Thursday, 14 July 2011


We went to Cliffhanger festival at Millhouses Park in Sheffield on the first weekend in July. This is a great event that I have been to on several occasions.  In my previous visits I was competing in the Junior BBC’s. Having made the final every time I entered meant I have never had much time to look around the show. This time was different as I was not competing, well not at Bouldering anyway.  One reason we went on the Saturday was to get a good look at the format and standard in the qualifying round of the World Cup Bouldering event as I hope one day I may take part. We also had the opportunity to cheer on the GB Team members; many of whom qualified for the semi-finals, with Dianne, Shauna and Ned coming so close to making the final the next day.
I also took advantage of the rest of the show in riding my BMX at the skate part and taking part in one of the most crowded Parkour demos I have ever been involved in.  It was all good fun anyway.  I could not resist a bit of competition and I entered the Dyno Comp which takes place on a world standard Dyno comp wall. Well I did ok and found myself in the last 5 with three climbers that had competed in the world cup in the morning, and the current Dyno World Record holder Skyler Weeks. I went out at the same height as the two climbers that came 3rd but came 5th because i made it on my second attempt. Skyler went on to attempt a new world record that he only just missed, but then made un-officially after his 3 attempts. In the women’s event Lily Fitzgibon from the Climbing Works set a brilliant new world record and my friends: Ellie Rymer and Hannah Wilson finished second and third.    

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