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21 Jul 2015 10:46

Spider Squad at The Junior British Boulder Championships 2015

Chris Butcher

Saturday of 27th June saw Bloc Climbing in Bristol hosting the British Junior Bouldering Championships and Final round of the Junior Boulder Cup. White Spider hosted a strong team of Imogen Horrocks (Girls A), Lucy Rattue (Girls B), Freddy High (Boys B), Beth Christian (Girls C) and Chris Butcher (Boys C). With the squad looking strong at previous rounds and having put in a few months of hard training the finals where going to be interesting.

Freddy High
Freddy High on a Slab Qualifer Problem

First up was the qualifiers, each category had 8 boulder problems to climb, set by Yann Genoux and Alex Fry they comprised an interesting mix of delicate slabs, technical vertical walls and powerful overhangs. In the qualifiers all of White Spider Squad put in tremendous performances, Lucy Rattue had an excellent round finishing 10th, like wise Freddy High, Beth Christian and Chris Butcher had an excellent competition finishing 13th, 15th and 11th respectively. With only a couple of minor mistakes keeping them from possibly making finals.

Beth Christian
Beth Christian on a Vertical Qualifer Problem

Imogen Horrocks had a great qualifying round finishing 5th, getting her into the finals against a strong line up of climbers including many in the British Team. The First problem was a powerful overhang starting and finishing with very dynamic moves, Imogen made short work of the first dyno getting to the Bonus hold on her first try then falling trying to set up for the last move. Putting her briefly in joint first after this problem. The next two problems saw the finalist first on an uber technical slab requiring 100% faith in very bad footholds and slippery and sloppy handholds. Imogen once again climbed amazingly, but just couldn’t control the penultimate hold enough to finish the problem. The last problem was a technical and dynamic start, finishing with a hands off move to the finishing hold which was to small to hold to match and finish. On her 2nd go Imogen made it to the final hold, but exhausted couldn’t get the match and although she came close a couple of times couldn’t quite complete the problem. This put her in 5th place after a very strong performance, it also meant she came 3rd overall in the Junior Boulder Cup, an incredible achievement.

Imogen Looking Strong on the Roof

With the squad getting better and better we are looking forward to next seasons competitions that start in September.

Words by:

Jonathan Redshaw
White Spider Competition Squad Coach

26 Mar 2015 13:19

YCS Regional Finals at White Spider

On the 21st of March White Spider hosted the Youth Climbing Series Regional Final, this event pitted the top 10 Youth Climbers in each age category from the London and South East Region. With the top 3 from each Category going through to the finals in Ratho, Scotland.
Lucy Rattue From Girls Category C on her 3rd Route
The proceedings two rounds saw 10 of the White Spider performance squad qualifying for the Regional final with many making podiums. The run up to the event saw squad members putting in extra hours at the wall, training hard for those podiums which would get them to Ratho.

Holly James Making her way through the Stalictite Roof 
On the day the Squad pulled out an amazing performance, the Highlight was 8 year old (Girls E) Lucy Garlick, battling it out in a Super Final on a tough 7a to take 2nd place and secure her place at Ratho. 

Lucy Garlic Cruising to the Top of her 3rd Route
In Boy’s A Matt Davies and Ryan Caby has the comp of their life, climbing amazingly to secure 4th and 5th place respectively against a tough field.  Likewise in Boys B Nat Hudspith and Freddy High had a great comp finishing in joint 4th and in Girls B Lucy Rattue managed a respectful 6th and Holly James 8th, and in Boy’s D Tom Kolasinksi finished 9th.
Matt Davis from Boys Category A on Route 3
With the Performance Squad competing amazingly even with a couple sick and one injured the future is looking good for next year’s competition season. The focus now shifts to GB team selection events for some of the squad and also putting their competition skills to practice on rock.
Words By:
Jon Redshaw MSc
Performance Climbing Coach
All Photos © by Evie Cotrulia
We would also like to send out a special thanks to Mountain Boot Co. for providing Grivel and Edelweiss prizes, and to Beyond Hope Climbing for providing Metolius and Rock Technology Prizes.

13 Dec 2014 9:00

On Sky Sports – again!

Sky Sports were here at White Spider last week – and then aired this awesome short video on Saturday 13th December as part of their "Introduction to sports…" series.

Sky Sports: Introducing Climbing

It features some great shots of White Spider and 3 members of our Junior Comp SquadBeth, Chris and Lucy, talking about why they love climbing so much.  Its a great trailor for climbing – and whilst it is clearly aimed at kids we offer great climbing for adults and kids alike. So if you are interested we run sessions throughout the year for people of all levels and all ages, from beginners to elite comps.  Check out our other pages and see what all the fuss is about!



the White Spider Climbing Team

25 Jul 2014 19:12

Youth Open Results


On Friday 25th July White Spider Climbing hosted the BMC Lead Youth Open 2014.


There was some fantastic climbing from all categories and some inspirational climbing from the finalists! 

'The lead event on Friday was held on the relatively short walls of the White Spider, meaning that the routes were short and sharp and packed a real bouldery punch. The qualifiers produced really determined efforts from those that made the finals, with everyone giving it maximum effort in the heat.' – BMC


Routes where set by Yann Genoux and Mike Langley; Challenging in different ways and served up some great variety for the climbers .. and thrilling to watch! 


Lead results: Official Competiton Results



Male Junior

1st Connor Byrne

2nd Ellis Butler Barker

3rd Buster Martin


Male A

1st Timo Zheng

2nd Jim Pope

3rd James Nugent


Male B

1st Cameron McLoughlin

2nd Dominic Vincent

3rd David Taylor


Male C

1st Oliver Graham

2nd Sam Bullock

3rd Nathan Whaley


Junior Female

1st Sarah Pashley

2nd Phoebe Nelson

3rd Naomi Tilley


Female A

1st Ellissa Bryant

2nd Olivia Corrigan

3rd Katie Williams


Female B

1st Hannah Slaney

2nd Rebecca Kinghorn

3rd Imogen Horrocks


Female C

1st Emily Phillips

2nd Kitty Morrison

3rd Pippa Watkin

22 Jul 2014 15:35

BMC Summer Youth Open

BMC Youth Open

The BMC Summer Lead Open Youth Event will be held on 25th July here at White Spider Climbing. 

ONLINE ENTRY NOW OPEN   –   Closes midday Wednesday 23rd July!

This is a fun competition but also part of the selection process for the GB Junior Bouldering and Lead Teams. 

'The BMC Open Youth Competitions are open to young climbers born between 1 January 1995 and 31 December 2002 and who are eligible to compete for Great Britain (ie hold a GB passport). Others may be invited at the discretion of the BMC.

Team managers from both the lead and bouldering teams will be looking at performances in these events as it will be used as part of the continuing monitoring process for the Great Britain Climbing Team. Consequently, these results will be considered – and will count – when selection for next year's GB team is is made.'

We look forward to seeing you there!


The White Spider Team

01 Jul 2014 15:08

BMC Youth Climbing Series 2014 final

BMC Youth Climbing Series 2014 final at Edinburgh International Climbing Arena

london & SE

White Spider Climbing’s Performance Squad did amazingly well, yet again, for the first year of the squad!

Imogen and Libby placed 3rd, Chris 4th, Beth 5th and Tom 10th! 

London & South East region won the National Team Trophy (again!) with the help of our 5 guys!!!


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Congrats to all involved from all the team! 

The White Spider Team,

28 Jun 2014 13:18

YCS Final 2014 by Beth

Here's a great write- up from Performace Squad member Beth, who placed 5th at this years BMC Youth Climbing Series Competition.

'The Final at Ratho by Beth

Beth - White Spider Climbing


Ratho is such an amazing climbing centre. It is huge and the walls are very high! Chris and I went to see it on the Thursday before the competition and we were able to climb the highest wall which was fun. On the Friday, we  went to Edinbrugh on the tram and even climbed up the Scott Monument…it was 287 steps!!  The hotel was great and we had fun in the swimming pool… Immy and Tom were there too J .  


On the day of the competition, we got there early with Be and picked up our competition t shirts and regional hoodies with our names on. We had a look at the routes and Be, Libby and Robin talked me through them.  There was a group talk about the rules and a group warm up, then the 33 competitors in each group were split into two groups, X and Y. I had the first three boulder routes and the first two top rope routes  first and flashed them all so I was in a good position. We had to do the third top rope route next and it looked quite tricky with lots of small crimpy holds. I was up second but I didn’t mind because I  just wanted to get on with it, as we had been waiting around a lot by then. I took a deep breath and took it slowly and steadily and remembered to breathe like Andre told me to. I had a really good climb and only came off really close to the top so I got a really good score of 97 which I was happy with for the hardest route.


Then there was another couple of hours before I got to climb the second route…no one at all had managed to complete it and I was worried because there were four nasty slopers  in a row. I took it slowly and again I did really well to get to near the top and my foot  just slipped off  missing out on the last hold where but I  got a great score of 97  so I was happy with that. Overall I got 474 points out of a maximum of 480 and came 5th place…I was only 4 points off the winning score so it was all so close at the top of my girls group D.  Matilda won, which I was really happy about because she is a really nice and such a good climber and one of my London and South East team mates!  


Everyone from White Spider did so well and we were super happy and excited particularly because our region won the Team trophy and we got to go up and collect it…Hurray J. It was a great day and such a fun experience. I loved being there with my White Spider team mates and meeting lots of other girls who are really great climbers. I am going to work hard now at my lead climbing now so that I can try and get there again next year!!'


Well Done White Spider Performance Squad, you all did amazing! 


The White Spider Team

16 Jun 2014 15:26

Sat 14th Boulder Comp Winners!


Comp Winners!


Thank you so much to everyone that came down on Saturday to check out our new boulder competition wall!


The competition wasn't easy but everyone managed to have a good time, great beats from our DJ and some great climbing!

Photos to follow!

The White Spider Team,

07 Apr 2014 15:30

BMC YCS – Round 3 at The Castle



On the 29th March our Performance Squad had the regional final of the BMC Youth Climbing Series. Again our team did amazingly well with two regional champions and two second places, first time round for the White Spider Squad!

The 'fantastic 4' will be off to compete in the Grand Final at the Edinburgh International Climbing Arena in Ratho. 




So what's it like to compete?



We asked our original and super strong 'Spider Baby', Christopher Butcher, to tell us what it was like competing in the regional final at The Castle climbing centre. This is what he said. 


'It was the big day! The final round of the BMC Youth regional competition.  The top 5 from London South region would compete against the top 5 from London North in their age group at The Castle.  White Spider had 10 squad members competing.



As we approached from the tube station, I realized how big it was. It really does look like a castle from the outside, and inside the walls are higher than most of us had climbed before.  We couldn’t help feeling nervous as we waited for our turn to boulder and top-rope or lead (for the older age groups), especially as we realised the standard of the other climbers there. But the whole squad have been training hard and we knew that we had it in us to climb well and do White Spider proud.  The climbs were hard and set to test our full strength, agility and skills.  It was a tough competition for all of us.



After a long day climbing, we waited for the results to be announced.  There was an air of anticipation; a top 3 placing meant a place at the BMC finals in Edinburgh in June!  Libby won Girls A, Immy Girls B and Beth placed 2nd in Girls D And me?  A 2nd place in Boys D meant that I will be joining the 3 girls on a trip to Edinburgh, climbing at Europe’s biggest indoor climbing arena, Ratho.  Where the walls will be even higher!  Well done to all the other squad members who climbed well and only just missed out on finals places.  And a big thanks to our awesome coaches Belinda, Bronagh and Andre and to all the White Spider staff who’ve supported and encouraged us throughout.  So if you see us training hard at White Spider, you’ll know what we are training for.  Wish us all the best for June!


By Christopher ‘Spiderbaby’ Butcher


WS Junior Squad member. Aged 10.'


We also had an amazing result with one of our regular kids club members, Tomasz Kolasinki, he came 3rd at The Castle which means he is also off to Ratho! Well done Tom!


A massive well done! We're all so proud!


The White Spider Team




02 Mar 2014 12:55

White Spider Performance Squad – BMC YCS Round 2

On Saturday 1st March the White Spider Performance Squad competed in the second round of the BMC Youth Climbing Series.


.BMC YCS round 2

Yet again the team performed amazingly well! 

3 Winners!

. . . a total of 7 Podiums!

11 Top ten finishes!


BMC YCS - Round 2

And everyone who entered both rounds is through to the final at The Castle! Well done Spider team! A big thank you and congratulations to the teams awesome coaches as well as the parents of our talented squad, who offer so much love and support!

For more info please visit this page from the BMC website!


