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Sarah Frost set a new course record as she took the win at the LOROS Tower Run on Saturday.

The in-form runner clocked a new best time of 1:43.82 for the 351-step St George’s Tower in Leicester, taking just under six seconds off the record she set in 2018.

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Sarah Frost sets off on her winning run at the LOROS Tower Run 2019

The victory made it two wins from two UK races in 2019 for Frost. Last weekend she clocked an impressive sub 5-minute finish of 4:47 at the Walkie Talkie Tower Run in London to take a clear win ahead of Sonja Shakespeare who was second in 5:28.

Newcomer Susie Drinkwater managed to finish second in an impressive 1:56.97, on her debut at the Leicester tower.

Drinkwater will return to Vertical Rush at Tower 42 in London this coming Thursday 14th March to defend the title she won there on her tower running debut in 2018.

Sarah Frost will make her debut at La Verticale de la Tour Eiffel on Wednesday 13th March. You can find out who she’s up against by reading our guide to the Elite women’s division at the race in Paris.

Sims takes overall victory

Mark Sims was back to winning ways in Leicester on Saturday, but it took him two runs to pull off the victory.

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St George’s Tower in Leicester

Winner of the event in 2016 and 2017, Sims was narrowly beaten last year by Elliot Slaughter. With Slaughter absent from the line up, the race was expected to be a two-man battle between Sims and the in-form David Harris.

In the pair’s first runs, it was Harris who came out on top with an excellent time of 1:33.26, a mere half-second faster than Sims’ 1:34.98.

The LOROS Tower Run routinely gives athletes an opportunity at a second run on the day, and Sims has become the master of it.

His second-run times in 2017 and 2018 were both faster than his first runs those years.

On Saturday, Sims once again managed to make the absolute most of his second shot. He clocked a new PB of 1:31.96, to take the win with the overall fastest time on the day.

Harris and Sims will battle again on Thursday at Vertical Rush in Tower 42. The evening before, Harris will have the small task of scaling the 1,665-step Eiffel Tower for the fifth edition of La Verticale de la Tour Eiffel.

Photos from the event are available here.

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Mark Sims finally secured a win at The Christie Tower Run in Manchester this past Sunday.

Having finished second at the event in 2017 and 2018, the Liverpool-based Sims took victory at the city’s 798-step Beetham Tower with a winning time of 4:29.

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Beetham Tower in Manchester

David Harris had laid down a solid marker of 4:33 when he ran in the event’s 1pm wave, setting a massive 25-second PB in the process.

Sims followed at 2pm, knowing the time he had to beat and duly did so with four seconds to spare. Matt Wellock rounded out the podium with his 5:02 finish.

The Christie Tower Run 2019 Mark Sims winner

In the women’s division, Spanish runner Marta Cosp set an event record with a winning time of 5:36. Cosp was followed by the previous event record holder Sonja Shakespeare in 5:55, while Elaine Battson was third in 6:03.

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Marta Cosp with team mate Oliver Llewellyn-Smith

Highly experienced on the track, with a solid university and club athletic career behind her, Cosp produced a brilliant run to take 27 seconds off the time she set in 2018, which earned her third place that year.

Full results for The Christie Tower Run 2019.

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.

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‘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.

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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.

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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?

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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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Mark “The Marauder” Sims took victory in the first race of the 2016 UK Championship on Sunday at St George’s Tower in Leicester.

In its first year, the race was set up by Leicester-based charity LOROS, and attracted a mixed bag of competitors ranging from local runners and first time stair climbers to some of the UK’s most established tower runners.

Around 40 competitors turned out in the city centre to tackle the tower’s 351 stairs, with runners setting off at 2 minute intervals. It wasn’t until after 10am that the competition really began to heat up, with Surrey club runner Alex Ward the first of the elite climbers to set off. 2015 was Ward’s first season in stair climbing and he showed fantastic potential with numerous podium finishes in the UK Championship. Building on his experience he set a blistering opening time of 1:41:23 to establish himself as the leader.

Next to follow was reigning UK Champion Sims. He has been the most consistent British stair climber for years and was a firm favourite entering this race. As expected he was in incredible form and stripped a full six seconds off the lead time as he reached the top in 1:35:62. Sims was accompanied on the day by his 16 year old son Isaac who was taking part in his first stair race. Geneticists  were nodding sagely as the younger Sims took a top 10 finish (2:22) and showed that athletic prowess runs in the family.

One of the final runners on the day was David Harris. A regular on the UK and world tower running scene, Harris had climbed the BT Tower in London the day before but was still expected to push for a podium finish. He did just that, reaching the top in 1:53:56 – only the third sub-two minute time on the day.

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The Top Three: (l-r) Ward, Sims and Harris

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Mark “The Marauder” Sims put one hand firmly on the title of UK Tower Running Champion 2015 with a win last weekend at London’s Broadgate Tower.

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The Marauder in full flight

Sims held off a strong push from stair running newcomer Alex James “Mr Boombastic” Ward to secure victory in a time of 4.22, with his Surrey-based rival just ten seconds behind in 4.32. Third place was taken by visiting Slovakian track and field athlete Patrik “The Nitra Nitro” Schneidgen aka “Mr Guinness” who finished in 4.54. The 21 year old, 800m specialist secured an impressive podium spot in what was only his third competitive stair race.

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(l-r) Schneidgen, Sims and Ward

Attention now turns to the final race of the UK Championship Series, taking place next month on 13th December at the Heron Tower. The race will see the much-awaited return of Rich “Beyond Human” Sirrs and the rest of the OPSRC, and will feature one of the most competitive national fields ever for a UK stair race.

You can still sign up to take part in the race, which is all in aid of Action on Hearing Loss, by visiting their website here.

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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.

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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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