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Lakes Charity Classic

Cumbria Soaring Club proudly presents the Lakes Charity Classic
The UK's premier free flying event!

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Super conditions at the Grasmere Alcock Tarn take off on Friday 21 June 2019 - Photo by Ed Cleasby

The 2022 Lakes Charity Classic will be held on Friday, Saturday & Sunday 17/18/19 June 2022 in Grasmere - based at the Grasmere Sports showground.

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Both A and B competitions are full and no places are left. The coaching group is also full.

What is the Lakes Charity Classic?

The Lakes Charity Classic is an informal paragliding competition held in some of England's most spectacular scenery. If you want to get a flavour of what it's all about then have a look at this Youtube Video - courtesy of gazandwiz

There are 2 competitions

A Competition - This is for more experienced and seasoned pilots holding a minimum of Pilot rating. Any certified wing is permitted; uncertified gliders will not be accepted. Tandems are allowed but with only one named pilot in charge and scoring.

B competition - This is most suitable for less experienced pilots who wish to get the most flying from their day in a spectacularly scenic area. Less demanding, friendly tasks will be set and it is open to pilots with Club Pilot and Pilot ratings flying gliders of ENB/DHV1-2 and below.

We also offer 2 days of coaching as an alternative. If you don't fancy taking part in a competition but fancy some flying in some of the most spectacular scenery in England, then the coaching event gives you a chance to fly with the coaching team from CSC.

There is the possibility of an additional Friday afternoon task/practice session - this will not form part of the scoring tasks so don't worry if you can't make it until Friday evening/Sat Morning. Any Friday task will not start before 1pm (or whenever) to give folk time to get to Grasmere. Parking will be available on site from Friday morning at 11am.

The main programme starts early on Saturday morning where there will be a briefing before we head off for the flying sites. We aim to get the best out of the day so the tasks will be geared to the conditions. Remember, though, that the Lake District is the wettest place in England. In both 2018 and 2019 we flew on the Saturday and had ground handling practice and competitions on the Sunday  One thing you can be sure of, is that we'll always do our best and will plan other activities to suit the conditions. This is what it looks like on a good day.

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The Saturday might be a long day if the conditions are good. On return to the campsite in Grasmere, competitors may get an opportunity for a fly down to the campsite. An evening meal is provided for competitors.

Sunday follows the same format although the day might be shorter.

  1. Your entry donation covers
    • a donation to charity
    • a meal for each participant on the Saturday Night
    • a contribution to the running costs of the LCC
    • access to non flying activities
  2. You are not paying to fly and the entry donation is not refundable
  3. All competitors must have current membership of the BHPA and show their membership card at registration.
  4. You must be Pilot rated or above to enter the A competition; Club Pilot rated or above for the B competition and coaching
  5. A competition pilots must fly a certified wing. Un certified wings are not permitted.
  6. B competition and coaching competition must fly a rated ENB/DHV1-2 and below.

No BHPA card, no entry. This rule will be strictly applied

  1. You must carry a certified, suitably sized and correctly fitted reserve system.
  2. A and B competitions will need a GPS which generates a 3D tracklog and can download an igc tracklog to GPS Dump or direct to a Windows based PC. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have a GPS capable of this. Your flight can only be scored with an igc tracklog. We have cables for most common types of GPS but you should bring your own cable. If you have a GPS with a special cable, make sure you bring the cable.
  3. It is your personal responsibility to ensure that you are fit to fly and that conditions are not beyond your ability.
  4. All flying must be in accordance with the rules of the air and obey airspace restrictions. In addition the direction of turn for 360-ing may be set by the Task Director and must be obeyed while flying in the vicinity of the take off area.
  5. It is your responsibility to attend the morning briefings at base and briefings which take place on the hill. Please ensure that you understand all the information given out at these briefings. As well as details of the task, the briefings will relate to your conduct on the hill and in the air.
  6. The Task Director will control take-off and landing areas. He will ensure adherence to take off windows, as specified at the task briefing. In addition he may decide not to allow any take-off if, in his opinion, the conditions are unsafe. (The Director’s job is a difficult and thankless one so please accede to his every request with good humour!).
  7. A well fitting helmet must be worn at any time they are attached to a glider, including ground handling. The helmet should be CE marked EN966 (HPG), EN 1077 Class A, ASTM 2040, or SNELL rs98 (Snow Sports).
  8. All equipment used must be in an airworthy condition.
  9. It is the duty of every competitor to land and render assistance to any other pilot who appears to be in difficulty on the ground or, if it is deemed unsafe to land, to contact an official or the emergency services at the earliest opportunity.
  10. You must complete each day’s score from your GPS as quickly as possible after the end of the task.
  11. Any dispute or protest must be filed with the Task Director within one hour of the relevant task results being released. The Task Director’s decision is final. Contact details for the Task Director or nominated deputy will be available.
  12. Any competitor flagrantly disobeying any of the above, or who is judged to have flown in a reckless manner endangering other pilots, or who is found to be obviously under the influence of drink or drugs while preparing for flight will be liable to disqualification. Please note that the legal limit for operating an aircraft in the UK is 27 milligrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of urine. By way of comparison the limit for driving in the UK is 107 milligrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of urine.
  13. ALL pilots (not just competitors) landing on the LCC field must land ONLY in the designated landing areas, in a standard manner and as safely as possible. Do not engage in low level swooping over people or marquees.
  14. Above all else, enjoy yourselves!

