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The 2020 UK stair racing season gets under way in February, and spaces at some of the key events are already beginning to fill up.

Unfortunately, there won’t be loads of opportunities to race up stairs in the UK in 2020, and with the bulk of the announced events crammed into a two-week period you’ll probably have to be a bit selective with which events you choose.

Here are three of the best UK tower running events we think you should consider signing up for in the coming months.

1. Barnardo’s Urban Summit


What is it?

Held at the 1,250-step Leadenhall Building, this is the tallest stair run in the UK. There are options to do one climb, six climbs or 10 climbs. Entry fees start from £20 for a single climb and £30 for the multi options, with participants asked to commit to raise £250 sponsorship for Barnardo’s.

Why should I do it?

Firstly, it’s an excellent cause and charity that deserves support. Whether its placing children with foster families or adoptive parents, fighting tirelessly to combat child abuse or advocating at the highest levels for better child services, Barnardo’s are one of the leading charities in the UK working on behalf of vulnerable children. Donations will go to support all their far reaching projects around the country.

Secondly, The Leadenhall Building is a fantastic venue and, as things stand, you won’t get inside a taller tower in the UK for a stair race anytime soon. The Urban Summit in December, 2018 was a successful first event and the 2020 edition is sure to be bigger and better.

When is it?

Saturday 29th February 2019 at The Leadenhall Building, 122 Leadenhall St, London EC3V 4AB

How do I sign up?

Barnardo’s Urban Summit registration

2. LOROS Tower Run


What is it?

A sprint event up the 351-step St George’s Tower in central Leicester.

Why should I do it?

It’s cheap. Just £17 entry with no fundraising commitment, or free entry if you fundraise £50 or more for LOROS. With most UK races requiring you to raise sponsorship in excess of £100 on top of your entry fee, this friendly and very well-organised event is an absolute bargain.

The 351-step building is one of the the shortest courses in the UK, so is a great introductory climb for those who want to try out stair climbing but are maybe a bit daunted by the challenge of one of the bigger towers.

For more experienced climbers, it’s a rare opportunity to go all out in a sprint and throw off the shackles of pacing that is sometimes so hard to get right during climbs in taller buildings.

It’s seen some really close battles in the last couple of years, with course records falling, and 2020 promises to be just as competitive.

It could also be a nice little follow-up race for anyone that’s signed up for Shelter’s Vertical Rush in London on Thursday 12th March.

When is it?

Saturday 14th March 2020 at St George’s Tower, 1A St Georges Way, Leicester, LE1 1SH.

How do I sign up?

LOROS Tower Run registration

3. The Broadgate Tower Run Up


What is it?

A challenging stair climb up the 877-step Broadgate Tower in the City of London.

Why should I do it?

It’s hard to get into one of the big London towers for a race without committing to fundraising a sizeable minimum amount of money for a charity. But this event is focused on tower running as a sporting challenge, meaning you can just pay to race without having to raise any money.

As part of the Vertical World Circuit, the race attracts a deep field of experienced stair runners. So, if you’re up for a challenge, you’ll have the chance to pit yourself against some of the best in the world.

But there’ll be plenty of newcomers at this welcoming event, too, making it an excellent choice if you’re keen to try a stair climb for the first time.

In addition to the traditional single-climb event, there will also be the option of doing a 1/4, 1/2 or Full Vertical Mile, which involve multiple climbs up the building’s 877 steps.

Broadgate Tower is one of the big London towers and is a great venue to climb.

When is it?

Sunday 5th July 2020 at Broadgate Tower, 201 Bishopsgate, London EC2M 3AB.

How do I sign up?

The Broadgate Tower Run Up registration

For a full list of upcoming stair races in the UK check out our regularly updated race calendar.

You might also be interested in finding out how to sign up for the Empire State Building Run-Up 2020.

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