Lakes Charity Classic

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

Dave Ashcroft soars high above the Lakes Charity Classic's base at the Grasmere Sports Ground

The 2019 Lakes Charity Classic will be held on Saturday & Sunday 22/23 June 2019 in Grasmere - based at the Grasmere Sports showground. Registration is now open to all.

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2019 Lakes Charity Classic registration is now closed

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.

The 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 2018 we flew on the Saturday and it was blown out on the Saturday; in 2017 we were rained off on the Saturday but flew on the Sunday and we got flying both days in 2016.  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.


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 suitable correctly fitted EN rated 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. All pilots must wear a suitable helmet, rated to EN 966, at any time they are attached to a glider, including ground handling.
  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 2019 Event Programme & Information

Before you come

  • Make sure you've read the Terms & Conditions - you can find these on the Guidelines tab above
  • Make sure you bring your BHPA card - NO CARD NO FLY. If you have renewed and your card has not arrived, get the BHPA to send an e-mail to the CSC secretary confirming your renewal
  • Check your GPS
    • Make sure your GPS is charged and/or you have spare batteries.
    • Make sure you know how to enter a waypoint
    • Make sure you know how to fly to a waypoint
    • Ensure that all previous tracklogs are removed.
    • Ensure you know how to download your tracklog to GPS Dump
    • Bring the cable for your GPS with you
  • In the event of inclement weather, flying themed ‘entertainment’ will take place. Details to be confirmed.

Flying Competition & Coaching - Task Directors

A Comp Mike Cavanagh/Richard Bungay
B Comp Ben Keayes/Phil Kew
Coaching Groups Ed Cleasby/Malcolm Grout

Please Note! Timings may change. Please keep checking this web site and check the whiteboard by registration when you arrive for any last minute changes.

Friday 21 June

After 1400 LCC event ground open for arrivals. PLEASE ENSURE YOU HAVE CASH ON ARRIVAL TO PAY FOR CAMPING (£10 per person per night). GREAT NEWS …you can now park by your tents, so no need to pack that wheelbarrow
16:00 Bar Opens in the Pavilion
19:00 Registration opens. Your contact details will be checked together with your BHPA card. No BHPA card - no fly. If you have renewed and your card has not arrived, get the BHPA to send an e-mail to the CSC chair (jackiekn17@yahoo.co.uk) confirming your renewal. Check the whiteboard by the registration tent for any last minute changes.
19:00 Hot Meal with vegetarian option at £5 a head, will be available in the Pavilion
20:00 General meet and greet session. New to the LCC? Come along and meet fellow competitors. New to flying? Come and meet the coaches. Struggling with your GPS? Gurus will be on hand to help if you (we would rather sort problems now than on the hill).
21:30 Registration closes

Saturday 22 June

08:00 - 09:00 Registration. Your contact details will be checked together with your BHPA card. No BHPA card - no fly. If you have renewed and your card has not arrived, get the BHPA to send an e-mail to the CSC secretary confirming your renewal. Check the whiteboard by the Main Pavilionfor any last minute changes.
08:00 Hot Breakfast Buns will be available in the pavilion. Joe will be back with his superb Coffee machine in a shepherds Caravan
09:15 General & Safety briefing compulsory to all competitors. After the general briefing, we will split into separate competition/coaching groups for individual group briefings. Be prepared to write down the emergency contact number etc
10:00 Departure for Flying Sites
On Hill Detailed task briefing. You must sign the "Sign to Fly" sheet.
Throughout the day A team from Flyability will be on site to demonstrate the specialist equipment and chat about all things flyability.
From around 16:00 Report to the scoring tent and sign in. Get your track log downloaded from your GPS. Even better, tracklogs can be emailed as soon as you land to: lccscoring@cumbriasoaringclub.co.uk
19:00 Final time for signing in. You must sign in at the scoring tent on the field. Track logs are not accepted after this time. Once the provisional results are declared there will 30 minutes for you to check your position and appeal to the Flying Director if you think an error has been made
19:00 Food – Hot meal with plenty of Vegetarian options is being served to all competitors and people who have pre- booked (by Fri 14 June).
20:00 approx Raffle, Films and other entertainment – plenty of time for catching up with chums and chatting.
20:00 If any competitors are not logged in by this time, we will invoke the rescue plan. If you don't need to be rescued, then you will be disqualified from the competition and be expected to make a considerable donation to the local mountain rescue team

Sunday 23 June

09:00 Hot Breakfast Buns will be available in the pavilion. Joe will be back with his superb Coffee machine in a shepherds Caravan
09:00 General briefing to all competitors. After the general briefing, we may split into separate competition groups for individual group briefings
09:30 (approx) Departure for Flying Sites
On Hill Detailed task briefing. You must sign the "Sign to Fly" sheet.
Throughout the day Chance to chat with the team from Flybility & see the equipment
From around 1600 Report to the scoring tent and sign in. Get your track log downloaded from your GPS. Even better, tracklogs can be emailed as soon as you land to: lccscoring@cumbriasoaringclub.co.uk
17:00 Final time for signing in. You must sign in at the scoring tent on the field. Tracklogs are not accepted after this time. Once the provisional results are declared there will 30 minutes for you to check your position and appeal to the Flying Director if you think an error has been made.
17:30 (approx) Results presentation and prize giving

