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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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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.

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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