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East Yorkshire gliding club toasts successful competition
Press photographer Mike Tipping’s award-winning picture taken during a previous National Two-Seater Gliding competition staged at Pocklington Airfield and hosted by The Wolds Gliding Club
PILOTS from across the country flocked to the north’s biggest gliding club in a bid to win an a national flying competition.
The National Two-Seater Gliding championships finished at Pocklington Airfield with glider pilots from across the country and two from New Zealand taking part in the three-days of competition. It was hosted by The Wold’s Gliding Club.
A total of 29 gliders were tested on their speed and distance as they flew 10,989 kilometres around fixed points in the sky. Some managed to fly to Newark and back in a day.
Patricia Ridger, competition director, said: “It has been a great competition this year. We’d like to thank all our local sponsors who donated prizes and I would also like to thank the friendly local farmers who assisted crews who occasionally had to land in their fields.”
Despite the occasional rain shower, pilots made the most of the better weather during the competition, which finished on Sunday.
Matthew Sheahan, of Lasham Gliding Society, near Reading, took first prize and was presented with a three-night stay on the Wessex Rose, the UK’s largest canal boat.
Peter Redshaw and his team from the Lakes Gliding Club, in Barrow-in-Furness, took first prize in the Sport Class, which was for lower performing gliders.
Spectators, who could camp for the duration of the competition, could view an array of gliders, including two gliders built in the 1960s known as Capstan T49s and two new Arcus Ts, described as the “Ferraris of the gliding world”.
The Wolds Gliding Club also managed to raise £865 for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance during the competition.
To see a full list of the results from the competition visit www.tsc.wolds-gliding.org
Prizes were donated by local sponsors including Alpine Foods, Hill Aviation, Pocklington Co-op, What Comes Naturally Health Foods, The Thali Indian Restaurant and Allerton Lakeland Park.
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