Here Gaz Parry gives us the lowdown on the latest Blokfest competition...
It doesn't seem two minutes since we finished last season but it looks like Blokfest has hit the ground running this year. The first round at Mile End was an absolute smash hit. Over 400 climbers turned out to pit their wits, skills and strength against the usual setting team of Mike Langley, Alex Lemel, Kornelija Howick, Rock On Dom and myself.
This event possibly represents the biggest boulder event ever held in the UK and even surpassing the mighty CWIF it not only represents how popular indoor climbing is now but just how much of a fun vibe and experience an event like this can create and be accessible to all.
In the morning youth teams from all over southern England wreaked havoc to the boulders, smiles were everywhere and not only were the kids buzzing but so were the coaches and parents too. As the adults kicked off there was a small overlap with the kids and what can only be described as organised chaos engulfed Mile End. The atmosphere was amazing, so much support for all and loads of team work between all meant that the chaos just ran like clockwork.
The kids finished and we dished out some great prizes from our sponsors. Red Chilli were there all day as round sponsor and on hand to run their boot demo, big up to Mark for this and the Chilli team for making the kids smile.
This year we have also been joined by DMM and Marmot as series sponsors. Alex from DMM and Liam from Marmot have been working closely with the Blokfest team to bring you the best bouldering events possible and if this one is anything to go by we are going to have a hard time to raise the bar at the next event on the 16th November at The Westway.
At 5pm the bell tolled and it was time to count the scores ready for the finals. A fast change over, spot lights switched on and the Blokfest DJ's cranked up the sound ready for the top 6 men and wmn to raise their crush level to outer space.
A fantastic final with some whopping performances found GB Boulder Team members Ben West and Michaela Tracy sitting on the top of the tree.
MORE INFO: Blokfest Website