Nine-year-old climbs to the top of the rankings

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Mountaineering prospect Dylan Heason has climbed the rankings to become British Number One following success at the national finals.

The nine-year-old came first in his age group at the British Mountaineering Council Youth Climbing Series National Final recently held in Edinburgh.

Heason, who attends Grindleford Primary School, qualified for the finals having impressed in two regional rounds of competition, which he also won.

Heason and his fellow competitors had to climb three boulders and three routes on top rope, across different difficulty gradings from 6b, 6c and 7a+.

The final consisted of a full day’s climbing at a quarry on the outskirts of the city which has a large roof over it and an artificial wall inside.

A total of 270 children took part comprising five age categories, nine regions, girls and boys, representing England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. Heason competed in the youngest boys’ category, Group E.

For the last eight years London and The South East have won the team trophy, but this year the combined Peak and Midlands region won it by a country mile. Helped by Heason taking first place in his category, rising to the No1 British climber for his age group.

“Clearly our famous Peak District gritstone edges are an inspiration and Dylan is looking forward to scaling new heights in future competitions,” said Grindleford Primary School governor Helen Illingworth. “Onwards and upwards!”