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31 August 2008

Paragliding X-Scotia 2008 TV stars ...

Well X-Scotia 2008 featured on tv a little earlier earlier this evening and if you missed the Outdoor Show on BBC2 at 1800 to 1900 then I guess that tomorrow it should be available here : -
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/

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Scottish Nationals Paragliding photos 30th Aug 08

Photos by R Veitch,
Why not send links to your personal photos or videos of this event to bob at SHPF.co.uk or add links by commenting to this post.

Scottish Nationals Paragliding Borders 30th August 2008

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28 August 2008

Scottish Nationals Paragliding Series this weekend

This weekends round has been relocated from the Highlands to the Borders for weather reasons - get more details by clicking the above title.... See you there. Bob V

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14 August 2008

X-Scotia 2008 on TV

For all you X-Scotia athletes, your moment of TV glory approaches.

The Adventure Show is doing a big piece on the X-Scotia in their next
programme.

Here's an early heads up on transmission, although date and time could still
change.

BBC 2 Scotland, 18.00, Sunday 31 August.
(If you are south of the Border, it is also available on Sky channel 990 I
think).

There'll be a further reminder nearer the actual transmission.

Cheers


Mike

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06 August 2008

SHPF Committee meeting minutes

Please find here a link (which opens in a new window) to the most recent SHPF committee meeting minutes prepared by Naomi Miskin.

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21 July 2008

Photos of The Scottish Open and BPC Saturday 12th July, Abington

Paragliders spotted by the public and evidence provided here ...

Quoting Nigel and Sue Pacey,
"We were on our way back home and stopped to see the very impressive display of paragliders as we turned off the M74.
I am surprised you didn?t cause the odd accident as you were all very visible from the motorway.
I am a keen amateur photographer and took the attached photos which you might like to post here....
With the grey sky you were not the easiest to photograph!!"

Nigel Pacey

Nigel Pacey Paragliding photo 1
Nigel Pacey Paragliding photo 2
Nigel Pacey Paragliding photo 3
Nigel Pacey Paragliding photo 4
Nigel Pacey Paragliding photo 5

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17 July 2008

BPC & Scottish open photo galleries

Photos by R Veitch on Saturday 12th July - Whiteside near Abington.
BPC- Borders round & Scottish Open July 12th 2008

and on Sunday 13th July - Broughton Heights, near Broughton.
BPC 080713

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13 July 2008

Lots of pilots about to be in flight at Broughton

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BPC & Scottish Open Paragliding Task set .....

Task 2, 13th July 2006.
Race to Goal, Takeoff ~T09050 1312", Multi launch, thermal right, Window open 11:45, Close 14:30. Race start 12:15. Goal close 17:00, Land by 17:00, Report in by 17:30, Check in asap and closes 19:30.
Task:-
Takeoff - T09050 Broughton Heights, Prestart2.5km radius round T02055 (TP1) then 4.14km I think to Race start which is a 10km radius circle around M24016 and start of speed section. End of speed section 2km from the goal G09017. Total distance 44.9km.

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BPC & Scottish Open - Setting the task

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Broughton - BPC &Scottish Open 13th July 08

Good morning the first briefing happened at the crack of dawn .. well 08:30 and the decision was made to go to Broughton Heights, accessed via Lochurd Farm.
Conditions - light slightly SW expected to get better during the day.

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12 July 2008

Scottish Open - Paragliding Google KMZ 12th June 08

Scottish-Open_080712.kmz

Just showing Takeoff, Turnpoint and Goal

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BPC Borders & Scottish Open - status 16:10 Race start

The task window has just now opened. The route has changed somewhat with the addition of T029 reference NT07450 17735, replacing M040404, with the same goal as before.

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BPC Borders & Scottish Open - status 14:30

Well by the previous messages you might think that pilots are ready to be picked up by now - not so. Just a few minutes before the window opening was scheduled the wind picked up, result the task was delayed.
Quite a few paragliding pilots went free flying as there is apparently going to be quite some time before the task is started. There had been some discussion about moving site because the wind had veered a bit West but the decision was made to stay put.

