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The 44th Empire State Building Run-Up takes place tomorrow night. Here’s a look at the women on the start list.

Cindy Harris (USA)
Cindy Harris wins the 2021 Empire State Building Run Up

Cindy Harris won her first ESBRU title back in 1998, and has won four more titles in 2000, 2001, 2003 and 2021. Incredibly, this will be her 24th appearance at the ESBRU!

Harris has only raced once since she won the ESBRU last year. In January, she maintained her annual tradition of winning Bop to the Top in her hometown of Indianapolis (she’s won the event an unbelievable 26 times), beating ESBRU challengers Jill Paha and Debbie Officer. Then she disappeared.

The 2020 US stairclimbing champion set her ESBRU personal best of 12:45 back in 2001. Her winning time last year was a far more pedestrian 14:01. Without any sense of race form, it’s anyone’s guess what sort of shape she’ll be in on Thursday night.

Her rivals weren’t far off her in 2021, and she’s going to have to put in a serious performance to secure her sixth title and prevent a brand new ESBRU champ. But count this phenom out at your peril.

Shari Klarfeld (USA)

A road runner who competes at 5km and 10km, Shari Klarfeld is the least experienced tower runner on the list – but she’s our one to watch on Thursday. She typically does just one stair race a year – the Empire State Building Run-Up – and she does it well. Klarfeld was third at the ESBRU in 2015, 2018 and again in 2021.

Back in June, Klarfeld took top spot at the 2,226-step One World Trade Center, finishing ahead of three of the women that will be joining her in the lobby later this week, including close rival Maria Elisa Lopez Pimentel.

Her personal best time at the Empire State Building is 13.43. If she runs another sub 14-minute time on Thursday night then expect to see her back on the podium.

If she gets out in front early, sets the pace and avoids any roadblocks in the stairwell then we think this could be the year she wins.

Maria Elisa Lopez Pimentel (Mexico)

Lopez Pimentel was second last year, finishing just 11 seconds behind Harris. She’s had a stellar year since that race, picking up wins and podium spots in Mexico City, Atlanta, New York, Los Angeles and Seattle.

Those last two wins at US Bank Tower in LA and the Space Needle in Seattle were less than a week ago, so we know she’s in fantastic shape.

Her ESBRU PB is the 14:05 she set in 2019, which earned her fifth. A sub 14-minute finish will almost certainly win this year’s ESBRU, and we reckon Lopez Pimentel has that time in her. The only question is will Harris, Klarfeld or someone else be able to manage it too? Excited to find out.

Kamila Chomanicova (Slovakia)

Chomanicova is back for another crack at the ESBRU after travel restrictions halted her plans last year. She debuted in 2019 where she finished 11th in 15:22. So far this year she’s clocked up several sprint wins in Europe and will be heading to New York in solid shape, far more seasoned than she was three years ago.

If the ESBRU was quarter the distance, we’d put our money on Slovakian short-climb specialist Chomanicova coming out on top. But it’s not, and by her own admission she isn’t yet best suited to the longer climbs. There’s a dearth of tall tower races in Europe and many of the women on the start line will have spent the year racing at multiple 1,000+ step buildings, so taking all of that into account we think Chomanicova will be hard pushed to make it onto the podium.

A 15:22 finish at last year’s event would have earned her fifth overall. We think she might go faster than that this year and fingers crossed we’ll see her dip under the 15-minute mark to finish in the top five.

Jill Paha (USA)

With her win at Scale the Strat this year, Paha became the USA Stairclimbing champion. She followed that up with wins at Big Climb Seattle and Big Climb Minneapolis. A solid fourth place at One World Trade Center and second at Penn 1 in New York in June followed.

All that suggests there’s a strong ESBRU performance in the offing. We think the podium might be out of reach this year, but expect Paha to be challenging for a place in the top five.

Rosalyn Russell (USA)
Rosalyn Russell (far left)

After finishing fourth at last year’s ESBRU in a time of 15:18, Russell followed up with a second place finish at the USA Stairclimbing championship race at Scale the Strat in February this year. She was just four seconds slower than champion Jill Paha. Russell was then third at One World Trade Center in June, finishing behind ESBRU rivals Shari Klarfeld and Maria Elisa Lopez Pimentel.

Russell is perennially in good shape, so expect another strong performance from her this year. A sub 15-minute run could well be on the cards, so she’ll will be looking to lock in that fourth place again, while having one eye on the podium.

