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April’s a relatively quiet month for UK tower running, with just the Care International event at the Leadenhall Building in London taking place on Saturday 14th.

But globally there have been lots of races so far this month, with events in Estonia, Italy and the USA among others, showcasing the truly international face of competitive stair running.

Read on for our pick of the stair climbing results from around the world this April, and find out the latest nicknames on the circuit.

April 1st – Estonian Towerrunning Championships 2018, TV Tower, Tallinn

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Rauno ‘Ebajalg’ Tiits secured victory at the inaugural Estonian Tower Running Championship with a blistering run to the top of the 870-step TV Tower in the Estonian capital.

His winning time of 4.35 was also a new course record. Fans of UK tower running will be familiar with the name Tiits, as the Estonian took the win at last November’s double-run event at London’s Broadgate Tower ahead of some of the top UK stair climbers.

In second place was Poland’s Arkadiusz ‘Street Fighter’ Karbowy, another familiar name to those who follow UK stair climbing. His lightning quick time of 4.46 (the only other sub-five minute finish on the day) will come as no surprise to those who’ve seen him flying up the Tower Wing of Guy’s Hospital during training.

Rimo ‘Special Sauce’ Tiim finished third in 5.04.

In the women’s division it was a more one-sided affair with Estonian sporting star Kaisa ‘The Gift’ Kukk winning in an unrivalled 5.46.

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The newly crowned Estonian tower running champions, Rauno Tiits and Kaisa Kukk.

Kukk is no stranger to sporting success. A sub-three hour marathoner, she has multiple wins in a wide range of race distances under her belt and so her transition to tower running success was no doubt expected among the Estonian athletic community.

It’s her second win of the season already, and we expect big things from Kukk if she makes stair climbing her focus. On a separate note, she’s also our tower running WCW this week. Fire!

Her nearest challenge came from Poland’s Ilona ‘Leg Breaker’ Gradus, winner of the Marriott Everest Run in Warsaw back in February, and a top ten finisher at other Polish events already this year. She hit the top step in 6.39, some way back from Kukk.

Liina ‘The DJ’ Volmerson, winner of the Saucony Trekking Championship stair race series in 2017 (alongside Rauno Tiits), finished third in 7.03.

The experience and pedigree of Kukk’s rivals makes her overwhelming winning margin all the more impressive.

Full results here.

 

April 7th – Fight for Air Climb Newark 2018, One Gateway Center, New Jersey

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“The Beast from the East” Stephen Marsalese made light work of it at the ALA Fight for Air Climb in Newark.

The stair climbing veteran, and perennial podium finisher around the East Coast events, was the only person to go under the coveted three-minute mark as he scaled the 504 steps of One Gateway Center in 2.48.

His Tower Masters team mate, 63-year old Mark ‘The Immortal Whisper’ Greenlee, was behind him in 3.18, improving on his fifth place finish from last year. Last year’s fourth placed finisher, Ted ‘Uber Jock’ Enoch, took third this time around in a time of 3.32.56

Special mention to the speedy 13 year old who finished in fourth place in 3.32.81 – missing out on a podium spot by the very narrowest of margins. He’s so exquisitely named he needs no adornments from us. Fly Talon Falcone, fly!!

‘Champagne’ Sally Kalksma made it a double win for the Tower Masters team as she returned to winning ways following her international adventures last month at La Verticale de la Tour Eiffel in Paris.

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Sally Kalksma at the start line of La Verticale de la Tour Eiffel 2018

Kalksma clocked 4.39 to secure the win from Mary ‘Warlord’ Cataudella (5:02) and Nina ‘The Mason’ Mikkilineni (5.06). Full results available here.

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Kalksma and Marsalese celebrate their wins (bottom) and pose with fellow Tower Master runners.

April 7th – Ginormous Climb 2018 – 200 Clarendon (John Hancock Tower), Boston

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Ginormous is an underrated and underused word, but we’re glad to see the organisers of this event, at Boston’s John Hancock Tower, have kept it front and centre for five years now.

Historically this race has attracted some big tower running names, such as Tim Donahue, but they were absent this time around.

Still, close to 400 racers turned up to climb the 1,220 stairs (61 floors) and they produced solid battles for top spot in the men’s and women’s divisions.

When the dust had settled it was Kai ‘The All Seeing Eye’ Van Horn who stood victorious with a winning time of 8.18.

11 seconds back was Samuel ‘All that glitters is not’ Goldman, while Brendan ‘The Allston Accelerator’ Harrison took third in 8.37.

The women’s division was far closer, with just ten seconds separating the top three. Elizabeth ‘Easy Work’ Burke won in a time of 10.58, with Jennifer ‘Little Bitty’ Previti right behind in 10.59. Maegan ‘Smooth Mover’ Hoover completed the trio with her 11.08 finish.

Full results here.

