The first thing you need to know, if you didn't already, is that Seb Falk ran this year's London Marathon dressed as The Gherkin in aid of Cure Parkinson's Trust. He did an amazing time of 3.24 mins (yes, in an eight foot costume) and has raised a staggering £12k+ for this important charity.
The second thing is his movie Go Gherkin: The Movie - based on the Rocky come back movie and made by Seb's film maker sister Bella, it's simply brilliant, if you haven't seen it do watch it now!! A tweet from Swiss Re CEO Russell Higginbotham alerted me to it and I after watching I invited Seb up to the top of the Gherkin - I didn't want him to run as a building he hadn't been inside. Russell then added to this by extending the invitation to the Swiss Re floors where he could meet staff and be sponsored. After Seb (in costume) and Suzannah his girlfriend (who made the costume) had tea at the top with Swiss Re's Sally-Anne Etienne and me, it was down to meet the Swiss Re marathon runners and receive the sponsorship cheque for £1,000 presented by Sally-Anne - it was then upstairs for lunch where Seb had a mini gherkin, making it a triple gherkin day.
Living on Blackheath meant we got to see Seb at the start and I'd loved seeing him on the BBC highlights show - and the Youtube clip where he bumps in to the finish line and has to go back and duck under to get through. There are more photos on Seb's Facebook page facebook.com/gogherkin and you can still sponsor him on http://www.justgiving.com/gogherkin