We're all so proud here at Spider! 
The White Spider Team

19 Feb 2014 14:30

Blokfest 2014 White Spider Performance Squad Results

Saturday 15th February was the last of 5 Blokfest festivals, a Bouldering competition consisting of 5 rounds, each at a different venue, as well as a team of world-class boulder setters who create 25 exciting boulder problems for each category to tackle ranging from the very easy to the extremely hard. Each event is massive! It’s thrilling, inspiring and a whole lot of fun!


It was the first Blokfest for the White Spider Performance squad, and they did us all proud yet again! The team had some amazing results, leading the way where Imogen Horrocks and Madeleine Broughton who both won their categories overall.

So how did they do? . . . our guys did as follows (for the series as a whole)




A brilliant result for a squad with only 1 term of training!


2 Champions!

3 Podiums!

9 Top ten places!



Blokfest Winners


A big well done to everyone! 


28 Jan 2014 17:30

Results from the BMC Youth Climbing Series 2014 round 1

On the 25th of January we hosted the first round of the regional BMC Youth Climbing Series, here at White Spider!


Libby (T-Rex) Gamble and Imogen (Immy) Horrocks

A fun and exciting series of competitions for children aged between 7 and 17. There are 2 rounds within each region, London & South East has been split this year into North and South as the competition is getting bigger and better with each year passing, and then a regional final. The regional final will decide which London and South East team will then go on and compete at the National Final at Ratho in Edinburgh in June.

All children have to complete 3 boulder problems and 3 routes in their age categories, all setting of boulders and routes take into account the age and size the competitors are likely to be within each category. Points are scored based on how far each competitor manages to climb up a boulder problem or route; there is a maximum of 100 points for routes and 60 for each of the boulder problem. 

The children are separated into the five categories, the girls and boys are divided into their own age groups that follow the IFSC (International Federation of Sport Climbing) system based on year of birth. 

Youth A – those born in 1997 & 1998
Youth B – those born in 1999 & 2000
Youth C – those born in 2001 & 2002
Youth D – those born in 2003 & 2004
Youth E – those born in 2005 & 2006

So with much excitement and anticipation, especially with having our very own amazing performance squad this year, we opened the event! Robyn O’Leary, Area Youth Coordinator, started with a quick briefing and it was all systems go! 

Parents, Coaches and volunteers jumped to their posts (a huge thank you to those who got involved and helped us out!) then it was time to climb and show us what they were made off. All participants worked incredibly hard and an inspiration to both the staff and everyone else in the centre, so well done everyone! 

So how did we do? . . . 
All were psyched and felt the pressure having to perform here at a home crowd! 

Libby (T-rex) Gamble looked strong and didn’t disappoint, looking more than comfortable on the routes winning her category, Girls A. Imogen (Immy) Horrocks also crushed, achieving full points in bouldering and did extremely well on routes meaning we saw her win her category, Girls B.  Another win came from category Boys D, our little (and not to be underestimated) Spider Baby Christopher Butcher. Christopher showcased some great climbing on Saturday and we’re so happy he managed the win! 

Our little ‘Munchkin’ Lucy Rattue did exceedingly well to accomplish 2nd place in her Girls C category, well done Lucy! Other results within the team saw Nat Hudspith, Boys B, and Ryan Caby, Boys A, on the podium, they were up against some strong competition and did extremely well to achieve 3rd place in their categories. Other great results include a 4th place for Beth Christian aka ‘wonderbaby’ in Girls D as well as a 5th place for Madeleine Broughton (Moo) in the same category, both displayed great team spirit and we loved their positive attitude. Kirsten Gentleman came in at 5th in Girls B, Kirsten overcame nerves and climbed very well to achieve a great result. Matt Davies also came in 5th in Boys A, again he displayed some great climbing. 

White Spider Squad YCS 2014 winners

White Spider Squad YCS 2014 winners
A massive thank you to the squad coaches, Andre Hedger, Belinda Fuller, Bronagh Cairns and David Collom, who support and nurture the dedicated talents within our incredible ‘White Spider Performance team’. Thank you to all the parents of the performance squad, without your help and support we wouldn’t have done so well, the team loves you guys! 

We would also like to say thanks to the route setters, Yann Genoux, Gaz Parry, Evie Cotrulia and Stew Terry. You guys created some awesome routes and boulder problems, which kept the competition interesting and nerve-wrecking! 

Another shout to Gaz Parry and Scarpa for holding a Scarpa boot Demo here at the Spider, we hope everyone tried out plenty of shoes. Again a big thank you to Beyond Hope and Mountain Boot co for providing the prizes for all podium finishers.

