British Lead and Speed Climbing Championships 2012 - Results

Posted by Mark Alderson on 07/10/2012
Competition at EICA Ratho

The annual British Championships in Lead and Speed climbing took place at EICA Ratho, near Edinburgh on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 October 2012.

The veteran and four junior lead categories were held on the Saturday:
 
Female Veteran - born before 1968 (lead)
First - Helen Seaborne
Second - Cheryl Jones
Third - Judith Foster
 
Male Veteran - born before 1968 (lead)
First - Eddie Cooper
Second - Simon Tilley
Third - Ian Dunn
 
Female Junior - born 1993 04 1994 (lead)
First - Amanda Rohner
Second - Charlotte Garden
Third - Jennifer Wood
 
Male Junior - born 1993 or 1994 (lead)
First - Jonathan Stocking
Second - Luke Tilley
Third - Calum Forsyth
 
Female A - born 1995 or 1996 (lead)
First - Rachel Carr
Second - Sarah Pashley
Third - Eleanor Hopkins
 
Male A - born 1995 or 1996 (lead)
First - Connor Byrne
Second - Luke Dawson
Third - Buster Martin
 
Female B - born 1997 or 1998 (lead)
First - Tara Hayes
Second - Molly Thompson-Smith
Third - Ellissa Bryant
 
Male B - born 1997 or 1998 (lead)
First - William Bosi
Second - Angus Davidson
Third - Peter Dawson
 
Female C - born 1999 or 2000 (lead) 
First - Rebecca Kinghorn
Second - Catrin Rose
Third - Grace Fidler
 
Male C - born 1999 or 2000 (lead)
First - Jack Graham
Second - Aiden Dunne
Third - George Morris

Full details of veteran and junior results

Senior lead and all speed categories competed on Sunday:

Female - born 1968 to 1996 (lead)
First - Shauna Coxsey
Seccond - Alex Puccio
Third - Michaela Tracy

Male Senior born 1968 to 1996 (lead)
First - Ed Hamer
Seccond - Robbie Philips
Third - Dave Barrans

Male Senior - born before 1995 (speed)
First - Calum Forsyth
Second - Robbie Philips
Third - Alasdair Johnstone

Female Junior - born 1995 to 2000 (speed)
First - Eleanor Hopkins
Second - Rachel Carr
Third - Ellie Rymer

Male Junior - born 1995 to 2000 (speed)
First - Orrin Coley
Second - Dominic Burns
Third - Alexander Bosi