Verity Rees (UK)

Rees has been living in the US for years now, but she grew up in St. Albans, UK so we’re reclaiming her as our own.

She’s been super active on the scene this year, taking podium spots and a win in the UK, Germany and across the States.

This will be her third ESBRU outing and she’ll be looking to chop some time off her 15:28 PB.

Meg Santana (USA)
Meg Santanna (second from right)

Santanna was third at the ESBRU in 2017 with a 13.51 finishing time. But her times at the following three events were considerably slower (14.50, 14.22 and 15:29 respectively), so who knows which Santanna will show up. With Santanna absent from the tower running scene this year, it’s impossible to say how she might fare on Thursday night.

That 15:29 last year was good enough for fifth, but we don’t think that sort of time will see her into the top five this year. If she pulls out another sub 14-minute finish like she did in 2017, she could win the thing. Santanna’s an unknown entity this year and it’s all the more exciting for it.

Tricia O’Hara (USA)

A well-known stair climber in the USA, O’Hara has been racing the ESBRU for a number of years and clocked her personal best 15.36 at the event in 2019. She came close to it last year, too, with a 15:39 finish that earned her sixth.

O’Hara was third at the USA Stairclimbing Championship back in February, and third a month later at Big Climb Seattle. A strong athlete, but unlikely to feature among the top finishers this time around.

Debbie Officer (USA)

Officer already has a tower run victory under her belt this year. She took a commanding win at the 1,197-step 555 California St. building in San Francisco back in April. She also finished second at Big Climb Atlanta and has been in the top five at some stacked US races in 2022.

She was eighth at last year’s ESBRU, finishing in 17:03. She’ll need a massive improvement on the PB 16.04 she clocked at the event in 2019 if she’s to be in among the top finishers.

The Empire State Building Run-Up is just a few days away. Here’s a rundown of the men on the start list for the 44th edition of the event.

Wai Ching Soh (Malaysia)
Soh Wai Ching wins the Empire State Building Run Up 2021

The reigning champ is back to defend the title he won last year with a 10:46 finish. He’s spent the last week warming up with wins at the US Bank Tower in LA and the Space Needle in Seattle, while the earlier part of the year has also been full of victories and new course records at events in Europe, Asia and the USA. Far and away the most active tower runner in this line up, so anything other than a faster win than last year will be a big upset.

Ryoji Watanabe (Japan)
Ryoji Watanabe at Tokyo Tower race 2018

Third in the Vertical World Circuit in 2019, Watanabe is making his debut at the ESBRU. Throughout the VWC he showed himself capable of getting reasonably close to two former ESBRU champions Piotr Lobodzinski and Mark Bourne, so should give a good account of himself.

The last time Soh and Watanabe squared off in the same event was at the 3,398-step Shanghai Tower International Vertical Marathon in November 2019. The Malaysian finished 28 seconds – and one position – ahead of Watanabe in that event to take fifth. Both men have made significant improvements since then, with Watanabe chalking up numerous wins in Japan this year. This really is the clash of the night. Watanabe is well fired up, telling Soh in an Instagram exchange earlier in the week, ‘I’ve been waiting for the day to fight you again!’. Here’s hoping for a close race.

Fabio Ruga (Italy)

The Italian won the European Tower Running Championship in Poland earlier this year and will be making his fourth ESBRU appearance (if he makes it to the start line – TBC). Ruga’s best time at the Empire State Building is the 11:18 that earned him third in 2019, when he was just four seconds behind Wai Ching Soh. He’ll almost certainly need a sub 11-minute finish to win. Although constantly racing in the mountains, Ruga hasn’t had many outings in 1,000+ step buildings lately and that stairwell rust is probably going to have an impact. Hope to see him back on the podium but top spot might be a stretch.

Sproule Love (USA)

One of the all-time great American stair climbers, Love made his debut at the ESBRU all the way back in 1999. He’s been on the podium in New York a number of times over the years, most recently finishing third in 2018. His times at the ESBRU have varied quite a lot recently, ranging from a blistering 11.15 in 2016 to a 12.35 last year that was good enough to earn him fourth.

If he can bring back that sub 12-minute form this year, we might see an American on the podium again. But keeping up with the top visiting international athletes all the way to the 86th floor will be a tall order for The Ghost. Chance of a top five finish again for Love this year we reckon, but he’ll have to be on top of his game to ensure he holds off enough of the European challengers.

