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Stair Climbing for Better Mental Health

Teresa Leese; Total Motion Events; 10th October 2018                                                                         

It is a well-known and proven fact that exercise is extremely beneficial in helping to improve mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety... "Move the body, change the mind". So here are four reasons why taking up stair climbing could improve your mental health:                                                                      

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Total Motion Events; 30th September 2018                                                                                     

This month we had just one stair climbing race in the UK at Guy's Hospital in London. However tower running was just one discipline of three at Guy's Urban Challenge which consisted of a 2.4k run, 15k watt-bike and a 29 floor stair climb. And interesting event for our tower runners, would their stair climbing leg strength carry them through the run and cycle to victory?! For the tower running standings, we have taken into account the stair climb element only. Picking up maximum points in the male category was Jeff McDo…

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An Interview with Ultra Runner Adam Holland; Will endurance trump experience?

Teresa Leese; Total Motion Events; 26th September 2018                                             

Will endurance trump experience?                                                                 

Ahead of The Broadgate Tower Run Up race this November, we caught up with Adam Holland, ultra-marathon and endurance athlete who will participate in his first tower running race in the elite wave, going head to head with some of the best tower runners in the world. But the big question is: will endurance trump experience?

Adam has won more marathons/ultra-marathons than anyone else in the UK putting him in the top five in the world for number of ma…

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How to Run a 5k PB

Teresa Leese; Total Motion Events; 11th September 2018                                                        

5K is one of the most popular distances amongst the running community, and rightly so. Accessible for complete beginners but tough and challenging enough for more experienced runners. With so many people conquering the distance every week, it is unsurprising that people are trying to understand how to chip away at their time. So how do you run a 5K PB?                                                         

Be consistent                                                                                                                  …

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Brno and Bratislava Grand Prix Race Report

Sonja Shakespeare, Total Motion Towerrunners; September 2018

This weekend saw seven of the Total Motion Towerrunners head to Europe for the annual Grand Prix race. Two races, two countries, one day!  Final positions would be decided on the results of both races.
                                                                                                                                                   
The first race was at 10:00 in Brno’s AZ Tower which is 30 floors and 700 steps. There were mixed feeling amongst most competitors after the race with some PBs achieved but most were slightly slower than last year. There were some surprises i…



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Community Blogs & Events - September 2018

Total Motion Events; September 2018                                                                                         

Is it really September? Kids are going back to school, the endless heatwave seems a distant memory and the summer racing season is coming to a close. But its not all bad - now we can really start looking forward to The Broadgate Run Up in November!                                       

What are we reading?                                                                                                                      

Top 5 tips for dealing with injury:                                                               …

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Total Motion Events; 31st August 2018                                                                                     

With only one stair climbing event in August and those all important points up for grabs we saw some excellent performances from our UK tower runners. This month brought us the final Up Slide Down event at the ArcelorMittal Orbit with a great turnout. In the female race, Sarah Frost took the win again making it 3/3 in this race series. For the men, David Harris also stormed home to victory again, solidifying his spot at the top of the leaderboard.          

Remember, for those committed tower runners who have taken part i…

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StepJockey partners with international stair climbing event

Total Motion Events, the UK’s leading stair climbing specialist events company, has announced that there will be a StepJockey branded wave at The Broadgate Tower Run Up taking place in London on Saturday24th November 2018.                    

The Broadgate Tower Run Up is a highly-anticipated date in the stair climbing calendar as, for the first time this year, it is hosting the London stage of the prestigious Vertical World Circuit (VWC). With 877 steps over 35 floors, the event is one of VWC’s nine premier skyscraper races taking place in 2018, each sanctioned by the International Sky Running Federation.                                     …

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Tower Running's Marathon Equivalent - The Vertical Mile

Teresa Leese; Total Motion Events; 16thAugust 2018                                                  

If you are not familiar with the world of tower running, it is essentially racing up the staircases of skyscraper buildings. Completing a tower run / stair climb is difficult enough with burning lungs and lead for legs but imagine climbing up more than once!  

On average most tower climbs will be somewhere between 35 – 50 floors of 800 – 1000+ steps. For all the challenge-seekers out there sometimes a standard tower climb just doesn’t quite cut it and so we are seeing the popularity of the ‘vertical mile’ sky rocket across the running and towe…

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5 Tips for Dealing with injury

Teresa Leese; Total Motion Events; 7th August 2018

The dreaded word for any athlete – injury. Chances are we have all been there and if not count yourself very, very lucky. Injuries in sport are difficult to deal with and require a lot of mental strength as well as physical to recover. Speaking as someone who is sitting here writing this on her third consecutive month of no running or cycling after being injured since March (yes, I continued to train for three months in pain longing for it to magically go away), it can be difficult to stay focused.                                      

I am still potentially a while away from fully recovering…

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Community Blogs & Events - August 2018

Total Motion Events; August 2018

What a fun-filled July it has been, endless days of sunshine, and lots of great events. Our highlight has been taking part in a record-breaking relay raising money for three wonderful charities, The London Relay took place in central London for 30 days, 24 hours a day with people running 5k and 10K loops completing 4,000 miles. There's been plenty of action in cycling too with a very wet and windy Prudential Ride London-Surrey and crowning Geraint Thomas as Tour De France 2018 Champion. 

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Total Motion Events; 31st July 2018

The first of two stair climbs in July was the second stage of the UpSlide Down event at the ArcelorMittal Orbit. In tower running terms this is a sprint event with just 455 steps and some super quick times. In the female race, Sarah Frost took the win again and Mark Sims finished on top for the male race just ahead of David Harris. The second July race was the Orchid event at Broadgate Tower raising money to fight male cancer. This event also offered multi climb options with several people taking on the quarter vertical mile (3 climbs) and vertical mile (12 climbs) challenges. After months of hard training …

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Why are so many runners hitting the stairs?

