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David Harris took victory at Manchester’s 798-step Beetham Tower with a winning time of 5:02.

The veteran tower runner won by over 30 seconds, trailed by Phil Evans (5:34) and Oliver Llewellyn-Smith (5:43).

It was a welcome return to the top of the podium for Harris, who has been narrowly kept off the top spot at multiple events the past few years.

He finished second at the last running of the The Christie Tower Run in 2019 – where he clocked his personal best of 4:33 – and was also second at last month’s LOROS Tower Run in Leicester.

Cosp sets new course record

In the women’s division, 2019 winner Marta Cosp came back to take 11 seconds off her own event record, with a winning time of 5:25. It was a dominant performance by Cosp, who was followed by Rachel Tomalin in 6:23 and Naomi Lambert in 7:14.

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Beetham Tower, Manchester, 798 steps

2017 Patrik Schneidgen (SVK) 4:17 Elaine Battson (GBR) 6:33 – results
2018 John Tullo (GBR) 4:27 Sonja Shakespeare (GBR) 5:39 – results
2019 Mark Sims (GBR) 4:29 Marta Cosp (ESP) 5:36 – results
2022 David Harris (GBR) 5:02 Marta Cosp (ESP) 5:25 – results

Stair climbing returns to Manchester on Sunday 26th February 2017 with The Christie Tower Run at the city’s 46-floor Beetham Tower. Standing at 169m, and with 798 steps, Beetham Tower is the tallest UK building outside of London.


Beetham Tower has 798 steps and is the 11th tallest tower in the UK

It’s been three long years since the north of England held a stair climb (the 2014 Great Yorkshire Stair Climb at Bridgewater Place in Leeds), so this event will be welcome news for tower runners in that part of the country. Getting down to London for races has been demanding for northern-based athletes.

The lack of stair climbs up there has been frustrating. Especially given that reigning UK tower running champion, Mark Sims, is based in Liverpool and the highest ranked UK stair climber in the world, Rich Sirrs, is from Hull.

There has been ongoing demand and interest among athletes so this Manchester stair climb is a perfect opportunity for people to turn out and test themselves in a building that’s taller than some popular race venues in London.

UK Tower Running Championship

The event will also be the first race in the 2017 UK Tower Running Championship. Now in its third year, the championship has been dominated the last two years by Mark Sims. Perhaps this new Manchester stair climbing challenge will unearth some fresh talent that might be able to challenge the most decorated UK stair climber of all time.

The second event of the championship will take place just two weeks later down in Leicester, when the LOROS St George’s Tower Run enjoys its second edition. A popular and highly competitive event in 2016, the LOROS team have already doubled the number of participants for this year.

They are hoping well over 100 racers will take on the 351 step sprint race on 11 March. This event, in a relatively small building, is an excellent entry level race for people curious about the sport. We highly encourage people to sign up and invite their friends to join them in this stair climbing challenge in Leicester city centre.


St George’s Tower in Leicester is venue for the second race of the 2017 UK Tower Running Championship on 11th March 2017

More events will be added to the UK championship later in the year as new races are announced. We hope this will include more stair climbs outside of London, so the competition can stretch far beyond the borders of the capital.

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