Görge Heimann (Germany)

Heimann made his one and only ESBRU appearance back in 2016, where he clocked a very respectable 12:20 to finish sixth. He won the German Tower Running Cup this year so is evidently in good shape. Imagine he’ll be hoping to finish around the lower 12-minute mark again this time and fingers crossed he manages it and it’s enough for another top-six finish.

Omar Bekkali (Belgium)

The Belgian policeman has raced three times at the ESBRU and has a PB of 11:53, which earned him second place in 2018 behind Frank Nicolas Carreno. He was a bit slower in 2019 (fifth in 12:12) and then couldn’t make the 2020 race. Highly active in years gone by, but has been largely absent from the scene this year. Not had his attendance confirmed, but if he does race it will be a case of wait and see what sort of shape he’s in once the race is over. Would be good to see some Euro athletes in the top five, so we’ll have fingers crossed Bekkali comes in fit.

David Roeske (USA)

Roeske has made six ESBRU appearances, debuting in 2015. His time each year has hovered around the 12 and a half minute mark, although last year he clocked a slightly slower 12:44 to take fifth. If everyone on the start list turns up, that sort of time probably won’t be fast enough to earn fifth again.

Best of the rest

Troy Alston – a spread of wins in the US saw Alston surge to third in the world rankings earlier this year. Highly accomplished at sprint and long-distance climbs, he’ll be looking to make an impact on his ESBRU debut.

Josh Duncan – the 2018 USA Stair Climbing Champion is well familiar with the 1,576 steps of the Empire State Building. He ran 13.31 at the 2019 event but an understandably slower 14:21 last year.

Mark Ewell – another successful American tower runner, with a good 13.26 PB at the ESBRU.

Mark Henderson – finished in an impressive 12.52 in 2019 and will surely be happy to chop any time off that this year.

Cole Hetzel – he’ll be the youngest man in the lobby of the Empire State Building but definitely one to watch. He debuted at the ESBRU last year after bagging a lottery entry and finished in 14:37. He subsequently went on to win Bop to Top in Indianapolis in January and then came second (third overall, with Wai Ching Soh winning the race) at the USA Stairclimbing Champs at Scale the Strat, Las Vegas a few weeks later. He’ll be looking to clock something much faster than last year’s time.

Josh Jackett – making his long overdue ESBRU debut this year, Jackett is the man behind the excellent Stair Life, the leading website for all things stair climbing related in the USA. A handy tower runner himself, he’s had a win and podium finish this year. No idea how he’ll fair in NYC, but hoping he has a great race.

Jason Larson – a strong athlete with tons of stair racing experience and wins around the States. Has dipped under the 13 minute mark a couple of times at the ESBRU and will be looking for more of the same tonight.

Stephen Marsalese – The Beast from the East made his ESBRU debut way back in 1996 and has clocked up 25 appearances in total. He’ll be looking to chop some time off the 14:40 he posted last year and get his finishing time back down closer to 14:00. He’ll no doubt be bolstered by the win he secured at the Corning Tower in Albany, NY last month.

Martin Pederson – the Danish athlete had to skip the Elite race last year due to travel restrictions. This year his Elite invite was pulled but he’s bagged a place in the Open. If he doesn’t get bumped up to the Elite wave, hopefully he’ll get a clear run in the Open. He clocked 13:11 in his debut in 2019, but admits to not being as good shape this year so will probably be very happy with a sub 14-minute finish.

Rok Kuserbanj and Špela Jelovčan returned to reclaim the titles at the fifth edition of Juriš na Hmezad in Zalec, Slovenia on Saturday.

2020 winner and course record holder Jelovčan ran the 265-step course with the required 5kg bag of hops on her back in 1:42.17. The Slovenian was 13 seconds slower than her PB, but slower winning times are proving quite common at many events this year as stair racing slowly emerges from its pandemic-enforced sabbatical.

Juriš na Hmezad was back close to full capacity this year, after a smaller event in 2021.

Judita Anzelc took second place in 1:44.56 and Karmen Štih was third in 1:46.25.

Spela Jelovcan sets off on her winning run (image: ATD Savinjčan)

In the men’s division, 2020 winner Rok Kuserbanj put in a solid performance to hold off a strong field of runners that included two-time champion (2018-19) from Austria, Rene Sluga.

Kuserbanj was a couple of seconds slower than his winning time two years ago but his 1:14.92 was more than enough to see off the challenge from Žiga Plahutar (1:17.12) and Martin Höck (1:18.51).

Rok Kuserbanj powers up the Hmezad building in Zalec (image: ATD Savinjčan)

Ondřej Tesař secured a third Men’s Open title at the Krnovsky Run Up in the Czech Republic.

