Sunday 7th December saw The Climbing Unit host the British Junior Boulder Cup.
Cue 180 super psyched plastic crushing climbing machines, 60 amazing blocs created by setting gurus Tom Randall and Alex Fry, heap on a ton of pressure with a GB Bouldering squad selection, throw them all together in a world class bouldering facility and lights, camera, tunes, action!
Events kicked off at 8am with youth B & C qualifiers whilst the climbers’ entourage devoured coffee and croissant like a biblical plague of locusts.
The next wave of competitors rolled in at lunch time for the A and junior qualifiers. The standard and depth of climbing talent on show was stellar in all four categories. The spectacle made me feel positively weak and very inflexible.
With a rapid reset on The Unit’s amazing comp wall and the isolation chamber set up, the scene was set for the finale.
The finals were nothing short of epic as the competitors traded blows on the last four awesome looking blocs in their respective categories. We had wall kicking tantrums, tears and elation but most importantly we witnessed some very talented young people pushing themselves to their absolute limit, which let’s face it, is what it’s all about.
Once the dust had settled, the future of British bouldering stepped onto the podium for the presentations at the end of a very long and testing day.
A massive thanks to everyone that worked together to put this event on and make it such a success: The BMC, all the volunteers, the competitors and their families, the crowd, and all the amazing staff at The Climbing Unit.
Also a big thanks to the events sponsors; DMM, Mammut, Entre-Prises and Five Finger Thing.
All the results can be found here from the BMC website.
We have a couple of videos, so if you couldn’t make it on the day or if you’re keen to figure out exactly what goes on in these events then here’s a couple of tasters:
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We hope you had as good a day as we did; it took a lot of effort from many people so be sure to thank all the volunteers (even the grumpy ones!), The BMC and all of the sponsors…… Thanks people!
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