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The 2020 edition of the Taipei 101 Run Up has been cancelled due to fears around coronavirus.

Despite coronavirus cases in Taiwan being currently below 50, the organisers have taken the precautionary decision to postpone the event.

No new date has been set for the race which was due to take place on 9th May.

The Taipei 101 Run Up was set to play host to the 2020 TWA Towerrunning World Championship, which may now be in jeopardy.

“We definitely want to hold our Towerrunning World Championships in 2020”, said the Towerunning World Association. “The targeted date will be around 3rd/4th quarter of the year.”

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Taipei 101, Taiwan – 2,046 steps

2005  Paul Crake (AUS) 10.29*  Andrea Mayr (AUT) 12.38*
2006  Paul Crake (AUS) 10.31  Andrea Mayr (AUT) 13.28
2007  Marco De Gasperi (ITA) 11.39  Andrea Mayr (AUT) 12.54
2008  Thomas Dold (GER) 10.53  Jenny Hsiao-yu Li (TWN) 14.53
2009  Thomas Dold (GER) 11.05  Suzy Walsham (AUS) 14.20
2010  Marco De Gasperi (ITA) 11.09  Melissa Moon (NZL) 14.16
2011  Thomas Dold (GER) 11.19  Valentina Belotti (ITA) 13.51
2012  Mark Bourne (AUS) 11.26  Valentina Belotti (ITA) 13.21
2013  Mark Bourne (AUS) 10.52  Valentina Belotti (ITA) 12.54
2014  Mark Bourne (AUS) 10.54  Valentina Belotti (ITA) 13.22
2015  Piotr Lobodzinski (POL) 11.08  Suzy Walsham (AUS) 13.16
2016  Frank Carreño (COL) 11.47  Alice McNamara (AUS) 14.23
2017  Mark Bourne (AUS) 11.24  Suzy Walsham (AUS) 13.36
2018 Piotr Lobodzinski (POL) 11:11 Suzy Walsham (AUS) 13:01
2019 Piotr Lobodzinski (POL) 10:46 Suzy Walsham (AUS) 13:12

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Australia’s Mark Bourne and Suzy Walsham took decisive victories at the Asian-Oceanian Towerrunning Championships this past weekend, held at Taipei 101 in Taiwan.

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Taipei 101 (2,046 steps), venue for the Asian & Oceanian Towerrunning Championships 2017

The Aussie pair returned to Taiwan, having both taken a break from the race – a year off for Walsham and two for Bourne.

Walsham had last one in 2015 and Bourne in 2014, and they returned on Sunday to stamp their dominance on their rivals with clear wins in the eighth tallest building in the world.

In its 13th edition, the race at Taipei 101 is recognised as one of the toughest on the global race calendar.

Walsham reached the top of the building’s 2,046 notoriously steep steps in a time of 13.36 – 20 seconds off her 2015 winning time and personal best- but still well over a minute faster than fellow Australian Alice McNamara who came in second in 14.58.

Similarly, Bourne was well off his best pace at the 508m tall building – 10.52 set in 2013 – but managed to secure victory with a time of 11.24. Behind him was another Australian, Leon Keely – who has previously competed at the highly-demanding Orienteering World Cup, and was taking part in only his second ever stair climb.

Both Bourne and Walsham had taken wins at the Lotte Tower in Seoul, Korea (the fifth tallest building in the world) a fortnight before (you can see footage of Bourne breaking the tape in Seoul here where he beat reigning world champion Piotr Lobodzinski in the much-anticipated exhibition event) so were good bets for their victories in Taipei.

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Suzy Walsham and Mark Bourne (image courtesy of Towerrunning World Association)

With such dominant displays over the last few weeks, surely both athletes will be looking ahead to the World Championships in China next month with huge confidence? Bourne has shown himself time and again to be one of the only real rivals to Piotr ‘Showtime’ Lobodzinski, especially over the longer distances. Their expected battle for top spot will be one of the highlights of the 2017 season.

Walsham, for the most part, continues to exist in a world of her own at the top of the female rankings, so rarely is she troubled by her competitors. Only Japan’s Yuri Yoshizumi has beaten Walsham in the past six months, and Walsham avenged that defeat at the Lotte Tower Run. She seems undefeatable in 2017, and her rivals at the upcoming World Championship must surely know they are ultimately competing for second place. Andrea Mayr, where are you??

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