Get on your bike at UK’s biggest outdoor event

The Rural Derbyshire School Sport Partnership (RDSSP) is encouraging young children to have a go at balance biking as part of the UK’s biggest outdoor event, Cliffhanger, in Sheffield.

RDSSP Manager, Janice Price will be on hand at Millhouses Park in Sheffield on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 July as part of the outdoors festival, to give youngsters the chance to try out balance bikes.

Balance bikes don’t have pedals or stabilisers meaning young children can boost their confidence on two wheels whilst learning skills including balance, coordination and navigation, before moving on to proper pedal cycles.

Cliffhanger is organised in partnership by Sheffield City Council and Heason Events and aims to inspire and involve people of all ages. The 2 day event features elite competitions and professional demonstrations including rock climbing, orienteering, mountain biking, running and adventure races. There are also opportunities for visitors to get involved in a whole range of sports and activities including zip lining, zorbing, bush craft, bike polo and angling.

Janice said: “I am really excited to be involved in this year’s Cliffhanger festival as encouraging young people of all ages and abilities to enjoy sport and physical activity is something I am so passionate about.”

“I volunteered at this year’s Sheffield Adventure Film Festival and was so inspired by the people I met there including elite athletes and people just like me, who love getting out and about in their spare time and enjoying sport and the great outdoors. Being part of the Cliffhanger event will hopefully allow me to meet many more people like that who share my enthusiasm for sport and physical activity and who will be encouraged by the festival to get out more by themselves or with family and friends.”

“With so many outdoor pursuits and activities available in Sheffield and on offer just next door in the Peak District National Park, I am keen to help showcase the balance bike training, which is one of the RDSSP’s most popular sessions for young children. I hope youngsters will enjoy the opportunities and it will inspire their parents, carers and guardians to get their children onto two wheels and discover the benefits for their whole family.”

Mountaineer and rock climber, Joe Simpson is patron to Cliffhanger.  The Sheffield resident said: “I am proud to be patron of the Cliffhanger event in my home city. It is really appropriate that Sheffield City Council is organising such a major event, as it is ideally placed to become the outdoor activities capital of this country, with a significant part of the city being within the Peak District National Park. I have been fortunate to be able to climb in many countries around the world, but I always love returning to Sheffield and the nearby Peak District, which has now become the home of many other climbing enthusiasts.”

To find out more about what’s on at this year’s Cliffhanger festival and purchase tickets, visit: