La Sportiva Winter Bouldering League – The Final

Winter Bouldering League Reading

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

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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

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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 social033_AFP_WBLF-21 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.068_AFP_WBLF-57

042_AFP_WBLF-31Second 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!

Blog by Danny Haynes and photos courtesy of Andy Fleming and to check out the whole event click here….

A massive thank you to Anne Wilson Illustrations for designing our WBL Final tees, they look amazing and are still on sale at reception!


Winter Bouldering League 2015 Final

After a whole Winter of competing it all comes down to this!

This Saturday 28th March, sees our 2015 La Sportiva Winter Bouldering League coming to a finale and what an event we have in store! With guests setters including Yann Genoux, Rob Lloyd & RCC Setter Danny Haynes, brand new volumes, limited edition event tees designed by RCC regular Anne Wilson, amazing grub from Ground Up Café, La Sportiva boot demo from sponsored athlete and Junior GB member Jim Pope as well as an exciting new Bouldering Competition Wall format to be revealed at the Grand Final we are psyched for the event!

Get yourselves down from 10am and get involved!

Winter Bouldering League Reading


Reading Half Marathon 2015 Route

Please be aware of the below closures and access route to RCC due to road closures for this years Half Marathon…

Good luck to all competing and especially any RCC customers!

Reading Half Marathon 2015

Easter Holiday Activities & Opening Hours

This Easter Reading Climbing Centre has a host of activities happening every day to keep the whole family active and entertained!

The holiday activities include:

  • Full day kids holiday club
  • Daily Little Monkeys classes for 5&6 year olds
  • Daily Rock Its classes for 7-11 year olds
  • Kids Intro to Climbing Course for 5&6 year olds
  • Kids Intro to Climbing Course for 7-11 year olds
  • Family/friends Climbing Taster Session, to book at a time to suit you (as available)

For a full timetable of courses and to book online, please check our bookings page.

Easter Opening Hours

Well the good news is, we are open as normal….

Monday to Friday: 10am – 10pm

Saturday & Sunday: 10am – 6pm

Happy Easter!!!!


WBL Round 4 – The Results

WBL Round 3

Well we say it every time but what a great night last was!!! The setters had created some awesome blocs, riddled with techy starts, burly cruxes and heart breaking last moves, but boy you did not disappoint!

From the start it was set to be a battle to the end for who would get those all important points, new beta the setters hadn’t even thought of being thrown out right from the 6pm kick off.

With Round 4 over that means one thing, next on the agenda, The Final! This is to be an amazing all day event and will not only feature the standard 30 comp blocs all worth double points, but we will also hoist our first ever WBL on the night Final for the top competitors to fight it out over who will gain the podium positions for 2015!

More details of the final will be announced early next month plus exciting news for our boulder wall circuits! Saturday 28th March 2015, save the date….

For the results so far please click here and to check out some great shots from RCC regular Andy Fleming check out this link…

We hope you all enjoyed and get down this weekend to try the new blocs if you couldn’t make last night!