News 2015

Hannah Hayes - 2015 ILL - Round 1
Title: 2015 Irish Leading League - Round 1
Type: Competition climbing
Date: 07/09/2015
System Date: 07/09/2015
The first round of the very first ever Irish Leading League took place at Awesome Walls Dublin on Saturday 5th of September. 

The Leading League is a brand new competition for Mountaineering Ireland. The Irish Leading League comprises of three individual rounds. At each round there are ten routes. The routes range in difficulty from about 5b to 8a. The scoring is very similar to that of the Irish Bouldering League; competitors score ten points on reaching the top of the routes on their first attempt, seven points for a successful second attempt and four points for a reaching the top on their third attempt. A one point bonus hold is also on offer for those who do not reach the top, and for the belligerent climber there are two points on offer for reaching the top if four or more attempts are taken.  

Despite the glorious weather, the attractions of an All Ireland semi-final replay and Electric Picnic the competition on Saturday attracted sixty climbers from all over Ireland; North and South, East and West. The was a huge range of ages taking part too. From the youngest competitor Matthew Murray from Cork who is just nine years of age all the way up to the Silver Crimpers in the Masters Male Category who are at least forty-five years old! 

Only one climber, Ciaran Scanlon managed to get all ten routes on his first attempt, scoring a full one-hundred points and winning the Senior Male as well as being the top ranked overall climber, not bad for a boulderer! Lucy Mitchell took second place overall and first in Senior Female. Eddie Cooper won the Masters Male category and took fourth place overall. Saul Calvert blasted his way to first in a very competitive Junior Male category. Eleanor Lawrence took first in Junior Female. 

Spot prizes were given out to some lucky competitors after the prize giving. Huge thanks to the sponsors of the spot prizes: Three Rock Books, the Maple Clinic physical therapy, Movementworks Pilates and DMM

For full results please click on the following links: 
2015 Irish Leading League - Round 1 - Category results

The next round of the 2015 Irish Leading League takes place at Awesome Walls Cork on Saturday 26th of September. For more information on the Irish Leading League please click on the following link: 2015 Irish Leading League


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