Full details of all speed results
Full details of senior lead results

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Anonymous User
06/10/2012
Shame that more youth climbers didn't take part,seems to be the same names in the competitions so I wonder if the winners are actually the best or just the ones who are ferried all over the country to compete? Just my opinion!
Anonymous User
07/10/2012
Maybe the kids are taken from comp to comp ,but ever thought that its the kids who want to do it !!
! Not the same names and winners this time :) Ever been to watch !!!! WOW fab comp well done to all .
Anonymous User
07/10/2012
who won the open?
Anonymous User
07/10/2012
Any Senior results yet?
Anonymous User
07/10/2012
Senior results??
Anonymous User
07/10/2012
Astounding times on the speed climbing. 12.19 seconds!!! And that was from a junior competitor!
Anonymous User
08/10/2012
Yes I have been to watch climbing , my child goes to the local wall. I think if you look at the names of the competitors of say the last 3 big comps it is the same small group.
Anonymous User
08/10/2012
Rachel Carr was second in the Junior Speed. Eleanor Hopkins won in a new British Junior record.
Orrin Coley's fastest time is under the BMC establish qualifying times for European competition
Anonymous User
08/10/2012
Rachel Carr was second in the Junior Speed. Eleanor Hopkins won in a new British Junior record.
Orrin Coley's fastest time is under the BMC establish qualifying times for European competition
Alex Messenger(staff comment)
08/10/2012
Apologies to Rachel and Ellie; Female Junior Speed results corrected above.
Mark Alderson
Anonymous User
08/10/2012
We had record numbers in Saturdays events with 106 competitors competing, so more youth climbers than ever competing, which is fantastic news, so many so that we ran out of competition vests. Great weekend of competition.
Anonymous User
08/10/2012
In reply to comment 1 - Many of these youth climbers have made finals in both European and World competitions. They train hard and are passionate about their sport - they are on the podium because they deserve to be!
Anonymous User
08/10/2012
In reply to comments 1 and 7, the Youth Climbing series is local and a very good place to start. The Lead Ladder is also local. There are regional competitions in several regions, and local walls tend to know about them (so does Google). A young person doing well in those should be encouraged to try the national competitions, but they could be a bit scary for anyone not doing well locally. I think the winners of the national competitions are the best (and deserve lots of congratulation), because I've never seen any evidence (such as an unknown 12-year old girl on-sighting 7b) that they are not the best.
Anonymous User
08/10/2012
I think the point that is trying to be made in comments 1 and 7 is not a criticism of the winners. rather an opinion on the way this comp is organised, no local ladders count,no regional heats in order to qualify for the national title ; one competition to win only. This does rather smack of a small members club.
Anonymous User
08/10/2012
In reply to comment 14 - The competition is open, anyone is able to enter.
Anonymous User
08/10/2012
I am one parent put off by the distance. If the comp had been Sheffield or further south my daughter would almost certainly have been there, she was very frustrated that I wasn't prepared to take her to Edinburgh. Hopefully we will make the Open Youth in Liverpool. She hasn't done a big comp before and it's a bit daunting to go to the first one.
As in comment 12, the winners are very good, but judging by Youth Series results there are a lot of other juniors who are perfectly good enough to compete, but are maybe put off by the big comps, or the distance, or who climb as individuals and do not have a coach who encourages them to enter..
Anonymous User
08/10/2012
To comment 1 - yes it is the best that win(or place in the finals), it is a required team GB comp, and team GB are the best competition climbers Britain has to offer(mostly) so....your opinion doesn't make sense.

Comment 7 - um, that's like complaining that it's always Usain Bolt that wins....The best enter because it's what they do, they enjoy it and their good at it. They train hard and they deserve to win.

and to comment 16 - Ratho is the international centre for GB climbing, that's where all the international comps will be held in the UK. If you can't manage that far then competition climbing isn't for you - shame for you child though. Team GB compete abroad too....The world championships were in Singapore this year, you either go or you don't(if you were selected). But don't complain when parents can be bothered to take their children, its your problem you didn't not anyone else's problem.
Also the YCS and the BLCC can't really be compared, the competition format is completely different. 3 boulders + 3 leads VS. 2 lead qualifiers + 1 lead final.
Anonymous User
08/10/2012
The English Badminton Championship is in Manchester, British Squash Championship in London, British Chess Championship in Torquay, English National Tiddlywinks Championship in Cambridge, BLCC in Edinburgh; I guess they're all a long way from somebody.
Anonymous User
08/10/2012
No 16 GB team members are excluded from entering the YCS so that others have the opportunity to shine. There are now a number of opens throughout the year (Scottish, Irish, BMC) that are a great starting point for youngsters interested in the next competition stage providing the go in to enjoy themselves and aren't put under any pressure to perform. Like interviews the first few will likely be less than impressive but overtime nerves settle and performance improves.
Anonymous User
09/10/2012
Comment 16 - if your daughter hasn't been to the Liverpool wall, you might want to consider a training session there before the competition. The back wall is very steep.
Anonymous User
11/10/2012
comment 16, make sure you have 40 quid spare for 90 minutes coaching per week,25 quid to enter comps, overnight in a hotel,transport costs, 50 to 80 quid for climbing shoes, not a "sport" for poorer kids to compete in however much raw talent they have!
Anonymous User
11/10/2012
Comment 21 and general thread, the kids that do well work incredibly hard, the parents are hugely committed, they do run the kids around but also give up their own social lives to support their child to do well at something. Is that not what being a parent is all about, to support your child? My own finances are stretched and we find ways of getting away to comps cheaply, I.e car sharing, only one parent and the competing child goes, this leaves the other parent with the rest of the family at home as its cheaper that way. Parents learn to belay and so reduce training costs. It would be lovely if the National comps were local, but the EICA is a fantastic wall, it blew my mind the first time I went there. The YCS has been mentioned above but there is also the MY series in the midlands if that is in your area. If you really want to compete nationally then find a way to. What other sport is cheep to compete at nationally? Football shoes cost what? And I bet the coaching at that is not cheap.
Anonymous User
11/10/2012
comment 22 We try to support our child in every way, I object to your comment,climbing competively is for those who can afford it we don't have a car and have not been admitted to the inner sanctum of the members club that British climbing is
Anonymous User
11/10/2012
comment 22 We try to support our child in every way, I object to your comment,climbing competively is for those who can afford it we don't have a car and have not been admitted to the inner sanctum of the members club that British climbing is
Anonymous User
11/10/2012
I guess the point in comment 22, about car sharing is that you could get a lift.
Anonymous User
11/10/2012
comment 22 yes we could get a lift if we could afford the British Climbing Club
Anonymous User
11/10/2012
comment 25 get a lift from the"club members" see you at Ratho let`s have dinner,meet up at Premier Inn group? mmm
Anonymous User
12/10/2012
Comment 26. I have never heard of the British Climbing Club. My daughter climbs in these comps and it is a huge commitment for the whole family. The people you meet are friendly, supportive and extremely encouraging towards all the climbers - it's not unusual to see them cheering on other competitors. Any sport where you are competing at a National and International level is going to be expensive but you (as a family) must decide if you are willing to make the sacrifices and the effort. Remember that the climbers also give up a lot - parties, birthdays, sleepovers etc. Homework still needs to be done even if they have been training for 3 hours. At this level it is a serious undertaking and means making hard choices. I am still pleased that it is a sport we are involved in as we have met so many nice people and I feel that our daughter has benefited greatly.
Anonymous User
14/10/2012
I have no idea what you mean by the British Climbing Club or Inner Sanctom, please explain

