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Update: within an hour of publishing this article, the 2020 edition of Vertical Rush was cancelled. Read more on the cancellation here.

Malaysia’s Soh Wai Ching will be back in London on Thursday to defend the Vertical Rush title he won last year.

Soh won the 932-step race at Tower 42 in March, 2019, in a time of 4:17. In doing so he became the fourth fastest person to ever race the tower, with only Thomas Dold (3:58), Piotr Lobodzinski (3:59) and Fabio Ruga (4:11) having run faster in the 11 editions of the UK’s biggest stair race.

The world number two has made massive improvements in the past 12 months and established himself as a legitimate contender to world champion Piotr Lobodzinski with a win over the Pole in Dubai in February.

Soh Wai-Ching Vertical Rush 2019

Soh Wai Ching was the winner of Vertical Rush 2019

Coming off the back of a record-breaking run at the Sibu Tower Run, Soh had been scheduled to race at La Verticale de la Tour Eiffel in Paris on Wednesday. But following the postponement of that race he will now race in London on completely fresh legs.

As such, he is expected to run even faster at Vertical Rush this year and could well eclipse the time of Italy’s Fabio Ruga. The 3:58 course record certainly isn’t out of reach, either, and it would be no big surprise to see the young Malaysian get very close to it.

Soh’s closest British competition on Thursday is likely to be newcomer Laurence Ball, the rising star of UK tower running. He will be expected to take a huge amount of time off the 4:49 he clocked on his Vertical Rush debut last year, which earned him fourth spot. It’s Ball’s first stair race of the year, so it will good to see what form he is in.

Laurence Ball tower running

Laurence Ball

Unfortunately, Mark Howard (3rd last year) will not be racing, so fans will have to wait for the next installment in the ongoing Ball vs Howard rivalry.

Another relative newcomer to the sport who’s also anticipated to be in the mix for the podium is Poland’s Kacper Mrowiec.

He already has a 2020 win under his belt, having taken victory at 29-floor Ideal-Hochhaus in Berlin back in January.

Mrowiec is not long back from a winter training camp in Spain, and since his return to Poland he’s been training on the stairs alongside world number one tower runner Piotr Lobodzinski.

Like Ball, Mrowiec is a little over a year into his tower running career and beating the more experienced Soh might be just out of reach right now. But expect a very close battle for the remaining spots on the podium.

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2009 Matthias Jahn (GER) 4:22  Caitriona Jennings (IRL) 6:04
2010 Steve Winder (GBR) 4:54  Anna Frost (NZL) 5:30
2011 Fabio Ruga (ITA) 4:24  Cristina Bonacina (ITA) 6:02
2012 Thomas Dold (GER) 3:58*  Suzy Walsham (AUS) 5:01*
2013 Ben Hall (GBR) 4:51 Suzy Walsham (AUS) 5:04
2014 Ben Hall (GBR) 4:55  Cristina Bonacina (ITA) 6:11
2015 Piotr Lobodzinski (POL) 4:12  Lenka Svabikova (CZE) 5:39
2016 Piotr Lobodzinski (POL) 4:29  Lenka Svabikova (CZE) 5:36
2017 Piotr Lobodzinski (POL) 3:59  Lenka Svabikova (CZE) 5:45 – results
2018 Emanuele Manzi (ITA) 4:37  Susie Drinkwater (GBR) 6:11 – results
2019 Soh Wai Ching (MYS) 4:17 Susie Drinkwater (GBR) 5:41 – results

* course record

2009-2016 results available through search here (direct links unavailable): https://www.tdleventservices.co.uk/event-results

Find out all the winners from other events around the world in our historical tower running results database.