Craggy Island News

Matilda Collins – 1st at Welsh National Championships!

Monday, June 5th, 2017 - Posted by Danie

MatildaBig congratulations to Matilda Collins for coming 1st at the Welsh National Lead Climbing Championships on Saturday!

Both Matilda and Joshua Bruyns made the journey up to Caernarfon in North Wales for the event. Josh made Finals (which is becoming a regular thing for him now – well done Josh!) and finished 7th in his category.

Matilda also took 1st place at the Scottish Bouldering Championships in Glasgow the weekend before and is showing great form at the moment. Toby Roberts, Katie Roberts and Josh Bruyns also attended in Glasgow and finished 4th, 6th and 6th respectively so a big well done all round!

For more info and updates, head over to the Craggy Youth Team Facebook Page!

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Craggy Youth Team take on Europe

Monday, June 5th, 2017 - Posted by Danie

ImstToby Roberts, Rhys Conlon and Katie Roberts all headed out to compete at the International Youth Color Festival in Imst, Austria this weekend.

The event takes place over 2 days and attracts the very best youngsters from all over Europe. Day 1 consists of 6 climbs with the top 20 from each age group going through to the Final on the Sunday.

Katie came so very close to Finals and placed 21st in her age group. Toby and Rhys both qualified into Finals in 7th and 9th place respectively.

Sunday’s Finals came around and Toby took a very respectable 10th place with Rhys taking 18th after a very tough time on his second Final route. Well done to all of you!

Head on over to the Craggy Youth Team Facebook page for more info and updates!

 

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Toby Roberts – 1st at National Finals!

Monday, May 8th, 2017 - Posted by Danie

Toby Roberts, 1st in Youth C BoysA big congratulations to Toby Roberts who came 1st in Youth C Boys at the BMC Youth Climbing Series Finals at EICA Ratho, Edinburgh last weekend!

We had a total of 6 Youth Team members and 2 Squad members who qualified having competed and come top 3 within our Region.

As always, all of our young climbers trained hard, tried hard and were wonderful ambassadors for Craggy Island. We’re very proud of all of you!

Our climbers all contributed to London & South East (South) winning the Team competition and maintaining their title as best Region.

Results below:

1st – Toby Roberts, Youth C Boys (GB Team and Craggy Youth Team)

4th – Matilda Collins, Youth C Girls (GB Team and Craggy Youth Team)

5th – Hannah Toward, Youth D Girls (Craggy Youth Team)

7th – Rhys Conlon, Youth D Boys (Craggy Youth Team)

8th – Joshua Bruyns, Youth B Boys (Craggy Youth Team)

14th – Jonas Mueller-Doblies, Youth E Boys (Guildford Youth Squad)

20th – Ella Griffith, Youth B Girls (Craggy Youth Team)

23rd – James Harwood, Youth D Boys (Sutton Youth Squad)

Full results for all competitors can be found here.

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Craggy Kids head to National Finals!

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017 - Posted by Danie

EICA Ratho8 members of the Craggy Island Youth Climbing Team and Squad are heading to National Finals at EICA Ratho this weekend to compete in the British Mountaineering Council’s Youth Climbing Series!

The youngsters, aged between 8 and 14, qualified over 3 events run in January, February and March 2017 at various different walls, including Craggy Island, Guildford. They all ranked in the top 3 for their Region (London & South East (South)) which in itself is an incredible achievement. The events attract over 130 competitors with only 15 boys and 15 girls going through to the Grand Final in Edinburgh.

We wish you all the very best of luck for Saturday!

Team and Squad Members – Qualifying position into Finals:

1st – Matilda Collins (GB Climbing Team & Craggy Youth Team) – Youth C Girls

1st – Toby Roberts (GB Climbing Team & Craggy Youth Team) – Youth C Boys

1st – Jonas Mueller-Doblies (Guildford Youth Squad) – Youth E Boys

2nd – Ella Griffith (Craggy Youth Team) – Youth B Girls

2nd – Rhys Conlon (Craggy Youth Team) – Youth D Boys

3rd – Joshua Bruyns (Craggy Youth Team) – Youth B Boys

3rd – Hannah Toward (Craggy Youth Team) – Youth D Girls

3rd – James Harwood (Sutton Youth Squad) – Youth D Boys

Full results for all competitors can be found here.

