Climb Newcastle News: WBS finale this friday

This friday the final round of the Climb Newcastle Winter Bouldering Series takes place. The competition, now in its 4th year, has grown from strength to strength to be one of the most popular climbing events around, thanks to problems for all abilities, but also very hotly contested at the top end by the region's elite. So who will get their names upon the coveted Winter Bouldering Series trophies this year?

In the men's Nigel Callender looks to have the series sealed up with 4 terrific scores, however Nige will be looking to get the elusive maximum 350 score that no-one never been achieved in 4 years of the WBS. Meanwhile in the ladies event it will be a nervous affair with all to play for, Alison Monks and Harriet Ridley neck and neck leading the way. In the juniors there have been some outstanding scores this year, no doubt thanks to the junior squad training every thursday ran by Chris Graham, Andy Earl and Andy 'big pipes' Porter... John Schindler is edging the boys category but has Pete Stephenson on his tail just waiting for a mistake. In the girls Sid Graham looks good to retain her title, while similarly in the vet ladies Sue Leyland has sealed her first WBS series win. In the vet males it couldn't be closer, it all depends on who turns out but there will certainly be a new name on the trophy in this category too!

So with the scene set, our international team of route-setters, Chris Graham, Suzan Dudink and (on the road to recovery) Andy Earl will be dealing up 35 problems from very easy to very cunning to very hard. They can be tried between 1pm and 9pm, with raffle and prize-giving at 9:30pm. As ever with Climb Newcastle events there is no additional charge for the competition, and as a bonus this time they are running free physio sessions with Newcastle Sports Injury Clinic physio Dave Magee - get your name down at reception on the day for a slot!