BMC Youth Climbing Series National Final 2018

On Saturday 28th April, 260 finalists gathered in Edinburgh from around the UK after qualifying in top spots via there regional rounds.

We had some of those top spots bagged from RCC Academy members, Ewan Walker Cat A Boys, Isla Thompson Cat B Girls, Ranulph Carlill Cat C Boys & Kaia Marston Cat D Girls!


In addition to this we were joined by Harrogate Climbing Centre Coach, Tom along with three members of the Harrogate Climbing Centre Academy and one member of the Manchester Climbing Centre Academy.


We all grouped together for a joint warm up before the Academy members went off in their various directions to start. Throughout the day each competitor has three blocs and three routes to attempt to rack up those points for the overall position.

At lunch time all members of the RCC team had made a good start with Ewan & Kaia sat in the top 10 of their respective categories.

After the break Ewan’s climbing continued to be on point with the top 15 to be decided on their last route. Kaia also continued to climb well with her first challenge after lunch being a slab problem with a distinct lack of holds, which made it very tricky and easy to lose balance near the top of the bloc.


Once the chalk dust had settled the team finished in the following positions, Ewan 11th, Isla 22nd, Ranulph 20th & Kaia 25th.

This will be Ewan’s last Youth Climbing Series event. He had a great day in his final event and it’s been a pleasure working with him over the last few years.

Isla did well in her first national final during her first year in category B and I hope she manages to make the trip up to Edinburgh next year.


Ranulph’s climbing is maturing and improving all the time; the result does not reflect how well he climbed but this is mainly down having a falling out with the blocs.


Kaia’s result definitely did not show how well she climbed. This was down to the extremely strong category and her last route which she fell early on after a very long wait and a change to final route. It was also good to see her leading the 30 metre high walls in her down time which seemed like the highlight of the day for her.

Full details of the BMC YCS 2018 series can be found here.


Blog & Photos by RCC Assistant Manager & Coach Mark Petty