Manchester’s Jones Wins in Doha

Posted: March 20, 2017 in News

‘The Manchester Myth’ Andi Jones won for the second year in a row at The Torch Stair Run in Doha, Qatar, this past weekend.

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The Lancashire man reached the top of the 1,304 step building, which hosted the 2015 world championships, in a time of 7.09. He was in a completely different league to his competitors, which comes as no surprise as Jones has a sub-30min PB for 10k and a 2:15 marathon PB.

In second place was Qatar’s Mohamed al-Obaidly (8.49), with Kenyan Hillary Rotich taking third in 9.05.

Speaking after the event, Jones told Gulf Times, ‘I’m very proud of my achievement and for earning first place once more. My participation in this competition stems from my constant need to challenge myself and surpass my previous results. I prepared really well for this and it paid off in the end. I’m really happy.’

In the women’s open category it was a slightly closer run affair. But Katerina Matousova held on to win in 10.42. She was followed by Lily Saad (11.02) and Ireland’s Gretta Beckett (11.38).

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Top three ladies (l-r): Lily Saad, Katerina Motousova, Gretta Beckett

Alston and Scott battle in Miami

Troy ‘The Future’ Alston and ‘The Flying Doctor’ Thomas Scott went head-to-head again on Saturday in another closely run battle, this time at Miami’s One Biscayne Tower.

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One Biscayne Tower, Miami, Florida

The two men, separated in age by 22 years, regularly battle it out at the various Fight For Air Climbs across Florida. Once again it was the younger Jacksonville native, Alston, who took the win.

He reached the top of the 648-step/38-floor building in a time of 3.11 with Scott finishing in 3.25. TJ ‘Candyman’ King rounded out the podium in a time of 4.12.

In the women’s division it was last year’s winner, French woman Anita ‘La Vitesse’ Haudebert, who again took the win, finishing in 5.21, earning her an impressive 8th overall. Andrea Csalari and Gina Allchin were second and third, respectively – with just .1 of a second separating the pair.

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