Sheffield Schools Bouldering Finals 2018

7 May 2018

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.

Connie Mason

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.

Primary Team Primary Female  Primary Male

                 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.

Secondary Team Secondary Female Secondary Male

                 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.

We are truly grateful to this year’s sponsors Core ClimbingGo Outdoors, The North FaceWild CountryBeta Climbing DesignsFive Ten and DMM who provided the fantastic prizes, medals and trophies.

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.


Article Written By Michelle Forrest

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