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 Sims or Patrik Scheidgen so with both appearing at Broadgate Tower the winner was somewhat inevitably going to be one of these athletes. After Scheidgen got the better of Sims last time out at Broadgate at the beginning of the month it was time for the reigning UK Champion to exert his authority, and he did so with a resounding victory against a below par Schneidgen. Sims posted a strong 4:23.2, with Schneidgen back at 4:40.9 coming second. David Harris once again was Mr Consistent, and completed the podium with 4:55.9.
The women’s division is becoming stronger as we see an increase of regular competitors in 2017, and once again the podium positions were shared amongst The Total Motion Towerrunners with Elaine Battson claiming the victory with a 6:32.4. Sonya Shakespeare posted a new PB at Broadgate to take second with 6:47.9 followed by a Chiara Cristoni who slipped to third place following her recent victory here with a time of 6:53.3.
The domestic UK towerrunning calendar takes a short break now with no races in April, but will be back in May with 3 events in a 5 day period in May, including a further trip to Broadgate Tower, followed by the first visit of the year to The Spinnaker in Portsmouth the very next day as well as the Mayfair Power and Tower Race at the Hilton Hotel on Park Lane in London the following weekend..