Red Beach resident, paid fire fighter and Hibiscus & Bays Local Board member Mike Williamson, 49, emerged at the top of the Sky Tower’s immense stairwell as fastest male overall in the donned category (wearing full firefighting kit) as well as winning the Masters.
It is 10 years since Mike last won the event overall – in 2008 he won the donned and started category (wearing fire fighting kit and breathing apparatus). He has been at the top of the Masters category several times.
His time this year of 10:43 was more than a minute faster than his nearest rival in the donned category.
Mike competed for the West Harbour team. He was a volunteer firefighter at Manly brigade for many years before taking on a paid fire fighting role.
It is the eighth time Mike has run up the Sky Tower stairs and he looks forward to it every year, saying there will definitely be a ninth.