The Mikolajice runner took victory in the final run in a time of 56.44.

It was the sixth edition of the 218-step stair race at Cvilinske schody in Krnov, Czech Republic.

The unique and exciting race format began with a qualifier to find the fastest 16 men and women. This was followed by quarters, semis and a grand final to determine the overall winners.

Tesař, who had finished third in 2018-19 before back-to-back wins in 2020-21, was hotly tipped to defend his title. It turned out to be one of the slowest finals in recent years with only Tesař managing to finish in under a minute.

He was followed in the final by Marian Böhm in 1:02.36, while Petr Lisník secured third spot for the second year in a row, reaching the top in 01:04.05. Robin Dorotík was fourth in 01:06.80.

Watch the finish in the video below.

Adrian Bednarski finished less than half a second faster than Rafal Hazan at Red Tower in Lodz to level the score in the three-race Globitel Tower Run series.

Bednarski scaled the building’s 408 steps in 1:15.96 while Hazan clocked 1:16.26.

The race was the second of the three-race series in Lodz, Poland, with the first event having taken place back in June at the 320-step Orion Business Tower.

Rafal Hazan took the win there, with Bednarski finishing just a second slower.

The series is now primed for an exciting finish on 20 November when it concludes in a final 421-step sprint at a yet to be disclosed tower in Lodz.

Globitel Tower Run pt.2 results

Globitel Tower Run gallery

Christian Riedl held off the challenge from Italy’s Fabio Ruga to win the TK Elevator Tower Run on Sunday.

German Riedl, who won the inaugural event in 2018, climbed the 1,390 steps of the ThyssenKrupp Tower in Rottweil, Germany in 7:32.

2019 winner, and current European Towerrunning champion, Ruga clocked 7:40, with Gorge Heimann (GER) taking third spot in 7:50.

Both Riedl and Ruga were well off their personal bests of 6:56 and 6:57, respectively. But Riedl will be happy to have taken the win ahead of the man who finished ahead of him at the European Towerrunning Championship back in May.

In the women’s division, Verena Schmitz made it three wins from three starts at the TK Elevator Tower Run. Her 9:26 finish left her well clear of Monica Carl (9:43) and Bettina Hussak (9:50).

European Champion Ruga will next be in action at the Empire State Building Run-Up on 6 October.

Kamila Chomanicova dominated the fourth edition of Beh Na Vezu in Levoca, Slovakia with a record-breaking performance on Saturday.

The impressive Slovakian completed the pre-run and race up the 216 steps of St James’ Basilica in 1:04.64, to take just over a second off the record she set in 2020. She has won each edition of the Beh Na Vezu, which began in 2019.

Chomanicova continues to cement her reputation as one of Europe’s most consistent stair runners, with this victory in Levoca following a similarly impressive win at the Pyramidenkogel in Austria last weekend.

Chomanicova is set to race at the Empire State Building Run-Up on 6 October, where she will be the only European-based athlete competing in the elite women’s division.

Kamila Chomanicova won for the third year in a row at the Pyramidenkogel Tower Run in Austria on Saturday.

Slovakia’s Chomanicova reached the top of the tower in 2:52.83 with her compatriot Karmen Klančnik Pobežin taking second in 3:05.89. Austria’s Sabine Hasler was third in 3:15.15.

It was the fifth edition of the challenging event that sees runners set off up a 180m incline before entering the Pyramidenkogel Tower and scaling its 441 steps.

In the men’s event, Austria’s Jakob Mayer saw off a strong field of experienced stair runners to defend the title he secured at last year’s event.

Mayer’s 2:10.05 was quick enough to leave him comfortably ahead of a set of rivals that included Adrian Bednarski, Tomas Celko, Rafal Hazan, Pavel Holec, Martin Tomica and Mateusz Marunowski.

Pyramidenkogel 2022 results

Rafal Hazan won the 14-floor sprint race at the Orion Business Tower in Lodz, Poland on Sunday.

Hazan narrowly edged out sprint rival Adrian Bednarski, racing up 320 steps in 56 seconds, to finish one second ahead of his fellow Pole.

Tomasz Jozefiak took third in 58 seconds, with Pawel Ruszala (1:00) and Mateusz Marunowski (1:01) rounding out the top five men.

It’s Hazan’s second sprint win this year after he blitzed to victory at the LOROS Tower Run in Leicester, UK back in March.

