British Lead and Speed Climbing Championships 2017

Posted by Rob Adie on 15/09/2017

Britain's premier lead climbing competition takes place at Awesome Walls, Sheffield on 7-8 October, alongside the British Speed Climbing Championships and a round of the IFSC Paraclimbing Cup.

Britain's best climbers will battle it out on the super steep walls of Awesome Walls Sheffield, all vying for the title of British Lead Climbing Champion. The fastest climbers in the land will be on the speed wall, fighting for the chance to become Britain's Speed Climbing Champion.

This event will also host the IFSC Paraclimbing Cup, where paraclimbers from all over the world will be coming to compete along side the climbers competing in the BLCC & BSCC. This will be a great opportunity to see some of the best paraclimbers in the world in action and cheer on the GB Paraclimbing Team whilst they are competing on home turf!

2017 will still retain the change to the format from last year in order to bring this event in line with international format competitions to give all the climbers a better competition experience, we will be running qualifiers for all categories on Saturday and finals for all categories on Sunday. The Junior category (born in 1999 or 1998) will also be amalgamated with the Senior category (born 2001 to 1973) into one category – Senior (born 1999-1973).

The reigning (2016) British Lead & Speed Climbing Champions are:

Junior categories

Female Junior

1. Molly Thompson-Smith   2. Flo Tilley   3. Abigail Morris

Male Junior

1. Jim Pope   2. William Bosi  3. Billy Ridal

Female A

1. Hannah Slaney   2. Rebecca Kinghorn  3. Jo Neame

Male A

1. Kieran Forrest   2. Aiden Dunne   3. Stan Harris

Female B

1. Emily Phillips   2. Kitty Morrison   3. Pippa Watkin

Male B

1. Hamish McArthur   2. James Bateman   3. Finley Wood

Female C

1. Robin Casey  2. Katherine McDougall   3. Emma Futcher

Male C

1. Daniel Smith   2. Josh Ibbertson   3. Joseph Xibberas

Female Veteran

1. Vicky Askew  2. Phyllis Ryan

Male Veteran

1. Eddie Cooper   2. Nigel Leeming   3. Simon Tiley

Senior categories

Female Senior

1. Molly Thompson-Smith   2. Lucy Mitchell   3. Jen Wood

Male Senior

1. Jim Pope   2. William Bosi    3. Jonathan Stocking

British Speed Climbing Championships

Female Junior

1. Emily Phillips   2. Hannah Slaney  3. Kitty Morrison

Junior Male

1. Kieran Forrest   2. Severin Domela  3. Sammy Oakes

Female Senior

1. Jen Wood  2. Flo Tilley   3. Ajda Remskar

Male Senior

1. William Bosi   2. Alex Bosi   3. Orrin Coley

DATE & VENUE

Awesome Walls Sheffield

Lead - Saturday 7 October (Qualifiers), Sunday 8 October (Finals).
Speed - Sunday 8 October - Juniors & Senior after lead finals conclude.
Paraclimbing - Qualifiers - Saturday 7 October, Finals - Sunday 8 October.

LEAD CATEGORIES
Youth C – must be born in 2004 or 2005
Youth B – must be born in 2003 or 2002
Youth A – must be born in 2001 or 2000
Senior - must be born between 1999 to 1973 (inclusive)
Veterans - must be born in 1972 or earlier

The speed event will be run on a Junior (born 2000-2005) and Senior (born 1999 or earlier) set of categories, there will be no junior IFSC categories in this event.

COMPETITION TIMINGS
• 08:00 – Registration and warm up open.
• 09:00 – Registration closes.
• 10:00 – Climbing starts.
• Climbers arriving late may NOT be able to climb.

Click here for a full timetable.

ENTRY FEE
• Senior competitors: £25.00
• Junior competitors: £20.00

By entering the lead event you are automatically eligible for entry to the speed event.

PRIZES
• Senior Female & Male: 1st = £500 / 2nd = £250 / 3rd = £125
• Youth C, B, A Juniors and Vets will receive medals and trophies.
• Junior and Senior Speed Climbers will receive medals and trophies.