Teresa Leese; Total Motion Events; 25th July 2018                                                                  

Here at Total Motion, we love tower running (if you hadn’t already guessed) and we talk a lot about the benefits it has, particularly for runners. So to make a change from us talking about it, how about hearing from an actual runner turned tower runner.                                                                     

Elaine, is not just any runner, she is a regular ultra-runner competing in some of the toughest ultras around the world. Forever the challenge-seeker Elaine stumbled across the world of tower running in 2012 and…

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Adjusting Your Training in a Heatwave

Teresa Leese; Total Motion Events; 4th July 2018

We are in the height of the summer race season here in the UK and with Autumn marathons looming, many of you are at important stages of your training. However we seem to have been hit/blessed with the longest heatwave I can ever remember! So how does this affect our training? Do not underestimate the power of the heat and take a look at our list of top tips for adjusting your training this summer:                                                                                                                                                                                                         …

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Total Motion Events; 29th June 2018

This month only saw one UK stair climbing fixture however this has not stopped movement in the leaderboard. The UpSlide Down stair climb at the ArcelorMittal Orbit took place in June which was the first event in a series of three across the summer. Sarah Frost achieved yet another record breaking win in 2 minutes 37 seconds and David Harris took the win for the men in 2:25, although this was not enough to break last years record of 2:14 set by Ockert van den Berg, it was enough to re-take the lead at the top of the table. With two UK fixtures coming up in July, we look forward to seeing what the next month …

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Stair Climbing Vs Running

Teresa Leese; Total Motion Events; 27th June 2018

You may be a fairly accomplished runner and like to go out running five days a week, running parkrun in twenty or so minutes, yet when you try and walk up two flights of stairs to your office instead of taking the lift, you are left panting and gasping for air! Why is that? Well stair climbing is very different to running…. but which is better?

  • High impact vs low impact – We all know that running is pretty high impact but what you may not realise, is just how low impact stair climbing is. It is the perfect opportunity to work all the important lower-body muscles without loading them with too …
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UpSlide Down: June Edition

Nishad Manerikar, Total Motion Towerrunners; 5th June2018

In my social circle this conversation happens quite regularly:                                                        

Friend1: How was your weekend? Did you run up some building?                                                   
Me: Haha, yes/no, but there’s a race next weekend/no, I just had a race last weekend.                      
Friend1’s friend: You f***ing what mate?                                                                                        
Friend1: He runs up stairs for fun                                                                                             …


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World Trade Center (NY) - Race Report

Sonja Shakespeare, Total Motion Towerrunners; June 2018

Your stair climbing mission should you choose to accept it: run up 104 floors and 2226 steps as quickly as you can.                                                                                                               
Reward: The opportunity to watch the sun rise over New York from the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. Also you’ll get to meet some real-life heroes.                                         
Mission details: You will be collected at 04:30 hrs                                                                  
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You Know You Are a Towerrunner When…

Teresa Leese; Total Motion Events; 5th June 2018

We all love to climb the stairs of skyscrapers and as this sport continues to grow in popularity there are more and more people starting to join the community from all over the world. And if you have got into the sport of tower running you will know just how addictive it can be. The adrenaline of the start, the thrill of the pain, the burn in your legs, and not to mention the view from the top! So how do you know if you are a true tower runner? Well you will probably relate to at least one of the following if not all of them!                                                                      …

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Total Motion Events; 31st May 2018

Whilst the Total Motion Towerrunners and tower running community were busy all around the world this month with the VertiGO race in Paris and the Gran Bali Hotel climb in Benidorm, the UK only saw one fixture with the Trekstock 'Conquer The Tower' event at Broadgate Tower on Saturday 12th. Nevertheless there has been change at the top of both the male and female leaderboards. A win from Sarah Frost has taken her to the top of the female rankings and Mark Sims has overtaken David Harris at the top of the male. A couple of solid wins over the last couple of months sees Mark Howard climb several places to third…

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Paris VertiGO and Gran Hotel Bali Race Report

David Harris, Total Motion Towerrunners, May 2018                                                                  

'Planes, Trains and Automobiles'                                                   

                                                                                                                                         
Ok, so the order of transport modes was different but all forms would be required to be able to compete in two races in two countries in just three days!                                                                                     

Vertical World Circuit, VertiGO, Paris:                                   …

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Total Motion Aquathlon - Participant Report

Melissa Goldsmith; May 2018

I had a lot of reservations about this Aquathlon. Hell, I was not even sure if I was saying 'aquathlon' right ('a qwath a lon'? 'aquacklon'?).  Then I reminded myself to shut up and stop worrying. I met a member of the Lido-- his name was Al. I met him previously the day I tested out the wetsuit. I asked if he was participating and he said, "No, I only race myself now." That should be how it always is... for everyone.

