Walsham Victorious in Singapore and Flyin’ Ryan Takes Brisbane

Posted: June 4, 2015 in News

After a second place finish at the world championship in Qatar, back in March, Suzy “The Lawmaker” Walsham returned to form with a win at the 21st National Vertical Marathon in Singapore on 24 May. The popular event is held at One Raffles Place, where climbers race up 63 floors.

One Raffles Place, Singapore

One Raffles Place, Singapore

It was a comfortable win for Walsham, who was the fastest overall on the day and the only athlete to go sub-10 minutes.

Walsham collects her unique winner's prize, which looks like a package of wrapped groceries!!

Walsham collects her unique winner’s prize, which looks like a package of wrapped groceries!?!

On the same day, Walsham’s fellow Australians were maintaining the country’s rich stair climbing tradition at the 4th Climb For Cancer in Brisbane. The 810 step race attracted around 750 competitors and included a range of varied race formats and multiple climb options to keep our step brothers and sisters suitably pacified.

In the elite race there was a battle for bragging rights between two friends, and the heads of Stair Climbing Australia, Adam “Flyin” Ryan and Chris “Quadzilla” Price. It was Ryan who took the win on the day in a time of 4.03, with Quadzilla coming in third in 4.28. Ben “Benny One Pint” Wieczorek was second in 4.22.

Fastest woman on the day, who also earned 8th overall was Anita “Hot” Rodd who topped out in 5.46.

The Stair Climbing Australia crew, with Chris Price (back right) and Adam Ryan (kneeling front)

The Stair Climbing Australia crew, with Chris Price (back right) and Adam Ryan (kneeling front)

We reserve particular praise for prominent ambassador for the sport, Stair Climb Australia athlete, and friend of Tower Running UK, Maria Pia “The Invincible Storm” Piemontese aka Swift Justice aka The Smiling Speedster who came to the fore at the event by securing a well-deserved age group victory. Awesome job!!

Congratulations to all who raced in Brisbane, and in turn raised over $150,000.

Keep climbing!

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