RESULTS: the BMC Welsh Bouldering Championships 2020

Posted by Zoe Spriggins on 03/02/2020
The Welsh Bouldering Championships 2020 at TCH Swansea. Photo: Sam Pratt

With 2020 a big year for Sport Climbing, the BMC National competitions kicked off with a bang with the Welsh Bouldering Championships at The Climbing Hangar Swansea!

New to the calendar this year, climbers from all over the country and our friends from Ireland made their way to newly opened TCH Swansea to battle it out over a superb set of boulders to find out who would be crowned Welsh Bouldering Champion 2020.

With 141 competitors registered for the event, it was down to the highly skilled setting team to provide suitable challenges for all levels of climber.

The setting team was led by chief route setter Max Ayrton (ex-GB Senior team), Dave Barrans (GB Senior Team), James Garden (ex-GB Senior Team) and Alex Mason-Powell (Welsh Legend). Providing challenges across the entire centre, they succeeded in testing the skills  of the competitors with technical aretes and steep roof climbing, managing to completely split the field.

The top six in each category proceeded to the finals, which saw Youth A and Junior Males get reacquainted with splendid slabs, Youth A and Junior females with slippy slopers and Youth B and C delighting in a mixture of the above including some miniscule crimps.

We head to Sheffield next for the Youth Open Lead and Paraclimbing championships on 22 & 23 February. Register here.

Full Results of the BMC Welsh Bouldering Championships 2020

Junior Category

1. Sean O'Connor
2. Finley Wood
3. Marcus Mcdowell

1. Hannah Smith
2. Joanne Pinblett
3. Manon Lloyd

Youth A Category

1. Dayan Akhtar
2. Daniel Smith
3. Kris Kothari

1. Louise Flockhart
2. Ruby Wood
3. Erin Mcneice

Youth B Category

1. Jack Macdougall
2. Joss Nind
3. Yukio Makita

1. Gwen Morgan
2. Edie Carr
3. Maya Patel

Youth C Category

1. Kit Heffer
2. Sam Hammond
3. Finley Kerswell

1. Valissya May
2. Nyah Shorter
3. Fae Macdougall

DOWNLOAD: The full results here

Big thanks to:

Beta setting for providing world class hold selections at every National competition.

The route setting team for their hard work and dedication in setting a great competition.

Volunteer judges without whom the competition would not take place.

TCH Swansea staff for their support on the day.

Mark ‘the guru’ Alderson for keeping the scores correct.

Scott Forsyth for his role as the All-important Jury President.

Sam Pratt for capturing all the action in his awesome photos.


As the climbing walls, crags and mountains start to open, we wanted to say thanks to every BMC member who supported us through the Coronavirus crisis.

From weekly Facebook Lives and GB Climbing home training videos, to our access team working to re-open the crags and fight for your mountain access, we couldn’t have made it without you.

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