1,258 steps in seven minutes. Up a tower
41, LIVERPOOL, TOWER RUNNER
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.