The UK tower running season so far

Posted: March 6, 2018 in News

With four races already run, and another to come this Saturday in Leicester, the 2018 UK tower running season is off to a flying start. We round up all the results so far.

Conquer the Tower 2018 – Action on Hearing Loss,  Broadgate Tower, London

The season kicked off on February 17th at London’s Broadgate Tower. In the absence of top European competition, it was reigning UK tower running champion Mark Sims who was the favourite heading into the event.

But having recently returned following a knee injury, there was anticipation that Sims, who has routinely been the fastest Briton at the venue in recent years, may be ripe for the taking. David Harris was tipped to push him all the way.


Indeed, the pair were the only ones to dip under the coveted sub-five minute mark. Sims took overall victory in 4.36, with Harris second in 4.59. Cameron Collier completed the podium in 5.28.

In the women’s division, the rising star of Sonja Shakespeare showed no sign of fading as she took victory in 5.41. Chiara Cristoni took second in 5.49, with Elaine Battson taking third in 6.17.

The Christie Tower Run 2018 – Beetham Tower, Manchester

The following weekend the action headed north to Manchester. Again Sims was expected to be up among the top finishers, but with the sport growing in popularity the chance of new talent being unearthed increases with every event.


As it happened it was a complete newcomer who took the win. Local-man John Tullo stormed to victory in 4.27, pipping Sims by just five seconds. Jamie Ellis Marsland took third in 4.45. Hopefully Tullo will be seen at other events this year, as he’s an obvious talent that could do well in the sport.

Sonja Shakespeare made it two wins from two 2018 UK races as she reached the top in 5.39, taking an impressive 1.17 off her time last year in the process. The win was all the more impressive considering she has raced a heat and final at the highly competitive Rondo 1 race in Warsaw, Poland the day before.

Last year’s winner Elaine Battson secured second place in 5.59, a 34-second improvement on her PB. Marta Cosp was just behind in 6.04.

GOSH Walkie Talkie Tower Climb (20 Fenchurch Street), London

The action returned to London this past weekend (3rd March), where we saw two races on the same day. The Walkie Talkie Building played host to the first event.

David Harris set himself apart from the competition as he was the only racer to dip under the five minute mark. His speedy finish of 4.53 was more than enough to take victory in the men’s division from James Montgomery in 5.12 and Nishad Manerikar in 5.26.


Sarah Frost, a relative newcomer to the sport but already an established force, raced to victory, and third place overall, in 5.17. The ever-present Sonja Shakespeare had to settle for second place this time around as she finished just slightly behind in 5.22. Chiara Cristoni was third in 5.48.

Step Up: Ellenor’s Tower Run Challenge, Broadgate Tower, London

Just a short time later the action began again up the road at Broadgate Tower, with many stair climbers heading straight from the Walkie Talkie Building to race the double.

Once again it was the impressive Harris who took victory in a PB of 4.55. He held off a strong challenge from Slovakia’s Patrik Schneidgen (5.05) who was returning to action after some time away from the sport. Will Obeney took the final podium spot in 5.25.

Sonja Shakespeare and Sarah Frost went head-to-head once more for honours in the ladies division, and it was Shakespeare who managed to reverse fortunes and take victory in a time of 5.35.

Sarah Frost took second in 5.44, ahead of Elaine Battson who finished in 6.08.

Check out our results page to find links to all the results so far in 2018.

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