Spider Squad at The Junior British Boulder Championships 2015

Chris Butcher

Saturday of 27th June saw Bloc Climbing in Bristol hosting the British Junior Bouldering Championships and Final round of the Junior Boulder Cup. White Spider hosted a strong team of Imogen Horrocks (Girls A), Lucy Rattue (Girls B), Freddy High (Boys B), Beth Christian (Girls C) and Chris Butcher (Boys C). With the squad looking strong at previous rounds and having put in a few months of hard training the finals where going to be interesting.

Freddy High
Freddy High on a Slab Qualifer Problem

First up was the qualifiers, each category had 8 boulder problems to climb, set by Yann Genoux and Alex Fry they comprised an interesting mix of delicate slabs, technical vertical walls and powerful overhangs. In the qualifiers all of White Spider Squad put in tremendous performances, Lucy Rattue had an excellent round finishing 10th, like wise Freddy High, Beth Christian and Chris Butcher had an excellent competition finishing 13th, 15th and 11th respectively. With only a couple of minor mistakes keeping them from possibly making finals.

Beth Christian
Beth Christian on a Vertical Qualifer Problem

Imogen Horrocks had a great qualifying round finishing 5th, getting her into the finals against a strong line up of climbers including many in the British Team. The First problem was a powerful overhang starting and finishing with very dynamic moves, Imogen made short work of the first dyno getting to the Bonus hold on her first try then falling trying to set up for the last move. Putting her briefly in joint first after this problem. The next two problems saw the finalist first on an uber technical slab requiring 100% faith in very bad footholds and slippery and sloppy handholds. Imogen once again climbed amazingly, but just couldn’t control the penultimate hold enough to finish the problem. The last problem was a technical and dynamic start, finishing with a hands off move to the finishing hold which was to small to hold to match and finish. On her 2nd go Imogen made it to the final hold, but exhausted couldn’t get the match and although she came close a couple of times couldn’t quite complete the problem. This put her in 5th place after a very strong performance, it also meant she came 3rd overall in the Junior Boulder Cup, an incredible achievement.

Imogen Looking Strong on the Roof

With the squad getting better and better we are looking forward to next seasons competitions that start in September.

Words by:

Jonathan Redshaw
White Spider Competition Squad Coach

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