23 October, 2012

Mile End - BlocFest - Sat 20th October 2012

Saturday, 20th October 2012 saw some 250 + climbers of all ages turn up at the first official Blocfest of 2012 at Mile End, London.  The centre was buzzing in red Five Finger Thing t-shirts that each climber got given as a gift from the Blocfest team from the very start through to the spectacular finals in the evening. With the Blocfest DJ's creating the vibe, funky blocs, some crazy challenges, loads of giveaways from chalk bags to sports recovery drinks, free food, free sports massages, free coaching from Neil Gresham,  this was psyched climbers only place to be!

250 + Climbers at the Mile End - Wild Country BlocFest
After hours of entertainment for all on the many styles of climbing from delicate slabs to burly overhangs and even an off-width it was time to find a good spectator seat for the showcase finals. The finals were a huge hit with the crowd - the top climbers of the day showed off there immense talent and determination to put on a show. The Blocfest team created a spectacular set of wild moves that kept everyone on the edge of their seats.

Phoebe puzzling over a final problem
All of the finalists put in the effort of a lifetime but the star of the show had to be Audrey Seguy who battled hard to come 2nd with her eight month old baby watching from the crowd. Michaela Tracey and Liam Halsey both toped all the finals to take the big cash prize. But the real winners of the day were all those who turned up in their hundreds and got amongst it! We salut you...

Audrey doing battle - A true inspiration to try harder!!!
Congratulations to the category winners...

Senior Female - Michela Tracey
Senior Male - Ben Read
Junior Female - Ellie May
Junior Male - Alex Waterhouse
Veteran Female - Karin Bradbury
Veteran Male - Tim Hatch

For full results of all the categories CLICK HERE

The girls celebrating and congratulating!
The BlocFest Team would like to thank Wild Country as the main round and prize sponsor of this event along with Karma. Thank you to Mile End for hosting this great event and we look forward to visiting again next year!

Thanks also to everyone who attended the very first Blocfest and all those who helped on the day, we couldn't have done it without you!

And thank you to all our series sponsors - Boreal, Holdz, Rock On, Mountain Hardwear.

And our other sponsors - Moon, Prana, Metolius, Wild Country, DMM, NouriSH Me Now, Evolv, Beal, New Heights Fitness, La Sportiva, UK Climbing and our media partner, Climber Magazine.

We look forward to seeing you at the Castle to go even bigger and better - December 8th.

The Blocfest Team