Gaz Parry Scarpa Demo
After an early morning, countless coffees, many great climbs and a lot of positive energy floating around, we all made it happen! All in all, a great day! We’re all proud of the team here at White Spider. It’s onwards and upwards and we’re expecting some more great results in the next round at Craggy Guildford on Saturday the 1st March. 


20 Nov 2013 13:43

Junior Competition Squad – Blokfest

The White Spider Junior Competition Squad (supported by Marmot) has got off to a roaring start this Autumn. 


They've bagged many top 10 spots in various comps over the past few months, showing the circuit that they mean business!  

Check out the squad's current positions in this year's Blokfest: 


Female U16s

1st place – Imogen Horrocks

3rd place – Libby Gamble


Youth B – Males

6th place – Ryan Caby 

9th place – Dylan Bibbs


Youth C – Males

6th place – Nat Hudspith


Youth D – Males

6th place – Chris Butcher


Youth D – Females

3rd place – Beth Christian 


Youth E – Females

1st Place – Madeleine Broughton 



The Squad at Round 1 with team coach Belinda Fuller. Photo courtesy of Steve Gentleman. 


Squad coach Belinda Fuller is also currently in 2nd place at Blokfest in the adult category – an impressive start all round! 


Keep up the good work guys, you are smashing it! 


Big thanks to Marmot for their support with the Squad. 

Logo Marmot

25 Sep 2013 10:09

Meet the White Spider Junior Competition Squad!

In September '13 White Spider launched the Junior Competition squad! To catch up on the latest happenings with the squad, please check out our Junior Competition Squad journal pages.

If you would like to trial for the squad please contact Be’ directly on


Meet the coaches: 

Andre      belinda      bronagh

Andre Hedger, Belinda Fuller & Bronagh Cairns


Meet the squad: 

Imogen Horrocks

Libby Gamble  

Kirstin Gentleman

Imogen profiel Libby profile Kirstin profile

How long have you been climbing?

3 years

How long have you been climing?

4 years

How long have you been climbing?

10 years

Favourite type of climbing?

Bouldering at the moment!

Favourite type of climbing?

Outdoor Sport

Favourite type of climbing?


Favourite thing about climbing?


Favourite thing about climbing? 

Showing up men who think small girls can't beat them! 

Favourite thing about climbing? 

Topping out!

Madeleine Broughton

Lucy Rattue

Beth Christian

Maddy profile Lucy profile beth profile

How long have you been climbing?

4 years and 10 months

How long have you been climbing?

4 years

How long have you been climbing?

2 years

Favourite type of climbing?


Favourite type of climbing?


Favourite type of climbing?

Top roping

Favourite thing about climbing?

I like climbing because it gives you a real challenge and you can make new friends

Favourite thing about climbing?

The adrenaline and being surrounded by all my friends.

Favourite thing about climbing?

The thrill


The Boys: 


Stephane Kelk

Dylan Bibbs

Ryan Caby

Stefan profile dylan Ryan profile

How long have you been climbing?

6 years

How long have you been climbing? 

3 years

How long have you been climbing? 

4 years

Favourite type of climbing? 


Favourite type of climbing? 


Favourite type of climbing? 


Favourite thing about climbing?


Favourite thing about climbing? 

Keeps me fit and different from what everyone else does. And I love chalk! 

Favourite thing about climbing? 

It looks really cool! 

Chris Butcher

Nat Hudspith

Matt Davies

Chris profile Nat profiel Matt profile

How long have you been climbing? 

4 years

How long have you been climbing? 

11 months

How long have you been climbing? 

3 years

Favourite type of climbing? 


Favourite type of climbing? 


Favourite type of climbing? 


Favourite thing about climing? 

Because it's the best thing in the world!!!

Favourite thing about climbing? 


Favourite thing about climbing? 

Different and fun. 


20 Jan 2013 18:55

BMC Youth Series 2013 – at White Spider on 16th Feb

We are proud to announce that we are holding the opening round of the BMC Youth Climbing Series 2013 on 16th Feb here at White Spider. Come down, join in, or just watch some amazing young competitors. The future of british climbing.


BMC Youth Series at White Spider


The (very excited) White Spider Team 🙂


For more images, see: BMC Youth Series Feb 2013 Gallery