The Big Flash Climbing Festival 26-28 September 2014 Press Release

The Big Flash 2014 Poster, 162 kb
Highball Climbing Centre, Norwich would like to invite you to The Big Flash Climbing Festival on September 26-28 2014

The Big Flash is a FREE 3 day festival of climbing & competitions based around The Flash Championship – a bouldering competition unique to East Anglia and open to climbers from across the nation and beyond! Register Here.

This will be Highball's second annual festival, but the first major comp to be held on the Huge DMM Competition Wall, the largest competition wall in the country.

Last years inaugural event supported Climbers Against Cancer. It was very much a local affair but still raised almost £2500. This year's event is going national and promises to be bigger and better. Once again, Climbers Against Cancer will be the focus of the fund raising, but this year 25% of the funds raised will go to support the GB Climbing Team for the 2015 season.


The event opens on the Friday evening with our ever popular 'NuKidsOnTheBloc' Comp, which is for adults and juniors who climb up to a max of around 6a. There'll be 30 blocs to try across the centre, with cash prizes across 5 categories including 2 junior categories (U12 and U16).

The main event, The Flash Championship, will adopt a full World Cup Format with route setting from an infamous team of Bishton, Genoux, Long and Whittaker. Qualifiers A and B will take place on Saturday over 30 blocs from Font 5, with the 20 top scoring male and females going through to Sundays semi finals. There, they will battle it out for a place in the grand final on the Sunday evening where a huge crowd and a £3k prize fund awaits. Winning male and female will take home £500 each, with cash prizes for all other finalists!

You can enter either competition as an individual or team (or both) and there are cash prizes for winners, plus lots of raffle prizes and giveaways too; just be in it to win it. We're also adding a Dyno Comp to this year's program, with qualifications on Saturday and Final on the Sunday. No need to register for this, just turn up on the day!

Registration for both competitions online at

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In addition to the 3 competitions there will be a whole timetable of FREE climbing and non-climbing events, taking place alongside the comps; there really will be something for everyone! Boot Demo, Climbing Coaching, Strength and Conditioning sessions, Yoga, Pilates, Osteopathy, Physiotherapy and Sports Therapy Consultations, as well as workshops and seminars on sports injuries and nutrition. Saturday evening we'll be showing The Asgard Project (Thanks to Posing Productions) and Wild Country are bringing their crack system on the Sunday. There's even a free Hog Roast to fill your stomach before the grand final!

All climbing sessions/coaching/activities/consultations etc are FREE all weekend. All you'll be asked to do is to donate appropriate monies for whatever you take part in, or alternatively make one BIG donation for the whole weekend!

See for full details and registration and keep an eye on the @HighballNorwich facebook and twitter feeds for the latest updates!

Finally, huge thanks to DMM, Scarpa and Beta Climbing Designs for their support; let the games commence!

Diane Merrick in 2013 Final, 99 kb

Thomas Smith in the 2013 Final, 108 kb

For more information visit The Big Flash 2014
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