Blocfest Mile End - Huge Success

Audrey Seguy fighting her way to second place, 66 kb
Audrey Seguy fighting her way to second place
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Gaz Parry reports on the October Round of the bouldering series Blocfest, held at Mile End Wall in London.

Blocfest kicked off with a bang on Saturday, 20th October 2012. The first venue of the series was Mile End and some 250 + climbers of all ages, came along to see what all the fuss was about.

The Blocfest DJ's rocked the house all day and night to create a great vibe. The team set some funky blocs and some crazy challenges with loads of giveaways from chalk bags to sports recovery drinks, free food, free sports massages and free coaching from Neil Gresham it all combined to give London and probably the UK one of the best bouldering festivals ever.

The entire centre was buzzing with climbers in red Five Finger Thing t-shirts and after hours of entertainment for all on the many styles of climbing from delicate slabs to burly overhangs and even an off-width it was time to find a good spectator seat for the showcase finals. The finals were a huge hit with the crowd - the top climbers of the day showed off some immense talent and determination to put on a show. The Blocfest team created a spectacular set of wild moves that kept everyone on the edge of their seats and the climbers flying through the air.

All of the finalists put in the effort of a lifetime but the star of the show had to be Audrey Seguy who battled hard to come 2nd with her eight month old baby watching from the crowd. Michaela Tracey and Liam Halsey both topped all the finals to take the big cash prize. But the real winners of the day were all those who turned up in their hundreds and got amongst it! We salute you...

Jim Pope competing in the Blocfest, 77 kb
Jim Pope competing in the Blocfest
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Congratulations to the winners:

Senior Female - Michela Tracey
Senior Male - Liam Halsey
Junior Female - Ellie May
Junior Male - Alex Waterhouse
Veteran Female - Karin Bradbury
Veteran Male - Tim Hatch

The BlocFest Team would like to thank Wild Country as the main round and prize sponsor along with Karma Climbing and thanks to Nourish Me Now for all their luvely drinks. Thanks to Mile End for hosting us, we look forward to visiting again next year! And thank you to all our series sponsors - Boreal , Holdz, Rock On, UK Climbing and our media partner, Climber Magazine.

Last but no least thanks also to everyone who attended the very first Blocfest and all those who helped on the day, we couldn't have done it without you! We look forward to seeing you at the Castle to go even bigger and better - December 8th.

The 5 Blocfest Events Are:

  • October 20th Mile End, London
  • December 8th Castle, London
  • January 19th Reading
  • Febuary 17th TCA Bristol
  • March 9th Arch, London

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