So I calmed down. I stretched. I listened to the race brief. I asked questions. I chatted with other participants. I kept telling myself 'This is not the end game. Just enjoy and learn.'  To be honest …

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'Conquer The Tower' Race Report

Nishad Manerikar, Total Motion Towerrunners; May 2018

There have been some big stair races happening around the world – all eyes were on the Towerrunning World Championships last weekend in Taiwan at the Taipei 101, while today saw the first race in the Vertical World Circuit at the Lotte World Tower in Seoul. Away from these two monstrous towers (91 floors in Taipei and 123 floors in Seoul), there was a stair run in London this Saturday – at the Broadgate Tower, a comparatively benign outing over 35 floors. No stair run is easy though. In any case, the Broadgate race would have been of interest to many international athletes, as this buildin…

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Everything You Need to Know About SwimRun

Teresa Leese; Total Motion Events; 9th May 2018                                                

Are you a triathlete, runner, swimmer or fitness fanatic looking to challenge yourself in something new? The SwimRun could be for you… This fresh, exciting and raw approach to endurance sports is relatively new to the UK however it is well established in other parts of the world, particularly in Scandinavia where it originated.                                                                                                                
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Towerrunning World Championships, Taipei 101 Race Report

Sonja Shakespeare; Total Motion Towerrunners; May 2018                                                                                                      

Race History                                                                                                                                       

Although Towerrunning started in 1903 at Paris’s famous landmark the Eiffel Tower, this was only the second event of its kind, organised by the Towerrunning World Association (TWA). The race format would be brutal, but the prize of becoming World Champion was worth the fight for many.

The first Towerrunning World Championship took place in 201…

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Vertical World Circuit - London Announcement

Vertical World Circuit, 3rd May 2018

The Vertical World Circuit is pleased to announce a new venue in London, completing the nine-race calendar of premier skyscraper races sanctioned by the International Skyrunning Federation.
                                                                                                                                       
The Broadgate Tower Run Up will host the London stage of the tour on November 24 and is valid for an extra 25% bonus points on the VWC final ranking where the world’s top athletes compete for the VWC Champion title and cash prizes.
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Total Motion Events; 30th April 2018

This month we had just one UK stair climb with the Stairs and the City event by Care International at the impressive Leadenhall building (aka the Cheesegrater). Participants tackled its challenging 48 floors and nearly 1300 steps and we saw some impressive performances from Mark Howard and Sarah Frost, both breaking records in the male and female categories. There has been no change in the top of either category this month however second place Mark Sims and Sarah Frost are both closing in on the leaders so we are looking forward to what May has to bring! See you at the Broadgate Tower on the 12th...       …

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10 Things You Didn't Know About Stair Climbing

Teresa Leese; Total Motion Events; 25th March 2018

The increasingly popular activity and sport of stair climbing (also known as tower running) is growing quickly in recent years in the UK. It is playing catch up to many other countries across Europe, America and Asia where it is already very established. The beauty of stair climbing is that anyone can do it and introduce it into their daily routine, it's free and it doesn't take up much of your time. Total Motion want to help spread the word so here are ten things you probably didn’t know about stair climbing or tower running.                              

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Stairs And The City Stair Climb Race Report

Nishad Manerikar, Total Motion Towerrunners, April 2018

The Leadenhall Building in London shares some characteristics with its tall neighbours. It is one of the new steel-and-glass skyscrapers that has sprung up in the City over the past decade, has a very distinctive shape that gives it its nickname – The Cheesegrater, and it hosts a stair race! Looking at it standing amongst a cluster of tall buildings (the Gherkin is right next door), it is difficult to judge its height. But from the top, there’s no mistaking it – it is by far the tallest building in the Square Mile. When you are at the top, you are looking down at the Gherkin, the Walkie …

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Aquathlon Tips for Beginners

Teresa Leese; Total Motion Events; 15th April 2018

An aquathlon is a multisport event consisting of a swim followed by a run which is timed from start to finish including the time it takes you to jump out of the pool and into your trainers, aka ‘transition’. Taking part in your first multi-sport event can be a daunting prospect so if you find yourself signed up for one or you are thinking about it then we hope this blog tells you everything you need to know.                                                      

We’ve gathered the best tips and tricks from multi-sport athletes and coaches to get you ready for your first race:                  …

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The Ultimate Stair Climbing Race - Valtellina Vertical Tube

Sarah Frost; Total Motion Towerrunners; 10th April 2018

After months of mental preparation and excitement, I finally arrived at the Valtellina Vertical Tube race in Italy, and felt the dread creeping in. This is a stair climbing race like no other and photos do not do it justice – it seemed impossibly steep and impressively long. The course consists of a continuous staircase, 1km long over 2,700 steps straight up, with a 500m height gain.

When I arrived the race was already in full flow with many competitors on the course as each participant set off in 1 minute intervals. Those competitors reaching the top were only just visible as little do…

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Tower Running March Update

Total Motion Events; 1st April 2018

Total Motion publishes the results of the current Towerrunning UK standings each month to include the top 15 males and females. These results are taken from any Towerrunning event that has taken place in the UK. Please see below for more details on the points system and how we will be allocating them after each race.

March has been a busy month for UK Tower Running with the GOSH climb at Walkie Talkie, Ellenor Climb at Broadgate Tower, LOROS at St George's Tower in Leicester and of course Vertical Rush at Tower 42! Sonja Shakespeare maintains her lead at the top of the women's table while David Harris takes…

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Can Stair Climbing Really Improve my Marathon Time?

Teresa Leese; Total Motion Events; 27th March 2018

Hello spring! The clocks have changed and the days are longer and brighter which can only mean one thing, the 2018 race season is well and truly under way and it has got us thinking… what is the best way to make it to the start line fit, healthy and injury free?! If you haven’t heard of or thought about adding stair training into your schedule then please read on… Now when I say stair training I am not talking about the stair climber at the gym, I am talking about actual staircases that we all have access to – for free! This type of training is not going to improve your endurance as it will t…

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The Benefits of Swimming in Cold Water

Teresa Leese; Total Motion Events; 18th March 2018

With all the recent hype around the physical and mental benefits of swimming in cold water, it has got us thinking… Can diving into a freezing cold pool/lake/river/ocean on a grey and rainy morning in the UK really be that good for you?! Apparently so…

