Race Results Saturday 28th February 2015

Posted: March 1, 2015 in News
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It was another busy day in the stair climbing world with nine races today; two in Europe and seven throughout the USA.

In London, UK the charity Shooting Star Chase held their first stair climb at Broadgate Tower, the UK’s 12th tallest building. The opportunity to climb 877 steps of a new tower proved an attractive prospect as some top athletes headed to the capital for the race.

These included Germany’s Ralf “The Natural” Hascher (who has a cool website here) and Britain’s most successful stair climber Mark “The Marauder” Sims (who gave us an interview last month). The pair had last competed against each other at the Towerrunning World Cup Final in January, where Sims finished 15th and Hascher, just five seconds behind, finished in 18th. We had a brief chat with both athletes before they raced, and it was clear to see they were both very focused.

In a fast race it was Hascher who settled scores and reversed fortunes with a win in 4:07. Sims followed in a time of 4:16, with highly competitive Scottish fell runner Andrew “Braveheart” Barrington transitioning well to stair climbing and finishing in 4:35.2. Jonathan “President” Kennedy was denied a podium finish by the slightest of margins as he finished in 4:35.5. The top five was rounded out by Tower Running UK’s very own Patrick “How do you come up with these nicknames?” Gallagher, who managed a sub-5min finish by the skin of his teeth, crossing the mat in 4:59.7.

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Mark Sims (103) and Stefan Kiryazov (67) pose at the top of Broadgate Tower with race winner Ralf Hascher (53)

In Albany, NY there was a clear winner at the 27th Cystic Fibrosis climb in the Corning Tower. Absolutely crushing the 809 steps in 4:48 was David “Soaring Eagle” Tromp. The Glenmont, NY native has hit a rich vein of form of late, having also taken a top ten finish at ESBRU earlier in the month. *Start spreading the news…!!* Fastest woman up in Albany was Michelle Davis who finished in 7:04. Like stair running great Alex Workman, Michelle is also from Schenectady. They grow them strong up in those parts!!

At the SkyRun in Budapest, Hungary, Austria’s Klaus “The Mauerbach Tornado” Hausleitner cleared the 402 steps of the Duna Tower in a winning time of 2:28. Last month he finished 8th at the Towerrunning World Cup Final race. Klaus is showing some great form this year. The fastest lady was Krisztina “Flaming Vortex” Inczédy (2:58) who was the only woman on the day to go sub 3 minutes. She evidently has a need…a need for speed!!

Back over in the States, it was a second win of the season for “The Future” Troy Alston. This guy is on fire right now! Is there anybody in Florida to stop his rampage? He flew up the 529 steps of the 110 Tower in Fort Lauderdale in 2:28, leaving well over a minute between himself and second place. The winner of the women’s section was Gloria “Real Deal” Rilo who finished in 5th overall in a time of 4:12.

In Minneapolis, Jason “The Steel Oath” Larson went one better than his second place last week with a win at the Cystic Fibrosis Climb in the IDS Tower. His winning time up the 1280 steps was 7:08. The fastest woman, taking second overall (awesome!!) was Melissa “The Slingshot” Gacek who finished in 8:15.

At the time of writing results were unavailable for the Fight For Air Climbs that took place in Oklahoma, Salt Lake City, New Haven and Houston. These will all appear on the towerrunning.com results page here, sometime soon. If any finishers at those races want a nickname get in touch and I will update these race results 😉

Congratulations to everyone who climbed today.

Keep climbing!

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