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Sarah Frost towerrunning

Sarah Frost has revealed she will miss the first two races of the UK tower running season as she recovers from a foot injury.

The UK number one sustained the injury to her right foot, consisting of bone bruising, plus ligament and nerve damage, while doing rehabilitation exercises for a long-standing knee issue.

It means Frost will be unable to go for three wins in a row at the Walkie Talkie Building on 29 February. Last year she became the first woman to run sub five-minutes at the tower in London.

Likewise she will miss the race at the Leadenhall Building scheduled for the same day. She set the Leadenhall course record of 8:03 in 2018.

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Today I went to work without crutches, something I didn’t think I’d be doing for a while. All support is off, and I can weight bear. I have damaged my foot, from a circuit with specific rehab exercises for my dodgy knee. Being well and truly pissed off doesn’t quite cover it. I didn’t want to talk about it until I knew it was on the mend. It’s healing quicker than expected which is great, but it has completely upset my cross training and S&C schedule to get me back to being pain free from my knee injury. My fitness is currently going downhill – a perfect start to the 2020 season. I’m sick of the ‘cheer up/you're improving, that’s great!’ comments – I know they are meant in a supportive manner but it’s hard to feel positive sometimes, and I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that. It’s easy from an outside perspective to see it as a simple process to get back to where you were, but injuries are personal – no one else understands how they impact you. For me, this has taken me back to when I truly messed up this same foot, and spent months wondering whether I would ever be able to walk again pain free, let alone run. It’s been up and down ever since – last year I managed to run about 300 miles total for the whole year (pathetic right?) and now I’m back at square one. I’ve been contenting myself with towerrunning for the last 3 years because I can’t consistently run like I want to, so it has been a welcome distraction – honestly I don’t know what I would have done without it. So I switched all my training motivation and goals to stair races, which worked brilliantly, but even with this my body can’t consistently cope with the (cross) training demands. I know injuries are a common part of sport and people have to suck it up and deal with them, but I’m struggling as I have done this for what feels like too long. It seems unfair, but maybe I have been asking too much, and I should remain content with seeing anything as a bonus after my initial foot injury. I don’t know where I keep going wrong, but I know I’ll keep trying 🤞🏼 I’m posting this because reading woeful tales of other people’s injuries used to help me cope, so maybe someone else can relate 😌

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Frost has her eyes on March for a return to racing. She was the only UK athlete selected in the elite division for La Verticale de la Tour Eiffel so is hoping to be ready for the event in Paris on 11 March.

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Leadenhall Building Grate48

Laurence Ball set a new course record at the Leadenhall Building in London yesterday (Nov. 7), taking victory at the Grate48 stair climb event.

The emerging star of UK tower running set a new best time of 6:30 at the 1,258-step and 48-floor tower in the City of London.

The previous record of 6:56 had been set by Mark Howard in April, 2018. Howard also managed to go well under that time yesterday, as he clocked 6:36 to take second place. Will Obeney was third in 7:21.

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Congratulations to these two for taking victory at @rainbowtrustcc #Grate48 at The @cheesegraterldn yesterday with @lb_2020 building on his victory at The Walkie Talkie earlier this year, and second at Broadgate Tower, with a win and new course record! (Congrats to @howardhike too for also smashing his own course record to finish second). . Massive congratulations also to @nicolahendersonofficial who recorded her first race victory to cap what has been a remarkable year. . 🏃🏃🔝🔝🙌🙌🧡🧡 . Grate48 closes the Towerrunning season in the UK for 2019, but expecting big things from these two and all @tm_towerrunners in 2020. Rest, recover, go again! . 📸 @lb_2020 . #totalmotiontowerrunners

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It was Ball’s second win of the year, after he finished in top spot at the Walkie Talkie building back in March. He also managed fourth place at Vertical Rush, and second at the stacked Broadgate Tower Run-Up in July.

Given that this was the final UK race of 2019, it was a fitting end to what has been a stellar debut year for the UK athlete.

The growing rivalry between Mark Howard and Laurence Ball is definitely the most exciting development in UK tower running right now. Expect more close-run battles and new course records in 2020.

You can find the full Grate48 2019 standings in our results hub.