We’ve introduced two GYSC champions so far – both will overcome physical challenges and adversity in reaching the top of Yorkshire’s tallest building, Bridgewater Place. Our third GYSC Champion is a bit different – the challenge won’t be in getting to the top, but will be in climbing the 522 stairs in a time faster than anyone before him.
The Great Yorkshire Stairclimb is delighted to introduce Mark Sims.
(Mark competing in the Spinnaker Tower stairclimb in 2010)
Mark is an experienced (and very fast) stairclimber from Liverpool. Mark has been competing in stairclimb events for over 13 years and has a host of titles to his name. He has won his local Royal Liver Building stairclimb a whopping nine times between 1999 and 2007. Now it is true that Mark works in this building but he’s certainly no one-trick pony! He has taken the title for the Liverpool Cathedral run-up in 2010 and the Liverpool St Johns Tower in 2010 and 2011.
Mark has demonstrated his talent outside of Liverpool, winning the iconic Portsmouth Spinnaker Tower stairclimb in 2010 and 2011. He has also recently come first and second in the St Mary Axe stairclimb in London – not heard of this building? Well, it’s normally called The Gherkin.
Mark has also travelled abroad, taking on the 779 steps and 60 storey Donnaturm run-up in Vienna. He also came 8th in perhaps the most (in)famous stairclimb of them all – the Empire State Building in Manhattan, New York. At an amazing 86 flights of stairs, that’s certainly a challenge!
Mark (37) is a family man who works for a finance company in Liverpool, and unassumingly describes his stairclimbing talents as just something he found he was good at. Mark doesn’t find much time to train on stairs, although attributes his success to being a keen cyclist and having a very busy family life!
Your very own Event Directors, Gary & Andy, have completed a trial run of the GYSC in comfortably under 4 minutes. However, we think that our time may be smashed by our third GYSC Champion.
So, do we think Mark will become our inaugural GYSC winner? Do you think you could give him a good run for your money? There’s only one way of finding out – book yourself onto the event and give it your best shot.
Of course becoming the fastest stairclimber isn’t Mark’s primary motivation for competing – he explains how raising money for worthy causes such as the Yorkshire Cancer Centre provides that extra motivation. We really look forward to welcoming Mark and all you other budding stairclimbers to Yorkshire on the 24th November.