The is no need to spend £40 on coaching. Read books, trawl the internet and learn aboit training. Ask for advice and train hard. It's all about the training!

If you smoke, drink, go out or have a holiday then the chances are you can afford to get you child to a comp or two.

As sports go, climbing is one of the most affordable I can think off BUT if you want to reach and compete at an elite level, both parent and child, must work extreemely hard and make numerous sacrifices, to get there and this includes the financial aspect.

The kids that competed at the BLCCs are pretty much the best in the UK and that has been bourne out by the number that have made finals at this years EYCs.

If you think your child is a good climber and competitive go to the youth open in Liverpool and make sure they enjoys themselves. After all isn't that what it's all about?
Anonymous User
18/10/2012
ok a youth climber can win "Brish Champion" when in fact only 10 others in that catagory had entered and taken part in the competition?
Anonymous User
18/10/2012
To comment 33. You have to be in it to win it................
If there any better COMPETITION climbers in the UK they should have entered.
Take Youth B boys for example. If there are any better than the 6 in the GB team I would be surprised. All have climbed at least 8a out doors and some 8a+ i believe. If you know any others that good encourage them to go to the Youth Open in Liverpool and help raise the standards,
I'd give this post 30 minutes before someone decides they don't like it and get it pulled.
Anonymous User
18/10/2012
comment 19 about the Open Youth Championships look at the names of the competitors does it seem familiar?
Anonymous User
18/10/2012
comment 19 about the Open Youth Championships look at the names of the competitors does it seem familiar?
Anonymous User
18/10/2012
@ comment 36
Not sure what you mean by your comment. Lot's of the manes are familiar because these kids are very good and want to compete. They and their parents make a considerable effort to attend. I just don't get what the problem is?
Alex Messenger(staff comment)
18/10/2012
Apologies for any comments confusion. It looks like some users were using the Report Abuse feature to hide comments they didn't agree with. We'll be fixing that asap, meanwhile, all comments are now visible.
Anonymous User
18/10/2012
Perhaps we should take this to UKC and have a proper debate where those with a chip on their shoulder can't pull any post they disagree with!