To put it into perspective, an indoor heated swimming pool will likely be somewhere in the region of 25-28°C and will start to feel pretty chilly at 21°C. British Triathlon insist that wetsuits are mandatory for competition in water below 14°C and it is unsafe to swim in anything below 11°C. Fresh water pools and open water will range from betw…

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Vertical Rush 2018

Nishad Manerikar; Total Motion Towerrunners; 15th March 2018

Background

Vertical Rush is simply the biggest towerrunning event in the UK. It is a run up the 42 floors and 932 steps of the distinctive Tower 42 near Liverpool Street station in London. Vertical Rush can claim to be one of the truly international stair runs held in the UK; elite towerrunners from across Europe and beyond have graced this event in past years. The course record, a scarcely believable time of 3:58 is held by four-time Towerrunning World Champion Thomas Dold of Germany. The women’s record of 5:01 is owned by none other than six time and reigning Towerrunning World Cha…


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Total Motion Events and Breathe Unity PR Collaborate

Breathe Unity; 13th March 2018

Total Motion Events, the UK’s leading stair climbing specialist events company, and Breathe Unity, a leading Sports PR company that specialises in PR and partnerships for mass participation running events, have joined forces to collaborate on the emerging sports market of Stair Climbing in the UK for 2018 and beyond.

Together, Total Motion Events and Breathe Unity will focus on collaboratively growing the emerging market of stair climbing and tower running, which promises to be a hot new trend in the UK. The sport utilises the same kit as for standard running events and is expected to attract runners looking for…

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LOROS Tower Run 2018

Nishad Manerkiar; Total Motion Towerrunners; 10th March 2018

Preview
                                                                                                                     
It was billed as the biggest tower running event in the Midlands, and it certainly lived up to the hype. The third edition of the Loros Tower Run returned to the St. George’s Tower in Leicester on Saturday, and almost 400 participants raced up the 20 floors and 351 steps.                     

This is a short course - a “sprint” in towerrunning terms, and the results were expected to be very close. Course record (1:32.39) holder and last year’s winner Mark Sims w…

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Intense, Challenging & Rewarding: Tower Running in the Eyes of Suzy Walsham

Teresa Leese; Total Motion Events; 8th March 2018

Suzy Walsham is a well-known name in the sport of tower running and rightly so as 9 times Empire State Building Run Up winner and a former Commonwealth Games 1500m finalist.  As tower running races and stair climbing become increasingly popular we want to discover some of the hidden secrets to success in this sport.  And what better way to celebrate International Women’s Day, than talking to the world’s best!

                                                                                                                                                         
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London Stair Climb Double Header

Teresa Leese; Total Motion Events; 6th March 2018

The stair climb season is well and truly underway now in the UK… we’ve had the Action On Hearing Loss, ‘Conquer The Broadgate Tower’ event a few weeks ago, followed by the Christie Charity Beetham Tower climb in Manchester and this Saturday saw a double header in London. One stair climb event a day is no longer enough it seems…                                                                                                                       

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2018 Vertical World Circuit announced

Vertical World Circuit; 5th March 2018

Spring is in the air bringing novelties for the 2018 Vertical World Circuit which kicks off with some of the world’s highest skyscraper races, a new London venue and a new ranking system.

The nine-race circuit launches with a new race, the Lotte World Tower International Sky Run in Seoul, Korea on May 13.  It is the world’s sixth tallest building and the highest stair climbing race on the circuit topping out at 555m above street level with a lung-busting 2,917 steps. Last year the race featured as a VWC Exhibition Race.
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Tower Running February Update

Total Motion Events; 1st March 2018

New for 2018, at the start of every month, Total Motion will publish the results of the current Towerrunning UK standings to include the top 15 males and females. These results are taken from any Towerrunning event that has taken place in the UK. Please see below for more details on the points system and how we will be allocating them after each race.

2018 has gotten off to a flying start for many of our regular towerrunners with PB's galore! And not to mention lots of new faces attending races whether it be to raise money for charity or take on a new personal challenge, it's been great to see people giving…

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Community Blogs, Podcasts & Video - March 2018

Total Motion Events; March 2018

Firstly, where did February go?! I'm sure many of us are now firmly into training mode as we edge towards the start of race season which means battling the elements of freezing temperatures courtesy of the 'Beast from the East'.

We are all about running this month so whether you are training for the London Marathon, looking to complete your first parkrun or you need to get your running mojo back, we hope this helps to motivate and inspire you...

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What Exactly is Tower Running?

Teresa Leese; Total Motion Events; 27th Feb 2018

Yes, it is a sport

Whether you call it tower running, stair running, stair climbing or something else entirely, we are here to tell you all about this up and coming sport! Yes that's right… it is a sport. Quite simply, stair climbing involves running (or walking for many) up the internal staircases of tall man-made structures.

As an international sport, iconic buildings such as The Empire State Building and the Eiffel Tower play host to some serious stair climbing events every year offering competitors the chance to climb hundreds of flights of stairs in a race to the top. Many tower runners wi…

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AOHL Conquer The Broadgate Tower 2018

Chiara Cristoni, Total Motion Towerrunners; 17th February 2018

The UK towerrunning season is here!
And finally the long awaited first event of the UK towerrunning season is here. 
On a beautiful weather day, a few dozens runners of any ability are ready to Conquer the Broadgate Tower for the charity Action On Hearing Loss. What a great cause for a sport event!

The excitement at the registration desk is growing, there is lots of cheering...then it's soon time to warm up and...off you go up the steps!

Running, walking, crawling, it doesn't matter how one reaches floor 35. This is the great thing about towerrunning: anyone can do it. 

