Lobodzinski & Walsham winners at Beijing

Piotr Lobodzinski winner and record holder. (c)Sporting Republic 

China’s capital city Beijing hosted for the third time round a race up the city’s tallest skyscraper: 82 floors and 2,041 steps at the China World Summit Wing Hotel Vertical Run with a new men’s record.    

The 6th leg of the Vertical World Circuit took place on September 19 with 800 runners from 20 countries competing. The winners were Piotr Lobodzinski from Poland and Australia’s Suzy Walsham, the 2014 VWC Champions.

For Lobodzinski it was a new course record, 9’53”, two seconds faster than the previous record held by German Thomas Dold.  Walsham, who won the race for the third consecutive time, crossed the finish line in 11’52”. She retains the record set in 2013 of 11’46”.

Beijing winners Lobodzinski and Walsham. (c)Sporting RepublicSecond man at the summit was Australia’s Mark Bourne in 10’07” and China’s Ma Zhengtong in 11’08”, third.

It was no easy feat for Lobodzinski however. “It was a really tough race for me because Mark (Bourne) was behind me until the 50th or 60th floor, but then the gap between us became bigger and bigger. I was really exhausted at the finish line, which means that means I gave my 100% today. It's really nice race and nice weather; I can see all of Beijing.”

In the women’s field, China’s Xue Gan and Fan Feng Juan, placed second and third respectively in 12’32” and 13’07”.

Winner Suzy Walsham commented, “I'm thrilled to win this for the third time.  It's my fourth win on the circuit this year, so it really cements this year for me and I really hope to be back again next year. It's a great building, a tough tower, and it's great to be challenged.”

Sino-Ocean Land, developer of The CBD’s Private Palace, is the title sponsor of the 2015 China World Summit Wing Hotel Vertical Run.
All charitable proceeds raised from the China World Summit Wing Vertical Run will benefit the China Charities Aid Foundation for Children.

“We are pleased to be bringing the Vertical World Circuit back to Beijing and look forward to continuing to be a part of the circuit next year and into the future,” said David Shin, race director and International Skyrunning Federation representative.

The China World Summit Wing Hotel Vertical Run is the sixth race in the eight-race circuit which stretches across the world from America to the heart of Europe, Oceania and Asia. The VWC world champion titles are based on the score of four out of eight races, with 20% extra points awarded at the final.

Gan Xue, 2nd lady, Beijing. (c) Sporting Republic

After New York, London, Taipei, Paris and Sydney, the Vertical World Circuit will continue in Asia, heading for Shanghai on October 25 and the grand finale in Hong Kong on December 6 at the SHKP Vertical Run for Charity: Race to Hong Kong ICC where the World Champions will be crowned and awarded the VWC final 100,000 HKD prize.

Race results
1. Piotr Lobodzinski (POL):  09’53”
2. Mark Bourne (AUS): 10’07”
3. Ma Zhengtong (CHN): 11’08”
4. Ou Jia Jing (CHN): 11’14”
5. Guo Xiang Long (CHN): 12’37”

1. Suzy Walsham (AUS): 11’52”
2. Gan Xue (CHN): 12’32”
3. Fan Feng Juan (CHN): 13’07”
4. Cristina Bonacina (ITA): 14’34”
5. Cindy Reid (AUS): 15’03”

Cristina Bonacina, 4th lady. (c) Sporting Republic

Vertical World Circuit Ranking (extract)

1. Piotr Lobodzinski (POL)
2. David Robles Tapia (ESP)
3. Norbert Lechner (AUT)
4. Mark Bourne (AUS)
5. Emanuele Manzi (ITA)

1. Suzy Walsham (AUS)
2. Cristina Bonacina (ITA)
3. Cindy Reid (AUS)
4. Lenka Svabikova (CZE)
5. Elodie Bernascon (FRA)

Race results

Vertical World Circuit ranking

Official Event Website: www.chinaverticalrun.com  

Follow news and updates on Facebook and twitter.


More Articles...

  1. Beijing is back! Lobodzinski and Walsham head the line-up
  2. It's a home win for Suzy Walsham & Mark Bourne in Australia
  3. Vertical World Circuit heads to Sydney
  4. ‘SHKP Vertical Run for Charity’ - new developments and benefits presented
  5. Victory at VertiGo for Lobodzinski & Svabikova
  6. Lobodzinski & Walsham win Taipei 101
  7. VWC heads for Taipei 101
  8. Majcen and Reid Climb to Victory at Hanoi Vertical Run
  9. Vertical World Circuit heads to Hanoi Exhibition Race
  10. Top skyscraper racers ascend London’s Tower 42
  11. It's a Vertical Rush up Tower 42
  12. Riedl and Walsham winners in New York
  13. 2015 Vertical World Circuit announced
  14. Walsham & Lobodzinski world champions at Hong Kong final
  15. Skyscraper racers head for VWC grand finale
  16. Walsham and Bourne fly in Shanghai
  17. Victory goes to Lobodzinski and Hahner in Brazil's Corrida Vertical
  18. Western China’s tallest tower race - Dold and Xue winners
  19. Walsham and Lobodzinski winners in Beijing
  20. Beijing is back - China World Summit Wing
  21. Men’s record falls in Benidorm - siblings Llorens winners
  22. VertiGO victory for Walsham and Lobodzinski - records tumble
  23. Ready for VertiGO?
  24. Taipei 101 – Bourne and Belotti repeat last year’s win
  25. VWC heads for Taipei
  26. Walsham takes fifth NY win - Norwegian Ludvigsen wins men's title
  27. 2014 VWC announced
  28. Australians Walsham and Bourne are VWC World Champions
  29. Countdown to VWC final on Hong Kong’s ICC Tower
  30. Suzy Walsham & Mark Bourne winners in Singapore
  31. Vertical World Circuit heads for Singapore
  32. VWC final announced on Hong Kong’s ICC Tower
  33. World Champions win 2nd Hanoi Vertical Run
  34. Star-studded Hanoi Vertical Run
  35. Dold and Walsham triumph on Beijing’s tallest tower
  36. World class line-up for Beijing’s first tower race
  37. Bourne and Belotti winners at Taipei
  38. Walsham and Lobodzinski Basel winners
  39. VWC - New York victory is all-Australian
  40. New York kicks off 2013 Vertical World Circuit