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The 2017 UK Tower Running Championship is now well underway, with the first three races already completed. We catch up with all the action from the past couple of weeks.

Beetham Tower Run, Manchester, 2017

The first race was held on 26 February at Beetham Tower, Manchester where a hotly anticipated battle between reigning UK champion Mark ‘The Marauder’ Sims and Slovakia’s Patrik ‘The Nitra Nitro’ Schneidgen – newly resident in the UK- didn’t disappoint.

Schneidgen managed to set a new course record (4.17) at the 798-step venue and also logged his first win over the ever-strong Sims, who finished in 4.29. Full results here.


‘The Nitra Nitro’ Patrik Schneidgen celebrates his victory at Manchester’s Beetham Tower

Conquer the Broadgate Tower, London, 2017

The following weekend, 4th March, the action was in London at Broadgate Tower. Again it was Schneidgen and Sims who went head-to-head for top honours. Sims had defeated the young Slovak track star twice before at the venue in the City of London, but buoyed by his victory in Manchester, Schneidgen entered the race with supreme confidence.

He managed to take another win, in a time of 4.21, with Sims a mere four seconds behind. Full results here.

St George’s Tower Run, Leicester, 2017

Last weekend, 11th March, saw race three of the UK championships in Leicester. The sprint event, at the 351-step St George’s Tower, drew in some well-known European tower runners, including Rolf ‘The Wanderer’ Majcen. With Schneidgen racing in Poland on the same day, it was a perfect chance for Mark Sims to make up some lost ground and win again at a venue he dominated at last year.

Not only did he manage to hold off a strong challenge from Spain’s Christian Lopez, he also broke his own course record (which he set at the venue’s inaugural race last year) by three seconds, finishing in a time of 1.32. Full results here.

Mark Sims stair climber

Two-time UK champion Mark Sims toasts his new course record at St George’s Tower in Leicester

UK Tower Running Championship 2017

In its third year, the UK Tower Running Championship has a simple format and is open to all UK residents. Each race in the series has points on offer, ranging from 40 for the winner down to 10 for tenth place. The full breakdown of points in descending order is: 40, 32, 26, 22, 20, 18, 16, 14, 12, 10.

The person with the mosts points accumulated at the end of the series is crowned UK champion.

Year on year we have added more races to the championship. In 2015 there were four races, in 2016 there were six, and for 2017 we hope to possibly top that. At the time of writing we have had three races, with one more definitely in the calendar for September. We will be adding more races as they are announced and you can track which events are part of the UK championship series by following our regularly updated UK stair race calendar.

You can see the current standings in this year’s championship below.

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The third installment of the UK tower running championship begins in just under two weeks time on Sunday 26th February with The Christie Tower Run at Beetham Tower in Manchester.


Beetham Tower, Manchester

The first race of the planned six-race series starts at the tenth tallest tower in the UK and is hosted by The Christie Charity. Two-time UK champion, and current course record holder, Mark ‘The Marauder’ Sims will be there on the day to begin the defence of his title, as he seeks to make it three championship wins in a row.

He will be challenged by Slovakia’s Patrik ‘The Nitra Nitro’ Schneidgen aka ‘Mr Guinness’. The two standout stair climbers have had a number of head-to-head battles over the last 16 months, with Sims coming out on top in each race. But sprint specialist Schneidgen will surely welcome a race at the 798 step Beetham Tower. Having run Sims incredibly close at last year’s Broadgate Tower Run Up (877 steps), he will fancy his chances of an upset in Manchester.

Sims, however, is a man for all occasions. It was not by chance the Liverpool-based tower runner found himself in the world’s top-20 at the end of last year. His times and conditioning have been improving year-on-year. He will be determined to secure his status as arguably the greatest stair climber the UK has ever seen by making it three championship titles in a row. With a solid performance at The Climb to Abu Dhabi race last month, Sims is obviously in good shape heading into the domestic season.

The Christie Tower Run will see stair climbing return to the north of England for the first time since 2014. We know there are fast guys in Lancashire, Yorkshire, Merseyside and beyond. Personal trainer Peter Hopson is still record holder at Bridgewater Place in Leeds. Will he be racing in Manchester? Will the event attract some new talent to the UK tower running scene? Can the dominance of Mark Sims be broken by some as yet unknown athlete?


There is still time to sign up to take part in The Christie Tower Run. The event is open to people of all abilities and there is no qualifying criteria for entry in the UK championship. The top ten finishers will be awarded points and they will carry those into the remaining races of the championship. The athlete with the most points at the end of the year will be crowned 2017 UK tower running champion.

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“The Slovenian Multi-Tool” Matjaz Miklosa set a new course record at Portsmouth’s Emirates Spinnaker Tower on Sunday, flying up the 530 steps in just 2.07.

Matjaz "The Slovenian Multi-Tool" Miklosa set a new course record of 2.07

Matjaz “The Slovenian Multi-Tool” Miklosa set a new course record of 2.07

It was a crisp, bright morning down on the south coast as competitors from across the UK and the world descended on the Hampshire city for the Spinnaker Tower-thon. In its second year, the event was also doubling as race two in the UK Tower Running Championship Series and, as such, attracted over three times as many competitors as 2014.

Among the first wave were well-known UK tower runners Mark “The Marauder” Sims and Nishad “Big Trek” Manerikar aka “Jai Manerikar” aka “United Stairs of Manerikar” aka “The Maharajah” aka “Perpetual Navigator” (who went on to join the sub-four minute group and earn himself a top-15 overall finish). Also in the mix were America’s Zivadin “Big Z” Zivkovic (16th) and Tower Running UK’s Patrick Gallagher (4th), who were both representing the West Coast Labels team.

