British Bouldering Championship
What a weekend!!! Two days of madness at the British Bouldering Championships with The Climbing Works staff and cheeses heavily involved in both organisation and competing.
The main Senior Male and Female competition on the Sunday came down to the wire with the last problem deciding the champion for both categories.
First up was the female final with Leah Crane taking the win literally by the length of a hand. Katy Whittaker came second making it a Climbing Works staff one-two (Katy only entered because she knew she would have to work allday at the Works if she didn't compete).
Also in the finals representing The Climbing Works were Mina Wudji-Wudji coming 5th and Lucy Atkinson coming 6th. Lucy's result is particularly impressive as she has climbed very little in the last 2 years due to her beautiful little one-year old child who was also there watching.
1st: Leah Crane, 2nd Katy Whittaker, 3rd: Diane Merrick (photo courtesy of UKClimbing)
In the Men's, just like the Females, it all came down to the last problem. Reigning champion Nedwin van der Freewilly snatched the win from Dave Barrans right at the end with a fantastic showing on the final problem. After climbing on the Motherboard, Ned had little issue with the 45 degree wall and crushed in fine style. You can watch Ned climb the last problem below (courtesy of UKClimbing)
Courtesy of UKClimbing
Overall, The Climbing Works staff represented just over 1/4 of the Male & Female finalists which was a very good showing. On the organisational front Graeme helped keep the show running while Percy still managed to keep going even after a week of building and setting (he's back at Millhouses Park this morning taking down the wall - Poor fellow).
So in summary, the new British Bouldering Champions are:
Nedwin van der Freewilly (Senior Male)
Leah Crane (Senior female)
Jonathan Stocking (Junior Male)
Shauna Coxsey (Junior Female)
The Climbing Works also provided coaching over the weekend alongside FiveTen. Good work and high praise go to The Climbing Works instructors who did a fantastic job. Steve (Can't Climb Aretes to save his life) McClure and Gaz (Old Git who showed some of the young 'uns how its done) Parry also did fine work ; )
A big shout out to Mr Steve Holdz for the provision of his holdz and for his sterling work branding everything up.
For those who haven't seen it yet. The Climbing Works International Festival 2009 video is now online. It will get you psyched to climb!!!