Sheffield Schools Bouldering Finals 2018
After the ‘Beast for the East’ caused chaos at the start of March, the postponed Sheffield Schools Bouldering Final eventually took place in much more milder temperatures on the 20th April.
In order to qualify for the finals, Primary and Secondary schools across Sheffield took part in preliminary rounds throughout January and February. From there the top 6 scores from each school where added together to create a team score. The top 10 scoring teams from Primary and Secondary were invited to take part in the finals.
As the standard of climbing grows each year, the route setters knew they had a challenge on their hands. With multiply ties in the qualification round, the 12 final problems needed to be tricky to spilt the top climbers but also fun and workable for those who had less opportunity to practice.
The Primary Finals
Regular Mini Works climbing sisters Connie and Izzie set the standard for the Primary competition as they made short work of some of the ‘trickier’ problems, always climbing with such grace and precision. The swinging challenge across the arch way proved to be the hardest climb to tackle as it involved timing and a lot of upper body and core strength. As each competitor tried and failed the whole centre stopped to watch as both Izzie & Faye top to an ecstatic audience. Faye’s top of the hardest boulder jumped her up to 3rd place behind Izzie and Connie respectively.
For the boys Mark from Hunter’s Bar was on great form topping the tough sloper climb and balance volumes traverse to pip his fellow team mate Ben and fellow WAD Squad member Oliver to the top spot. After dominating the qualification round, Hunter’s Bar Junior school continued with their reign taking the team title over last year’s champions Carterknowle.
Team Female Male
1st Hunter’s Bar 1st Izzie Bridgens 1st Mark Yeomanson
2nd Carterknowle 2nd Connie Bridgens 2nd Ben Ash
=3rd Nook Lane & Woodseats 3rd Faye Brown 3rd Oliver Bee
The Secondary Finals
After a quick turn around the centre was ready for the Secondary finals in the afternoon. With another close qualification round, the final problems were exceptionally testing this year. Joachim a regular at the Sheffield Schools Bouldering competition had a particularly good day and finally managed to take the top secondary male position after coming so close the previous two years (2016 = 2nd & 2017 = 4th). Jess, a regular Mini Works climber was the only Secondary competitor to top all the problems and retain her title of top Secondary Female for the second year in a row.
The team competition was the closes it has ever been with less than 10 points separating 1st from 3rd. This year the title went to Silverdale School who beat last year’s winners Notre Dame by just 5 points.
Team Female Male
1st Silverdale 1st Jess Nolan 1st Joachim Skoczylas
2nd Notre Dame = 2nd Nell Barker 2nd Thomas Galloway
3rd Tapton = 2nd Emily Morris 3rd Paddy Quirk
Full results from the 2018 Sheffield Schools Bouldering Competition can be found here
The Sheffield Schools Climbing Competition is organised in a partnership with Thornbridge Outdoors, Links SSP and The Climbing Works. We would like to say a massive thank you to all the teachers, parents and pupils who support the event each year and to all the helpers and coaches who provide the energy and encouragement to the teams.
Are you interested in taking part next year?
In 2019 we are looking to extend the schools competition to include the Greater Sheffield & Derbyshire areas by running a separate final alongside the Sheffield schools. If you are a Primary or Secondary school in Rotherham, Doncaster, Barnsley, Chesterfield or in The Peak District and would like to be sent information on next year’s competition please complete the attached form.
Information and 2019 dates will be sent out to schools in November.
EASTER OPENING TIMES
We will be operating extended opening hours over Easter weekend as follows:
Good Friday (30/03):
Main Centre: 10am - 10pm
Mini-Works: 10am - 8pm
Easter Saturday & Sunday (31/03-01/04):
Main Centre: 10am - 8pm
Mini-Works: 9.30am - 6pm
Easter Monday (02/04):
Main Centre: 10am - 10pm
Mini-Works: 10am - 8pm
Our entry prices will stay the same so you can get off-peak / midweek entry options as normal on Friday & Monday.
- The Climbing Works and the Mini Works
The final round of the Mini Works Bouldering Ladder for this winter has finished. The scores from each round as well as the overall scores can be found below.
Overall results *top 3/4 scores
Well done to everyone who took part, if you placed in the top 4 in the overall results you can pick up your prize from the Mini Works reception.
