CONNOR Byrne has again showed why he is regarded as one of the top young climbers in Britain after a starring role in Europe.

The 16-year-old from Clitheroe was top GB climber at the recent European Youth Championships. in Gemozac, France.

The Bowland High School pupil was competing in the 16 to 17-year-old category, where he was up against 43 other competitors from 23 other countries. Byrne, the reigning British Youth Lead Climbing champion, was placed joint 20th after his first route and followed up with a 12th place on his second to finish in 17th place overall – the highest placed GB climber in the age group.

Connor was able to make the trip thanks to funding from Clitheroe Royal Grammar School and the Lancashire Playing Fields Association.

He will compete in European Youth Cup in Slovenia later this month.