Everyone loves a Cliffhanger

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Cliffhanger is one of the UK's largest outdoor outdoor–pursuits festivals, based in one of Sheffield's biggest green spaces. The 2009 event will be held on 11 and 12 July.

The aim of the event is to 'Inspire and Involve'. Featuring competitions or demonstrations in rock climbing, orienteering, kayaking, mountain biking, running, skiing and snowboarding, skateboarding, free running, adventure racing and more, visitors are able to watch elite sports–people of all ages competing or demonstrating, and then take part in the sports they have just been inspired by. There will also be scuba diving, angling, kite flying, assault courses, caving, a massive bargain area, music, plenty of children's rides and other activities, food stalls, a market, and much, much more, with the activities aimed at people of all ages. Councillor Shaffaq Mohammed, Sheffield County Council's Cabinet member for Climate Change and Local Environment, has described Cliffhanger as an important " shop window for the superb range of outdoor activities" in the Sheffield and Peak District region. Activities that will be showcased at Cliffhanger this year include: The BMC British Bouldering Championships, Britain's main bouldering competition. British Bouldering Team Coach, Gareth Parry, has tipped Ned Feehally, Dave Barrons and Leah Crane as the ones to watch for titles. Walk around the largest ever map of England and Wales, a 1, 584 square feet piece of art cartography complete with full topographical detail in perfect scale, which will be brought to Cliffhanger by event sponsors Ordnance Survey and partners Mapland. Oli Johnson, Britain's orienteering Long Champion and the Yorkshire South Orienteers are bringing the UK's first ever Ultrasprint orienteering event to Cliffhanger again. A high intensity, high speed form of orienteering, the race includes map reading, multi–terrain racing and river crossings. The UK's elite orienteers will battle it out to become Ultrasprint champion 2009. A TV production company will be attending Cliffhanger this year. The TV footage will centre around the British Bouldering Championships. Taking two–wheels into another dimension, there will be coaching sessions and demos in trials mountain biking from former world champion Ben Slinger and former European Champion Danny Butler. There will be 11 climbing walls at Cliffhanger, including a special Alpkids one for children. Alpkids on the Blocs is a fun climbing competition for children under eight years old and their parents. Alpkit climbers will show the children and their parents how they can work together to climb safely together on the 8ft high blocs as they attempt to complete 10 boulder problems. There will be an open dynoing (like high jump for climbing) competition with £1, 000 prize money up for grabs. The world record holder, Skyler Weekes, flies over from Colorado each year to beat his own record: currently 2. 65m. There will be a film, art, photography and lecture marquee, where visitors can meet the likes of Doug Scott and Alistair Lee. There will be photography walks and talks from the professional photographers, too. Trailquest – the art of orienteering on mountain bikes – makes its debut at Cliffhanger. Organised by Dark and White events the two–hour discipline will leave Millhouses Park on the Saturday and travel through the nearby Peak District. A roadworthy bike, cycle helmet, watch, the event map (supplied), a first aid kit, 2 x £1 for phone and substantial clothing, including quality waterproofs, are compulsory kit for this events. Dark and White are also organising a mini–mountain marathon, a fell race and an adventure race for the Cliffhanger weekend. For further information, visit http://www. cliff–hanger. co. uk/whatson/

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