Rafal Hazan being congratulated by Piotr Lobodzinski (photo: Jack Placek)

Hazan and Bednarski have established themselves as sprint specialists on the European tower running scene. In recent years they’ve swapped wins at the nine-floor Bieg Zdobycia PAST-y (The Conquest Run at the PAST building) in Warsaw. Bednarski has also secured multiple win at short course events in Germany, including three wins at the 180-step Senftenberger See Turmlauf.

Sunday’s close battle between the pair sets the scene nicely for the remaining two races that complete the three-race Globitel Tower Run series in Lodz.

In September runners will compete over a 264-step course, and then up 421 steps in November.

Marta Cosp took top spot at Vertical Montserrat on Saturday to make it three wins from three stair races in 2022.

The Spanish athlete, who’s based in Manchester, UK, powered her way up the 2,180-step Montserrat Funicular in Collbató, Spain in unseasonably hot conditions to take the win in 15:32.

In what was the fourth edition of the popular outdoor stair climb, Cosp managed to finish ahead of the previously undefeated three-time champion Alba Xandri.

Xandri finished second in 16:15 and Rosa Maria Nieta Zamora’s time of 16:27 earned her third place.

Marta Cosp (centre) flanked by Rosa Maria Nieta Zamora (left) and Alba Xandri

Cosp had already secured UK wins this year with a record-breaking run at Manchester’s Beetham Tower in April and victory in her debut at London’s Walkie Talkie Tower in May.

In the men’s open division, Angel Lopez Amor won in 13:05, while Marc Toda Vericat (13:39) narrowly edged out Marc Cantenys Ribalta (13:40) for second spot on the podium.

Vertical Montserrat 2022 results

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Shari Klarfeld recorded her first major stair climb victory with a win at One World Trade Center in New York on Sunday.

The Long Island runner clocked 15:53 as she scaled the 2,226 steps of America’s tallest building.

Mexico’s Maria Elisa Lopez was second in 16:02, with Florida-based Filipino athlete Rosalyn Russell taking third spot some way back in 17:27.

It was a long overdue win for Klarfeld, who has finished in second or third place at every edition of the Tunnel to Towers Tower Climb since the inaugural event [on a shorter course] in 2015.

The tight race for top spot was a continuation of the battle Klarfeld and Lopez had for second place at last year’s Empire State Building Run-Up.

There, just three seconds separated the pair, with the Mexican managing to hold off the challenge of her American rival in a closely fought battle the whole way up 1,576 steps.

The two are likely to meet again at the ESBRU, which is expected to take place in October.

In the men’s division, Malaysia’s Soh Wai Ching picked up another straightforward win in the USA. His rapid 12:46 placed him way out in front of Roberto Velazquez (MEX) who finished in 16:52, while New York veteran Stephen ‘The Beast from the East’ Marsalese rounded out the podium in 17:07.

Tunnel to Tower One World Trade Center Climb results

Anna Ficner defended her European Tower Running Championship title at Rondo 1 in Warsaw, Poland on Saturday.

The 2016 European champion put in a dominant first round run of 4:28.3 up the 38 floors of Rondo 1 to create a big lead over the rest of the field. Fellow Polish athletes Iwona Januszyk (4:48.8) and Iwona Wicha (5:08.2) followed, with Czech runner Adela Vorackova just back in 5:09.8.

After a mere 10-minute rest, the athletes set off on their second runs. The total of the two runs would be combined to determine the overall winner.

With a 20-second lead already established in the first run, it would have taken a completely disastrous second run from Ficner to lose top spot.

The 37-year old, who had already won three times previously at Rondo 1, was not to be halted.

Iwona Januszyk, Anna Ficner and Adela Vorackova (photo: Bartłomiej Zborowski)

Januszyk clocked the fastest time in the second run (5:15.06), but Ficner kept well within touching distance, finishing just slightly slower in 5:16.98).

Ficner’s total time across the two runs of 9:45.01 was comfortably ahead of Januszyk’s 10:03.14.

In the battle for third place, the quick back-to-back runs took an impact on Iwona Wicha. The experienced Pole dropped time in the second round and was unable to hold onto her spot on the podium.

Vorackova spoiled the home town’s hopes of an all-Polish podium, taking third with her total of 10:37.01, ahead of Wicha’s 10:42.40.

Ficner’s win was matched by veteran Italian Fabio Ruga in the men’s division. It was a repeat of the result in 2012, when the pair also took victory at Rondo 1.

Full European Tower Running Championship results

Italy’s Fabio Ruga raced to gold at the European Tower Running Championship in Warsaw, Poland on Saturday.