I'll give this post 5 mins.................
Anonymous User
19/10/2012
It seems that someone doesn't want any point of view visable that doesn't support their own. All the adice given here has, as far as I've seen been valid and helpful. If you don't want to listen to that advice ( you don't have to take it!) then there is little else that anyone can do for you.
I'd suggest you grow up as your blinkered attitude will almost certainly have an adverse effect on your child.
Good luck to them in whatever comps they manage to get to.

Anonymous User
19/10/2012
Good to see the phantom clicker has been busy again removing all the comments that actually balance this thread :(
Anonymous User
24/10/2012
When a poor black kid is on the podium having managed to afford to get to that level, entry costs to the local wall are 7 pounds per night after all I will believe that climbing is sport accessible to all, and no we don't smoke or drink.
Anonymous User
24/10/2012
Comment 43. If this argument is about funding, then yes a kid from poor background will find it hard. This is not a sport with funding such as an Olympic sport with special development program's and talent spotters offering free goodies. It is a sport where hard graft and committement is required. Before indoor walls, in the days of the miners strikes etc etc then buildings, rock faces were used, these are still in use today. It is also a sport where more experienced climbers train alongside novices. I would not expect any kid going for a after school game of football at some local venue to end up with a kick about with the premmier legue stars. But that is what you get in climbing, novices chatting to serious top climbers, and the stars passing on tips. I have drifted of the funding issue, as I said this is not an Olympic sport (yet), it is not on the school curriculum, being a member of the GB team does cost as you are expected to turn up to the competitions AND PAY all your own costs. However do you know of any sport to offer free entry in to training venues, free equipment, free coaching, and all national competitions to be in your back yard. It sounds like you are looking for a sport to make you money, well look else where. Climbers are a thrifty bunch, they have to be, when we are away my kid does not expect drinks from the bar, I can not afford them, a jug of water with dinner has to do -it's a pain I do have to buy food, you will notice many families take 'picnics' to the comps because it saves money. Are there any sports out there that offer what you are looking for? A 'poor' kid could possibly apply for funding from various disadvantage sources, where as if you unfortunately earn just a little to much all doors slam shut.
Anonymous User
25/10/2012
comment 44 you have not addressed the issue that it is 7 pounds to even begin climbing, that is per session, most team members go to the local wall 3 times a week so you have not convinced me that climbing is an all inclusive sport accessible to all
Anonymous User
25/10/2012
comment 44 you have not addressed the issue that it is 7 pounds to even begin climbing, that is per session, most team members go to the local wall 3 times a week so you have not convinced me that climbing is an all inclusive sport accessible to all
Anonymous User
25/10/2012
Look at youth groups such as Blackburn Youth Zone, offering climbing along with other sports to keep kids off the street. Then there is crime2climb, which is for young adults to develop a career and out of prison.! I did not look very hard on the web. If this thread moan is one person who is frustrated they can't get on the team as they can't afford training but think they are talented enought then talk to the local wall you can probably work a deal. In the past we have won many local boulder comps, coming away with free shoes, jackets, rucksacks, chalk bags, definitely saves buying them, but as some one else said you have to be in it to win it.
Anonymous User
25/10/2012
There are some dreadful examples of written English on this thread; maybe the team members' parents should encourage their talented offspring to concentrate on their schoolwork so as not to end up with their levels of literacy!
Anonymous User
25/10/2012
There are some dreadful examples of written English on this thread; maybe the team members' parents should encourage their talented offspring to concentrate on their schoolwork so as not to end up with their levels of literacy!
Anonymous User
25/10/2012
There are some dreadful examples of written English on this thread; maybe the team members' parents should encourage their talented offspring to concentrate on their schoolwork so as not to end up with their levels of literacy!
Anonymous User
25/10/2012
Just proves climbing IS INCLUSIVE and not selective over literacy levels. I am not that self important that I need to repeat myself three times. I have more important things to do than argue with you. I am off climbing. Tally Ho!
Anonymous User
25/10/2012
comment 51 tally ho? and orf into the 4x4 you go!
Anonymous User
14/11/2012
@ comment 53.......
If Emma Powell is good enough I'm sure she'll be considered.
Are you saying there are members of the GB team who have been chosen for reasons other than their climbing ability and competition results? If so, please back up your assertion with some data, such as national comp results etc.

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