Last weekend the 2017 British Lead and Speed Climbing Championships took place at Awesome Walls Sheffield alongside a round of the IFSC Paraclimbing Cup. Teenagers Hannah Slaney and Will Bosi were new senior lead champions for 2017, and Jara Spate (SUI) and Will Bosi were crowned senior speed champions. Team GB members Matthew Phillips, Hannah Baldwin, Anita Aggarwal, Mike Cleverdon, Joanne Waterton and John Churcher achieved podium places in the international IFSC Paraclimbing Cup.
Hannah Slaney appeared on fine form following her 7th place at the IFSC Lead World Cup in Edinburgh last month, and smoothly topped out her final route ahead of visiting climber Jara Spate of Switzerland and Rhoslyn Frugtniet of Bristol, who made a surprise return to the competition circuit. Commenting on her win, Hannah told UKC: 'It was a close and exciting competition, so I'm really happy to take away 1st place! Definitely had to fight the pump to reach the top. Overall an awesome weekend with well set routes.' Reigning champion Molly Thompson-Smith was absent from the event as she participated in the IFSC World Cup in Wujiang, China, where she finished 5th.
In the hotly contested men's event, Edinburgh climber Will Bosi regained his 2014 title from Jim Pope, who has won the event for the last two years. Will told UKC: 'I'm really psyched to have taken my second British lead title by topping the final route! It's always a close competition, especially with Jim, which is cool!' Competition veteran Dave Barrans finished in 3rd ahead of Billy Ridal.
Full BLCC results for junior and senior categories can be found here.
Could it get any closer? The men's final of the British Speed Champs between Will Bosi (left) @will_bosi and Orrin Coley (right) @orrincoley came down to this finish. Who was faster? In the end they were so close that they went again and Will Bosi took the title. 📸@alexmessengerphoto Thanks to @awesomewallscc @dmm_wales @mammut_uk #climbing_is_my_passion #climbing_pictures_of_instagram #thebmc #sheffield #speedclimbing
In the speed event, Jara Spate pipped Jen Wood to first place and Hannah Slaney was on the podium once again in 3rd place. Will Bosi narrowly beat Orrin Coley to the British Champion title and Billy Ridal finished 3rd.
Full BSCC results can be found here.
48 paraclimbers across nine different categories from 15 countries also descended on Sheffield for the IFSC Paraclimbing Cup. Once again the GB Paraclimbing team were on fine form following some impressive results earlier in the season and achieved six podium places. Hannah Baldwin and Matthew Phillips won their categories in front of a home crowd.
GB Paraclimbing Team Results
Hannah Baldwin - RP2 - 1st
Anita Aggarwal - RP2 - 2nd
Matthew Phillips - AU2 - 1st
Joanna Newton - AL2 - 2nd
Michael Clevedon - RP3 - 2nd
John Churcher - B2 - 3rd
Isabella Walsh - RP2 - 4th
John Senior - AL2 - 6th
Keith Lynch - AL2 - 7th
Matthew Phillips from the GB Paraclimbing team puts in a great performance on his finals route at the @ifsclimbing Paracup in @awesomewallscc today. Thanks to @dmm_wales and @mammut_uk for all their support. #paraclimbing #climbing_pictures_of_instagram #climbing_is_my_passion #ifsc 📸 @alexmessengerphoto
British Lead Climbing Championships Podiums
1. Kitty Morrison 2. Isabelle Adams 3. Gywneth Uttley
1. Kieran Forrest 2. Max Milne 3. Sammy Oakes
1. Emily Phillips 2. Airlie Borlase 3. Marijke Booth
1. Finley Wood 2. Hamish McArthur 3. Daniel Smith
1. Louise Flockhart 2. Mathilda Collins 3. Hannah Kerr
1. Toby Roberts 2. Joseph Xibberas 3. Jack MacDougall
1. Hannah Slaney 2. Jara Spate 3. Rhoslyn Frugtniet
1. William Bosi 2. Jim Pope 3. Dave Barrans
1. Joanna Goorney 2. Karin Bradbury 3. Vicky Askew
1. Nigel Leeming 2. Chris Forrest 3. Simon Tiley
British Speed Climbing Championships Podiums
1. Emily Phillips 2. Pippa Watkin 3. Emma Davidson
1. Joe Czubkowski 2. Max Milne 3. Matthew Fall
1. Jara Spate 2. Jen Wood 3. Hannah Slaney
1. William Bosi 2. Orrin Coley 3. Billy Ridal