1,258 steps in seven min­utes. Up a tower


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IN 1999, Mark signed up to be part of a team to tackle the 483-step Royal Liver Build­ing tower run in aid of Chil­dren in Need. It wasn’t much of a stretch, since he worked in the build­ing. ‘We won the team event and I was fastest male, so I re­alised I had some ta­lent for it,’ he says. Eigh­teen years on, Mark is the UK’S most suc­cess­ful tower run­ner. ‘I love the in­ten­sity, the chal­lenge – and the views,’ he says. His most re­cent vic­tory came in Lon­don’s Lead­en­hall Build­ing (the ‘cheeseg­rater’); at 225m, it’s the UK’S tallest tower run – he climbed the 1,258 steps in six min­utes, 58 sec­onds. ‘It was one of my tough­est chal­lenges yet.’ Mark is now gear­ing up for Ver­ti­cal Rush, up Tower 42 in the City of Lon­don on March 9, where he’s hop­ing for a PB.

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