Nishad Manerkiar; Total Motion Towerrunners; 10th March 2018
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 was the clear favourite going into the men’s race. On the women’s side, Sonja Shakespeare and Sarah Frost who have been going neck and neck in races this year were expected to duel it out for the top spot.
The gauntlet was laid down right at the start with some very fast times in the men’s race, with Elliot Slaughter smashing the course record by just over 4 seconds, to finish on 1:27.9. Sims knew the time to beat, and despite a valiant effort, fell short to finish second on 1:32.3. David Harris continued his fine form from last weekend to run Sims close and finish third on 1:35.6.
In the women’s race, Frost set the pace clocking 1:49.0. This was an even bigger demolition of the course record than the men’s – the previous women’s record stood at 2:06.93. This was the target for Shakespeare and in the end she came in just two seconds slower at 1:51.0. This is the second very close finish between the two in the last few months, after just one second decided the NSPCC Gherkin Challenge in favour of Shakespeare in October last year. Chiara Cristoni completed the women’s podium in third with a creditable 2:06.7.
Great Event, Great Tower Run
This was a very well organised and well received event. Participants clearly enjoyed the challenge and the welcome glass of bubbly at the top. The cheerful and encouraging volunteers were also appreciated. LOROS Hospice is a local charity, and this event will help raise a significant amount of money towards it. Kudos go to Andrew Ward and the organising team. The LOROS tower run looks set to be established as a fixture to look forward to on the UK calendar every year.
Total Motion Towerrunners to the Fore!
This was a fantastic race for TotalMotion Towerrunners who made a clean sweep of the men's (Slaughter, Sims, Harris) and women’s podiums (Frost, Shakespeare, Cristoni). It was encouraging to see a bunch of under-13 participants take to the stairs, including TMT’s Esme and Ryan. Big shout out to the indefatigable Elaine Battson, who caught a train at an ungodly hour to make it to the Parkrun in Leicester, then came and did the stair run twice, going faster in her second run! Men's winner Slaughter is a relative newcomer to the towerrunning circuit, but along with today’s time he already has some blazingly fast times (notably 5:11 at Vertical Rush 2017). We hope to see him embrace the sport and race regularly. You can see full results here.
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