This weekend, Awesome Walls in Sheffield hosted three major events: the British Lead and Speed Championships and an international field of Paraclimbers. With 200 lead athletes, 170 speed athletes and 50 paraclimbers, it was a fantastic weekend of competition climbing.
A huge number of very psyched climbers and paraclimbers piled into Awesome Walls Sheffield to climb some amazing world-cup style qualifiers set on some awesome volumes and holds from Beta Climbing Designs, Cheetah and Agripp. Some interesting qualifer results developed, as the jamming moves on a particular route spat off some of the country's best climbers at only the third clip.
Once the British Lead qualification had concluded, it was time for the Paraclimbing Cup. 48 paraclimbers in nine different categories from 15 different countries (including Japan, Canada, Hungary and Israel) took to the walls in a display of grit and determination that is yet to be rivalled in the competition climbing scene. With a strong GB Climbing Team in attendance, six British athletes progressed into the finals.
Sunday dawned and the tension quickly ramped up as the Paracup finals commenced. Complete silence fell across the centre as the visually impaired climbers took to the wall, helped by their sight guides. Each one progressed higher and higher up the wall, the silence broken by huge rounds of applause when they fell off. There were some amazing performances from the British atheletes and tops from both Michael Cleverdon and Matthew Phillips. The finals culminated with a very exciting amputee leg category, which ended up with the top two climbers being split on time.
Paraclimbing Cup results are available on the IFSC website here.
GB Climbing Team Results
Hannah Baldwin - RP2 - 1st
Anita Aggarwal - RP2 - 2nd
Matthew Phillips - AU2 - 1st
Joanna Newton - AL2 - 2nd
Michael Clevedon - RP3 - 2nd
John Churcher - B2 - 3rd
Isabella Walsh - RP2 - 4th
John Senior - AL2 - 6th
Keith Lynch - AL2 - 7th
Then it was time for the junior and senior British Lead Champions to be decided. The juniors and veterans put in some really impressive efforts on funky routes that they wouldn't have experienced much of before, with the standout performance coming from Finley Wood who topped his final route.
The senior finals culminated in a very dramatic final: William Bosi topped the final route convincingly from lower down the rankings leaving Jim Pope and Dave Barrans needing a top to best him - neither managed this feat and William was victiorious. The female event came down to the wire as well, with Hannah Slaney having an amazing final and topping the route by the skin of her teeth. Visting Swiss climber Jara Spate came out last and took a long lob off the final move to give Hannah the win.
The full results of the BLCCs can be found here.
The full results of the BSCCs can be found here
Lead Cup results can be found here.
British Lead Climbing Championships Podiums
1. Kitty Morrison 2. Isabelle Adams 3. Gywneth Uttley
1. Kieran Forrest 2. Max Milne 3. Sammy Oakes
1. Emily Phillips 2. Airlie Borlase 3. Marijke Booth
1. Finley Wood 2. Hamish McArthur 3. Daniel Smith
1. Louise Flockhart 2. Mathilda Collins 3. Hannah Kerr
1. Toby Roberts 2. Joseph Xibberas 3. Jack MacDougall
1. Joanna Goorney 2. Karin Bradbury 3. Vicky Askew
1. Nigel Leeming 2. Chris Forrest 3. Simon Tiley
1. Hannah Slaney 2. Jara Spate 3. Rhoslyn Frugtniet
1. William Bosi 2. Jim Pope 3. Dave Barrans
British Speed Climbing Championships Podiums
1. Emily Phillips 2. Pippa Watkin 3. Emma Davidson
1. Joe Czubkowski 2. Max Milne 3. Matthew Fall
1. Jara Spate 2. Jen Wood 3. Hannah Slaney
1. William Bosi 2. Orrin Coley 3. Billy Ridal
Thanks for all the support
The ropes were provided by Mammut as the official supplier of ropes to BMC climbing competitions. The prizes were provided by the BMC and DMM as the official supplier of climbing gear to BMC climbing competitions. The competition vests were provided by Five Finger Thing.
Thanks to Awesome Wall (sheffield) and the wide range of hold suppliers that allowed the BMC routesetters to set some of the wildest routes imaginable. Huge thanks go to the following brands for supporting the event:
Lapis: Facebook / Instagram
Bleaustone: Facebook / Instagram
Captain Crux: Facebook / Instagram
Squadra: Facebook / Instagram
X-Cult: Facebook / Instagram
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