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The Rab CWIF 2020 Results



Coronavirus COVID-19 Statement:


In order to support the UK Government's efforts to contain & delay the spread of Coronavirus The Rab CWIF will take place as a competitor only event.  Spectators will only be able to watch via the Livestream on our Youtube Channel.  Anyone who has purchased tickets for the final has been emailed about this.  All non-competition side aspects of the event have been scaled down; notably there will be no pizza or Rab stall. For more information and to see what you can do to reduce the risks to our customers, staff and business please check here.  


CWIF Overview

It is a bouldering competition...but with a difference.

Just £10 to enter (free for Full Members!), no isolation for the qualification round, the chance to climb alongside some of the best climbers in the world on problems set by some of the world's best route setters. You don't just come to watch, you come to take part.

The Rab CWIF 2020 will be held over 2 days giving you a competition that will push the competitors to the limit. It's open to every climber that wants to come have fun. 



The Setup

Saturday 14th March 2020


In 2020 the first part of the competition will be a circuit of 30 flash problems. All these problems will be split between the main 'circuit area' of The Climbing Works, the Rab Competition Wall & Unit E. The circuit is the more informal part of the weekend with the scores being predominantly self marked with the circuit starting off relatively easy (Font 5+/6a) and getting very hard at the upper end.

This part of the day also includes a team competition (4 people of mixed gender) with the highest team score winning £1000! You don't have to be part of a team but it makes it a more fun day climbing with your friends.

The highest individual scores from the circuit part of the competition qualified for an on-sight semi final and final on the Competition Wall. 

Sunday 15th March 2020

Semi Finals

The Semi-Finals will take place on the Rab Competition Wall in an IFSC senior bouldering World Cup semi-final format; with the top 20 female & male competitors challenging themselves on 4 set problems. These problems will be judged independently. The 6 highest female & male scores will progress to the finals.


The Rab CWIF 2020 Semi Finals from 11:55 GMT on 15/03/2020:



The big final will again take place on the Rab Competition Wall with the whole wall being reset between the Semis & Finals. Here the top 6 from the Semi Finals will compete on 4 women's & 4 men's problems to decide The Rab CWIF 2020 overall champions.


The Rab CWIF 2020 Finals from 18:10GMT on 15/03/2020:



Junior category is U18 (minimum 14 years old on 14/03/2020). N.B. Please note there will be NO specially set problems for children. They will compete on the qualifying circuit as set for adults. Junior ranking is determined by the qualification results, as there are no Junior Semis or Finals, though they can qualify for the Female & Male Open Semis & Finals if they score highly enough.  Although the competition is a fun day, it is set for adults so please be aware of this if bringing your child along.

This year we will publish results separately in the week after the competition for the IFSC age categories of Junior (born 2001-2002), Youth A (born 2003-2004) & partial Youth B (born 2005-2006, but must be 14 on 14/03/2020).


This year we will also publish results separately for a Veteran age category, consisting of those born in 1974 or before.  There are no specific prizes for this, but you can still qualify for the Semi Finals and Finals of the Female or Male Open if you are strong enough, and it makes for good bragging rights with your mates.

Prize money

Equal prizes for male open and female open.. The Rab CWIF 2020 prize money is shown below:

  • 1st place = £2000
  • 2nd place = £1000
  • 3rd place = £500
  • 4th place = £300
  • 5th place = £200
  • 6th place = £100

Team prize

  • 1st Prize: £1000
  • 2nd Prize: £600
  • 3rd Prize: £200

Teams consist of 4 climbers which must be mixed. The Team prize is based on the scores from the qualification round.

You can register your team on the day and need to donate £10 per team to our supported charities.

The Team event is a fun part to the day and can really add to the experience as you climb with your mates. For the last few years we have had a prize for the 'best dressed' team and we will do the same again in 2018. Best dressed can be anything from evening wear to your most imaginative fancy dress.



Register, turn up, get your score sheet and off you go.

