Spectator Info

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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.  


Spectator info & other goings on

As in previous years The Rab CWIF 2020 will be an excellent event to get involved with even if you aren't interested in competing!


Saturday 14th March 2020 - Qualification

The main centre is CLOSED ALL DAY to the public.  Mini Works open as usual.  These sessions are for competitors only!  We have a lot of people competing so anyone else in the building would just hamper their efforts, so no spectators, sorry!

Qualification timings for reference:

  • Registration 1: 08:15-09:00
  • Session 1: 09:00-12:00
  • Registration 2: 12:15-13:00
  • Session 2: 13:00-16:00
  • Registration 3: 16:15 - 17:00
  • Session 3: 17:00-20:00

Sunday 15th March 2020 - Semi Finals & Finals

Sunday 15th March Provisional Full Schedule:

10:00 Climbing Works opens (reduced entry price of £7.50 due to partial wall closures)

11:00 Isolation closes in Unit E for Semi Finalists

12:00 to 14:30 Semi Finals

17:00 Climbing Works & Mini Works close to public early, so no more climbing!

17:30 Isolation closes in Climbing Works Unit E for Finalists.  Spectators have to temporarily vacate Climbing Works before finals.

17:45 Finals spectator area opens

18:30 to 20:30 Finals


Semi Finals 12:00 to 14:30

First come first served in a 2 tier standing & limited seating spectator area.

No bags will be allowed on the staging.

If you need a seat for medical reasons then please contact us before hand so we can reserve you one.

Finals 18:30 to 20:30

Ticketed entry to the 2 tier standing & limited seating spectator area. £4 per person with all proceeds split between CAC & the Sheffield Hospitals Charity.  Any Semi Finalist who don't qualify for the finals will receive a ticket to spectate for the finals, but a £4 CAC donation is strongly recommended :)

Tickets will be released in 3 batches, the first at 12:00 on Thursday 13th February, the second at 12:00 on Saturday 15th February & the third at 12:00 on Monday 17th February. Like last year we will have a big screen with a live feed set up at reception which will not be ticketed; this will also be closer to the beer and Porter Pizza Co!

No bags will be allowed on the staging.

If you need a seat for medical reasons then please book a ticket as normal & contact us before hand so we can reserve you one.


Semi-Finals & Finals Livestream

You can watch the Live Streams just above, on the main CWIF page, or on our YouTube Channel! Semi Finals from 11:55 GMT & Finals from 18:20 GMT 15/03/20.


The Rab CWIF Sponsor area & chill out zone

We will have an area outside our normal reception area with stands for many of The Rab CWIF 2020's sponsors.

Here you'll be able to learn about many of the excellent brands who help make the Rab CWIF such an amazing event and you'll even be able to pick up some bargains including:

  • Rab are bringing down a load of stock from their Rock Range with some great deals on offer.
  • 20% off shoes in our Scarpa Pro shop, along with expert advice from the staff at Scarpa, along with deals on samples, Organic chalk bags / buckets & Friction Labs chalk.


Sheffield climbing Clinic

The team from Sheffield Climbing Clinic, with backgrounds in physiotherapy, sports nutrition & sports medicine, will be offering drop in sessions (open to competitors and the public) over the course of Saturday until 6pm:

  • Free physiotherapy
  • Free body composition testing
  • Free nutritional advice
  • Free injury management advice
  • Free kinesiology taping
  • Free finger taping

These sessions are all offered free of charge, but they're have a collections box with all proceeds going to Climbers Against Cancer & The Sheffield Hospitals Charity.
They'll start as first come first served drop in sessions, but if they get really busy then they'll switch to 15 minute slots!
Find them in the treatment room over in Unit E and follow them on Instagram for updates throughout the day.


Porter Pizza

The team will be here serving delicious wood fired pizzas on Saturday from 16:00 to 20:30 & Sunday from 13:30 to 19:00!

This year instead of the usual BBQ we're subsidising these excellent pizzas, with £2 off on the first 200 sold and £1 off on any more!


Getting here / Parking

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.