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BPC Borders & Scottish open -12th July - Task set

The first day of this competition paragliding task has now been set and is :-
Takeoff - T07035 White Hill - external cylinder 2km radius - with takeoff within 1km.
Turnpoint M0404 2.8km down the ridge - 400m radius then speed to Goal 25.7km Go2011 near Moffat - 1km radius.
Elapsed time multi launch attempts allowed, thermalling direction leftWindow and race start 12:30, Check-in closed 17:30. SMS or voice check in.

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BPC Borders & Scottish open - 12th July 08 status


Well everyone has decamped to T07 - White Hill- near Abington and at least 18 pilots have taken off for a free fly :-

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BPC Borders & Scottish Open - status - as at 10am

Gareth and Dave briefed everyone - decision to meet at T07, Abington asap.

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BPC - Borders & Scottish open status

Well things are essentially set up, breakfasts eaten, sore heads nursed, and the first briefing occurred about an hour ago - result come back at 10am. Initial forecast looking a tad windy ut possibly flyable. Weather being discussed with great vigour and plans being set in preparation for the briefing commencing in half an hour. Rainfall forecast looking good.

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08 June 2008

X-Scotia 2008 Videos Part 3
















12.9 MbOrange wing landing
60.3 Mb2 More TTB landings
39 MbSteve Durkin and Pilot review route
8.8 MbRichard V?.
13.9 MbPilot landing near landing field
4 MbSteve Nash walking with his bunched glider
23.4 MbJitka (and Cliff) just shortly after arriving in Goal
23.4 MbJitka chat
39.3 MbJitka + Paul Ogden discussing ..
108 MbJitka - "interview" however very windy so cannot actually hear very well at all - sorry Jitka
30.7 MbAndy McGregor interview and short story?.
25.1 MbJust before prize giving ceremony ?.
16.6 MbPart of Cliffs Speech
8.5 MbSteve Nash receiving the 1st X-Scotia Trophy, 11th May 2008

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04 June 2008

Chris and unexpected travails during X-Scotia 2008

During the recent X-Scotia Chris relates a short story to video detailing what..... - 21.2MB

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03 June 2008

Add a thing to show the SHPF blog on your iGoogle

If you click the above title you should then be able to add the SHPF blog feed to your iGoogle.

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02 June 2008

X-Scotia 2008 Videos part 2
























12.3 MbJulian and Chris
9.3 MbMore pilots walking past near the turn for the South Lochearnhead Road
8.8 MbAndy McGregor and Mark Leyland
25.3 MbLong distance parawalkers
6.8 Mband more
4.8 MbIan +Gordon
24.5 MbDave H
8.8 MbDH into distance
30 MbBicycle Reflectors play at headquarters
7.5 MbNon Competitor landing
12 MbNon Competitor landing+ Dorita
6.8 MbGound handling practice
68.5 MbS Durkin spiral and landing
105 MbQuentins son landing
61 MbQuentin landing
9 MbDave Thomson Killin evening day 1
36.8 MbDave Thomson Killin evening day 1 - talking through his day and events
27.3 MbStatus report of competitors as of the first evening by C Smith
56.9 MbAt control - paragliding stories?.
19.8 MbSteve Nash arriving as winner - all dark so mainly sound
8.3 MbPaul Myerscough arriving a couple of minutes later ..similarly dark
40.54 Mband Paul Myerscough a few minutes later
92 MbInterview / talk by Paul Myerscough

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01 June 2008

X-Scotia - videos - part 1

X-Scotia - 10th + 11th May 2008 Videos Part 1


Below you will find the first of a series of a tables containing links to numerous videos and their respective sizes ... Please right click and save as to view. I hope that you enjoy and all comments gratefully received.
















16 MbX-Scotia 2008 Campsite at The Lochearnhead Watersports Centre the night before the event
33 MbThe X-Scotia competitors signed check
15 MbThe X-Scotia Tracking board
3.7 MbX-Scotia - sign to fly sheet
18 MbX-Scotia campsite again on morning of race start
247 MbX-Scotia - fun pilot and pack weigh in
0.5 Mband continued
46 Mband continued
4.3 Mband continued again.
28.8 MbJust before the start of X-Scotia at 07:30 on Saturday 10th May
27.8 MbThe start of X-Scotia 2008, 07:30 Saturday 10th May
2.5 MbSteve Nash briefly visible in the distance dashing past
12.3 MbJulian and Chris
9.3 MbMore pilots walking past near the turn for the South Lochearnhead Road

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20 May 2008

X-Scotia - some pictures .....