If your child enjoyed taking part in this fun competition our Young Climbers Festival will be taking place on Thursday 30th August 2018. Registration for the event will open in July. You can read about past events here
Circuit Board Revamp
17th to 24th January
The circuit board will be closed for repainting, resetting and some changes!
BIFF Final 2018
Saturday 27th January
Climbing Works early closing at 7pm
BIFF starts at 7.30pm so The Climbing Works is closing an hour earlier than usual (10am to 7pm) so we can ensure that only competitors and spectators with tickets are in the building.
The Mini Works opening times are unaffected (9.30am to 6pm).
Full details can be found here.
Tickets (full proceeds to CAC) can be purchased online here.
B.U.C.S. Bouldering Championships
Saturday 17th February
The Climbing Works closed all day
The Climbing Works is proud to once again host the annual British Universities & Colleges Sport Bouldering Championships on Saturday 17th of February. This is a large national event (with events from 47 different sports, with championships held predominantly in Sheffield) with almost 500 students competing over the course of the day and as such The Climbing Works will be closed all day to non competitors, but The Mini Works is open as normal.
More details about the Climbing Championships & B.U.C.S. in general can be found here.
The Rab CWIF 2018
Saturday 10th March
The Climbing Works - CLOSED ALL DAY to non-competitors.
The Mini Works - Open as usual.
SUNDAY 11TH MARCH
The Climbing Works - Partial wall closures all day & early closing for non-finalists at 5pm.
The Mini Works - Early closing at 5pm.
For more info about The Rab CWIF 2018 please head here.
Competitor registration will open on 29th Jan!
- The Climbing Works and the Mini Works
Wednesday Extended Opening Hours
The Climbing Works will open earlier at 10am on Wednesdays only (so 10am to 10pm).
The Mini Climbing Works will open later until 9pm on Wednesdays only (so 10am to 9pm).
This should hopefully provide a few more options for people who struggle to fit in their sessions mid week!
While it would obviously be helpful to some customers if we opened earlier every day and later at the Mini Works this isn't feasible for us as we need to fit in stripping and setting of boulder problems, daily centre cleaning & we have regular kids sessions at the Mini Works on the other evenings which would be disrupted if we encouraged too many other customers to head over there at the same time.
This is a trial!
We are interested to see whether is will have a positive impact on the busyness of the centre at peak times; if it does we are more likely to continue it long term, so use it or lose it ;)
External group changes
From January the entry prices for external groups are increasing to £6pp peak & £5pp off peak as these didn't increase along with the last couple of entry prices increases over the past 5 years. We have introduced a peak and off peak rate for groups as it is far less disruptive to our other centre users if groups visit us off peak.
We are also introducing a £4.50 fee per session to cover our admin & facilities costs for external commercial coaching & instructing.
Full details of the new pricing can be found here.
CHRISTMAS OPENING TIMES
In the run-up to Christmas & New Year, we know that you, our customers, still like to make sure you get your climbing fix. The two week period at the end of December is always a busy time with family, friends, schools closing and very excited children. During the Christmas & New Year holiday season The Climbing Works will be operating the following opening hours:
Up to Sat 23rd normal opening:
12pm-10pm midweek, 10am-8pm weekends (Mini Works 10am-8pm midweek, 9.30am to 6pm weekends)
Sun 24th (Christmas Eve): 10am-4pm (Mini works 9.30am-4pm)
Mon 25th (Christmas Day): CLOSED
Tue 26th (Boxing Day): CLOSED
Wed 27th: 10am-10pm (Mini works 10am-8pm)
Thu 28th: 10am-10pm (Mini works 10am-8pm)
Fri 29th: 10am-10pm (Mini works 10am-8pm)
Sat 30th: 10am-8pm (Mini works 9.30am-6pm)
Sun 31st (New Years Eve): 10am-4pm (Mini works 9.30am-4pm)
Mon 1st (New Years Day): CLOSED
Tue 2nd (Bank holiday): 10am-10pm (Mini Works 10am-8pm)
Wed 3rd onwards normal opening resumes:
12pm-10pm midweek, 10am-8pm weekends (Mini Works 10am-8pm midweek, 9.30am-6pm weekends)
Thanks to everyone who competed in the Berghaus Winter Bouldering Competition!
