Britain's Got Talent: Champions Crowned in Blackpool

Senior Mens Champion - Gareth Parry. Photo courtesy of the British Mountaineering Council (BMC).

Senior Womens Champion - Audrey Seguy. Photo courtesy of the British Mountaineering Council (BMC).

British climbers showed their climbing prowess as they battled it out at the PlanetFear British Lead Climbing Championships at Blackpool Climbing Towers this weekend (24-25 May, 2008).

Gareth Parry, from Bury, retained his title in the men’s senior championship but was pushed all the way by Dave Barrans and Drew Haigh. With seven-time champion Lucy Creamer helping to organise the event rather than taking part this year, the women’s senior was an open field. The title was taken by Audrey Seguy, from London.

In the final of the male junior category there was a nail biting super-final between Jonathan Stocking and Luke Tilley, which Jonathan topped out on to become the only competitor with a 100% success rate in the event. In the female junior category Shauna Coxsey took the title for the second year running to confirm her status as one of Britain’s very best up and coming young competitors.

Strong winds held off the rain and spectators were able to enjoy fantastic displays of climbing at the event organised by the British Mountaineering Council (BMC) in conjunction with Blackpool Council. Tony Ryan of the BMC said: “We’ve seen some real talent this weekend which bodes well for the British Climbing Team as it competes internationally this season and in the future. We’re now gearing up for the next national competitions – the final of the BMC Youth Climbing Series in Edinburgh on 28th June and then the British Bouldering Championships on the weekend of 12/13th July at the Cliffhanger outdoors festival in Sheffield.”

Senior podium (left to right): Michaela Tracy, Gaz Parry, Audrey Seguy, Drew Haigh, Hannah Beresford, Dave Barrans. Photo courtesy of the British Mountaineering Council (BMC).

The podium places were as follows:

Male seniors
1st Gareth Parry
2nd Drew Haigh
2nd Dave Barrans

Female seniors
1st Audrey Seguy
2nd Hannah Beresford
3rd Michaela Tracy

Male Junior
1st Jonathan Stocking
2nd Luke Tilley
3rd Ross Kirkland

Female Junior
1st Shauna Coxsey
2nd Kitty Wallace
3rd Rebecca Hall

Male Veteran
1st Nick Colton
2nd Ian Dunn
3rd Mike Watson

Full results, more photos and a round-up of the championship can be found at: and at

Sources: Tina Gardner,,

Date of competition: May 24-25, 2008

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