Looking Ahead to the 2015 Season

Posted: January 12, 2015 in News
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The 2014 tower running season culminates in the World Cup Final in Vienna, Austria on 24 January 2015. The top stair runners from around the globe will be competing for bragging rights as they scale the 60-storey Danube Tower. In among the mix is Britain’s own Mark Sims who has been competing on the scene for a number of years, taking wins up and down the country.

This year Mark was a winner at the UK’s single qualifying event in Portsmouth’s Spinnaker Tower, which granted him automatic qualification into the World Cup Final. He followed this up a few weeks later with another win at The Great Yorkshire Stair Climb in Leeds, where he was just seconds off the course record. Tower Running UK is hoping to speak with Mark before the race to get some tips, and wishes him the best as he tries to make the top-ten initial qualifiers racing in the final heat.

Away from the elites there are still plenty of opportunities for races this year. Although the full list of races hasn’t yet been finalised, we do know the season will feature the ever popular Vertical Rush at London’s Tower 42. This is a great event organised by the charity Shelter and takes place on 3 March. Spaces usually get filled quite quickly so if you’re interested you can sign up here.

Additionally, the ever-popular Gherkin Stair Challenge will return for another year. The NSPCC, who organises the event, haven’t established a date yet but you can register your interest via that link.

The exciting London Three Peaks Challenge, which combines three-stair races (including the Gherkin and former Heron Tower), a 5k run and abseil, will also return for 2015. But, just like the Gherkin event, a date has not been finalised. Interest (and we are definitely interested) can be registered here. Funds from this event will go to assisting the tireless work done by Cancer Research UK.

We will be keeping an eye on the UK race diary and letting you know as soon as new events are finalised.


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