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Will Clarke 16th at Towerrunning World Champs
Posted by: John Levison
Posted on: Saturday 28th March 2015

Tags  Doha  |  Romain Guillaume  |  Towerrunning  |  Uplace  |  Uplace-BMC  |  Will Clarke

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Great Britain's Will Clarke took on a new challenge today, by racing in the Towerrunning World Championships at the Aspire Torch Staircase Run in Doha, Qatar.

Clarke, along with Uplace-BMC Pro Triathlon team mate Romain Guillaume (FRA) were invited to Doha's THE TORCH Hotel to take part in the event which features 1,304 steps and 300 metres of elevation to the hotel's 51st floor. THE TORCH describes itself as "Qatar's tallest and most iconic landmark hotel welcomes you to a new era of luxury."

The heats took place on Friday, with both Clarke (7min 37secs) and Guillaume (7min 41secs) qualifying for Saturday's finals, which featured the top 30 men and women. "Unbelievable how hard it was... time to swim to recover!" was Romain's assessment after Friday's heats. After a second (shorter, to the 30th floor) heat on Friday afternoon, Clark and Guillaume qualified 18th and 20th respectively for the 'grid start' final which was held this morning. The top 30 started on an F1 style 'grid' in mass start style outside of the hotel, finishing on the 50th floor this time.

Poland's Piotr Lobodzinski (POL), the reigning World Champion, dominated the men's while former Mountain Running World Champion and London 2012 Olympic Marathon runner Andrea Mayr (AUT) just got the edge over Suzy Walsham (AUS), a six time winner of the Empire State Building Run Up.

In the battle of the triathletes and Uplace-BMC team mates, Guiilaume (14th) just got the better of Clarke (16th)!

Towerrunning World Championship, Saturday 28th March 2015

Pos Men Women
1st Piotr Lobodzinski (POL) 6:35 Andrea Mayr (AUT) 7:50
2nd Mark Bourne (AUS) 6:52 Suzy Walsham (AUS) 7:54
3rd Darren Wilson (AUS) 6:58 Dominika Wisniekska-Ulfik (POL) 8:58
14th Romaine Guiilaume (FRA)  
16th Will Clarke (GBR)  

A (short, partial...) triathlete stair running history

I've got a personal interest in these 'tower' events myself. Way back in 1997 (!) I went to New York and took part in arguably the most famous of these races, the Empire State Building 'Run Up' Invitational. That invloved 1,576 steps and 86 stories. 14:03 was my time that day (good enough for 31st position) - full report on my race is HERE.

In 2012, Great Britian's four-time Ironman World Champion Chrissie Wellington also took part in the Empire State Building event, her time of 13:15 made her third female that day, seven seconds behind second placed Suzy Walsham. The same Walsham who finished second in Doha today.

Irish ITU athlete Bryan Keane also raced and had success on the stairs, finishing second in the 2008 Sydney Tower Run (watch his video!), while as recently as last Friday, former French triathlete Cedric Fleureton - ITU World Cup winner and multiple European Championship medallist - finished fifth at 'La Veticale de la Tour Eiffel' in Paris. The women's winner at the Eiffel Tower was Suzy Walsham.

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