BMC Leading Ladder - Meet the Winners

by Jack Geldard - UKC Chief Editor Apr/2008
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Ashleigh Naysmith
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F 16-18 Winner Ashleigh Naysmith
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Ashleigh Naysmith 16-18 Female Winner

Age: 17

Lives: Nottingham

Have you ever done a comp before? Yes

What was your best result? 1st BMC Youth Climbing Series 2005

Where do you train mostly? Nottingham Climbing Centre

What was your goal for the competition? To do the best I can

What is your favourite style of climbing? Sports climbing / soloing

Where is your favourite climbing area? North Wales (Snowdonia, Ogwen)

What is your best climbing achievement? Onsighting Not To Be Taken Away – it was my first highball. Plus BRYCS 2005 (see above).

Ashleigh is sponsored by Alpkit.com who kindly provided the photograph.


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Nick Colton
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M46+ Winner Nick Colton
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Nick Colton Male 46+ Winner

Age: 53

Lives: Manchester

Have you ever done a comp before? YES

If yes what is your best result? BBC Vet 1st 2000, BLCC vet 1st 2005 and 2006

Where do you train mostly? Broughton

What is your goal for today's competition? To do my best - win

What is your favourite style of climbing? Generalist. I like them all.

Where is your favourite climbing area? Everywhere

What is your best climbing achievement? Remaining positive and motivated.


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Luke Tilley - Stanage
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M12-15 Winner Luke Tilley
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Luke Tilley Male 12-15 Winner

Age: 14

Where do you live? Hockerton, Notts

Have you ever done a comp before? YES

If yes what is your best result? 2nd in BMC Youth Climbing Series 2007 (BRYCS), 2nd BLCC 07

Where do you train mostly? Notts wall

What is your goal for today's competition? To climb my best

What is your favourite style of climbing? Sport

Where is your favourite climbing area? Kilnsey

What is your best climbing achievement? Getting into the British climbing squad


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Shauna Coxsey
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F12-15 Winner Shauna Coxsey
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Shauna Coxsey Female 12-15 Winner

Age: 15

Where do you live? Runcorn

Have you ever done a comp before? Yes

If yes what is your best result? BBC and BLCC first in junior comp, 4th in European youth Series

Where do you train mostly? Liverpool

What is your goal for today's competition? To do well

What is your favourite style of climbing? Bouldering

Where is your favourite climbing area? North Wales, Malham

What is your best climbing achievement? 1st in BBC and BLCC, 4th in EYS


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Grit your teeth time!
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F19-25 Winner Karen Whitehouse
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Karen Whitehouse Female 19-45 Winner

Age: 31

Where do you live? Belper, sunny Derbyshire

Have you ever done a comp before? No

Where do you train mostly? Foundry, Sheffield

What is your goal for today's competition? Not make my flu worse

What is your favourite style of climbing? Slowly

Where is your favourite climbing area? Frankenjura


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Pete Whittaker on his new route - Dynamics of Change
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M16-18 Winner Pete Whittaker
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Pete Whittaker Male 16-18 Winner

Age: 17

Where do you live? Edale, Peak District

Have you ever done a comp before? Yes

If yes what is your best result? Came 1st, BICC one round

Where do you train mostly? Edge/Foundry/Works

What is your goal for today's competition? Have fun, see friends

What is your favourite style of climbing? Trad

Where is your favourite climbing area? Peak District

What is your best climbing achievement? Climbing direct start to Braille Trail: E9 7a


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Alan Cassidy - Mallorca
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Alan Cassidy
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Alan Cassidy Male 19-45 Winner

Age: 25

Where do you live? Glasgow

Have you ever done a comp before? Yes

If yes what is your best result? Came 3rd in the BICC (seniors)

Where do you train mostly? Glasgow wall/Ratho/my bedroom

What is your goal for today's competition? To win!

What is your favourite style of climbing? Sports climbing in Spain

Where is your favourite climbing area? Too hard to choose but at the moment Santa Linya

What is your best climbing achievement? Being tolerant and not getting put off when my girlfriend burns me off.

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