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British Bouldering Championships

Over the moon to have come second in the  British Youth  Bouldering Championships at the Deopt in Manchester, making my first Boulder podium! I loved the qualifiers, which separated our group well! The finals were exciting – they were all set really well, with different styles, and although I dropped a position I’m really happy.


It’s the best feeling when you see improvements in your competing! And, best of all, second place will give me the opportunity to compete in Bulgaria for my first European Boulder competition.


Fun holds on the last boulder!

Welsh Climbing Championships

It’s a great feeling to be competing in my home wall, Beacon Climbing Centre, Caernarfon. It’s a great advantage, as I am very familiar with the wall and know all the angles. On the other hand, there’s more pressure to do well as lots more folk I know were there. The routes were really fun, although they all did have a single crux move, but I was overjoyed to have managed to push through and get the high point on all the routes, in both qualifiers and the final.


Coming first was a great measure to know that my training is on track and it was really nice to compete on home ground, with lots of support and a great atmosphere. This win will give me the opportunity to compete in the European Cup in Mitterdorf, Austria.


And, I’m so psyched to have all these hard routes at the Beacon to train on in the meantime!


First route in the comp, some balance moves.


Eyeing up the next hold on the final route!

Training with Mark Glennie

It’s been 4 months now that I’ve been training with Mark Glennie. Getting a trainer has been the best thing ever! I’ve seen more improvement in the last 4 months than in the last 2 years. Before training with Mark I just climbed really hard 5 times a week. My training now has a great balance where I route, boulder, condition, fingerboard, campus and stretch, which has improved my climbing leaps and bounds!

Saint Leger, France

Just had a family climbing holiday in Saint Leger in France. It’s great to have a family that is into climbing too, which means we can go on awesome climbing holidays! Plus, we teamed up with another climbing family, so we had rented a massive villa with a pool – luxury!!


Saint Leger is a great climbing destination with quality routes, although the routes were really hard for the grade. Sadly, I didn’t get my project done in time – I had been working this extraordinary 8b+ (Le Mur des Six Clopes), which goes through a massive roof. On my first go I fell off matching the last hold! Gutted I didn’t finish it off, but I got loads of other great routes done including Saga Corsica (8b). I’ll definitely be back to do Le Mur des Six Clopes!


Working hard on Le Mur des Six Clopes!

British Bouldering Open

Tired after the Lead open the day before, but really psyched!


Such a great comp in the new Oakwood Climbing Centre, Wokingham. I made my first ever boulder final! The boulder comps have a whole different style and atmosphere to the lead comps. The qualifiers where really fun, and I qualified in 4th place. In isolation I learnt how to self-massage and use a roller properly, which really hurts but it’s worth the pain! The final problems were sooo hard! I love the comp style boulders and I learnt that I need to practice more competition style problems.


Trying to hold on to some slippery slopers!

British Lead Open


The British Lead Open was a selection event for the Europeans, so it as an important one. It was an interesting comp – the routes were very intense and cruxy, as the wall is short. Sadly, our last route was not on the comp wall and we had to battle up a short slab climb – hmmm, my favourite!


However, I did learn that I need to improve my power for hard moves and finger strength, too, so that my fingers don’t give in from fatigue! And I was happy to have placed second, which means I’ve been selected to go the European Cups in Imst, Austria, and Uster, Switzerland!


I’ve always heard about how good the climbing is in Chulilla and wanted go, and last week I spent the week there climbing with my Dad! It’s absolutely beautiful there, great atmosphere and the climbing is as good as they say! The climbs are super long endurance routes, which is very much my style. I’m ecstatic to have done my first 8b+ (El Espiritu de Los Tiempos). It was great fun and I can’t wait to come back and get on some other hard routes!


Sadly, I didn’t get a photo of my first 8b+, but just look at how amazing Chulilia is!

British Lead and Speed Championships 2016

The British Championships was a great success! I’m so pleased to win both the Lead and Speed events. The routes were super fun. I qualified for final in first place, which was just as well, as we all topped the final route, so I won on count back. The final route was nerve racking; the last move was a run and dyno! It was an exciting dyno, and created a great atmosphere in the crowd.

I’m also thrilled to have won my first ever Speed climbing comp – I learnt loads, there is a large element of repeatedly giving 100% on such a powerfully route over and over again!


Final route of the British Lead Championships.