HOW TO APPLY
• Please complete and submit the online entry form by 12pm on Wednesday 4 October 2017. Online entries will close on this date, but on the day entries will be accepted. 
• Only online applications will be accepted, no postal entries. On the day entries will be available, but you must enter by 0830.
• All competitors must be a BMC, MCS or MCI member.
• Parental consent must be given for any competitor aged 12 to 17 years on the day of the event.
• All applicants will receive an email confirming receipt of their application. They will then receive a further e-mail containing full event information two days before the event.

Please note that emails do not always reach their destination, it is therefore your responsibility to contact the BMC if email notification has not been received by Friday 6th October.

Competition Format

BLCC

The BLCC uses the same format as the European Youth Series; two routes are climbed by all competitors during the qualification rounds; these are climbed ‘flash’, which means that the routes are demonstrated by the routesetters and the competitors watch the demo and then watch each other climb. The climbing order is changed for the second route to maintain fairness. The climbers who qualify through to the final are put into an isolation zone and the final routes are climbed on-sight.

The basis for ‘scoring’ in the BLCC (and other leading competitions) is fairly simple. The higher up the route the more ‘points’ you gain. Each hold is assigned a score or number. If you hold this hold (e.g. hold 25) you get '25'. If you make progress towards the next hold (but don’t touch it) you get '25+'. The actual ranking for the qualification round is a bit more complicated though, with square roots of the multiple of the ranking from each qualification coming into play.

Time does not have a bearing on the score but there is always a maximum time given by the chief judge in which the climbers must complete the route. If the climber is still climbing when this time period has elapsed (normally 6-8 minutes), they will be asked to stop climbing and their score will be taken from the highest point they reached at the end of the stated time period.

BSCC

Speed competitions shall be carried out on two parallel routes of identical length, profile, design and difficulty (Records Format). The routes are demonstrated by the national route setters, there will be no isolation for these routes. All routes shall be climbed with the competitor secured by top-rope, belayed from below.

Each competitor will climb both routes in qualification and only one route in the final rounds. The fastest time from either of the two routes will count towards final qualification.Both routes are climbed simultaneously and the competitors shall always climb in pairs. When a competitor has finished his/her attempt on one route, he/she is added at the end of the starting list of the other route.The starting order for the first qualifying route is random.

The final round shall take place as a series of knock-out heats, decided by the climbing time on the route in qualification. The final round may thus consist of the following stages: an eighth final, a quarter final and always a semifinal and a final – the number of stages in the final is determined by the number of competitors qualifying.

There is no qualification process to gain entry into the BLCC or the BSCC and the competition is open to anyone. You've got to be in it to win it, so enter online now. The Juniors categories (born 1996-2003) and Veterans (born 1970 or earlier) will compete on the Saturday, with the Seniors (born 1997 - 1970) climbing on the Sunday. With all the BSCC competitors competing on Sunday. We look forward to welcoming new and established competitors.

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On the day entries will be accepted but all entries must be registered by 0830.

Download the BLCC Rules and Regulations

Download the BSCC Rules and Regulations

Paraclimbing Format

On Saturday all the international competitors will climb two qualifying routes on top rope which are demonstrated by the national route setters, there will be no isolation for these routes. The starting order for the first qualifying route is random. Then the starting order for the second qualifier is the same as the first but staggered halfway. E.G. If there are 20 competitors in the category, number 11 will climb first on the second qualifier.

Finals will take place on the Sunday. All finalists will be held in an isolation zone. There will be a six minute observation of the final route, and then the finals are climbed on-sight.

Official timetable to be confirmed.

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The ropes are provided by Mammut as the official supplier of ropes to BMC climbing competitions. The prizes will be provided by the BMC and DMM as the official supplier of climbing gear to BMC climbing competitions. The competition vests will be provided by Five Finger Thing.

The GB Climbing Team is supported by the BMC and Berghaus, and the GB Paraclimbing Team is supported by Birchall Blackburn Law

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Interested in taking part in veteran male category. Can you say what grades the qualifiers and finals are approximately?

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