 

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Bart’s Cafe – OPEN NOW!

Friday, April 14th, 2017 - Posted by Danie

BartWe are delighted to announce that the cafe in it’s brand new location in the climbing arena under Reception is now OPEN!

Not only that, but we have a new proprietor who will be running the cafe as his own business, trading as ‘Bart’s Cafe’. Many of our customers will know him already but for those who don’t I asked Bartosz Hilla a few questions about his climbing and his ideas for the cafe…

So Bart, when and where did you start climbing? (and how did this affect your lifestyle)?

I always loved mountains and as teenager I was hiking in the Tatra Mountains in South of Poland. As I was growing up by seaside I didn’t have much opportunity to climb so I am quite new to climbing. I actually started climbing here at Craggy 3 years ago after I came for taster session with my work mates :)

Do you get to climb outside?

I do but like everyone, I wish I could go outdoors more. I went few times to Portland, Harrisons Rocks, Swanage and Cheddar (My PB – Stoned to Death 6a at The Tsunami). So I do mostly sport climbs. I tried a bit of trad in Jura Krakowsko-Częstochowska (pronounced Yoora) just north of Kraków, Poland. It’s great limestone not far from this popular tourist city. This spring I went to El Chorro in Spain and really enjoyed it.

Do you prefer bouldering or routes?

I try to mix it a bit – once a week bouldering and once ropes. If I could squeeze in a 3rd session, it would be ABzone for endurance.

Have you always lived in Surrey (when did you arrive)?

I came to UK in 2004 just for a few months…;) Since then I fell in love with the Surrey Hills (I lived and worked in Ripley for many years) and now I cannot imagine living anywhere else (if only we had a bit of rocks outside of the house LOL)

Tell us about your work in Ripley…

I used to work in a fine dining restaurant now called The Clock House (previously Drake’s Restaurant) for 10 years. It was a great experience working within such a professional and dedicated team. It helped me to find out what I am actually passionate about. I worked as a Sommelier and also looked after the cheese board and making coffees. And now all my passions in life start with the letter C (C for cheese, coffee, cakes and recently climbing).

Have you always worked in catering?

Pretty much. I have a Master degree in Tourism and Hospitality and started working during my uni years as a waiter at my friend’s restaurant and after that I worked in hotels until I started working at Drake’s 10 years ago.

What attracted you to taking on the cafe at Craggy?

I saw the potential in creating a social hub here and I’ve had plenty of ideas about serving proper food and great coffee.

Have you always wanted to run your own business?

It has been in my mind for some time now. Looks like it’s getting real and I’m very excited about it!

What is your vision for the cafe (how do you see it as part of the indoor climbing experience)?

Coffee is great because it gives the opportunity for people to connect and be social. As us climbers are a friendly bunch of people it is kind of natural to share our experiences over a cuppa. And that is where Bart’s Cafe comes in. I wanted to create a place where people can meet and have a chat over a nice cup of coffee and grab a bite to fuel up before or after their session and also where parents can spend an hour waiting for their children whilst climbing.

What sort of things do you intend to provide in the cafe?

Since I started to climb I started to look at what I eat and how I fuel my body more closely and try to avoid processed food. We will try to encourage climbers to have a healthy salad or a hearty sandwich made from locally sourced ingredients (bread from the Christmas Bakery, sausage and ham from the Village Butchers, coffee from Surrey Hills Coffee). We will also make our own nutty granola using honey instead of refined sugar. But of course we must have some very naughty cakes so that people can indulge in something nice after a hard day at work or at the weekend. We are going to bake our cakes here on site – my wife Rita is damn good at coming up with good cake recipes so watch this space.

Are you going to introduce us to any Polish foods?

It might be interesting to bring something different to the menu – maybe our famous sour soup – Żurek, but we will start with a British menu and bring some flavours from around the World as we go along. We are planning to change the menu frequently and happy to listen to people’s suggestion.

When are you hoping to open for business?