Monday 16 July

10:30 Showground must be cleared
  Possible informal task set

List of Participants - 2019 LCC

A competition

No Forename Surname
A001 Nikolas Valiris
A002 Richard Bungay
A003 Kevin Mcloughlin
A004 Chris Foster
A005 Andy Archer
A006 Tim Oliver
A007 Edmund Bewley
A008 Ian Miskin
A009 Viv Fouracre
A011 Gary Stenhouse
A012 Richard Sewell
A013 Harold Postill
A014 Ben Keayes
A015 Richard Ford
A016 Simon Baillie
A018 Michael Rawsterne
A019 Chris Little
A020 Jan Little
A021 Phil Fouracre
A022 Jeremy Smith
A023 Yannick Le Gall
A024 Alan Birtles
A025 Andrew Billington
A026 Paul Winterbottom
A027 William Scott
A028 Richard Crossley
A029 Lester Gordon
A032 Mark Gravestock
A034 John Murphy
A035 Peter Hope
A036 William Barstow
A037 Paul Jiggins
A040 William Maxwell
A041 David Ashcroft
A042 Greg Poole
A043 David Fentum
A044 Richard Chadwick
A045 John C Westall
A046 Keith Paterson
A047 Harvey Foster

Number of participants in A competition : 40

B competition

No Forename Surname
B001 Gordon Coulthard
B002 Ian Hutchinson
B003 Graeme Stephenson
B004 Mcclure Conor
B005 Theano Pitrakou
B007 John Farbridge
B008 Richard Plummer
B011 Paul Ackroyd
B012 Richard Shirt
B013 Ross Mason
B014 Wayne Glossop
B015 Chris Webb
B016 David Henry
B017 Glenn Stockton
B018 Jonathan Greenwood
B019 Ken Hardman
B020 Matthew Burton
B021 Darren Odell
B022 Ralf Klinnert
B024 Benjamin Ireland
B025 Charles Mcdonald
B026 Rosie Ireland
B027 Alan Dunn
B030 Kevin Dines
B031 Mark Leach
B032 Mike Mason
B033 Brian Waller
B034 Pierce O'Carroll
B035 Richard Jennings
B037 Mark Limb
B038 Robert Smith
B039 Kaloyan Paunov
B040 Anthony Pickering
B041 Chris Breeds
B042 Marcus Tett

Number of participants in B competition : 35


No Forename Surname
C001 Philip Hewitson
C002 Ian Shinnie
C003 Stuart Moorhouse
C004 Russell Mitchell
C005 Martin Lucas
C006 Phillip Josiah Cook
C007 George Allen
C009 Jeffrey Powell
C010 Jake Stroud
C011 Ian Mckeag
C012 David Hawthorn
C014 Simon Rand
C017 Jamie Moffat
C018 Chris Baird
C019 Thomas Cummings
C020 Andy Taylor
C022 Federico Sauro
C023 Andrew Rowlands
C024 Leon Skeldon
C025 Mark Baker
C026 Seth Barber

Number of participants for Coaching : 21


To save time, we recommend that you download these waypoints to your GPS before coming to the LCC. This will avoid having to type in the waypoints on the hill. To download the file to your PC, select the appropriate format for your GPS, right click on the icon and then use "Save Target As" or "Save Link As" (or similar)

SeeYou .CUP format cupfile
GPS Exchange Format (.gpx) file1
Waypoint .WPT file file2
Google Earth kml file ge
CompeGPS SkyTrax file1
Waypoint Map pdf
Task Sheet pdf

The 2019 Lakes Charity Classic will be held at the same location as 2017 - 2018. The site is the Grasmere Sports showground to the west of the A591 and to the east of Grasmere village.


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 Greasmere 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 right 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.


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/


Camping is on the Grasmere Sports ground. In order to camp at the event you either need to be a competitor or have paid the non competing person fee (£15 per person for the whole weekend). The additional camping fees are £10 per person per night. There is a dedicated area for tents and a separate area for caravans/camper vans. There are free showers on the sports ground.

Unfortunately we still cannot get vehicular access onto the (tent) camping field, as the underlying structure (replaced after 2015 floods) will just not take vehicles. The camper van/caravan area may not be the same as 2018, so please wait to be directed to the right place.  Electricity Hook up is NOT available this year. 

Ts and Cs

Before you consider applying, please read the following terms and conditions. We have tried to keep these to a minimum; the Ts and Cs are to increase safety and ensure everyone enjoys the event.


All attendance is conditional as follows:


The organisers will not be held liable for any loss, injury or damage sustained at the event, including damage, theft or loss to property or motor vehicles, even if the cause is due to the negligence of a ticket holder, the organisers or the actions of other third parties.


  • There will be CHILDREN on the site. Guardians: be aware of their whereabouts and safety at all times. Drivers & Pilots: please be especially aware!
  • QUADCOPTERS. Please do not bring your quadcopter or drone to the event. All quadcopters/drones must have a permit to fly and these will only be provided for professional photographers filming the event


  • ALL PILOTS (not just competitors): no low flying or swooping over people.
  • Vehicle SPEED LIMIT: 5 mph in all areas.
  • Obey all LCC signs & instructions from event marshals.
  • No music or noisy behaviour after 10pm.
  • No open fires or BBQ’s allowed anywhere in the sports ground..
  • Whilst a skip is provided for rubbish, we woulkd ask you to take your litter & rubbish with you when you leave.
  • Do not climb or damage trees, fences or walls.
  • The organisers reserve the right to require anyone to leave the venue without explanation or refund.
  • Please bring to the attention of the organisers any spilt fuel or oil ASAP.
  • In accordance with UK law, smoking is not permitted in any enclosed area.

For Information on Previous Events - Click on the year

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