Climb Newcastle News: ASBO 11 Results

The results are in for ASBO '11 - and we hope you'll agree it was another very memorable Spring Boulder Open. Nearly 200 competitors, dressed out in our ASBO '11 colour of yellow, battled it out on 35 problems in the main competition, which also acted as qualification for the evening's final. A blank canvas in the pool area gave the opportunity for some extra special problems, including the 'swinging ball' which provided great amusement, and some very technical problems this time round, with 2 mantel/grooves in particular splitting up the top scorers. We had new holds to play with too - thanks very much to Holdz for supporting this year's comp, their wide variety of holds made for some great problems.

At 8:30pm the scores were in and finalists taken to isolation. Lining up in the girls final were reigning champion Joanne Quinan and 2009 champion Karin Magog, with them Libby Barrow (USA), Becky Good (who had made the long trip from The Climbing Hangar in Liverpool with fellow Merseysiders in Jean, their very small car) and 13 year old Sid Graham. The guys final looked equally as mouthwatering with 2009 winner Nigel Callender (IRE), Yorkshiremen Martin Smith and 16 year old Nathan Phillips, local boy Paul Carruthers and two more from Liverpool, Sean Hopkins and Ged Mac. It was set for an exciting final and with fore-mentioned blank canvas the wild problems created by Chris Graham (with tweaking and testing help from Suzan Dudink and Andy Big Pipes Porter - thanks guys) looked up for the challenge.

The guys were given 5 minutes to check out the problems as a large crowd gathered in the pool, including Suzan and Andy through a laptop via video-call as they watched at home. We were off... The guys came out to a ridiculous looking problem, a volume with a ball on it, another ball, then another one, then some bright Holdz to finish - it looked like a double dyno which fooled the first couple of finalists - in fact it was more of a mantle/contortion, Martin was first to read it in 2 goes, much to the delight of the crowd, followed by Paul in 3 goes with Nige and Nathan getting the flash in impressive style. The girls came out to a tricky traverse leading to a big move to two large tufas - young Sid shocked us all by double-dynoing to the first tufa and only Libby got further, reaching the bonus but just coming short of the top.

Girls 2 was a technical number crossing the 10 degree wall to a tricky groove. Karin and Libby made it up in 4 and 6 goes respectively, with Joanne executing an impressive flash to give her the lead going into problem 3. The guys had a monster of a problem on the 30 degree board, a powerful drop onto Bertha, followed by a ruthless undercut move. Ged, Sean, Paul and Nathan did well to reach bertha but struggled to move off the undercut, Martin looked close, Nigel sensationally crushed it.

Problem 3 and the guys double dynoed and traversed the lip of the roof with the big ball as a moving foothold - a real conundrum, the more you pushed on the ball the more it moved! The guys did well, Sean and Nathan coming close, Martin battled to an 8th attempt success to take 3rd, Paul flashed impressively to take second place, and outrageously Nige made it 3 tops in 3 goes to regain the ASBO title.

Girls 3 was hard - very hard - a powerful problem on slopers on the right side of the 30 degree board - the first move spat most off but Joanne cranked through to the big finish to retain her ASBO '11 crown.

Much thanks to Mark Savage who came down to take pics which we're looking forward to seeing (check out Mark's blog about his Northumberland climbing photography book) - also thanks to Andy Long who made our great new volumes, and to the Climbing Works for lending us their big ball! Photos and video still to come...

Here's the results in full...


Female Results Score Final




1 Joanne Quinan 293 Bonus 2/5 Top 2/5
2 Karin Magog 271 Bonus 1/1 Top 1/4
3 Libby Barrow 294 Bonus 2/5 Top 1/6
4 Becky Good 260 Bonus 1/1 Top 0/0
5 Sidonie Graham 254 Bonus 1/1 Top 0/0
6 Hannah Beresford 267
7 Ursula 248
8 Mags 242
9 Gem Smith 210
10 Leonie English 200
11 Nicola Frearson 195
12 Catherine Hall 192
13 Rose 180
14 Emily Cooper 170
15 Oraiga 168
16 Andrea Sinclair 160
16 Eleanor Cranke 160
16 Kay Smith 160
19 Ellie Bubbins 147
20 Kath Lowe 130
21 Ann Cranke 127
22 Laura Elliot 87
23 Erica Lieberman 82
24 Victoria Chandler 80





