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Credit Alex Messenger –Sheffield’s own Shauna Coxsey competing at the 2015 BBC final

Sheffield City Centre Presents The British Bouldering Championship 2016

Registration opens today for the much anticipated British Bouldering Championships (BBC) on the 9 and 10 July. Returning to Sheffield for the tenth time, this year 120 contestants will fight for first place from a new city centre location and the whole event will be free to spectators.

As the headline event of the Cliffhanger outdoor festival, the BBC competition is managed by the British Mountaineering Council and entries for registration can be made through www.thebmc.co.uk/bbc
Sheffield has a community of over 10,000 climbers and a growing reputation as The Outdoor City, where its unique proposition is the proximity between outdoor adventure, rural escapes and big city life. Moving the competition to Devonshire Green in Sheffield city centre is a much anticipated development and is set to showcase the home-grown talent and sporting excellence of the city on the global stage whilst reinforcing Sheffield as a destination for outdoor adventure events.

Rob Adie BMC Competition Climbing Officer explains: “Sheffield is the undisputed climbing capital of the UK so we always have a great turnout for the British Bouldering Championship but the new location and free entry this year really puts the event centre stage. Climbers flock to Sheffield because of the amazing routes, climbing community, climbing walls and easy access to the Peak. What better way to tell Sheffield’s story than having elite athletes compete against each other on some of the hardest bouldering routes in the UK with Sheffield’s city centre as their backdrop?”

The 25 metre wide by four metre high competition wall will stand proud on Devonshire Green in the centre of Sheffield. It is predicted that the new location will double the number of festival goers enjoying Cliffhanger and the headline British Bouldering Championship event alone is expected to draw crowds of more than 6000 over the two days . People overseas or elsewhere in the UK who can’t make it to The Outdoor City that weekend on 9 and 10 July can watch the British Bouldering Championship as the action unfolds through the BMC live stream www.thebmc.co.uk/bbc

This year’s competition will run until later in the evening on both nights to take advantage of the warmer weather. Accompanied by live music on Friday and Saturday night the competition wall will be surrounded by food and drink stalls, a special BMC member VIP area and lots of other attractions – creating a festival atmosphere not to be missed.

Cllr Leigh Bramall, Deputy Leader of Sheffield City Council and Cabinet member for Business and Economy said: “The British Bouldering Championships is a signature event in Sheffield’s outdoor city calendar. Moving it to the city centre this year along with the wider Cliffhanger Festival and making it free so that people across the city can enjoy it, profiles our unique proposition of edgy urban culture and outdoor adventure perfectly. There is a reason why climbers choose to live, train and work in Sheffield and why some of the world’s biggest climbing brands were born here. We attract talented people to Sheffield because we can offer big city life and easy access to the outdoors in a way that just can’t be replicated by other UK cities. The fact that home-grown world class talent like Shauna Coxsey is primed to compete this year is just another reason to come and watch the competition – the atmosphere is going to be electric.”