Battle of Britain 2013

By Col

↵⇥On Saturday 19th October we spent the day down at The Depot, Nottingham for the Battle of Britain competition. Not only was our very own Ben Meakin hoping to crush it and make it through to the final, it was also a chance for us to show off our new custom bouldering mats that will be available soon.

↵⇥Qualification for BOB started at 11 am and there was a steady flow of arrivals, but with the arrival of two coaches from Leeds carrying an eager one hundred competitors, it wasn't long before the wall was starting to fill and a queue was forming down the stairs and out the door. Once the qualifications were in full flow the wall was certainly brimming, with queues forming for the varied problems. Whilst it really was a busy competition, the atmosphere remained great and there was a fantastic mix of climbers there to enjoy the thirty quality problems that tested everyone's climbing to the max. It was also brilliant to see such a large number of kids taking part, with a large number making the effort to travel from afar (or at least getting their parents to taxi them!).

↵⇥With our custom pads we will be offering four possible patterns for all three of our current production models. It will then be possible to choose from a wide selection of different colours of Cordura for each of the separate panels. During the five hours of qualifying we had templates of each pattern out along with some crayons for people to choose and create their own design. Everyone seemed to enjoy the colouring-in, some even finding the break from climbing therapeutic as they re-focused before getting back to the problems. Everyone who took the time to do some colouring-in got their design entered into the hat for a draw later in the day.

↵⇥So, back to the qualifying; there was certainly a strong contingent making short work of many, if not all of the problems. This didn't alter the feel of the day and so no matter whether you ticked off five or twenty-five of the problems, with plenty of friendly encouragement andthe live DJ spinning the decks all day long, people were kept psyched and did the best they could. After qualifying there were prizes for the top three in the veteran and junior categories, before a raffle and the draw for our custom bouldering mat winner. There had been plenty of eager artistsall keen to hear their name called out, but unfortunately it could only be one. That lucky winner was young Kitty Morrison and her win rounded off a successful day for her before the family made the journey back north to Yorkshire. Then the hungry crowd got treated to a pizza delivery and duly disposed of it in extra quick time! All the while the final problems remained elusively hidden beneath the swathe of blue tarpaulin.

↵⇥The finals got underway at 6.30 pm in front of a good sized crowd, the majority of whom who had been there all day which was testament to the buzzing atmosphere and vibe that the day's competition had brought. Ben, having put in a strong performance to finish 8th in qualifying, watched the finals from a front row seat. Young Molly Thompson-Smith was the only one to flash the first problem making it look very easy, but over the following problems Leah Crane got the job done by topping two out of the three and edged ahead of Mina Leslie-Wujastyk with Molly in third. In the men's everyone did the fist problem. Then things stepped up a gear with no one topping any of the rest!! Adam Watson and Ned Fehally got both bonus holds in those last two problems but Adam did so in fewer attempts, so took the win. He had just been out with a injury, but that did not stop him crushing.

↵⇥If you're keen to get designing your own mat then keep an eye out on our Newsletter or Facebook/Twitter for further information coming soon. Otherwise the full rangeis available now so you can get straight out to the boulders.

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