Sims Storms to Victory in Leicester

Posted: March 10, 2016 in Uncategorized

Mark “The Marauder” Sims took victory in the first race of the 2016 UK Championship on Sunday at St George’s Tower in Leicester.

In its first year, the race was set up by Leicester-based charity LOROS, and attracted a mixed bag of competitors ranging from local runners and first time stair climbers to some of the UK’s most established tower runners.

Around 40 competitors turned out in the city centre to tackle the tower’s 351 stairs, with runners setting off at 2 minute intervals. It wasn’t until after 10am that the competition really began to heat up, with Surrey club runner Alex Ward the first of the elite climbers to set off. 2015 was Ward’s first season in stair climbing and he showed fantastic potential with numerous podium finishes in the UK Championship. Building on his experience he set a blistering opening time of 1:41:23 to establish himself as the leader.

Next to follow was reigning UK Champion Sims. He has been the most consistent British stair climber for years and was a firm favourite entering this race. As expected he was in incredible form and stripped a full six seconds off the lead time as he reached the top in 1:35:62. Sims was accompanied on the day by his 16 year old son Isaac who was taking part in his first stair race. Geneticists  were nodding sagely as the younger Sims took a top 10 finish (2:22) and showed that athletic prowess runs in the family.

One of the final runners on the day was David Harris. A regular on the UK and world tower running scene, Harris had climbed the BT Tower in London the day before but was still expected to push for a podium finish. He did just that, reaching the top in 1:53:56 – only the third sub-two minute time on the day.

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The Top Three: (l-r) Ward, Sims and Harris

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