On the 28th of October, Dry Toolers from across the UK descended on Kong Adventure for the first round of the 2017 British Tooling Series. The atmosphere was as friendly as ever with many reuniting for the first time since last year’s competition season. This year brought a nice mix of new and old, with beta and advice being shared freely. The team at Kong, lead by chief setter Gnash, did a fantastic job of setting a diverse range of problems us usual.
The British Tooling series originates from the Scottish Mixed Masters which started way back in 2003. Over the years, it has had many names and gradually made its way South to become the British series we know today. Each competition follows the same format with 15 problems set for the heats culminating in a final route for the top competitors.
This year’s round, with just over 20 competitors, saw a strong field in both the men’s and women’s categories which set the stage for an exciting set of finals. All the competitors are given an opportunity to inspect the route before being sent to isolation, the idea being that no one gets any extra advantage over another. For the women we had Anna Wells, Caitlin Connors and Emma Powell with Anna, the world cup veteran, clinching the top spot.
The men’s final proved to be an exciting one with six veteran competitors. Johnathon Banner, Charlie Booth, Tim Millen, Tim Miller, Joe Saunders and Will Woodhead all took their turn on the sharp end and in the end it was Joe Saunders, who showed exceptional form, who came out on top. All in all, another fantastic competition and hopefully the start of an incredible series.