April 7th – Valtellina Vertical Tube Race 2018, Italy

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We love this event. It’s the one event we make sure to scour the results of every year, and we have since it began back in 2015. The reason is because it gives a perfect opportunity to see how top tower runners match up against some of the world’s best mountain runners and vertical km specialists, in what is a bit of a hybrid event.

The course is a kilometer long outdoor staircase (2,700 steps) that runs straight up a mountain, alongside a hydroelectric tube that lends the event its name. So it’s technically a stair race, but so different from what tower runners are used to – no turns or railings, and outdoors – that whatever technical/strategic advantages they might have had are removed and it comes down to a straight battle of strength and endurance.

It’s one of the only races – bar arguably La Verticale de la Tour Eiffel, which also includes high-level mountain runners – that you can get an idea of how the world’s elite stair climbers match up with elites from other disciplines when pitted head-to-head. For context, reigning world tower running champion Piotr Lobodzinski finished in fifth place in 2016 with a time of 14.55.

It also has a place in our heart as it’s the one international event where a British athlete has the course record. Emmie Collinge set the staggering women’s course record of 16.10 in 2016. She is the only woman to have ever run the course in under 17 minutes, managing it at the event’s first edition in 2015, too, when she finished in 16.25.

We caught up with Collinge after that debut win in 2015, and commented then that she could be the new force on the global tower running scene if she wanted to be. But alas her participation in stair races has been limited to those two stunning runs at Valtellina.

Anyway, on to the action from this year’s edition.

In the men’s event the field was understandably made up of mainly Italian competitors. But there was a decent spread of well-known tower runners and elite mountain runners from other countries in attendance, too, which included ‘Fearless’ Frank Carreno, Tomas ‘The Zilina Avalanche’ Celko and Jacob Mayer. Unfortunately there wasn’t a single British male representative at the event.

Last year’s winner, Italian Hannes Perkmann, secured victory once more with a time of 14.10, a five second improvement on his winning time in 2017. It was also the second-fastest time ever, just eight seconds off the course record of 14.02 set by Bernard Dematteis.

Perkmann is part of the Italian mountain running team and specialises in longer distance events.

Fellow Italian Alberto Vender made a massive leap from his ninth-place last year to take second place in a time of 14.44. He chopped a whopping 38 seconds off his PB in the process.

Emanuele ‘Il Guerriero’ Manzi – one of the event organisers, mountain runner and top-level tower runner – made it an all-Italian podium. He made it his third podium finish at the event (he finished sixth in 2017), finishing in his fastest ever time of 14.46.

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Hannes Perkmann on his way to victory in Valtellina

The women’s race was the closest in the event’s short history. In the end it was Catalan youngster Gisela Carrion Bertran who took the spoils in 17.25, the fourth fastest time ever by a woman at the event. A well-established mountain runner and vertical km racer, Carrion Bertran possibly came in under the radar of some in attendance, but her athletic pedigree is well established.

Just behind her was 2017 winner Katarzyna Kuzminska from Italy. She managed to take 20 seconds off her winning time from last year, reaching the top of the stairs in 17.28.

Italian sporting legend and Olympic cross-country skiing relay bronze medallist Antonella Confortola took third place in 17.43. Her multi-discipline medal record of world championship and European championship podium finishes in cross-country skiing, mountain running and vertical km is highly impressive. Check it out on Wikipedia.

British interest at the event was limited to Sarah Frost who finished in 26th position in 22.25.

Full results here.

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Gisela Carrion Bertran: winner of Valtellina Vertical Tube Race 2018

 

There were additional races in Bahrain, Canada, China, Estonia and USA this month, but full results are currently unavailable for all of them. We’ll be updating this article shortly.

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The dominant Team Texas crew from the West Coast Labels/X-Gym team took a clean sweep of the podium at the 55 story Fight For Air Climb at Dallas’ Reunion Tower last weekend.

It was the second race the building has hosted in recent months, and once again it was “The Chalice of Thunder” Scott Stanley who took a solid win. The Euless athlete has gone from strength to strength in recent races and secured victory in Dallas in a flying time of 4.10. Following in second was the broad shouldered figure of Brad “The Wrecking Ball” Pazoureck in 5.06, while Michael “Spartan” Doherty secured third for Team Texas in 5.21.

The victorious West Coast Labels team (pic courtesy of S. Stanley)

The victorious West Coast Labels team (pic courtesy of S. Stanley)

The three also took on an extra climb each in the elite double-climb competition, with the overall podium positions remaining the same after their second run.

In the women’s section of the race, it was Rosechelle “R&R” Ruggiero who grabbed gold, finishing in an impressive 6.55. Close behind her was Melissa “I Got 99 Problems But Stairs Ain’t One” Ross in 7.02. Haley “The Comet” Cheshier rounded off the podium in 7.09.

Great running by all. Congratulations on your successes.

Keep climbing!