Success for Great Britain at an international bouldering competition in Sheffield

Britain’s Nathan Phillips took first place at the Rab Climbing Works International Federation (CWIF) bouldering competition yesterday.

The international climbing event, hosted at Sheffield’s Climbing Works, saw Phillips take the title after a breathtaking battle with Canada’s Olympic hopeful and four-time World Champion Sean McColl.

Phillips said: “I have always been climbing whether it be something in the playground, a tree or a rock.”

Hannah Slaney, reigning champion of the British Bouldering Championship, failed to make the finals after finishing fifth during the qualification sessions.

A precursor to the official International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) season, the Rab CWIF presents climbing’s elite with an invaluable pre-season opportunity to test themselves on World Cup style boulder problems.

It is one of the few competitions of any sport that allow members of the public to compete shoulder to shoulder with their climbing heroes.

Saturday’s qualification round was open to all and separated out the very best climbers.

The evening session’s off-piste circuit and fancy dress competition brought the Climbing Works’ unique brand of mayhem to the proceedings.

Details of the 2020 event are yet to be confirmed.