13th to 15th of October 2017

The Flash Championship is an opportunity to climb alongside some of the best climbers in the UK on The DMM Comp Wall
One of the Biggest Comp Walls in the World!


The Flash Championship

It’s an Open Comp, which means there is no minimum requirement, just register for FREE, turn up on the day and #GetClimbing. It will be fun, challenging and exciting, and you’ll hopefully rub (broad) shoulders with some of the best climbers in the UK.

The event follows a world cup format with 2 qualifying sessions on the saturday, with the semi-final and final on the Sunday. All the Blocs throughout will be set by an infamous bunch; Yann Genoux, Sam whittaker, Jason Pickles and Suzan Dudink . So expect to be tested and tricked to the max!

The main event will be streamed online as it was last year, and we’ll post the link as soon we can.


To help us cater for as many climbers as possible, the qualifiers will be split into 2 sessions: Qualifier A and B. Qualifier A will take place on the Saturday morning, and Qualifier B on Saturday afternoon. You can select your preferred session when you register online.

The qualifying round is the informal part of the competition where climbers self-mark their own score card as they attempt 30 flash problems The problems will be a range of difficulty, starting at Font 5+ and get harder and harder.

We welcome entries from both individuals and teams* of 4. If you are part of a team, your individual score will still be eligible for the Championship Competition.

The highest scoring 20 males and 20 females from the qualifiers will go through to the Semi Final on Sunday morning.

Read the Rules.

*All team members must have a Live Annual Membership, i.e. are Highball Members, and be mixed gender.

Semi Final

The Semi Finals will take place on the main Comp Wall. The 20 men and women who qualified will take on 5 problems each ‘on sight’, with each problem judged independently. The highest scoring 6 males and 6 females will go through to the final.

Read the Rules.

Grand Final

The climax of the festival will be Sunday evening’s Grand Final, which will take place on the Comp Wall. Each finalist will attempt 4 problems across a range of surfaces.

It’s going to be a very exciting couple of hours and every competitor will feel the support of an excited Highball crowd, who will cheer on the finalists as they crank, crimp and crush their way up the blocs!

Read the Rules.


OK, I’m up for it, what do I do next?!

Register Online (selecting which qualifier you’d prefer), turn up, make a donation, collect your scoresheet on the day and #GetClimbing.

In 2015 we raised around £3800 for Climbers Against Cancer and the GB Climbing Team; this year we’re gunning for £4k. All of which will be split between The East Anglian Air Ambulance and Climbers Against Cancer (CAC)


Prize Money (2016)

This year, the cash prize fund will be almost £4,000!!

Flash Championship – Senior (M & F)

  • 1st £500
  • 2nd £350
  • 3rd £200
  • 4th £150
  • 5th £100
  • 6th £75

Flash Championship – Junior (M & F)

  • 1st £150
  • 2nd £100
  • 3rd £50

Flash Championship – Team Prize
(Highball Members Only)

  • 1st £200
  • 2nd £100
  • 3rd £60


The Junior category is U16 (on the 1 September 2016). Juniors will be qualifying on the same problems as the adults – there are no junior specific problems – so please be aware if bringing young children along, or maybe enter them in the NuKidsComp. There are prizes for the top male and female juniors – see below.


We know the big prizes will go to ‘the big guns’ so this year, team entries are reserved for Highball Members Only. All team members must have an active Annual Membership and be of mixed gender i.e. at least one male or one female. There’ll also be spot prizes for fancy dress!

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