Bouldering World Cup - Sheffield - This Weekend

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Ned Feehally and Mina-Leslie Wujastyk preparing for the World Cup this weekend  © British Bouldering Team Collection
Ned Feehally and Mina-Leslie Wujastyk preparing for the World Cup this weekend
© British Bouldering Team Collection

The sixth round of the Bouldering World Cup hits Sheffield this weekend. The British Team are currently ranked in 4th place in the team rankings and are hoping for good results on home turf.

Nick Clement, British bouldering team manager reported on the team's preparations:

"The British Bouldering Team had their final team training session on the Cliffhanger Competition Wall on Tuesday the 29th June. The session comprised of a World Cup standard semi-final set of 4 boulder problems, with Team members having 5 minutes to complete a problem followed by 5 minutes rest. The training session was filmed by BBC Look North and was shown on their evening news on Wednesday."

Competition winner Rachel Gibson with the British Bouldering Team  © British Bouldering Team Collection
Competition winner Rachel Gibson with the British Bouldering Team
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Last week UKC, Alpkit and Cliffhanger ran a competition. One of the prizes was to join the British Bouldering Team for a training session. Rachel Gibson won that prize and joined the team for their final World Cup preparations in Sheffield:

"Rachel watched the Team train and then at the end of the session asked a variety of questions including advice on training. The Team presented Rachel with a signed British Bouldering Team competition vest." explained Nick Clement.

“Stew Watson is lying in 6th place and Dave Barrans in 10th...”

The competition this weekend is set to be a tense and gripping affair. Graeme Alderson of the Climbing Works bouldering wall in Sheffield gives us the low down:

"One of the main attractions all season long has been the battle between reigning Champion Kilian Fischhuber and the wonder-kid Adam Ondra. Kilian has been edging it with 2 victories so far compared to Adam's 1 win. If Kilian wins in Sheffield then he is the Champion, but he's not had it all his own way, with wins from Dimitry Sharafutdninov from Russia and Daniel Woods from USA in the other two rounds so far.

British interest is high as we currently have 2 top ten ranked climbers. Stew Watson is lying in 6th place and Dave Barrans in 10th. The Brits have traditionally done pretty well on home soil in international events.

The women's title is still wide open with 3 climbers still in contention. Anna Stohr is in the lead from Akiyo Noguchi but Chloe Graftiaux is also in a good position once the lowest score is dropped."

Rachel chatting to team coach Tom Sugden and members of the team
© British Bouldering Team Collection

The qualification round will take place on Saturday with the semi-finals and finals both on the Sunday. The competition isn't the only thing going on in Millhouses park however, as organiser Matt Heason explained:

"The competition will take place at Cliffhanger, the UK's biggest outdoor event. It's a fiver to get in, but once you're in, virtually everything is free, from watching the world cup to scuba diving, slacklining, mountain boarding and Frisbee golf (to name but a few of the activities on offer). If you need somewhere to stay then check out the Big Shake Out, organised by Alpkit, with live music, films, a beer tent, BBQ and camping. With a decent forecast it's looking like a sensible place to be for the weekend."

If you can't make it to the event there will be a live video stream of the competition here: Cliffhanger Website

Mark Croxhall Training
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The Team would like to thanks Ian Vickers for setting the recent training problems and their clothing sponsor Five Finger Thing and the BMC for all of their support.

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1 Jul, 2010
Just curious but who's actually in the british bouldering team, and is it based on the results last weekend? I can't see a listing on the BMC website.
1 Jul, 2010
The team in the photo are Men L to R Ned Feehally, Keith Bradbury, Mark Croxall, Gaz Parry, Dave Mason, James Garden, Dave Barrans, Adam Jeeworth. Wmn L to R Katy Piddock, Diane Merrick, Leah Crane, Shauna Coxsey, Mina Leslie-Wujastyk and Helen Shilleto. Also climbing this weekend but not pictured are Jon Partridge and Stew Watson. The World Cup this weekend is part of the 2010 season and the team for this season was selected after the 2009 BBC held this time last year.
4 Jul, 2010
Interesting post on Keith Bradbury's blog.
6 Jul, 2010
I was lucky enough to win the comp' to meet the team. It really was a really good afternoon. The team are a really great team, and it was awesome to meet with them and chat to them all. I want to say a big thank you to the team, UKC, BMC and Matt Heason for the inspiring afternoon I had.
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