Junior British Bouldering Championships 2017 - results

Posted by Mark Alderson on 17/06/2017

The Depot Climbing Centre in Manchester hosted the 2017 Junior British Bouldering Championships on Saturday 17 June 2017. With a record number of 220 athletes signed up for the 2017 JBBCs the competition was going to be hot in every sense of the word!

As huge numbers of Youth B & C category climbers poured into the Manchester Depot Climbing Centre on Saturday morning the temperature was already starting to rise. By the time the Youth A and Junior qualification session started conditions could only be described as sweaty!

But despite some gruesomely hot conditions and the problems having been set two days ago, in much cooler weather, involving lots of greasy volumes they were some impressive performances from some of Britains strongest young climbers. 

By the time finals came around, the young climbers were all a shade of purple but that didn't stop them giving it their all in what was a very exciting set of finals run in the format of a world cup semi-final. Though towards the end the competitors and even the crowd of spectators and parents were all looking quite jaded, however there were still plenty of cheers as we crowned our new 2017 Junior British Bouldering Champions.

WATCH: The Junior British Bouldering Championships 2017 on BMC TV

Results

Female Junior

  1. Hannah Slaney
  2. Jo Neame
  3. Imogen Horrocks

Male Junior

  1. Jim Pope
  2. William Bosi
  3. Peter Dawson

Female A

  1. Kitty Morrison
  2. Eugenie Lee
  3. Gwyneth Uttley

Male A

  1. Max Milne
  2. Kieran Forrest
  3. Aiden Dunne

Female B

  1. Emily Phillips
  2. Hannah Smith
  3. Paola Neal-Fagan

Male B

  1. Stephen Keir
  2. Hamish McArthur
  3. Matthew Fall

Female C

  1. Matilda Collins
  2. Gwen Morgan
  3. Edie Carr

Male B

  1. Jack Macdougall
  2. Joseph Xiberras
  3. Hugo Heffer

Full results of all catergories can be found here.

The BMC would like to thank the host - Depot Manchester and all its staff, and of course all the volunteers judges who made the event possible.

The British Junior Climbing Team is supported by the BMC and Berghaus. Many UK walls also support the British Climbing Team through free or subsidised entry.

The prizes were provided by DMM as the official supplier of climbing gear to BMC climbing competitions. 

The next event on the calendar is the British Bouldering Championships which are to be held at the Cliffhanger Festival on the 8-9 July - full info can be found here.

A film from the event will follow shortly.


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1) Anonymous User
18/06/2017
Where can I find all the photos of the final
2) Anonymous User
18/06/2017
saturday was a very well run event although very hot, but to echo Jakob Schuberts concerns over world cup route setting recently, i was disappointed to see that Male youth c qualifiers were almost exclusively on a flat wall/slab 7 of 8 routes to be exact, is this really a reflection of bouldering for a national youth competition, in one of the biggest bouldering centres in the country with many angled walls? The routes themselves were fantastic and a credit to the routesetters, but there were far too many flat wall routes to give a representaion of bouldering as a whole.
3) Anonymous User
20/06/2017
Youth C boys problems were on shabby to slightly overhanging ground. The only angle they didn't have was a roof/steep overhang. This is a good representation of European youth comps where they tend not to use this angle either. This angle also doesn't work very well for separating them at this level. We'll take your comments on board though personally, the only change I'd have made to youth c was to make them harder as although the round worked well and had a good mix of styles it cut it fine with the result. We got a full separation but a few too many did all 8 blocs. Alex
4) Anonymous User
20/06/2017
Alex, Interesting that you feel that Boys C qualifiers weren't quite hard enough for separation. 4 topped 8 but 3 topped 6 below them and only the last place for the final was determined on top attempts. The spread below 6th was really good considering the large number of climbers.

I think it's fair to say all climbers, including the 4 who topped 8, found the set challenging. Thanks for a great comp.
5) Anonymous User
21/06/2017
4 kids topping all 8 blocks is cutting it fine. Bear in mind the qualification round in this comp is effectively a semi final. 1st and 2nd after qualifiers were separated by 1 attempt on a bonus. This is very close to a tie. Due to categories having to share problems in the final we normally try and get a full separation in qualifiers - which we did, but only just - as trying to separate too many ties in one category in the final normally means screwing over the other category that is on that set of blocs. It also means for the competitors they are less harshly punished by one little slip as if the blocs are hard they have a chance to fight back. Look at the junior boys qualification tour. A really hard tour but they all much preferred it as they knew to make it through you had to fight, not just get lucky/rely on someone else being unlucky.
6) Anonymous User
28/06/2017
It was a great event, but it is a pity that the video only features the older competitors, and really, only those who are on the GB team. Where were Youth C and B? Where were the competitors who are not yet wearing the GB vest? Not being represented is not very motivating. A bit more inclusivity in the editing perhaps.

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