I am hoping to open during the Easter weekend and hopefully will see a lot of familiar faces enjoying our food and drinks.

 

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Guildford part-time Receptionist vacancy!

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017 - Posted by Danie

Crew

If you think you’ve got what it takes to be one of the ‘Craggy Crew’ at Guildford, come and talk to us!

We are looking for a permanent part-time Receptionist to work in our busy climbing centre.

Your duties will be to work with the other Craggy Crew, liaise with customers in person and on the phone with regard to the services we offer, use our automated booking system and take payment by card and cash ensuring accuracy at all times and other general administrative tasks.  In-house training will be provided.

The job will suit bright and lively people who want to work in a healthy, uplifting, buzzing and social environment. Being a climber is not essential but an interest in an active lifestyle would be an advantage.

Hours: Approximately 20 hrs per week to include daytime, evening and 1 weekend in 3.

If you are interested then send a CV and a covering letter telling us why you would be perfect for this job to marv@craggy-island.com

Please note; Closing date for applications is Friday 30th of April 2017.

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results and round-up – bmc ycs 2017 round 2!

Monday, February 27th, 2017 - Posted by Danie

Youth TeamThe Youth Climbing Series (YCS) is run by the British Mountaineering Council (BMC) and gives youngsters aged between 7 and 17 the chance to compete in a fun series of competitions within their region.

This competition series is a great way to introduce young climbers to the thrills of competitive indoor climbing. The emphasis is on fun, with the selection of routes ranging from “easy” to “hard” and getting progressively more difficult the higher up the climber gets.

These events rely hugely on volunteers to act as Belayers, Judges and Chaperones. Without the willing support of these volunteers (more often than not these are parents of competitors) the events would not be possible so a big thank you to everyone that gets involved!

For Round 2 we had 7 Craggy Youth Team members and a great number of Youth Squad members also in attendance. It’s always great to see you all in action and Saturday was no exception – We are so proud of all of you!

Ella Griffith – Youth B Girls – 1st place (Youth Team)

Matilda Collins – Youth C Girls – 1st place (Youth Team & GB Development Squad)

Toby Roberts – Youth C Boys – 1st place (Youth Team & GB Development Squad)

Jonas Mueller-Doblies – Youth E Boys – 1st place (Youth Squad, Guildford)

Katie Roberts – Youth D Girls – 2nd place (Youth Team)

 

Rhys Conlon – Youth D Boys – 2nd place (Youth Team)

Joshua Bruyns – Youth B Boys – 3rd place (Youth Team)

Hannah Toward – Youth D Girls – 4th place (Youth Team)

James Harwood – Youth D Boys – 4th place (Youth Squad, Sutton)

Gemma Lees – Youth B Girls – 6th place (Youth Squad, Guildford)

Madeleine Grainger – Youth C Girls – 9th place (Youth Squad, Guildford)

Alexia Coburn – Youth B Girls – 10th place (Youth Squad, Guildford)

Camden Jones – Youth C Boys – 17th place (Youth Squad, Guildford)

If your child has been missed off the list above, please contact Danie below so they can be included.

Full results for all regions can be see here.

Round 3 will be hosted at White Spider, Tolworth on Saturday 25th of March 2017.

For any media or sponsorship enquiries regarding the Craggy Island Youth Climbing Team, please contact Team Manager, Danielle Rushmer.

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NEWS: Cafe & Changing refurbishments!

Friday, February 17th, 2017 - Posted by Danie

Changing

The new mezzanine Changing Area. Including toilets and showers.

The Cafe at Guildford will be closed from 19th February. 

Plans for the final stage of the centre redevelopment will commence on 20th February and last for approx 6 weeks. This will include moving the cafe to the ground floor and the changing area up to the mezzanine.

Phase one will see the cafe closed and the mezzanine area  cleared. New male and female changing rooms will be created, each with a shower and toilet. The viewing gallery will remain with comfortable seating for those wanting to enjoy the view!

Phase two will commence with completion of the changing area and this will include building a new cafe with a cafe seating area being created where the current changing area is located.

All work is expected to be completed with the new cafe opening on 1st of April 2017!

