Is Rock Climbing the 2011 Flagship event?
An exhilarating sport, the only one in the Programme where training is compulsory - unless you have written evidence of competence! If you've never done this before but always thought you might like to, then don't miss this opportunity.
Due to the highly specialised nature of this event we rely upon the trained professionals at The Edinburgh International Climbing Arena to train, educate and keep safe all participants.
Whether or not this is the flagship event for the Decathlon, it is certainly the flagship venue. Edinburgh International Climbing Arena - the largest in Europe is a truly 5 star venue. So if you can't bring yourself to compete or simply don't cut the muster, come and spectate - you won't be disappointed.
As event No. 5 in the Decathlon Calendar we come to the mid-point of the season with The Rock Climbing Challenge. This event proved to be just as popular as anticipated, if not more so, with a resounding call at Prize Giving for it's return in 2012. And, if we thought the Orienteering Challenge was a close result then this was the closest yet. The standard of climbing was of such a high standard that the 25 minute time-barrier was satisfied by every team on every wall - so well done to everyone.
The winners, Edinburgh Leisure, sneaked in ahead of Deloitte, with scores of 332 and 330 respectively. The former having been deducted 10 points for failing to comply with the 'Gender Mix' rule on Climb 'Novice A' - having sent up 2 males as their first 2 on the wall. The final difference coming down to the two Difficult Climbs where Edinburgh Leisure came in as victors - so very well done to both for truly exceptional performances.
Similarly 3rd and 4th were separated by only 6 points with Searching For Challenges coming in just ahead of Wolfson Warriors, scores of 291 and 285 respectively; and again the differentiation came down to the two Difficult climbs. In It For Fun picked up 30 Decathlon points, scoring near maximum on the 4 Novice and Moderate climbs with the two Difficult Climbs presenting them with serious challenge though still managing Mid Point scores on both.
Thank you to all for the great spirit in which this challenge was under-taken and for the number of 'Good Sports' Team of The Day nomination forms received being a good indication of that - each of these will contribute towards the Year End 'Good Sports' Team of The Year recognition at The Sports Ball.
Thanks to Tasmin and all at The Edinburgh International Climbing Arena - what a venue - what an event!