25 August 2018

Beijing – Bourne back on top with Walsham

He, Bourne and Watanabe, Beijing podium. ©China World Summit Wing

Beijing’s tallest tower hosted the fifth stage of the nine-race Vertical World Circuit® up the 82 floors and 2,041 steps today. Australians Mark Bourne and Suzy Walsham took the day in a field of more than 700 participants at the sixth edition of the China World Summit Wing Beijing Vertical Run.

Twenty-three top ranked runners from eight countries took part in the elite field which included the world’s number one skyscraper racer, Australian Suzy Walsham who boasts, among others, six VWC World Champion titles to her credit. An invincible Walsham was pleased to finish under her 12’ forecast in 11’58” – just 6 seconds short of her 2013 record of 11’46”.

China World Summit Wing Beijing Vertical Run winner Suzy Walsham. ©China World Summit Wing

It was a really tough race with some really strong athletes from China performing so well, so I pushed myself towards the end,” Walsham commented. “This is my sixth time winning this race, so it feels wonderful to share this accomplishment with so many runners from across the globe.”

The rest of the podium was all-Chinese with Linming Chen in second and Muhua Jian, third.

Linming Chen second, greeted by winner Suzy Walsham. ©China World Summit Wing

Australia’s Mark Bourne, 2013 VWC World Champion, was unable to attend last year’s race due to injury but this year, he came out, literally, on top.

It feels amazing to win, after missing out on last year’s race,” Bourne said. “This is an amazing race with an amazing hotel and view of Beijing, I feel on top of the world!” he exclaimed.

Japan’s Ryoji Watanabe closed just three seconds later followed by LianLiang He from China in third. The men’s record stands at 9’47” set in 2016 by VWC World Champion Piotr Lobodzinski.

China World Summit Wing Beijing Vertical Run winners, Suzy Walsham and Mark Bourne with Tang Wei, President of China World Trade Center. ©China World Summit Wing

An extra 25% bonus points were awarded to athletes competing on the Vertical World Circuit® ranking based on five out of nine races.

With his sixth place today, Belgian Omar Bekkali now climbs to the top of the VWC ranking, followed by Piotr Lobodzinski and LiangLiang He in third. Walsham maintains her lead followed by Rosalyn Russell from the Philippines, now in second while Italy’s Cristina Bonacina slides to third.

The circuit now moves on to the SHKP Vertical Run for Charity: Race to Shanghai IFC on October 14 where once again the world’s top skyscraper racers will take up the vertical challenge.

Women’s start, China World Summit Wing Beijing Vertical Run. ©China World Summit Wing

Governed by the International Skyrunning Federation, Beijing’s tallest vertical run was yet again selected as Official Race for the 2018 Vertical World Circuit® (VWC), the world’s premier skyscraper racing circuit uniting some of the most iconic skyscraper races.

China World Summit Wing Beijing Vertical Run results

  1. Mark Bourne (AUS) – 10’09”
  2. Ryoji Watanabe (JPN) – 10’11”
  3. LianLiang He (CHN) – 10’49”
  4. Wai Ching Soh (MAS) – 11’32”
  5. Mikel Besora (ESP) – 11’56”


  1. Suzy Walsham (AUS) – 11’58”
  2. Linming Chen (CHN) – 13’02”
  3. Muhua Jian (CHN) – 13’18”
  4. Yuko Tateshi (JPN) – 13’47”
  5. Alice McNamara (AUS) – 14’10”

Race results

Race details

2018 Vertical World® Circuit Ranking

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