What is the Spring League?
The Spring League is one of two lead climbing competitions we run here at TX each year. While the autumn's leading ladder features specific age categories, a set piece grand final and some fantastic prizes the spring league is much more leisurely paced. The routes are still testing but the leaderboard is only split into boys and girls, but a mixed board will always be posted so you can see exactly where you fit in! With a grade range beginning at 5+, a raffle every round and FREE entry, there really is something for everyone so please join in the fun! As it stands TX is the only wall in Scotland offering lead climbing open competitions so you really cant get this feeling anywhere else!
Round 1 kicked off with 32 competitors entering scorecards, a massive increase on least year which is great to see. On the female side of the draw two members of the TX Youth Squad shot to the top of the leaderboad with young Emma Heslop leading the way. In fact, 4 of the top 5 females were representing for the Squad. A sign of things to come perhaps? Alicia Ledo split the group with some impressive climbing on a return from her travels.
In the men's side of the draw we saw 2016 Leading Ladder champion Ben Winter take the top spot with 8 flashes. He was closely followed by 3 time Leading Ladder finalist Phil Hall and local strongman Dave Cowan who tied for second place in Round 1. Nathan Noble was the only person to top route 8, a crimpy test of endurance on the Dream Tower which leaves him alone in 4th place. With Round 2 already underway there could be a real fight to top the chart come the end of the competition.
Your Round 1 setting team were Matt Berry, Joe Saunders and Scott Donaldson.
Round 2 saw many of the same faces we have become accustomed to seeing around competition time return to the fray along with some newer faces eager to join in what has been an excellent competition so far. 31 individuals threw down in Round 2 to continue the momentum from the initial round, its amazing what the offer of a raffle will do!
In the female draw we saw defending Leading Ladder Champion Fiona Stalker take the round win after placing 5th in the first round. She still has some ground to make up on the two young guns of the TX Youth Squad leading the way overall in Emma and Rosie who placed 2nd and third respectively in Round 2. Alicia Ledo continued her strong Spring League entry to finish 3rd in the round and hold onto 3rd overall in the competition. Round 3 is shaping up to be a furious finale in what is no doubt one of the most competitive fields we have ever seen. Will this momentum continue through the year for a grandstand finish at the Leading Ladder in the autumn, we can but wait and see!
In the men's event last years overall Spring League champion returned to the top of the table where he was joined by Nathan Noble, earning 100 points each in the overall standings. Round 1's winner slipped back to join a group of 3 other competitors with familiar names of Phil Hall, Laurie Barclay and Kevin Monachan in 3rd place. With only 2 points separating the top four overall in the standings it looks like the 2018 Spring League is going to go down to the wire. It's also fantastic to see Fraser Wilson of the TX Youth Squad holding down a top 8 spot overall in a loaded men's field. The winner of the Round 2 raffle was Fraser's fellow TXYS member, Allan Player!
Your setting team for Round 2 were: Ashley Dean, Michaela Howett and Diane Toal.