24 August 2015

It’s a home win for Suzy Walsham & Mark Bourne in Australia

Mark Bourne, Sydney winner

Mark Bourne, Sydney winner

Sydney, August 23, 2015

Suzy Walsham, reigning VWC Champion and Mark Bourne, 2013 champion, proved they’re always on top of the world and in the face of 800 competitors, took the win in the 5th leg of the circuit in Sydney, Australia.

The Sydney Tower Stair Challenge, climbs 1,504 steps up to the Observation Deck of the Sydney Tower Eye, where Bourne and Walsham closed in 7’11” and 8’26” respectively. The standing course records remain, set by Paul Crake in 6’52” (2002) and Suzy Walsham in 8’24” (2013).

The pair from Australia returned to compete in the most exciting year yet, with the event now officially part of the international Vertical World Circuit, which sees elite stair climbers travel the globe to compete in some of the most iconic skyscrapers. Besides the glory that comes with the win, they were both also awarded a trip to the Vertical World Circuit Grand Finale in Hong Kong on December 6 at the SHKP Vertical Run for Charity: Race to Hong Kong ICC.

From elite stair runners through to superhero themed walkers, the event saw participants climb 250 metres above the streets of Sydney to raise money for Giant Steps, a charity that provides support for children with Autism and their families. The start line included celebrities Steve “The Commando” Willis, Miss Universe Australia 2015 Monika Radulovic, finalists from Miss World Australia, as well as 2014 Vertical World Circuit Champions Mark Bourne and Suzy Walsham, all taking on the challenge for a good cause.

Suzy Walsham, Sydney winner

Suzy Walsham, Sydney winner

General Manager of the Sydney Tower Eye, Ian Wood, said the event was a running success and a great opportunity for the public to get behind a worthwhile cause.

“We feel privileged to be able to host such a unique charity event and it was amazing to see hundreds of Sydneysiders get involved and tackle all 1,504 steps up to the top of the Observation Deck of the Sydney Tower Eye,” said Mr Wood.

“Today has been a huge success and the burn of those steps is well worth it because not only are participants rewarded with a fantastic 360 degree view of Sydney at the end of the climb, but they are also helping raise money in the process for such an important charity like Giant Steps.”

With the current fundraising tally of the 2015 Sydney Tower Stair Challenge at $136,000, all monies raised will go directly to the development of educational programs and technologies that will directly support the students of Giant Steps and their families.

The Vertical World Circuit now moves on to Beijing, where yet again, the world’s top vertical runners will join more than 1,000 runners in the China World Summit Wing Hotel Vertical Run on September 19.

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