Male Results - Name Score Final
1 Nigel Callender 337 Bonus 3/3 Top 3/3
2 Paul Carruthers 341 Bonus 3/7 Top 2/4
3 Martin Smith 337 Bonus 3/10 Top 2/10
4 Nathan Phillips 347 Bonus 3/4 Top 1/1
5 Sean Hopkins 334 Bonus 1/3 Top 0/0
6 Ged Mac 334 Bonus 0/0 Top 0/0
7 Tom Rookes 328
7 Michael Hopkins 328
9 Sam Dewhurst 327
10 Adam Young 324
11 Richard Hession 322
11 Chris Canning 322
13 Patrick Buchan 319
14 Nigel Leeming 315
15 Dave Clarke 312
16 Jonas Vison 310
17 Jens Signer 306
18 Dean Taylor 304
19 Michael Adams 303
20 Shaun Speed 302
20 Charlie Mpetha 302
20 Euan Findlay 302
23 David park 298
23 Tim Parker 298
25 Arran Greenod 297
26 Jonathon Kelly 295
26 Dave Sutton 295
28 David Murray 287
28 Rob Clark 287
30 Scott Gibson 285
31 Steve Crowe 284
32 Josh Enlander 281
33 Ben Dawson 280
33 Andrew Harris 280
35 Giraud Clement 279
36 Matt Dawson 278
36 Oli Warlow 278
36 Duncann Carr 278
39 Tom Bright 277
40 Jack Graham 274
41 Tom Kingston 270
41 Liam Connel 270
43 Nick Sanders 269
44 Matthew Breadin 267
44 Peter Briggs 267
44 Ste Barker 267
47 Andy Dumelow 264
47 Chris Powell 264
49 Ian Birtwistle 262
49 Sam Purvis 262
50 Matt Wilson 259
50 Phil Steadman 259
52 Andy Birtwhistle 258
53 Steve Lynch 257
54 Ross Kirtley 252
55 Richard Dagnan 251
56 Johnathon Cotsworth 250
57 Will Manning 249
58 Tim Staton 248
59 Jamie Naden 247
60 Mark Brownlee 245
61 Sigmund Werndorf 243
62 Andy Stephenson 241
62 Kris Moeckell 241
62 Ian Murray 241
65 Dan Surley 240
66 Garry Paxton 238
66 Scott Nolan 238
68 James Wood 237
69 Rob Lear 235
70 Dave Barrett 234
70 Sam Whitehouse 234
72 Josh Wood 231
73 David Darcy 228
74 J. Dugdale 227
75 Jock Aliver 225
76 Carl Taylor 224
76 Luke Baker 224
76 Clive Phillips 224
79 Martin Hall 220
79 Stephen Broadgy 220
81 Henry Howard 218
82 Greg Davies 217
82 Joe Spadding 217
82 John Earl 217
85 Paul Toole 215
86 Craig Wood 214
86 Sam Thompson 214
88 A. Kidson 211
89 Edd Marston 209
90 David Burgess 208
91 Harry Garside 207
91 Martyn Hypnotoad 207
93 Simon Jones 205
94 Charlie Purivs 199
95 Andrew Rudge 198
96 Alex Clay 197
97 Ed Teale 195
98 W. Hawkins 194
98 Jonathon Walker 194
100 Andrew Myers 191
101 Berninhard Kopplingev 188
102 Grant Easton 187
103 Sam Fisher 186
104 Keran O'Moore 184
104 Tom Hudson 184
106 Mark Milne 182
107 Luke Paxton 180
107 Sean Elliot 180
109 Dash Strebel 178
110 Shaun Eccleston 177
110 Jeff Lyall 177
110 Andrew Maloney 177
110 Dan Richardson 177
114 A. Begbez 174
115 Will Harris 170
116 Scott Dowden 169
117 Craig Alderson 168
119 Scott Charlton 166
120 Oli Schooler 165
121 Paul Ryan 164
122 Dominic Brosnan 162
123 Sam Bullock 161
124 Lee Hill 160
124 Johnathon Burt 160
124 Gary brosnan 160
124 Peter Purvis 160
128 David Thewlis 155
128 Mark Butler 155
130 Matt Alaason 151
130 Mark Surley 150
132 Gerard Thomas 147
133 Matthew Holder 140
133 Chris Bullock 140
135 Ryan Gibson 130
136 David Esplin 117
136 John Schindler 117
138 Peter Murray 104
139 Jude Lowe Webb 100
140 Liam Murray 87
141 Faizal Adam 78
142 Anthony Swares 64