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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…                                                                                                                       

Total Motion Towerrunners were out in force!                                                                                    

Stair climbs returned to the Great Ormond Street Hospital events calendar with a corporate event on Thursday evening followed by the main climb at the Walkie Talkie on Saturday morning. In total around 300 people climbed, raising a reported £200k for a fabulous charity. The stairs saw many previous GOSH Stair Climb participants, joined by some first timers to climb the 828 steps. The Total Motion Towerrunners (TMT) (some of which were racing in Poland AND Manchester last weekend) were out in force and ready for some quick climbs.

Record-breaking tower running

With blistering times set at The Walkie Talkie on Thursday night by Miguel Santos & Rochelle Harrison, there was a bit of work to do for the TMT team to secure podium positions and earn points towards the Towerrunning World Association and UK Towerrunning standings. The team rose to the challenge and in the combined standings over the two days The Total Motion Towerrunners filled 6 of the top 10 places – an incredible achievement! David Harris took the overall win, with Sarah Frost collecting another victory and course record in the female race, and Sonja Shakespeare just 5 seconds behind. Results here.

Two races in three hours?

With The GOSH Tower Climb safely negotiated the TMT team headed ‘home’ to The Broadgate Tower for the Ellenor Step Up event, and a second opportunity to collect more points. What would usually be a fairly standard race was complicated after the morning’s exertions at GOSH – it is no walk in the park racing twice at 100% within a few hours. But yet again, the team dug deep with David Harris coming out victorious once more and the speedy duo of Sarah Frost and Sonja Shakespeare reversing the order from the morning, this time Sonja taking victory. Results here.

And the next climb is…

It was a great day of climbing, congratulations to all who participated at either event, and especially those who competed in both!! No rest anytime soon, with the LOROS climb in Leicester next week (enter here), followed swiftly by Shelter’s Vertical Rush (Enter here), or indeed the real showpiece of towerrunning at The Eiffel Tower!!

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