The ama…
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Community Blogs, Podcasts & Video - Feb 2018

Matt Hudson; Total Motion Events; February 2018

So that's January safely negotiated - some of you may even still have your new year's resolutions intact.  Was it as dry a start to the year as you'd vowed it to be?  Did you successfully become a vegan for 31 days?  Did you manage to complete 'Run Every Day' January?  Whether you've kept to those promises or not there is no escaping the fact that the season is really not far away, with some major half marathons coming up in the next month or so, and then headlong in to peak marathon season, then into multisports.

This month we bring you another selection of what's caught our attention over the p…

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Community Blogs, Podcasts & Video - Jan 2018

Matt Hudson; Total Motion Events; January 2018

HAPPY NEW YEAR - We do hope that you enjoyed the festive season, and if you over indulged a little at times then that's ok, you're in good company, but now's the time to look to the year ahead and focus on what it is you truly want to achieve in 2018.  Your goals may comprise of all manner of things, but the best ones are realistic, even if they are a bit of a stretch.  For those with more ambitious targets, make sure you set goals along the road to keep you on track and keep motivation high. 

So, whether you are chasing a PB, looking to increase distances or frequency of training and racing we wis…

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Race to Hong Kong International Commerce Centre

Matt Hudson; Total Motion Events; December 2017

Here I was, travelling to Hong Kong for a real busman’s holiday, combining business with pleasure – my modus operandi. In all honesty I’ve organised more stair climbs than I have actually competed in, but here I was 6,000 miles from home, ready to compete in one of the biggest stair climb events in the calendar. This was ‘The Race to Hong Kong ICC’, a climb attracting 2,000 participants to the tallest building in Hong Kong, The International Commerce Centre. The ICC climbs 484m and 108 floors, although those floors are actually numbered up to the 118th, but due to the prevalence of tetraphobia i…

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A step up – what is it like tower-running up a 35-storey building?

Richard Nelsson; The Guardian; December 2017

Running up a seemingly endless flight of steps in a brightly lit, white-walled stairwell, I felt as if I was trapped in a psychological thriller. Muffled sounds of heavy breathing and disembodied voices drifted down from above, while from behind me I could hear someone’s footsteps getting closer.

I was climbing the 877 steps of the 35-storey Broadgate Tower in the City of London, the latest venue for a mass-participation tower-running event. More than 100 of us were making at least one ascent of the skyscraper.

Tower running, or stair climbing, is a sport that is gradually becoming established in th…

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Community Blogs, Podcasts & Video - Dec 2017

Matt Hudson; Total Motion Events; December 2017

Welcome to our monthly mailing sharing with you the things that we've enjoyed watching, listening to and reading over the last month.  This month we're taking a look at extreme feats of human endurance with Adrian Sarchet's film about his upcoming North Channel swim, to Bryan Williams' 490 mile Colorado trail run.  We also cover some events that you can take part in too form the well known MdS, to the less well known Brutal Extreme Triathlons and The Dragon's Back mountain race.  People do some amazing events, but everybody's 'Everest' is different and specific to them.  What's yours?

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The Broadgate Tower Run Up 2017 - Race Roundup

Matt Hudson, Total Motion Events, November 2017

Saturday 25th November saw the last stair climb event in the UK of 2017 at the home of UK Towerrunning, Broadgate Tower.

Total Motion are always looking for ways to tailor events to the audience and at The Broadgate Tower Run Up in 2017 we did just that. Not only did we give the opportunity to raise money to more charities, with 20 great causes benefitting from the event, but we also gave those participants new ways to push their own limits and boost their fundraising.

In addition to the single climb option, climbers were also presented with the triple climb, ¼ vertical mile challenge for the…

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Les Battles De Montmartre

Matt Hudson / Sonja Shakespeare / David Harris; Total Motion Towerrunners; November 2017

Paris plays host to some fantastic stair climb events staging one of only two European events on The Vertical World Circuit; VeritGO at Tour First, as well as the spectacular La Verticale de la Tour Eiffel. The Eiffel Tower stair climb is preparing for its 4th Edition in March next year, and the annual scramble for one of the hottest tickets in the stair climb calendar has begun. Places are limited in number; corresponding to the age of the imposing landmark - in 2018 there will be 129 places allocated to top ranking elites, wildcards and some fortunate b…

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Community Blogs, Podcasts & Video Nov 2017

Matt Hudson; Total Motion Events; November 2017

Welcome to our monthly mailing sharing with you the things that we've enjoyed watching, listening to and reading over the last month.  This month we focus on cycling where we have seen a few great events take place at The Lee Valley VeloPark and Windsor Great Park.  In addition we got the announcement of the 2018 TdF and La Course routes, albeit with some controversy around the latter.  For good measure there are a few things Strava related including a great podcast with the Chairman and Co Founder Mark Gainey.  Plenty to keep you occupied for a few hours on a turbo.

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Health Benefits of Stair Climbing

Matt Hudson, Total Motion Events, October 2017

Who even knew that the use of steps in fitness could be a thing prior Gin Miller’s doctor telling her to use an upturned milk crate to provide a low impact knee strengthening exercise. Reebok took this to the next level, recruiting Miller as an ambassador and introducing the ‘Step’ to the aerobics studio in the late 80s. Prior to all of this the use of stairs was limited to step-ups in the few weeks prior to a school ski trip….wow, shockingly I remember this too well!!

Stepper leg toners came next, via QVC, before larger scale stair equipment became part of the mainstream gym setup with Versaclim…

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SLSC SwimRuns 2018

Matt Hudson, Total Motion Events, October 2017

After the success of the inaugural SLSC SwimRun Series in 2017, we are all set to bring it back for the 2018 season.  If you joined us in 2017, then you will know how much fun these events were.  If you didn't then come and join us at Tooting Bec Lido for 4 swims and 4 runs and see what all of the fuss is about.

