UK Tower Running Championship starts on Sunday

Posted: August 31, 2015 in News

The first UK Tower Running Championship starts this coming Sunday 6th September at The Gherkin, aka 30 St Mary Axe.

The popular race, organised by the charity NSPCC, should draw around 1,000 participants all of whom will be taking on 1,037 steps up 38 floors.

The Gherkin

The building has the highest step count of all the UK races and its course record of 4:18 was set in 2013 by renowned German tower runner Matthias Jahn. Very, very few runners have gone under 5 minutes at the venue, with Rolf Majcen and Mark Sims among the elites who have managed to break that barrier.

Sims is expected to return to the capital this weekend to compete and we expect he will be the favourite on the day. Rich Sirrs, recent winner and podium finisher at several races in China, will also be in attendance. The battle between these two will be very exciting. But perhaps the event will throw up some fresh talent, as yet unseen in UK tower running. We are looking forward to finding out.

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