Briefings. The Task Director will endeavour to provide detailed briefings before each task. Please listen carefully as you will be given important information about the task for the day, local safety information and landing agreements.

Flying the Lakeland Fells. At this time of year strong conditions can be encountered and caution must be exercised when flying in the mountains. The Task Director is an experienced local pilot who knows these fells. It is well worth listening and acting upon all he/she has to say.

Your decision. The decision to fly will always be yours and yours alone. If you are not happy and confident in the prevailing conditions on any day then do not fly just because it is a competition.

Flying in company. If you are not a seasoned competition pilot be sure that you are fully conversant with the rules of the air. It may become crowded over launch and it is your responsibility to fly safely and with consideration for others at all times. Note that the B competition is geared towards pilots who have not flown in competitions before.

Reserves. To compete in the LCC you must carry a suitably sized reserve system, correctly fitted to your harness, and understand how to use it, it’s limitations and potential dangers. If in doubt seek advice from an experienced packer.

Mobile Phones & Radios. It is mandatory that you carry a mobile phone whilst taking part in the competition. Mobiles can be useful in an emergency situation and will be used at the end of each day to ensure you have landed safely. You are required to carry and use a radio capable of operating 135 – 179VHF. The Task Director will advise of safety frequencies. Please keep the allocated frequency clear. Note that mobile phone coverage in the Lake District is poor. Please make sure that you are equipped to be able to walk out of the mountains - a map and compass is recommended.

LCC Registration

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Both A and B competitions are now full. The coaching group is also full.

For any queries or to request your name be placed on a reserve list please email lcc at cumbriasoaringclub.co.uk.

List of Participants - 2022 LCC

A competition

No Forename Surname
A003 Tom Hodgkin
A006 Mark Gravestock
A007 Tim Oliver
A009 Simon Baillie
A010 Jonathan Greenwood
A013 Ross Mason
A017 Ian Mancey
A034 David Southern
A039 William Barstow
A041 Chris Little
A042 Seth Barber
A043 Paul Winterbottom
A045 Michael Rawsterne
A047 Robert Smith
A048 Kevin McLoughlin
A050 William Scott
A055 Andy Archer
A059 Peter Southern
A062 Ed Cleasby
A063 Paul Frederick Winstanley
A064 Lester Gordon
A066 Tim Jackson
A078 Scott O'Neil
A080 Alan Dunn
A081 Chris Foster
A084 Viv Fouracre
A085 Phil Fouracre
A086 Roy Dade
A088 Peter Logan
A091 Nik Valiris
A093 Lee Pearce
A094 Jeremy Fisk
A117 John Murphy
A119 Alan Birtles
A123 Peter White
A126 Danny Murphy
A127 Kevin Say
A128 Ralf Klinnert
A130 Tim Bridle
A139 Alexander Buck
A143 Aaron Hall
A144 Lee Geddes
A156 Chris Blanchard
A159 Steven Low
A206 Peter Breckon