By way of a recap as to what the SwimRun is all about; competitors will alternate between swimming and running completing a total of 1km in the lido and 8.8km  around Tooting Common over 4 swims and 4 runs.  This will all be professionally chip timed, giving you your time print out as soo…

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Yorkshire Marathon 2017

Matt Hudson, Total Motion Events, October 2017

After the highs of the Manchester Marathon earlier this year I couldn’t wait to get signed up to another event with the express intention of trying to improve on my newly recorded PB of 3:36:37. After seeing the Yorkshire Marathon advertised everywhere and being reassured that contrary to my preconceived notions it was actually a flat course, I took the plunge.

I signed up with my marathon co-conspirator Kerry, but sadly due to injury he was unable to make it to the start line, but there was no one I’d rather have had as support crew over the weekend. Not only did we stay with his family on the o…

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Community Blogs & Podcasts Oct 2017

Matt Hudson; Total Motion Events; October 2017

Welcome to the second monthly mailing sharing with you the things that we've enjoyed reading and listening to over the last month.  Total Motion Events also hosted two successful events at Tooting Lido in September, so great to see so many of you over those two weekends.  Plans are afoot to build on the aquathlons and swimruns into 2018, and we hope to bring you bigger and better events in the coming year.  

From a personal point of view I ran The Reigate Half Marathon - very hilly - where I had the privilege of running with pacer Paul Addicott, a really nice guy who cares passionately about the ru…

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Run Reigate Half Marathon 2017

Matt Hudson, Total Motion Events, September 2017

It was never in my plan to run the half marathon in Reigate last weekend. I had picked out the Ealing Half, which takes place this coming Sunday, as my pre-Yorkshire Marathon half marathon, and where I was going to judge my fitness level against that of earlier in the year. I’d heard such good things about the award winning event in Ealing, that I was super keen to experience it for myself. However, running Total Motion means that often I am at events at weekends, and so the second SLSC SwimRun event at Tooting Lido of course takes priority. It was only after an Instagram exchange with prolific…

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Community Blogs & Podcasts Sept 2017

Matt Hudson; Total Motion Events; September 2017

We love organising events, we also love competing in them and following the stories of others who are motivated in their training and committed in their races to give their very best.  This applies to everyone whether they are competing for the very first time, or indeed are challenging for the podium places.  

Here we pick out a few of the blogs from the Total Motion community that we have enjoyed reading and podcasts from further afield that have accompanied our training as we strive for those elusive PBs.  Enjoy!

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Prudential RideLondon 2017

Matt Hudson, Total Motion Events, July 2017

Having competed in this event in 2015 I was super keen to give it another go. Well, yesterday was my time having deferred my ballot entry form 2016 to experience again the excitement of blasting through London without the distractions of traffic lights, cars and pedestrians.

Much of my training in 2017 has been geared to specific events. The early months were focused on getting ready to right some wrongs in the Manchester Marathon, so understandably I was fully focused on my training plan to get to the start line in the best shape possible. Training that resulted in a huge PB. Subsequently I became …

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The Broadgate Tower Run Up – What's it all about?

Matt Hudson, Total Motion Events, June 2017

On Saturday 25th November 2017 Broadgate Tower in The City of London plays host to the second annual Broadgate Tower Run Up. In 2017 this event promises to be a real celebration of towerrunning, so much more than just climbing a stairwell. For the first time at a UK stair climb event we are offering multiple climb options alongside the Towerrunning UK Championship final with the opportunity to raise money for a variety of good causes.

So, let’s start at the beginning, what exactly is towerrunning? Towerrunning/stair climbing/vertical running – the sport comes under many pseudonyms, but they all refe…

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Urban swimruns: feet first into the fast-growing endurance sport

Richard Nelsson; The Guardian; June 2017

Swimruns are now a firm fixture in the adventure race calendar: over the coming months there’s Breca Buttermere in the Lake District, LoveSwimRun in Snowdonia, Ötillö’s Isles of Scilly race, and many more.

But you don’t have to head to the hills or remote coastlines to experience this fusion of trail running and open-water swimming. Swimruns are now popping up in more accessible urban areas, with shorter (and cheaper) courses, appealing to both newcomers and the experienced alike. On a chilly and drizzly evening last week, I took part in a one such swimrun around south-west London’s Tooting Common and …

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Suzy Walsham – Why you should join a Vertical Race

Nicole Ganglani, Pinoy Fitness, June 2017

Vertical running is not your ordinary type of sport. Today, running up and down the stairs is not your normal type of exercise anymore, but a sport that has helped impact the fitness lives of people around the world. One of who, is Suzy Walsham, the world’s top ranked female tower runner who is set to compete in her 88th race this July at the Kerry Sports Vertical Run in Shangri-La, Fort.

Her story and love for vertical running began when she was 33 years old. For some people, being 33 might be a little too late to start something new, especially if it involves the challenge of one’s stamina, enduranc…

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So you want to run a marathon.

Paul Addicott, Pick Up The Pace Paul, May 2017

Paul Addicott's introduction to marathon running came relatively late for him, but having been bitten by the bug Paul has now racked up 20+ marathons (many as a pacer!), a handful of 100k's and an Ironman, so he knows what he's talking about.  With a few high profile marathons in April and last week's VLM2018 ballot entries, marathon virgins begin to contemplate the challenge. Here Paul gives you some words of encouragement towards your goal.  

PA "I have seen so many posts over the years giving advice to people for running a marathon. Some of it good, some of it wouldn’t be the advice I would gi…

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Corporate wellness: an evidence based guide for employers

StepJockey, April 2017

Wellness is defined as ‘being healthy in body and mind, especially as the result of deliberate effort’. It’s an approach to health that emphasises preventing illness and maintaining good health, as opposed to simply focusing on treating diseases.