Please accept my apologies as I have been moving house since the fantastic X-Scotia event completed the other weekend and I have just not had a chance to get this done earlier.

There are loads of pictures and videos available and my plan is to start by giving a flavour here with some unlinked thumbnails and later on add more posts with more complete details and links to new pages and or full size images...

Photos here by Matt Church, Peter Will, Rik McHarg, Bob Veitch























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11 May 2008

X-Scotia 2008 - Latest status of pilots on the course as at 14:50 11th May 08

4 Bob M - Glen Ogle
5 John N - 1225 - Landed on Ben Vorlich walking to road.
7 Paul M - 11:30 Tarmachan
8 Helen G - 1pm plodding up Tarmachan at top of pipe
10 Dave T - 1445 Landed on South side of loch Earn
11 Adrian S - 0920 -579346
14- Dave H - Also plodding up Tarmachan with Helen at the pipe
25 Andy M 10am also at top of pipe on Tarmachan
21 Scott R - 1455 About to take off from Tarmachan
24 Peter W - 1300 Tarmachan
30 Jitka P - 1200 About to take off from Tarmachan

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X-Scotia 2008 - Winners , Prizes and Sponsors

X-Scotia Paragliding and Hiking Adventure Race 2008

1st Overall - Steve Nash - Sup`Air X-Ride Light Speed Riding Harness & SHPF X-Scotia Trophy
- sponsored by Northern Paragliding

2nd Overall and Longest Flight 2008 X-Scotia - Paul Myerscough - 1 week at La Basse Beaumettes - sponsored by Ulric and Ruth Jessop of www.pottyplace.com

Highest % Walking and 3rd Overall 2008 X-Scotia - 300 Voucher - Mark Leyland - sponsored by Niviuk UK

1st Female 2008 X-Scotia- Skywalk Overall Jacket + Sunglasses - Jitka Polechova - sponsored by Northern Paragliding

2nd Female 2008 X-Scotia - Teva Shoes - Helen Gant - sponsored by TEVA

Special 2008 X-Scotia Sportsmanship award - Teva Shoes - Nick Ogden + Julian Robinson - sponsored by Teva

Heaviest Pack 2008 X-Scotia - Subscription to Cross Country Magazine - Peter Will
- sponsored by Cross Country

1st tandem 2008 X-Scotia 2008 - Teva Shoes - John Newton
- sponsored by Teva

All pilots competing received T-shirts and other small prizes.

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X-Scotia Pack weights more information ...

Just a bit of fun but I took the previously posted data on X-Scotia pilots and their pack weights and generated this - interesting ?.



A chart image of X-Scotia pack weights versus pilot weight as a percentage 10+11 May 08

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X-Scotia - some recent things ... 12:30 11th May 08

Status -
4 Bob M No reports last seen in Killin boozing
5 John N In Lochearnhead heading for Ben Vorlich at 12:15
7 Paul M - on Tarmachan 1 hour ago
8 Helen G 2km 2 Killin heading North 3 hours ago.
10 Dave T Just landed North of Lix Toll
11 Adrian S - 579346 at 0917 this morning
13 Johan 590365 near Killin 9am
14 Dave H heading towards Killin at 9am 548310
25 Andy M at 10am at top of pipeline at Tarmachan
21 Scott R With Jitka - through Lochearnhead heading for Loch Vorlich
24 Peter W at 917am at 579346
28 Patrick A - heading for Ben More Hotel
30 Jitka P - 2 turnpoints done currently heading up Ben Vorlich
31 Ian W - with Paddy A also heading for the Ben More Hotel.
35 Gordon S - about to launch from lower down on the Tarmachan

Finished
Steve Nash - unofficially reached goal First
Paul Myerscough - " 2nd
Mark Leyland - " 3rd
Julian Robinson - equal 5th?
Nick Ogden - "

Retirements.
Mark Harrison, Chris Miles, Peter Shields, Billy Casson, Crawford Coulson

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Some photos from X-Scotia 2008

Here are some of the photos that I have managed to upload very slowly of the first day of X-Scotia 2008 event. There will be lots more to come along with videos later.