Cafe

The new “Bart’s Cafe” – opening 1st of April 2017!

Under New Management:

Management of the cafe will be provided by Bart Hilla Trading as Bart’s Cafe. Bart is a regular climber here at Craggy and will be known to many of our members, he is currently working on a new menu and has plenty of exciting  ideas up his sleeve!

Please note: Hot drinks, cold drinks, crisps, chocolate and sweets will be available to purchase from Reception throughout the refurb. Seating will be limited but we very much appreciate your patience whilst we carry out these improvements.

Party Food: If you have booked a Birthday Party with food during this time then rest assured, your party food will still go ahead as planned. Please contact Marv Smith, Centre Manager, at marv@craggy-island.com if you have any questions.

 

 

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Results and Round-Up – BMC YCS 2017 Round 1!

Monday, January 30th, 2017 - Posted by Danie

TeamThe Youth Climbing Series (YCS) is run by the British Mountaineering Council (BMC) and gives youngsters aged between 7 and 17 the chance to compete in a fun series of competitions within their region.

During the competition the kids are required to climb 3 routes and 3 boulder problems – scoring points for the distance that they manage to climb up the route or boulder problem.  A maximum of 100 points is available on the routes and 60 on the boulder problems.  All routes and boulders are set specifically for the competition and take in to account not only the age of the children that will be climbing them, but also their size and the strengths and weaknesses which are likely at their age.

Once everyone had been briefed and the kids had been split down in to their categories it all got started and the kids started cranking away on their specially set routes and problems.

For Round 1 we had 7 Craggy Youth Team members and a great number of Youth Squad members also in attendance. As always, everyone put in so much effort and represented us impeccably – We are so proud of all of you!

Matilda Collins – Youth C Girls – 1st place (Youth Team & GB Development Squad)

Toby Roberts – Youth C Boys – 1st place (Youth Team & GB Development Squad)

Hannah Toward – Youth D Girls – 2nd place (Youth Team)

James Harwood – Youth D Boys – 2nd place (Youth Squad, Sutton)

Jonas Mueller-Doblies – Youth E Boys – 2nd place (Youth Squad, Guildford)

Ella Griffith – Youth B Girls – 3rd place (Youth Team)

Joshua Bruyns – Youth B Boys – 3rd place (Youth Team)

Katie Roberts – Youth D Girls – 3rd place (Youth Team)

Rhys Conlon – Youth D Boys – 3rd place (Youth Team)

Gemma Lees – Youth B Girls – 4th place (Youth Squad, Guildford)

Douwe Boesveld – Youth B Boys – 6th place (Youth Squad, Guildford)

Madeleine Grainger – Youth C Girls – 8th place (Youth Squad, Guildford)

Alexia Coburn – Youth B Girls – 13th place (Youth Squad, Guildford)

Freddie Somerville – Youth C Boys – 15th place (Youth Squad, Guildford)

Jessica Gale – Youth B Girls – 16th place (Youth Squad, Guildford)

James Cathrew – Youth B Boys – 16th place (Youth Squad, Guildford)

Camden Jones – Youth C Boys – 20th place (Youth Squad, Guildford)

Full results for all regions can be see here.

Round 2 will be hosted at High Sports, Brighton on Saturday 25th of February 2017.

For any media or sponsorship enquiries regarding the Craggy Island Youth Climbing Team, please contact Team Manager, Danielle Rushmer.

 

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Guildford CLOSED for YCS on Saturday 28th of January 2017!

Saturday, January 21st, 2017 - Posted by Danie

Closed-Sign-1Our Guildford centre will be CLOSED on Saturday 28th of January 2017.

We are hosting Round 1 of the BMC Youth Climbing Series. You can see more info about this Regional competition series for youngsters by clicking here.

There will be no Kids Clubs, Mini Kids, Craghoppers or Member Entry on this day.

There will be route setting taking place all of the week prior to the event so some areas of the centre will closed off at various times. If you are planning a special journey, please be sure to call us on 01483 566880 to confirm that the area of the centre you intend to use is open and available.

The centre will be open as normal again on Sunday 29th of January and we look forward to welcoming you then.

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