Modern corporate wellness programs extend beyond traditional ‘health and safety’ and ‘occupational health’ schemes to tackle ‘lifestyle’ risks associated with modern work. 

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Manchester Marathon 2017

Matt Hudson, Total Motion Events, April 2017

After running the Manchester Marathon in 2016 I really felt that I had some unfinished business here. If the course was billed as amongst the flattest and fastest in the UK then why didn’t I do better? Was it my training, was it the weather, nutrition or was it just not my day – hard to say, but none of these stood out prominently enough for me to refer to them as ‘my excuse’ as to why I could barely break the 4 hour barrier on the day.

So, with Manchester still providing one of the best alternatives to the VLM I set about rewriting the record books.

I approached my training with more rigidity, mor…

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Shooting Star Chase Tower Run Race Report

Matt Hudson, Total Motion Events, March 2017

Stair Climbing returned to The Broadgate Tower for the second time in March with Shooting Star Chase the host charity, rounding off a packed month of towerrunning in the UK and beyond.

Over 100 runners assembled for the climb including a near-full house of the Total Motion Towerrunners and including several veterans of the La Verticale de la Tour Eiffel, with a guest appearance from Chris Van Glahn of the USA rounding off his tower running tour of Europe.

All eyes were on the elites as they set off in the first wave of the day. The majority of events in the UK so far in 2017 have been won by Mark S…

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The Origins of La Verticale de la Tour Eiffel

Patrick Gallagher, TowerrunningUK, March 2017

The third edition of La Verticale de la Tour Eiffel takes place this week on Thursday 16th of March. Among the racers taking part this year will be the reigning world champion, Piotr Lobodzinski, who’ll be aiming to make it three wins in a row in Paris.

With its narrow field of participants – only 128 this year – and, of course, its iconic venue, entrance to La Verticale is one of the most sought after in the tower running calendar.

Tracing its origins back as far as 1905, the Eiffel Tower stair climb is probably the world’s oldest tower run. Though the first organised stair climb goes back a coup…

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Conquer The Broadgate Tower Race Report

Matt Hudson, Total Motion Events, March 2017

Saturday 4th March saw the 2nd leg of the UK Towerrunning Championship hot on the heals of the Christie Tower Run at Manchester’s Beetham Tower last weekend and ahead of a busy month of towerrunning in the UK and beyond. 

‘Conquer The Broadgate Tower’ for Action On Hearing Loss saw a great turnout from the UK based registered athletes competing as the newly formed Total Motion Towerrunners. All in all 9 members of the team were present and with some established names competing alongside some newer runners the top positions were dominated by the team.

After just 2 races of the championship it is alr…

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The Total Motion Aquathlon - Athlete Profile – Gary Laybourne

Gary Laybourne/Matt Hudson, Total Motion Events, March 2017

In the third of our series profiling GB AG athletes that will be appearing at the Total Motion Aquathlon in April, here we introduce Gary Laybourne.  Gary is the reigning European Aquathlon AG champion and National middle distance gold medalist and so will be providing some stiff competition in April at Tooting Lido, although neither swimming or running are his favourite disciplines.  Be concerned if you hear the Prodigy playing at any point - just what he needs to pick up the pace.

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Tri Club:                   South London Harriers Tri Club (T…

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The Total Motion Aquathlon - Athlete Profile – Jess Thorpe

Jess Thorpe/Matt Hudson, Total Motion Events, February 2017

In the second of our series profiling GB AG athletes that will be appearing at the Total Motion Aquathlon in April, here we introduce Jess Thorpe.  Jess has been successfully representing her country since 2013 with the fantastic support of Team Dillon & SwansUK.  She is certainly a highly motivated competitor and attributes her success in part to the elite athletes that she has trained besides.  Find out what's on Jess' playlist when she needs to train hard and discover her secret source of energy as well as what events may lie ahead..

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The Total Motion Aquathlon - Athlete Profile – Yiannis Christodoulou

Yiannis Christodoulou/Matt Hudson, Total Motion Events, February 2017

In the first in a series of profiles of GB AG athletes that will be appearing at The Total Motion Aquathlon on April 29th, here we introduce Yiannis Christodoulou. Many of you will be familiar with Yiannis for his fantastic running ability and success in aquathlons in recent years. If you’re not familiar with his competitive accomplishments then chances are you will have seen his hugely popular blogs via his Twitter and Instagram profiles. Total Motion asks the man himself about how he stays motivated and what he can’t live without in the pursuit of his goals..

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Creating An Event For You

Matt Hudson, Total Motion Events, 9th February 2017

Welcome to Total Motion Events, the specialist events company for corporates looking to engage their employees and charities aiming to create a bespoke event for their supporters.  We create all types of events from running and multisport all the way through to the increasingly popular stair climbs. 

Total Motion Events can take away all the tasks involved in organising an event and manage everything from sourcing a venue through to advertising and promotional support, leaving you free to focus on increasing employee or supporter participation.

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Run With The Wild. The Safaricom Marathon

Nick Wright, Ker & Downey Africa, 20th January 2017

The Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Northern Kenya is home to buffalo, lion, leopard, elephant and rhino, but somehow, every year, over a thousand people decide they’d like to run through it in the Safaricom Marathon.  Nick Wright talks to Total Motion's Matt Hudson about his experiences of running with the wildlife.

Kicking up dust through lion territory requires serious courage, and well organised protection. Which is why Tusk – the conservation giant that organizes the Safaricom Marathon – arranges 140 armed rangers and 3 spotter helicopters to protect the runners as they race through th…

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One year on - Is the grass greener?

