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Christof Grosseger and Rok Kuserbanj will be among the top athletes in Maribor, Slovenia on Saturday competing for top spot at the 11th edition of Tek Na Kalvarijo.

The 454-step outdoor race has been switched from its traditional atmospheric Friday night setting and will now take place on Saturday morning.

2019 champion Klemen Španring will not be returning to defend his title on the weekend. The Slovenian mountain runner will instead be competing at Smarna Gorna, one of the biggest mountain races on the international calendar.

Part of the course in Maribor

That leaves the door open for the in form Christof Grossegger to do better than the third-place finish he earned at last year’s race.

Grossegger recently took a confidence boosting win at the Pyramidenkogel in his native Austria.

But a mishap at last weekend’s Red Bull 400 race in Bischofshofen, Austria has left Grossegger frustrated and ready to make up for it.

“I can’t wait to do the race”, Grossegger told Tower Running UK.

“Confidence is of course pretty high, because I am in good shape. But my motivation is also high, because I’m angry about last weekend.

“I missed the finals at the Red Bull 400 because I tried to save as much energy as possible in the qualification run. But in the end I missed the cut-off time by one second. I really saved energy by going that slow – but for nothing.

“So therefore, new tactics for Maribor – just full gas from bottom to the top.

“I will miss the night race and the special colorful lights. It was an incredible atmosphere last year.”

In among those looking to compete with Grossegger will be Slovenia’s Rok Kuserbanj.

He won a couple of weeks back at the 265-step Juriš na Hmezad in Zalec, Slovenia, dethroning the two-time winner Rene Sluga.

Kuserbanj also held off the challenge of Simon Kmet at that race, who finished third.

Kmet took second at Tek Na Kalvarijo in 2019, so expect to see Kuserbanj finish higher than the 10th place finish he earned last year.

Also expect to see four-time winner Matjaz Miklosa among the tough Slovenian runners competing strongly for the podium, having narrowly missed out on third spot last year.

Kamila Chomanicova and Christof Grossegger were winners at the Pyramidenkogel Tower Run in Austria on Friday.

Slovakia’s Chomanicova managed to edge out two-time winner and course record holder Veronika Windisch to hold on for a well-earned victory.

Chomanicova reached the top of the tower in 2:43.11 with Austrian Windisch clocking 2:49.77.

Barbara Bischof (2:53.43) was the only other woman to finish under the three-minute mark.

Chomanicova wins the Pyramidenkogel Tower Run 2020

It was the third edition of the challenging event that sees runners set off up a 180m incline before entering the Pyramidenkogel Tower and scaling its 441 steps.

The win was the second in six days for the fast-improving Chomanicova, following her sprint victory in Levoca the previous Saturday.

The Slovakian star has been chopping away at her times year-on-year at the Pyramidenkogel: 3:02 in 2018, 2:47 in 2019 and 2:43 in 2020.

“I was aiming for the podium, and also wanted to improve my time from last year”, said Chomanicova. “I knew that Veronika wasn’t in the best shape, so that was the chance to do my best and to be the fastest woman.”

Chomanicova has decided to defer her place at La Verticale de la Tour Eiffel, so will not compete at the rescheduled event in Paris at the end of the month.

She may next compete at the 218-step Krnovsky Run Up in the Czech Republic next weekend (19 September).

Third time lucky for Grossegger

After finishing second in 2018 and 2019, Christof Grossegger finally took first place at the Pyramidenkogel Tower Run with a commanding run on Friday.

Grossegger clocked a personal best of 2:04.68 to finish a comfortable six seconds ahead of fellow Austrian Alexander Brandner-Egger who completed the course in 2:10.86.

Slovenia’s Matjaz Miklosa took third in 2:14.31, with Pavel Holec (2:16.78) and Kacper Mrowiec (2:17.04) rounding out the top five.

“Pyramidenkogel is always a tough race”, said Grossegger, “because the first approximately 180m are just a normal asphalt street – and you have to hit already really fast – otherwise there’s no chance to gain a good time.

“This is so untypical for a stair race. You don’t have any rhythm from the start.

“The last four levels were just blown up. My legs were completely destroyed.”

Pyramidenkogel Tower Run 2020 results

“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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