Clitheroe climber Connor reaches the top

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CLITHEROE’S Connor Byrne claimed first place at the British Lead Climbing Championship in Scotland.

Travelling straight from school on the Friday night, Connor managed a relaxing evening and had a good night’s sleep until a fire alarm led to his hotel being evacuated at 3 a.m. for 15 minutes!

Connor kept his cool and was quickly back asleep, and the following day he climbed well, among 20 of the best 16 and 17-year-olds in the country, including some of the Irish team.

With only six places in the final to play for, he topped both qualifying routes, along with two other Great Britain team members, the rest falling at various stages.

The finalist were then sent into isolation and the final route set.

Connor almost topped the final route, as his high point was only matched by one other competitor.

In a tie break situation, the time of the final climb is considered, and Connor’s time of 2 minutes 7 seconds was significantly faster than his rival’s time of 3 minutes 51 seconds, climbing almost twice as fast!

This gave him first place in his age group, which he has another year in.

Interestingly, looking at the results of the 18 and 19-year-olds, he would have come third, so things are looking good for the future.

Due to his great performances he has also been selected to climb in the European Youth Cup in Slovenia in late November, on top of the European Youth Championship in early November - massive events against countries that have climbing as a school sport!