International licenses are NOT required for the CWIF.

To enter a Team we ask that you donate an entry fee of £10 per Team - this will be donated to Climbers Against Cancer. This donation is not compulsory but there's a very good chance that you will not win anything if you feel like the donation is not in your interest ; )


Click here for the rules for the CWIF



So what else is happening at the Rab CWIF?

- The Rab CWIF Sponsor Hub: We'll have an area for some of our sponsors to offer you fantastic deals on their excellent products, including clearance and ex-demo stock stock from Rab & Scarpa.

- Scarpa Pro Shop: Get expert shoe fitting from Scarpa's own staff & designers.  We'll also be carrying an expanded size range and will be offering 20% off RRP over the weekend.

- We're also hosting a raffle with 2 big prizes, again donated by our sponsors, which will hopefully get some much needed cash in the CAC charity boxes!

- Porter Pizza will be on-site over the weekend offering delicious pizza for hungry climbers & spectators!



All the other things you might need to know:

Travel information

Sheffield does not have an international airport. The nearest airports are:

1. Manchester. Major international airport served by most airlines including some budget airlines. Approx 80km from Sheffield with a direct train line from the airport to Sheffield. For train details see

2. Doncaster (also known as Robin Hood airport). Small airport with only a few useful flights but worth checking out About 40km from Sheffield. Get the bus to Doncaster Interchange and then a train to Sheffield

3. Nottingham East Midlands. Approx 50 km from Sheffield served by budget airlines. No direct trains to Sheffield - you would need to get a bus to Derby or Nottingham and then a train to Sheffield. There is a direct National Express Bus service between East Midlands airport and Sheffield, one hour journey. Check their website for times.

4. Leeds-Bradford. Approx 80km from Sheffield served by budget airlines. No direct trains to Sheffield - you would need to get a bus to Leeds and then a train to Sheffield.

For details of all of the budget airlines that fly go Britain go to


Obviously we're going to be very busy over the CWIF weekend, so there will be limited parking available, some of which belongs to other businesses in here so please respect their signage.

The best scenario is that you walk / cycle / get the bus down!  If this isn't possible, then please try to lift share.  Remember this will net you a free tea or instant coffee!


There is abundant parking available at the Tescos overflow car park at S7 2QB about 10 mins walk away.  If you really need to park closer than this then please be considerate to local residents!  Don't park on Athol Road, and if parking on Little London Road then park carefully so you don't obstruct the flow of traffic especially by avoiding parking on the corners outside our car park.  Also note that we have arranged use of Sorby's Tools parking (facing the Mini Works, but not the triangle on the corner), as well as Yob Golf's & Sheffield Prestige garages' parking along Little London Road in evenings & at weekends to reduce the impact on local residents.

More details about parking can be found here.

Why is The Climbing Works hosting it?

We do it simply because we want to give something back not only to our customers but to the competition scene in the UK. We want to create a competition that will attract not only the best climbers in the UK but also the best from Europe and further abroad. Percy and Graeme have been involved in the competition scene for many years and are keen to continue supporting this with a competition that is fun, enthralling and entertaining.

The CWIF IS a competition with a difference, you can climb alongside some of the best climbers in the world while enjoying testing yourself at what ever level you climb. The semis and final should hopefully get you psyched & motivated enough that you'll send your projects next time and more importantly, enjoy your climbing that little bit more.

Whether you compete or just watch we hope you really enjoy your weekend at The Rab CWIF 2020.



We couldn't make The CWIF happen without support from these great brands:

RabScarpaX-CultBeta SettingAxis, Entre-PrisesFriction LabsLapis, Nomad Volumes, Rockcity Climbing HoldsSquadra Holds, The Outdoor CityWataaah!UKClimbing 


Just like 2019 we will proudly be raising funds for Climbers Against Cancer as well as the Sheffield Hospitals Charity



Past CWIFs

To get a better idea of what it's all about please check out info about past CWIFs here!