The sixth and final round, sponsored by Gore-Tex, of the Climbing World Cup in Birmingham this weekend features a 25-metre artificial wall, including a thrilling overhang, as the main obstacle. More than 150 climbers from 20 countries compete, demonstrating the international interest in this sport. In the men's event, Francois Legrand, of France, looks set to complete three wins in a row and he has an unassailable points lead in this year's series. Robyn Erbesfield, from the United States, leads the women's event by 60pts, but Isabelle Patissier, of France, who is in second place overall, could reverse the positions if she wins and her American rival finishes down the field.
How to get there: National Indoor Arena, King Edward's Road, Birmingham City Centre. Nearest railway station: New Street. Admission: today (competition 5.30-8pm) pounds 3; tomorrow (10am-7pm) pounds 7; Sunday (10am-4pm) pounds 10. Weekender ticket pounds 12. (Tel: 021-633 3333).Reuse content