Ben Bransby showed the ladies his nutsUKC News, 29 Mar 2010© Jack Geldard

Naomi Buys racing her way to 6th placeUKC News, 29 Mar 2010© Jack GeldardLast weekend saw the Outdoors Show at the NEC in Birmingham. The show is a collection of stands, events, lectures and have-a-go walls, with a bucket full of bargain gear being sold off.The main event from a climbing point if view is of course the SkyMasters competition organised by X1 Sports.This year saw a strong field of competitors with a few visitors from abroad also taking part. Saturday was qualifying day and each competitor climbed twice, with their combined time deciding who would qualify for the head to head climb-offs on Sunday.16 men and 8 women got through to Sunday's event, and the speed increased to a lightning pace.The winners were: Shauna Coxey and Robert McKenzie.(The full results list from Sunday's climbers are listed below)Climbing stands were out numbered by more general outdoor stands, but there were a few climbing specific brands out in force. Both Beacon Climbing and King Kong were selling holds and finger boards. The DMM stand was the climbing focal point, right next to the SkyMasters competition wall and the BMC had a stand making their voice heard to the thousands of visitors.Leo Houlding and Joe Simpson were amongst the „celebs“ giving lectures and Gaz Parry gave some master-classes on the Friday.Rob Lamey campus-ing his way to 11th placeUKC News, 29 Mar 2010© Jack Geldard

Sunday's Semi Finals and Finals Overall Results
Women – Name Position Men – Name Position
Shauna Coxsey 1 Robert McKenzie 1
Katy Piddock 2 James Garden 2
Kitty Wallace 3 Adam Watson 3
Charlotte Garden 4 Dave Barrans 4
Catherine Whiteman 5 Gaz Parry 5
Naomi Buys 6 Jordan Buys 6
Alice Waterhouse 7 Dan Bradley 7
Susie Zitter 8 Mark Croxall 8
Ben Read 9
Jack Geldard 10
Rob Lamey 11
Robbie Phillips 12
Josh Farrell 13
Luke Tilley 13
Gav Symonds 13
Jonathan Field 13

PHOTOS: The Outdoors Show 2010

The DMM stand was busy all day with Dragon Cams taking pride of place.UKC News, 29 Mar 2010© Jack Geldard
Funky new holds and volumes on the Beacon traversing WallUKC News, 29 Mar 2010© Jack Geldard
DMM and The Beacon ran a small traversing wall and AMI instructed on an artificial ice wall behind.UKC News, 29 Mar 2010© Jack Geldard
Ben 'I'm' Slack doing his best Bruce Lee impression.UKC News, 29 Mar 2010© Jack Geldard
Steve 'Market Trader' Mayers of The Beacon flogs his new fingerboards UKC News, 29 Mar 2010© Jack Geldard

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