USA meets UK: West Coast Labels runners Zivadin Zivkovic and Patrick Gallagher

USA meets UK: West Coast Labels runners Zivadin Zivkovic and Patrick Gallagher

2014 winner Sims was coming off the back of a strong second place finish at last month’s Gherkin Challenge and had sights firmly set on his course record of 2.32.

Mark Sims sprints towards the stairwell en route to his second place time of 2.27

Mark Sims sprints towards the stairwell en route to his second place time of 2.27

The Liverpool-based runner cut an impressive five seconds off that as he exited onto the tower’s second viewing deck in just 2.27.

The record, however, was to stand for just around an hour as Matjaz Miklosa set off in the noon wave and sprinted to an incredible new time of 2.07. He was followed shortly after by fellow Slovenian Jasmina “Crouching Tigress Hidden Klančnik” aka “Rapid Ascent” who took victory in the women’s division and established a new course record of 3.30.

Jasmina Klancnik receives her prize at the top of Spinnaker Tower

Jasmina Klancnik receives her prize at the top of Spinnaker Tower

Third spot overall was taken by new tower runner Alex James “Mr Boombastic” Ward, who had previously achieved a very fast third place at September’s Gherkin Challenge event, in what was his first ever stair race. We expect very good things from the young athlete as he finds his feet in the sport and gets more race experience under his belt.

It was also great to see the return from injury of David Harris, previous winner of the Three Peaks and Gherkin Challenge. He managed an impressive sixth in his first race back and will be one to look out for in November at Broadgate Tower.

With the absence of all four athletes from the Orchard Park Stair Running Club, who stormed the top 10 at the Gherkin Challenge last month, the race allowed for some serious shift in the current standings of the UK Tower Running Championship Series.

UK Tower Running Championship Series 2015

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All the attention now turns to the third race of the series, taking place next month at Broadgate Tower in London. If racers haven’t signed up yet they should do so soon, here.

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It was another busy day in the stair climbing world with nine races today; two in Europe and seven throughout the USA.

In London, UK the charity Shooting Star Chase held their first stair climb at Broadgate Tower, the UK’s 12th tallest building. The opportunity to climb 877 steps of a new tower proved an attractive prospect as some top athletes headed to the capital for the race.

These included Germany’s Ralf “The Natural” Hascher (who has a cool website here) and Britain’s most successful stair climber Mark “The Marauder” Sims (who gave us an interview last month). The pair had last competed against each other at the Towerrunning World Cup Final in January, where Sims finished 15th and Hascher, just five seconds behind, finished in 18th. We had a brief chat with both athletes before they raced, and it was clear to see they were both very focused.

In a fast race it was Hascher who settled scores and reversed fortunes with a win in 4:07. Sims followed in a time of 4:16, with highly competitive Scottish fell runner Andrew “Braveheart” Barrington transitioning well to stair climbing and finishing in 4:35.2. Jonathan “President” Kennedy was denied a podium finish by the slightest of margins as he finished in 4:35.5. The top five was rounded out by Tower Running UK’s very own Patrick “How do you come up with these nicknames?” Gallagher, who managed a sub-5min finish by the skin of his teeth, crossing the mat in 4:59.7.


Mark Sims (103) and Stefan Kiryazov (67) pose at the top of Broadgate Tower with race winner Ralf Hascher (53)

In Albany, NY there was a clear winner at the 27th Cystic Fibrosis climb in the Corning Tower. Absolutely crushing the 809 steps in 4:48 was David “Soaring Eagle” Tromp. The Glenmont, NY native has hit a rich vein of form of late, having also taken a top ten finish at ESBRU earlier in the month. *Start spreading the news…!!* Fastest woman up in Albany was Michelle Davis who finished in 7:04. Like stair running great Alex Workman, Michelle is also from Schenectady. They grow them strong up in those parts!!

At the SkyRun in Budapest, Hungary, Austria’s Klaus “The Mauerbach Tornado” Hausleitner cleared the 402 steps of the Duna Tower in a winning time of 2:28. Last month he finished 8th at the Towerrunning World Cup Final race. Klaus is showing some great form this year. The fastest lady was Krisztina “Flaming Vortex” Inczédy (2:58) who was the only woman on the day to go sub 3 minutes. She evidently has a need…a need for speed!!

Back over in the States, it was a second win of the season for “The Future” Troy Alston. This guy is on fire right now! Is there anybody in Florida to stop his rampage? He flew up the 529 steps of the 110 Tower in Fort Lauderdale in 2:28, leaving well over a minute between himself and second place. The winner of the women’s section was Gloria “Real Deal” Rilo who finished in 5th overall in a time of 4:12.

In Minneapolis, Jason “The Steel Oath” Larson went one better than his second place last week with a win at the Cystic Fibrosis Climb in the IDS Tower. His winning time up the 1280 steps was 7:08. The fastest woman, taking second overall (awesome!!) was Melissa “The Slingshot” Gacek who finished in 8:15.

At the time of writing results were unavailable for the Fight For Air Climbs that took place in Oklahoma, Salt Lake City, New Haven and Houston. These will all appear on the results page here, sometime soon. If any finishers at those races want a nickname get in touch and I will update these race results 😉

Congratulations to everyone who climbed today.

Keep climbing!