Cumbria Primary Schools’ Climbing Competition

Last Friday saw children from Hunter Hall compete at the annual Cumbria Primary Schools’ Climbing Competition, held (for the first time) at Eden Rock, in Carlisle. Twelve children represented the school, in the two teams (one all boys, the other mixed), ranging from Year 3 to Year 6.

A total of 20 bouldering challenges had been set for the children to tackle in five different zones, with 25 minutes allowed in each one. Challenges differed in level, from ‘straight forward’ to ‘desperately hard’ with big overhangs and fine off-balanced problems to solve.  

Both teams made impressive starts, with all climbers cruising up the first two problems easily on their first attempts. Time soon proved to be our biggest obstacle with our teams struggling to get through each problem in the short window allocated. A quick tactical change ensured we didn’t lose too much ground and we were able to complete some routes at the half time break. The end of the competition time came around rapidly, and although we hadn’t squeezed in every last route, everyone had given a thoroughly good account of themselves. A quick total up of the scores showed us that the boys’ team earned 113 points, whilst the mixed team managed a superb 184. Matilda M, Lucy C and Stefan all top scored with 33 points to their names - very impressive climbing from these three!  
We now wait to find out whether any of our teams have made it through to the ‘super final’ next month but for now, a massive well done to all those who gave everything last week. 

Mr M Spooner 

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