- Sunday 29th January 2017
Jan 29th; 2017
The Beastmaker International Footless Festival – better known as BIFF – concluded last night at the Climbing Works, Sheffield with Aidan Roberts and Gracie Martin taking Mr and Ms BIFF 2017 titles respectively.
The Speed Campus round. Video grab
The third year of BIFF saw preliminary rounds held in The Castle and Manchester Depot prior to the final at the Climbing works last night. Most of the usual suspects were in attendance including previous footless winners Louis Parkinson and Jim Pope. Interestingly, former comp climber Mellissa Le Neve was over from France specially for the comp – impressive stuff given she retired from the comp circuit last year to concentrate on ‘outside’ objectives.
The Strong Jump. Video grab
With the proceeds going to Climbers Against Charity (CAC), the footless madness was literally for a great cause. The Beastmaker Team – Ned Feehally, Dan Varian and Shauna Coxsey – had dreamed up some new challenges for the final round of the 2017 comp. The first round involved a head-to-head campus speed which saw finalists dynoing up parallel lines to a single finishing hold. The second round saw the ever reducing number of finalists getting to grip with the so-called ‘strong jump’ swing between two horizontal bars set at increasing distances apart. It appeared to favour not only the brave but those with a gymnastic up bringing/bent. The final round involved a head-to-head dual hanging off the Beastie Buoys during which the finalists had to endure Ned and Shauna swinging the buoys as well as their fellow competitors delivering flying kicks!
The Beasties Buoys. Video grab
Finally, the crowd demanded that Dan and Ned were the distance on the Beastie Bouys as well!
And the results were:
Mr BIFF 2017: Aidan Roberts (1st), Nathan Phillips (2nd) and Louis Parkinson (3rd)
Ms BIFF 2017: Gracie Martin (1st), Melissa La Neve (2nd), Hannah Slaney (3rd)
The BIFF final was streamed live on the One Five Nine Show on Facebook – here.