British Bouldering Championships 2008

The BBC’s feel like a distant memory now. A busy five weeks later and I’m going to try to remember it all.
The qualification round started and ended quickly. I felt strong and was climbing well until I got a bit of a block with 2 of the problems. After a little break composing my head I went and topped the problems 2nd go. It’s always really annoying when you get a problem easily second go as you know you could have done it first time if you’d really gone for it.

Anyway being defeated by 1 qualifying problem and scoring 81 points I was in the final in 6th (last) place! I felt pleased with that as being first out in the final there is only room for improvement (or not) and no chance of doing worse!

The finals came quickly enough and I was soon climbing on the first problem out of five. After looking at it for a minute I was sure this one was definitely doable. I pulled on and after 2 moves I was off because I stupidly overestimated how good my flexibility was! I got on it again and managed to get my foot high enough this time and finished the problem. Ironically, I knew I should have done that one first go! Gutted.

From then on it was down hill…I threw myself at the problems and for some reason didn’t get up any others. I came close to the forth but by then I was too out of steam for the long boulder problem. Although I wasn’t climbing my best in the final I’m pretty happy with my 6th place (5 places better than last year) and by the time I’d finished in the final I was onto thinking about the month away I was about to have…

By Beth Monks