Gairloch Climbing Competition

The new wall has proved an amazing success since it opened last November. Climbers of all ages have been using the wall three evenings a week with additional visitors at the weekends.

Saturday 19th March saw the first ever Indoor Climbing Wall Competition held in Gairloch. The Leisure Centre was buzzing with over 150 people through the door with 70 of them taking part in the event. The competition in all three age categories was fierce with people coming over from as far away as Penicuik, Brora, Elgin, Inverness, Dingwall, Ullapool and Dundonnell. The big turnout made sure there was three hours of continuous climbing action to entertain the spectators.

Organiser Paul Tattersal would like to say a VERY big thank you to everyone who helped to make the event a success: all those climbers who spent time belaying, everyone who kindly donated baking for refreshments, Glynnis Pickering and Tracy Wilson for sitting all afternoon at the registration desk, Sandi, Gillian, Jennifer and their team for organising the refreshments in the hall, Jim Buchanan for doing a brilliant job designing and producing the score sheets and winners’ certificates. Also many thanks to Jenny, Katie and Dina at the Leisure Centre and Andy Bowker.

Results as follows…

1st 2nd 3rd
P4-7 Girls Caera Douglas Sara Johnston Amy Tattersall & Morven MacLean
P4-7 Boys Eadan Cunningham Duncan Cunningham James Douglas
S1-6 Girls Holly Morrison Charmayne Fraser Jade Buchan
S1-6 Boys Kieran Morrison Calum Cunningham Jordan Gorman
Adult Female Sash Mathewman Gill Dean Angela Tattersall
Adult Male Dave Douglas Stuart Pickering Alf Chamings

Prizes were donated by:

Mary Buchanan, Connie and Michael Inman, Alex Fotheringham, Helen Meek, Huw Banister, North West Outdoors Ullapool, Strath Stores, Strath Post Office, Gairloch Garage, Treasure Chest, Harbour Lights Cafe, Bank of Scotland Gairloch, Whistle Stop Cafe Kinlochewe.

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