Friday, 05 July 2019 09:09

British Bouldering Championships in Sheffield this weekend. Live on BBC Sport.

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The La Sportiva BMC British Bouldering Championships return to the heart of Sheffield city centre at Devonshire Green, on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 July and this year will be shown live on BBC Sport.

The pivotal event of every boulderers calendar since 1998, the BMC British Bouldering Championships (BBCs) are organised by the BMC, form the national championships in the UK, and count towards selection for the GB Climbing Team.

The British Bouldering Championships are the main attraction in the Cliffhanger Festival, taking place across the city this weekend. For the past 3 years since the competition was staged here, the event has attracted huge crowds creating an electrifying atmosphere for the competitors. Sunny weather this weekend will be sure to draw crowds.

British bouldering champsPhoto: Pete Burnside & BMC

Spectators can also enjoy free goodies and prizes from the BMC stand along with great food, drinks and stalls from other vendors surrounding the Green.

Tara Hayes competing in the British Bouldering Championships. Photo: Alex Messenger.

Watch LIVE on BBC Sport

For the second year running the BBC will be broadcasting the Semi-Finals and Finals for the competition. You can catch all the action on the Red Button and streaming services here.

Semi-Finals are on Sunday at 10:30am with coverage from 10:15am. Finals start at 17:30 with coverage from 17:05.

7 times British Bouldering Champion Gaz Parry will be commentating alongside top climber Robbie Phillips and climbing personality Neil Gresham.

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Competitors looks to the Olympics

With the 2020 Tokyo Olympics just a year away, the British Bouldering Championships are a key competition for any of the GB Climbing hopefuls looking to secure their place in the GB Climbing Team and possibly a place in the first ever Olympic Games to have Sport Climbing as a medal event.

This year there are a record number of athletes competing; in total 110 men and women looking to be crowned British Bouldering Champion.

Reigning champion Nathan Phillips returns to defend the men's title, while last year's women's champion Hannah Slaney is not competing leaving the field open.

You can find out about more of the competitors on our website here: