University of Birmingham Sport (UBSport) climbing team secured a tremendous result at the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) Championships on Saturday, March 17, securing 6th place in the competition.
The event was comprised of 25 climbs ranging from low to medium and high difficulty levels that were to be completed throughout the day. 10 points were awarded for completing the climb on the first attempt, with seven for a second attempt and three for a third attempt.
In the morning, UBSport’s star was James Kay who stormed to second overall. In the afternoon, however, a few costly slips left Kay with a superb score of 241 points out of a possible 250. This result left Kay in a creditable fourth place overall, just missing out on medal position.
Captain Alex Dexter, not to be outdone, proved equally impressive, gaining 238/250 points, taking him to eighth overall. Speaking of the event he said, ‘We have been doing extra training recently, in preparation for this event so we all felt really confident of getting everyone into the top 20.
‘It is as much a test of stamina and endurance as pure skill, but we are targeting a top-five finish overall which is definitely realistic. All the training has clearly paid off as two climbers in the top-10 is a brilliant result that merits our sixth overall; I am really proud of the team as they have lived up to their potential and could not have offered anymore.’
Annie Byass also secured 187/250 giving one of the highest female scores, while Jack Broughton, Ahlan Quattan and Patrick Hill also contributed significantly to the admirable final score that continues Birmingham’s successful BUCS campaign.