Ruga clocked 3:41.8 in the first of his two runs up the 38-floor Rondo 1 building in the Polish capital [the two times were combined to determine the fastest athlete]. This was enough to put him ahead of all other European athletes, and just a split second slower than the international guest Soh Wai Ching from Malaysia.

Defending champion Christian Riedl’s (GER) first-round run of 3:49 was the next quickest, with Jakob Mayer (AUT) and Tomas Macecek (CZE) the only other athletes to go sub four-minutes in the first round with times of 3:50.6 and 3:55.8, respectively.

After just 10 minutes rest, athletes set off on their second runs, and it was here that Ruga set himself apart from the field.

His 3:50.7 was the fastest in the second round and enough to secure him the title of European champion.

Christian Riedl maintained his second-place position with 3:52.13 in the second round, while Tomas Macecek leaped ahead of Jakob Mayer to secure third place on the podium.

Laurence Ball was the highest ranked British runner, finishing 12th.

European Tower Running Champion Fabio Ruga with Malaysia’s Soh Wai Ching
Over a decade at the top

The 40-year old Italian’s win was a brilliant demonstration of his remarkable longevity, coming 14 years after his tower running debut and 10 years after his last win at Rondo 1 back in 2012.

Ruga’s winning time that year was 3:39.53, so to get so close to that time again a decade on is an impressive achievement.

The Italian mountain runner obviously likes the course in Poland, as in 2016 he finished third at the European Tower Running Championship, which was also held at Rondo 1.

Full results of the European Tower Running Championship

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The European Tower Running Championship takes place tomorrow (21 May) at the Rondo 1 tower in Warsaw, Poland.

It’s the fourth edition of the championship and 2016 champions Christian Riedl and Anna Ficner are both returning to defend their titles.

The Championship format involves two runs up the 38 floors of Rondo 1, in a time-trial format. The athlete with the fastest combined time will win.

The who’s who of European tower running will be in attendance, but disappointingly the anticipated return of Piotr Lobodzinski will no longer happen, after the Polish athlete had to withdraw due to injury.

Men’s Elite

Görge Heimann (Germany)
Fabio Ruga (Italy)
Stefan Stefina (Slovakia)
Jakob Mayer (Austria)
Christian Riedl (Germany)
Tomáš Maceček (Czech Republic)
Tomas Celko (Slovakia)
Sebastien De Castro (France)
Daniel Koszykowski (Poland)
Krzysztof Gawlas (Poland)
Gerko Floor (Netherlands)
Pawel Ruszala (Poland)
Lukáš Mlýnek (Czech Republic)
Siegfried Flor (Germany)
David Leitheiser (Germany)
Mateusz Marunowski (Poland)
Kacper Mrowiec (Poland)
Matthias Gall (Germany)
Marlo Post (Netherlands)
Andreas Fruhmann (Germany)
Pavel Holec (Czech Republic)
Pawel Zakowicz (Poland)
Lars Migge (Germany)
Rauno Tiits (Estonia)
Božidar Deodat Krešić (Croatia)
Adrian Hebda (Poland)
Jindrich Schick (Czech Republic)
Nishad Manerikar (UK)
Roberto Toffano (Italy)
Irakli Chubinashvili (Georgia)
Wai Ching Soh (Malaysia)

Women’s Elite

Iwona Wicha (Poland)
Piret Põldsaar (Estonia)
Verena Schmitz (Germany)
Kamila Chomaničová (Slovakia)
Adéla Voráčková (Czech Republic)
Dominika Stelmach (Poland)
Anna Ficner (Poland)
Anna Żółtak (Poland)
Alessandra Valgoi (Italy)
Anzhela Fibikh (Russia)
Iwona Januszyk (Poland)
Chiara Cristoni (Italy)

Follow the live results of the European Towerrunning Championship 2022

Marta Cosp put in a strong performance at the Walkie Talkie building in London to storm to victory with a time of 5:24.

The in-form Spaniard finished well ahead of visiting American athlete Verity Rees (6:27) who was coming into the race off the back of first (Big Climb Houston) and second place (Big Climb Minneapolis) finishes last month.

Sandra Jeffries took third spot, reaching the top in 6:37.

It was the fourth edition of the GOSH Walkie Talkie Tower Climb, with this year’s event run on a slightly extended course that was three floors higher than in previous years.

It’s the second win in a row for Cosp, who also claimed top spot at Beetham Tower in Manchester last month.