Final Podium Positions
V4 – V8+ Category
|Male||Female||Male Junior||Female Junior|
|1st Matt Varela-Christie||1st Liv Hatt||1st Luke Fletcher||1st Rebecca Kirtland|
|2nd Kris Suriyo||2nd Lucy Englert||2nd Joe Olson||2nd Lily Dekic|
|3rd Kyle Steadman||3rd Ctarin Rose||3rd Ben Barnard-Edwards||3rd Ellen Jeffries|
|4th Fabian Ahomer||4th Abi Boyce||4th Alex Brett||4th Cara Hunt|
VB – V4 Category
|Male||Female||Male Junior||Female Junior|
|1st Oliver Light||1st Cat Morgan||1st Saveliy Obraztsov||1st Ella Jacobs|
|2nd Ryan Ash||2nd Laura Bowle||2nd AJ Tollet|
|3rd John Buck||3rd Kate Radcliffe||3rd Alek Dekic|
|4th Peter Eastland||4th Sam Cartwright||4th Billy Seymour|
|For the full league results excluding the Grand Final please click here….|
With Winter now coming to an end, and Spring just round the corner W.B.L comes to a close. With a week’s worth of preparation, and the boulder wall getting a face lift, the Final was set to see a showdown. Thursday saw Guest Setter Yann Genoux joining local boy Rob Lloyd and In-house setter Danny setting the Final Blocs. The newly developed “Comp wall” saw brand new volumes from x-cult and crazy coloured holds going up all over the place! The hanging slab saw some scary stuff, with the main face being elongated by a substantial amount. The curtains were drawn, with the wall to be unveiled on comp day!
Friday saw Rob and Danny setting the qualifiers, with the normal Black and Yellow blocs being set around the wall. 20 blocs in total ranging from VB – V7 were scattered amongst the circuits including some real funky stuff! With blocs set it was time to test, with some tweaking to ensure all the blocs were world class. Without blowing our own trumpets, the blocs for the final were some of the best we have seen here at Reading Climbing Centre.
Saturday saw an early start, with competitors eagerly turning up to see what all the social media hype was about. Twitter and facebook for the past week had seen many updates with new volumes, so psyche was high. 10am things kicked off, with the crowds gathering, a quick briefing and the tunes were blasting out as were the competitors on the blocs. With double points on hand there was everything to play for in the final round. A few early score cards handed in really mixed up the standings! Lyon Equipment were on hand with selection of gear for everyone to check out, kindly manned by Jim Pope and his dad Nick, thanks be to both of them for their support!
With 1pm coming sooner than expected the standard rush to get score cards in before cut off, saw reception busier than ever. Last minute points made all the difference, with the league results changing with every input of a score card! Once scores were in, the categories were set with the top 4 places going through to the finals to battle it out. Finalists made their way to isolation, before viewing the three blocs they’d be competing on, on the now unveiled comp wall. Once viewing times were over it was down to business with Junior categories up first. All finalists put in a stern performance with Ella Jacobs (being the only Finalist in her age group) climbing her heart out to top all three final problems. In other age groups Alex Dekic, climbed his way into second with Saveliy Oraztsov smashing his third bloc to be crowned champion. The higher Junior category was fiercely fought out with Rebecca Kirtland being a clear winner, and the boys scraping it out to see Luke Fletcher climbing his way to first place.
Second bout of finals were the adults, which after the qualifiers was sure to be a real battle of the biceps! First out was the VB – V4 category with noticeable performance from both Laura Bowle and Ryan Ash regular attendees of all the rounds, climbing their way to second place respectively. The others pulled hard to see Oliver Light and Cat Morgan stepping into top spots on the podium, great efforts all round. Now it was time for the biceps to start bulging with, the V5 – V8+ category stepping out into the limelight! The blocs were the hardest yet, with some intimidating holds making the judges hands sweat just marking. A few screams, grunts and gasps later the finals were almost up, coming down to the final Female bloc to see who would pip the other to the title. Lucy Englert took the final win, however gracefully stepped down having only attended the final round, allowing series winner Olivia Hatt to stand in top spot.
With Prizes and podiums now over, it was time for the masses to leave, what an incredible atmosphere to finish up this years La Sportiva Winter Bouldering League. Thanks be to Lyon Equipment, GroundUp Cafe, Urban Rock and Beta Climbing Designs for their help and support through the series. Roll on the Summer Showdown where this year could see a few mix ups… Keep your ears out for more and stay psyched!
A massive thank you to Anne Wilson Illustrations for designing our WBL Final tees, they look amazing and are still on sale at reception!