British Lead and Speed Climbing Championships 2019

Posted by Zoe Spriggins on 07/06/2019
The BLCCs 2018 at EICA Ratho in Edinburgh. Photo: Volo Digital

Let's get pumped up! The second of our major National Championships featuring both the BLCC and BSCC is scheduled to take place at the Beacon Climbing Centre in North Wales on 21-22 September 2019. Find out what you need to do to join.

If you're gunning for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, then this is an event you shouldn't miss. The British Lead Climbing Championships (BLCC) 2019 will be used as a selection event for inclusion in the Senior GB Climbing Team. Don't miss the chance to be the fastest kid on the blocs, by sprinting your way to the top of the British Speed Climbing Championships (BSCC) 2019. Sign up now. 

Entires for this competition are now closed.

Start list for Qualifier one can be found here

DATE & VENUE

Beacon Climbing Centre

Saturday and Sunday 21-22 September 2019

LEAD CATEGORIES for 2019

Youth C – year of birth 2006 or 2007
Youth B – year of birth 2004 or 2005
Youth A – year of birth 2002 or 2003
Senior – year of birth 1975 to 2003 (inclusive)
Veterans – year of birth 1974 or earlier

The speed event will be run on a Junior (born 2002-2007) and Senior (born 2003 or earlier) set of categories, there will be no junior IFSC categories in this event or a vets category.

Youth A competitors can choose to register in the Youth A category or the Senior category. If a Youth A competitor registers in the Senior category, they will not receive any national ranking points for this competition.

If you have already registered for this competiton and wish to change category, please email zoe@thebmc.co.uk

LEAD COMPETITION FORMAT

There are two qualification routes per category, 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.

For the finals, 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.

For full BLCC rules and regulations please click here.

As per the rules, competition appeals forms can be found here.

SPEED COMPETITION FORMAT

Speed competitions shall be carried out on two parallel routes of identical length, profile, design and difficulty (Records Format). 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.

For full BSCC rules and regulations please click here.

Official timetable to be confirmed. Provisional timetable can be found here

EVENT ENTRY FEE
• Senior/veteran competitors: £30.00
• Junior competitors: £25.00
• No additional cost for the Speed Championships if you also enter the Lead Championships

LEAD PRIZES
• Senior female & male: 1st = £500 + Petzl rope / 2nd = £250 / 3rd = £125
• Youth C, B, A and Vets will receive trophies.
• Youth and Senior Speed Climbers will receive trophies.

HOW TO APPLY
• Please complete and submit this entry form by 5pm on Monday 16 September 2019. Entries after this date will not be accepted.
• Only online applications will be accepted
• All competitors must be a BMC, MS or MI 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 Wednesday 18 September.

 

FURTHER INFORMATION
• Zoe Spriggins (BMC Competition Program Manager) tel: 0161 438 3318 / email: zoe@thebmc.co.uk

Thanks to our sponsors, Petzl, for the fantastic prizes supplied!


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