Ellie climbing her way to the top

Harrogate climber Ellie Rymer - a new British champion. (S)
Harrogate climber Ellie Rymer - a new British champion. (S)

Over two consecutive weekends, Harrogate climber Ellie Rymer took on the best in the country to finish third in the British Youth Climbing Championships and then took second place in an open competition - beaten by a new world record!

Ellie, a 15 year old pupil at Harrogate Grammar School, led the Yorkshire and Humberside challenge at the national finals in Wolverhampton, having qualified in first place in the regional rounds.

The competition requires a combination of skills with climbers facing three awkward routes and a further three boulder problems; a maximum of 480 points is possible.

The problems are set by the British Mountaineering Council and the degree of difficulty was such that Ellie was one of only three girls to top the first two routes.

None of the girls managed to complete the final route and Ellie finished just four points behind the winner, losing out on second place due to countback.

Delighted with her result in the senior girls section (14 to 16 years), Ellie will have to enter adult competitions from next year.

That said, she soon had a taste of things to come in the open dyno competition at the Sheffield Cliffhanger festival the following weekend.

The festival hosts the British round of the Bouldering World Cup with and the dyno comp is a fun but very competitive sideshow.

Skyler Weeks, the Men’s World Champion flies in each year from the United States to defend his title and with cash prizes on offer, the competition is fierce.

After numerous elimination rounds, Ellie scooped second place, only losing to the reigning Women’s champion who set a new world record to retain her title

“What a week! I’m absolutely delighted to have finished my junior comps with a trophy,” she said.

“I’m looking forward to a week-long residential in the Peak District this summer and will be climbing more outdoors but the IOC has said that climbing is under consideration for the 2020 Olympics so getting into the British senior team will have to be my next goal.”

Ellie is a member of the Harrogate Climbing Centre Academy coached by Ellie Howard and Dave Barrans of Team GB.

She also trains at the Leeds Wall and this year, the Yorkshire team received sponsorship from both walls and from eRanger, a Harrogate based company.

Ellie was also the recipient of a Centenary Grant from Harrogate Council and has achieved a podium finish in the national finals three times.