Top glider pilots drop in at Tibenham Airfield

Norfolk Glider Club,Tibenham held a competion for gliders from across Europe. Gliding champion Andy

Norfolk Glider Club,Tibenham held a competion for gliders from across Europe. Gliding champion Andy Davis with his glider.PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Tibenham Airfield has welcomed some of Britain's top glider pilots who are taking part in two national competitions.

Norfolk Glider Club,Tibenham held a competion for gliders from across Europe.PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Norfolk Glider Club,Tibenham held a competion for gliders from across Europe.PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

The airfield, near Long Stratton and home of the Norfolk Gliding Club, is hosting the 18 meter National Championship and the

Junior Championship.

The competitions, which will attract 100 gliders, started on Saturday and will continue until Sunday, August 28.

The 18m championship is the top end of gliding and will see competitors race around routes of up to in 300 miles in an attempt to be the quickest.


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The winner will go on to represent Great Britain in the international competition.

Pilots aged between 16 and 26 will take part in the junior championship and will challenge for the title of Junior Champion and selection for the Great Britain team.

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John Roche-Kelly, chairman of Norfolk Gliding Club, said hosting the competitions was good for both the airfield and the region.

He said: 'It is rather exciting. It can raise the profile of Tibenham. One of the things we are interested in is people seeing it happening and thinking it is fun.

'Gliding is a good way to learn to fly and it is cheap.'

The progress of gliders can be followed online as they are fitted with GPS devices. You can follow them at http://live.glidernet.org/#c=20.73770,-21.89221&z=3

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