Number of participants in A competition : 45

B competition

No Forename Surname
B001 Tom Shuttleworth
B002 Dennis Burnside
B004 Phil Hewitson
B005 Matthew Burton
B008 Theano Pitrakou
B011 Andy Austin
B012 Jonny Simms
B014 Jacob Aubrey
B015 Kaloyan Paunov
B016 Will Marshall
B018 Andy Plimmer
B019 Darren Odell
B020 Mark Leach
B021 Adrian Carlin
B022 David McLeod
B023 Tom Davison
B024 George Allen
B025 Rob Easthope
B026 Jamie Moffat
B027 Ian Hutchinson
B028 Sarah Eilbeck
B029 Nigel Barker
B030 James Brock
B031 Jan Little
B035 Colin Williamson
B036 Gordon Coulthard
B038 Elliott Brown
B040 Graham Anderson
B044 Trevor Robinson
B046 Mike Williams
B051 Adam Milward
B053 John Lewis Farbridge
B054 Gerard McCann
B061 Rebecca Anderson
B069 Marcus Tett
B070 Richard Moffat
B071 David Henry
B075 Francis Waring
B077 Barry Roberts
B148 Graham McAnany

Number of participants in B competition : 40

Coaching

No Forename Surname
C032 Kat Hodgkin
C033 Emma Wrathall
C037 Ian Shinnie
C049 Debbie Barnes
C052 Kate Scott
C056 Lucy Scott
C057 Tom Blakely
C058 Jeremy Bix
C068 Stephen Shovlar
C072 Martin Knight
C073 Christopher Holmes
C074 Tom Kett
C076 Henry Barfoot-Saunt
C087 Daniela Monteiro
C090 Stuart Moorhouse
C092 Bruna Tamai
C095 Ian Garforth
C116 Joseph Peter Greene
C147 Christopher Martin Dobson
C149 Christopher Greene

Number of participants for Coaching : 20

The 2022 Lakes Charity Classic will be held at the same location as 2017 - 2019. The site is the Grasmere Sports showground to the west of the A591 and to the east of Grasmere village.

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From the South (M6)

Leave the M6 at junction 36 following the signs for Barrow, Kendal A590 (A591). Take the first junction on the left at the roundabout. Now stay on the dual carriage way ignoring all exits until you come to the Plumgarths roundabout north west of Kendal. Then carry straight on at the roundabout following the A591 for Windermere and Ambleside. Keep on this road through Windermere and Ambleside. In Ambleside follow the signs for A591 Keswick. Speeds start to slow down as you approach Ambleside! The approach to Grasmere is marked by a sharp right hand bend, a lake (Grasmere) on the left hand side and the Daffodil Hotel and Spa on your left. Carry on to the mini roundabout just after the hotel; turn right at this roundabout.

From the North (M6)

Leave the M6 and junction 40 following the signs for Penrith, Keswick, Brough A66. At the roundabout take the right hand exit - A66 Workington, Keswick. Stay on the A66 to Keswick for around 12 miles and then turn left on the B5322 Thirlmere. Follow this road for 4 miles until you reach a junction with the A591 Keswick/Ambleside road. Turn left and drive south for about 7 miles. This road will take you alongside Thirlmere, over Dunmail Raise and then down into the Grasmere valley. Ignore the first turning on the right and carry on until you see a mini roundabout. Turn left at this roundabout.

From Mini Roundabout

The entrance to the ground is the first gate on the right. There should be someone waiting to book you in. If the gates are locked, you may have arrived too early. You will need to park in the main car park for the village until we open for business.

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There is a camping area and a camper van/caravan area. You will be directed to the right area on arrival. There are facilities on the showground - free showers, toilets and water.

The Grasmere sportsground web site can be found at http://grasmeresports.com/

For Information on Previous Events - Click on the year

2021 Grasmere 17 - 18 July 2019
2020 Cancelled Cancelled to to Coronavirus restrictions
2019 Grasmere 21 - 23 June 2019
2018 Grasmere 13 - 15 July 2018
2017 Grasmere 14 - 17 July 2017
2016 Grasmere 15 - 18 July 2016
2015 Buttermere 29/30 May 2015
2014 Buttermere 30/31 May 2014
2013 Buttermere 31 May/1 June 2013
2012 Buttermere 8/9 June 2012
2011 Buttermere 3/4 June 2011
2010 Buttermere 4/5 June 2010
2009 Buttermere 5/6 June 2009
2008 Buttermere 6/7 June 2008
2007 Buttermere 1/2 June 2008