1st Place: Pippa Watkin - £100 Berghaus Gift Voucher
2nd Place: Jo Allen - £50 Berghaus Gift Voucher
3rd Place: Siara Fabbri - Berghaus Hat
Joint 1st Place: James Noble & Aidan Roberts - £75 Berghaus Gift Vouchers (split 1st & 2nd place)
Joint 3rd Place: Tom Green, James Hustwick & Joe Czubowski - Berghaus Hat
1st Place: Pippa Watkin - £50 Berghaus Gift Voucher
2nd Place: Ettie Warren - Berghaus Hat
1st Place: Joe Czubowski - £50 Berghaus Gift Voucher
2nd Place: Isaac Kinghtley - Berghaus Hat
Prize Draw Results
2 x £50 Berghaus Gift Voucher - Rhys Crabtree & Tim George
3 x Berghaus Women's Hat - Catherine Bower, Kate Dean & Charlotte Malton
3 x Berghaus Men's Hat - Jago Musgrove, Andy Burgess & Nic Robinson
You can check out the full results here.
The second Round of the Mini Works Winter Bouldering Ladder will be set on Friday 1st December. Click here for results from round 1
The bouldering ladder is a fun competition set over 4 months. Each month a new circuit of 20 progressive boulder problems will be set and points awarded to climbers depending on the number of attempts it takes to complete each boulder. Participants can have as many attempts as they like over the course of the month and at the end of each round scores will be announced and a new circuit of 20 problems set.
The ladder is suitable for 5 - 14 year olds and within the 20 problem circuit climbs 1 - 6 will be set suitable for 5 - 6 year olds, 1 - 10 suitable for 7 - 8 year olds, 1 - 16 suitable for 9 - 11 year olds and 1 - 20 suitable for 12 - 14 year olds. Of course anyone can try and complete any climb within the circuit, this is just a guide.
The point system is explained on the score cards. Score cards for the first round can be printed off here or pick one up from the Mini Works for £1.
The rules, this is a self marked competition so no cheating!!
1) An attempt starts as soon as your feet leave the floor
2) One hand must start on the numbered hold - finish by matching the top hold
3) Only use the black coloured holds used on the circuit. Aretes, volumes and wall features are allowed.
4) Hand your scorecard to reception when you have finished
Score will be split into male and female 5- 6 yrs / 7 – 8 yrs / 9 – 11 yrs / 12 – 14 yrs. Results from each round will be posted on the website and in the Mini Works. The overall winners will be announced after all 4 rounds. The top 3 scores from each competitor will be add together to find the overall Winter Bouldering Ladder Champions.
Round 2 - 1st Dec - 2nd Jan
Round 3 - 5th Jan - 30th Jan
Round 4 - 2nd Feb - 27th Feb
We have some planned building work coming up from Wednesday 6th to Friday 22nd September.
This will obviously cause some disruption in the centre through this period. We will attempt to keep disruption to a minimum and we're doing it to improve the centre, so it will benefit you in the long run, but apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.
We we will give you some more specifics nearer the time, as the exact plans are still subject to change.
11 - 16 year olds
Thornbridge Outdoors are run InsideOut bouldering experiences throughout the year for our 11 - 16 year olds who attend our weekly clubs, youth groups or are junior members. Anyone new to outdoor climbing will get to 'grips' with Peak Gritstone, learn safety & environmental management, the Do's and Don’ts of outdoor climbing and of course put into practice all the skills and techniques learned inside, outside. Those who have been on previous courses will be able to continue building their technical skills and gain confidence in try harder and more challenging climbs under the guidance of a coach.
Dates & Venues
30th Sep - Burbage South
1st Oct - Stanage far right
Each course will take place from 10:00am – 1:00pm
Cost: £27 p/p per evening
*please not that these courses are no longer subsidised by The BMC, all courses are run at cost and will require a min of 5 climbers for course to go ahead.
We will also be running InsideOut adult evening courses throughout the year with experienced coach and outdoor instructor Claire Youdale. These are aimed out our adult members who have been climbing inside regularly and would like to build up some experience outside under the guidence of a coach. The course is suitable for regular indoor climbers who have never climbed outside and those who have taken part on InsideOut courses in the past. We will be visiting a number of different 'local' venues all within a 20 minute drive of The Climbing Works.
Dates & Venues
Wed 27th Sep – Curbar Trackside
Each course will take place in the evening from 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Cost: £18 p/p per evening