Matt Hudson, Total Motion Events, 19th December 2016

If you are only the average of the friends you spend most of your time with then it was at some point inevitable that my career would lead me down the path of self-employment. My focus consciously turned in this direction over 2014 and through 2015 when I began to investigate exactly what that new career could look like. I invested a lot of time, energy and money in searching for that elusive idea that would provide me with the nucleus of a business plan. Like so many people who feel the need to break free and escape the corporate shackles, I initially didn’t know what I was attempting to e…

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Are you an Instagram Triathlete?

Matt Hudson, Total Motion Events, 4th November 2016

These past few weeks and months I have been paying closer and closer attention to Instagram (yes, I know I am somewhat behind the curve!), and specifically to those people who spend their time in the world of multisport.  As I peruse through the #triathlon posts I can’t help but notice the themes running through the feeds of those committed triathletes.  

On a Friday afternoon I take a tongue in cheek look at the top 11 things you need to be posting in your feed to be considered an Instagram triathlete, and gain those vanity inducing followers. For the sake of comparison I have included my o…

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Answer: A fitter lifestyle, not another fitness program!

Matt Hudson; Total Motion Events; 13th October 2016

I’m not sure what inspired me to shift behaviour, but I returned from an early summer holiday with a new desire to invoke change. I have previously described my self as a binge-exerciser. I would systematically train for an event or challenge, be it a marathon, a cycling sportive, a triathlon 70.3, whatever, but then would slip back into a state of apathy. My fitness was always black and white. I could swim, bike or run (slightly better than average) all day long, or I would be struggling to rack up a 5km jog. There was no middle ground.   I was either ‘in training’ or ‘in-active’, both were …

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The Ickle Pickles Tooting Aquathlon - Race Report

Matt Hudson; Total Motion Events; 17th September 2016

The morning on Saturday 17th September at Tooting Bec Lido saw competitors line up for the second annual Ickle Pickles Tooting Aquathlon. Once again we had a fabulous group of aquathletes join us, ranging from seasoned multisport veterans all the way through to keen first timers.

After the heat of London earlier in the week, this morning was more autumnal as we gathered for a chilly 7:30am start. Participants entered the water individually in 10 second intervals at the start of the 450m swim, just 5 lengths of the iconic Tooting Lido. The temperature of the pool was significantly higher th…

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SwimRun Transition Training

Chloë; Love SwimRun Organiser; January 2016
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Transitions during SwimRunning are an important element of a successful race. Going from running to swimming and from swimming to running requires practice in different ways. Whilst swimming after a run is more about regulating your breathing, running after a hard swim requires your legs to adapt to both the rigors and the mechanics of running as soon as you exit the water.

Training for SwimRun can be a little logistically complicated unless you have a lake with good running trails straight from the shore close by. Since most triathletes will train in a pool, usually indoors, goi…

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Hosting a Stair Climb Event – What’s in it for you?

Matt Hudson; Total Motion Events; 29th June 2016

Stair climb events are becoming more common in the UK as charities partner with some of Britain’s high profile landmarks to host these mass participation events with a difference. Here we examine the benefits of hosting or partnering in ‘tower running’ events; some benefits are obvious, some less so. 

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So let’s start with what is at the heart of tower running and where it has found its principal catalyst; acting as a means to raise money for good causes. The Empire State Building Run Up is the longest running event globally, having celebrated it’s 39th anniversary this year making it a m…

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New To Tri? Total Motion’s Triathlon Top 10s

Matt Hudson; Total Motion Events; 20th June 2016

Are you new to triathlon? Have you been trawling the web and social media to pick up a few tips to try and improve your raceday experience? This is a cycle that lots of us follow as we look forward (or not) to our first tritahlon experience. Then after the bug has bitten; how can we shave time of the PB. I am by no means an expert, but I have searched the web and added a few snippets of personal experience to come up with my Top 10 tips for each discipline. Whether you are heading into your first sprint, or tackling season two and looking to shed some excess seconds from your Olympic distance …

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The Broadgate Tower Stair Climb - 29 May 2016

Matt Hudson; Total Motion Events; 29th May 2016

The first Total Motion Events stair climb of 2016 was staged at the popular Broadgate Tower venue in the heart of the City of London for race 2 of the UK Championships. The event saw an impressive array of elites assemble to compete for TWA ranking points in this Trial 60 event as well as the top prize of travel packages to compete in China courtesy of The Asian Oceanian Vertical Marathon Association.

The male field comprised a strong UK contingent including last November’s winner Mark Sims as well as the Sirrs brothers, Rich and Dan and joined by David Robles and Christian Lopez Rodriguez fresh…

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Challenge Yourself with Total Motion Events

Francesca Lee; The SW Journal; April 2016

Balham resident Matt Hudson is an inspiration. After a 20-year career in the City, 15 years of that working in equities, he made the brave move of leaving his job and following his passion to set up an events company called Total Motion Events. “I felt my role was changing at work and my heart just wasn’t in it any more,” he tells me. However, Matt put a lot of time and investment into making the big move...

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Towerrunning European Championship 2016 ‘From the outside in.’

Matt Hudson; Total Motion Events; 14th March 2016

Matt Hudson of Total Motion Events takes a look behind the scenes of the little known sport of Towerrunning as he seeks to get under the skin of the sport at the highest level.  Matt accepted an invite to meet up with those at the centre of Towerrunning at the European Championships in Warsaw last weekend.

This was my opportunity to move from the outside of this mysterious world and get an insiders view of how events of this magnitude really work and to mix with those elites athletes who travel the world to run these crazy races.  (Yes, there is such a thing as an elite towerrunner, and boy th…