The British Bouldering Championships (BBC's) were held at Millhouses Park in Sheffield last weekend. The competitors climbed on the same wall that will feature in the IFSC World Cup next weekend at Cliffhanger, also at Millhouses park.
It seems unfortunate that the BBC's were held at the same time as a round of the Bouldering World Cup, meaning that many of the UK's top competition boulderers were actually elsewhere and couldn't make the event in Sheffield. However loads of people did turn up and compete and the standard was very high.
Commenting in his report on the BMC Website, Rob Adie said:
"Saturday saw the juniors battle it out for the title of British Junior Bouldering Champion and what a battle it was! The setters had concocted some hideous problems that involves these young climbers throwing all sorts of weird shapes in a bid to get themselves into one of the coveted slots for the final...
...The seniors kicking off early on the Sunday as the temperature rose so did the tense atmosphere as 20 women and 60 men took to the mats for qualifying. With the unexpected return from the IFSC Boulder World Cup in Eindhoven of British team members Ned Feehally (the reigning champion), Jon Partride and Mina Leslie-Wujastyk the competition stepped up a notch...
...In a very tense final bloc for the men, none of which topped out, Nigel Callander and Gaz Parry were left tied for 1st place, so the result was decided by countback to the qualifiers and because Nigel qualified in 1st place ahead of Gaz he took top spot on the podium, with Gaz relegated to 2nd. Jon Partirdge rounded out the podium."
The top three in each category were:
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