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Almas Tower Dubai

Soh Wai Ching secured his first ever win over world champion Piotr Lobodzinski at Almas Tower in Dubai this morning (Feb. 1).

The world number two from Malaysia climbed the 1,600-step tower in 7:59, to finish ahead of Lobodinski (8:01) and Emanuele Manzi (8:21) and secure the £2,000 prize money.

The race up the seventh-tallest building in Dubai, was the first in 2020 for both tower runners.

Poland’s Lobodzinski, who had never lost a race in Dubai, was going for his fifth straight win at Almas Tower.

The win for Wai Ching signals a fantastic start to the season for the young Malaysian who has his eyes set on the world number one spot and the World Championship title, which will be on the line at Taipei 101 in May.

A loss so early in the season is uncharted territory for Lobodzinski. Last season he amassed at least 10 victories before taking second place behind a resurgent Mark Bourne three times at the end of the season.

It opens the season up perfectly, with a little over five weeks before the pair clash again at La Verticale de la Tour Eiffel on 11 March.

Vertical Run Almas Tower 2020 results

Almas Tower Vertical Run 2020

World number ones Suzy Walsham and Piotr Lobodzinski will kick off their 2020 tower running seasons on Saturday (Feb.1) at the 1,600-step Almas Tower in Dubai.

Poland’s Lobodzinski will have to see off the challenge from world number two Soh Wai Ching (MYS) and Emanuele Manzi (ITA) if he is to secure his fifth win in a row at the 7th tallest tower in Dubai.

Walsham (AUS), who set the course record of 9:21 at the tower last year, will be challenged by the 2018 winner, and former record holder, Valentina Belotti (ITA).

It’s an exciting clash so early on in the season and will give a good insight into how the athletes have fared with their training in the small off-season since they last met in November at the Towerrunning Tour Final at Shanghai Tower.

At that race, Belotti secured her second win over Walsham in 2019, following her record-setting victory at Ostankino Tower, Moscow, in August. Walsham will be keen to get back to winning ways over the Italian, before the pair clash again at the Eiffel Tower in March.

On the line in Dubai will be around £2,000 for the fastest man and the fastest woman.

Dream Team assembled in new relay category


New for 2020 at the Vertical Run Almas Tower is a four person relay race, with each runner taking on 16 floors of the 64-floor tower.

Suzy Walsham, Valentina Belotti, Emanuele Manzi and Soh Wai Ching will combine forces to try and win the £1,000 prize.

Will any foursome in Dubai be able to get close to that tower running Dream Team?

The tower running season took off fully last weekend, with races in Italy, USA and Dubai. With the world number one and number four both in action, we take a look at some of the key results.

Vertical Run Almas Tower

World tower running champion, Piotr ‘Showtime’ Lobodzinski is currently in the UAE¬†ahead of Friday’s exhibition race in Abu Dhabi, which he has been helping to promote.¬†He was in nearby Dubai on Saturday to take part in the 1,600 step Vertical Run Almas Tower.


The 64-floor Almas Tower in Dubai

Despite a highly competitive field of athletes, that included Rolf Majcen and Iman Koushki, Lobodzinski showed once again that he is in a different league.

Victory for the Bull of Bielsk Podlaski was never in doubt as he sauntered to a winning time of 8:07. Behind him in second place was Ugandan Ismail Ssenyange, who has a 62min half marathon, 2.18 marathon and 30min 10km performances on his record. Ssenyange managed an impressive 8:43, but was some way off the Polish superstar.

Third place was taken by Kenya’s Henry Kipsang, another highly accomplished road runner. A 2.13 marathoner, he was just behind in 8:45. The UK’s very own Paul ‘The Puppet Master’ Faulkner put in a brilliant performance to take fourth place in a time of 8:58.

The extent of Lobodzinski’s win against this level of high-caliber road runners shows what a brilliant athlete he is, and also highlights how the physical requirements needed for fast times on the flat don’t always translate to fast times on the stairs.


The top three at Vertical Run Almas Tower in Dubai

In the women’s division it was another Pole who came out on top. Anna Celinska has previously medalled at a long-distance mountain running world championship and was third in the Polish marathon championship in 2014.¬†She managed to finish 13th overall in Dubai, in a time of 10:31.

That was 20 seconds ahead of Russia’s¬†Natalia Sedykh (10:52), who is a highly experienced ultra runner and was a stage winner at the 2016 Marathon Des Sables.

Third place in the ladies division went to another excellent road runner, Amina Mhih (11:56) from Morocco.

Latina Vertical Sprint

Over in Latina, Italy there was a Towerrunning World Association 60 point race. An initial qualifying round whittled the field down to the top ten men and top five women, and among them were some big tower running names.


Torre Pontina: venue for the Latina Vertical Sprint (702 steps)

‘The Zilina Avalanche’ Tomas Celko took the spoils in a time of 3:14, setting a new course record in the process. Italy’s¬†Fabio ‚ÄúStair Charmer‚ÄĚ Ruga was just behind in 3:20.

Lenka ‚ÄúCzech Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself‚ÄĚ Svabikova aka ‚ÄúShredder‚ÄĚ aka ‚ÄúOperation Abs‚ÄĚ took a straightforward¬†win in the women’s division.

There were a number of results out of the USA as their stair climbing season got under way. With multiple climb options at all three different events, we found it a bit of a challenge to do write ups for each race. But we hope to have a post on those races before the week is out, so be sure to check back.

We will note, though, that we were highly pleased to see Justin Stewart back on the stairs taking a win in Indianapolis. One of the finest stair climbers in the USA, we firmly believe that given the chance he could be the man to challenge the European stronghold on the TWA rankings. If only it were that simple.

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