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British Bouldering Championships - Winners Video

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Leah Crane, Women's Winner. © Keith Sharples  © various
Leah Crane, Women's Winner. © Keith Sharples
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Ned Feehally, Men's Winner. © Keith Sharples  © various
Ned Feehally, Men's Winner. © Keith Sharples
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Leah Crane and Ned Feehally won the British Mountaineering Council's British Bouldering Championships at the Cliffhanger event at Millhouses Park, Sheffield this weekend.

It was a close call, coming down to the final problem in both the Senior events, with Katy Whittaker (second) and Diane Merrick (third) both putting in very strong performances. In the Male Senior event Dave Barrans, who came third in the Bouldering World Championship at Xining, Quighai China last week, faltered on a long reach on his final problem which Ned Feehally then needed to complete to win the title. Feehally got the problem second go and retained his title as British Bouldering Champion that he won last year : see video below for the winning ascent.

Gaz Parry got third place.

The route setting team of Andy Long, Jason Pickles, Jamie Cassidy, Ian Vickers and Percy Bishton. © Mick Ryan  © various
The route setting team of Andy Long, Jason Pickles, Jamie Cassidy, Ian Vickers and Percy Bishton. © Mick Ryan
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In the Junior British Bouldering Championships held on Saturday, Shauna Coxsey and Jonathan Stocking retained their national junior titles, with Kitty Wallace taking second place and Suzie Zitter placing third; and Jonathan Field taking second and Nathan Phillips third in the Junior Males.

Dyno Record

Skyler Weekes who had travelled all the way from Colorado has apparently set a new Dyno Record with a massive jump of 2.825m. This has yet to be confirmed but he did beat the previous record, 2.80m set a few weeks ago by Dutch climber Nicky de Leeuw at the Eindhoven World Cup.

Full Dyno report by Matt Heason: cliff-hanger.co.uk/news.

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Dyno Champ, Skyler Weekes nailing a new world record of 2.825m
© Keith Sharples

Thanks to Keith Sharples for the photographs, see more at blog.keithsharplesphotography.co.uk

Full results at the BMC later today.

Want to know the ins and outs of the BBC and how it is run, go to: BMC British Bouldering Championships Article

The British Lead Climbing Championships will take place next weekend, 18-19 July, at the Edinburgh International Climbing Arena, Ratho on their new International Standard Competition Wall.

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A good crowd at the BMC Bouldering Championships. © Mick Ryan
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13 Jul, 2009
Don't think the article/video does the event justice - both senior finals were really exciting and in both cases going right down to the wire. Not only did Ned Feehally need to do that final problem to retain the title, but no one else had even come close. Looked absolutely desperate. Woman's comp was just as dramatic with Katie Whittaker just failing to match Leah Crane's ascent of the final problem, having come within a whisker of completing the 4th problem. Some really impressive and inspiring climbing going on. And great to see oldies like Gaz Parry still going strong Not sure how many were in the tent - maybe 1000 - but making plenty of noise in encouraging the climbers. Have to say I was really sceptical of comps until I saw it last year, but with drama and atmosphere like that I'm completely won over. This is a great sport to watch Matt - you need a bigger tent !!
13 Jul, 2009
"both senior finals were really exciting" ...... obvoiusly not the senior finals when crowd photo taken at bottom of article
13 Jul, 2009
Dyno competition report from Matt Heason.http://cliff-hanger.co.uk/news/84/new-dyno-record-again
Video now being directed from UKC's own Video channel. Those who have watched it earlier today may have cache issues and still see the Vimeo version. New viewers should get the UKC version which is high quality but might test the odd slower connection. Feedback welcome while we fine-tune the system Alan
15 Jul, 2009
I'd like to see you commentate for 2 days solid, virtually without a breask, after having done all of the research (eg printing out and cross referencing everything. Ian is a very solid and factual anchorman. I always thought it was pronounced Feehally but when I said this to Ian and Audrey they said they had checked with Ned. Ian is normally exemplary in his pronunciation of names
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Dave Barrans, Ned Feehally and Gaz Parry on the podium at the BMC Bouldering Championships. © Mick Ryan  © various
Dave Barrans, Ned Feehally and Gaz Parry on the podium at the BMC Bouldering Championships. © Mick Ryan
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Katy Whittaker, Leah Crane and Diane Merrick on the podium at the BMC Bouldering Championships. © Mick Ryan  © various
Katy Whittaker, Leah Crane and Diane Merrick on the podium at the BMC Bouldering Championships. © Mick Ryan
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