, and I hate spirals –and I don’t like lifts either, but that’s the only other way back down.’
Billy Colburn, 30, of Southsea Terrace in Southsea, did it for Naomi House.
‘I was only coming along to support my girlfriend, Emily Brierley, but then her housemate dropped out, so I’m a last-minute sub,’ he said.
‘I think I did alright.’
Tom Stratford, 27, from Hayling Island, is a volunteer for Off The Record counselling service, and said: ‘When I knew how far it was, I tried 560 steps in gym, and it was pretty comfortable. This was so different, and it does get quite disorientating, but it didn’t feel like it took too long.’
Naked Fundraising director Nikki Radcliffe organised the event, and said: ‘This is the first time we’ve done this here and it’s been surprisingly well received. We’ve already had people asking about when we’ll be doing it again.’