Sirrs Takes First Blood at The Gherkin

Posted: September 21, 2015 in News
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Rich ‘Beyond Human’ Sirrs produced a blistering run to take the first win of the inaugural UK Championship Series at The Gherkin in London. The standout athlete maintained his brilliant run of form with a winning time of 4.23 – just five seconds from the course record set in 2013 by Germany’s Matthias Jahn.

Beyond Human poses on London's Bishopsgate, with The Gherkin in the background

Beyond Human poses on London’s Bishopsgate, with The Gherkin in the background

Sirrs was joined by his team mates from the Orchard Park Stair Running Club, who easily took team honours on the day with all four men finishing in the top ten.

To Hull and Back: the successful Orchard Park Stair Running Club (l-r) Michael

To Hull and Back: the successful Orchard Park Stair Running Club (l-r) Michael “The Rampart” Johnston, Lawrence “Bleed ’em” Needham, Daniel “The Sheriff of Cottingham” Sirrs, Rich “Beyond Human” Sirrs and manager Paul “Toolbox” Spivey.

The race, organised by the charity NSPCC, attracted over 600 competitors, but the battle for first was really a two man race as Rich Sirrs went head-to-head with the legend Mark ‘The Marauder’ Sims. The Marauder is one of only a handful of people to have completed The Gherkin in under five minutes. When we spoke to him at the start line he was aware of Sirrs time and knew it would take something special to beat it. The very fast benchmark set down did indeed prove just a bit too fast for Sims, who took second place in a time of 4.47.

Mark 'The Marauder' Sims

Mark ‘The Marauder’ Sims

Alex James ‘Mr Boombastic’ Ward took third place in 5.06.

Attention now turns to the second race of the series at Emirates Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth. The 530-step sprint event takes place on 11th October and athletes can sign up here to take part.

Interested in taking part in a tower running event? Check out our partners Total Motion Events or our race calendar to find out what events are happening near you.

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