X-Scotia Paragliding Competition May 10th + 11th 2008

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X-Scotia status as at 10am Sunday 11th May 2008

Well whilst I was asleep the blog entries faded out but now it is time to catch up from roughly midnight...

06:25 Mark Leyland landed in the finishing field coming third. This was after having walked up Ben Vorlich during the night and flying down at first light. Luckily although unexpected he was spotted and the cameras caught the action - pictures soon...

Julian Robinson and Nick Ogden landed equal fourth - with lots of stories to tell- video to come.

Peter Shields and Billy Casson retired near the Killin Land Rover garage at 1:15am. Other retirements Mark Harrison, Crawford Coulson,

Loads of people staying in Killin at B+Bs.

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X-Scotia Winners..

At about 23:20 this evening Steve Nash arrived at the finish line and between 1 and 2 minutes later Paul Myerscough also arrived . There was a little consternation when Paul arrived as race control hadnt realised that he had completed all the turnpoints on a different route to Steve a stunning achievement from them both. They professed to be tired but my opinion would be that they looked amazingly good. After the welcome and the deserved congratulations some of the stories are becoming out, 2 short examples....
Steve only just managed to get a flight in from the Tarmachan with what sounds like the very last chance before the weather closed in...
Paul it seems may have had the longest flight of the competition .. all to be confirmed with the GPS / picture data tomorrow...

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10 May 2008

X-Scotia 2008 Status as at 9pm Saturday 10th May

Well a few hours have passed now and it is fairly clear how the tactics are resolving for the evening.
Fist Steve Nash who is awesome - having completed all 3 turnpoints and he is expected to complete before midnight. This is an estimate after he just reported his position as just North of Killin a few minutes ago and he is still running ...

Second place - an interesting situation is becoming apparent between Julian Robinson and Nick Ogden - both have completed 2 turn points but in different directions. Julian having gone clockwise to Ben More / Tarmachan and Nick has gone anti-clockwise Tarmachan - Ben More and both have very similar distances to go and the final climb of Ben Vorlich - this will go down to the wire.....
Fourth contenders include - Paul Myrescough currently on Ben Vorlich having done Ben More.
John Newton - on Tarmachan, and a few others.....

Ladies - Both Jitka and Helen are about the same distance from the finish though both have followed completely different routes it will be very interesting to see how this pans out as well ...

Everyone else - well basically a lot of people near Killin with a few staying out on the hills overnight ...

Retirements - Matt Church, Mark Harrison, Crawford Coulson.

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X-Scotia - 2008 The leadership contest as at 6pm 10th May

As at about 6pm the following people appear to be competing for the top places.
Clearly in the lead Steve Nash - first to round 2 turnpoints, and apparently a close race amongst Julian Robinson, Chris Myles, Mark Leyland and John Newton for the following places.

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X-Scotia 2008 Who is carrying how much --kg

Early this morning prior to race start there was a fun competition to find glider weights for the participating paragliding pilots to the X-Scotia event. Here are the results of the pilots who agreed to be weighed and in no particular order ...

All up weight Kg / Without Paraglider / Paraglider + kit weight Kg / Name

92.5 / 73.0 / 19.5 / Andy
106.5 / 82.5 / 24.0 / Paddy
112.0 / 87.5 / 24.5 / Gordon
106.5 / 82.5 / 24.0 / Ian Wall
109.5 / 84.0 / 25.5 / Peter
115.0 / 91.5 / 23.5 / Dave Hutchinson,
94.0 / 77.0 / 17.0 / Dave Thomson
114.0 / 99.5 / 14.5 / Julian Robinson
80.0 / 63.0 / 17.0 / Scott
96.5 / 81.5 / 15.0 / Paul M
92.5 / 72.0 / 20.5 / Jitka
82.0 / 64.0 / 18.0 / Johann
109.5 / 87.0 / 22.5 / Crawford
114.0 / 91.5 / 22.5 / John - 5
89.0 / 78.5 / 10.5 / Steve Nash
109.5 / 89.5 / 20.0 / Adrian Smith
101.576.5 / 25.0 / Matt Church
83.5 / 63.5 / 20.0 / Helen

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X-Scotia 2008 Where are people now 2.15pm Saturday 10th May....

Here are the positions of people as recorded as at 2pm ish ..

Pilot 1 Mark Leyland, 444197 at 11.55
3 Steve Nash 11.05 Balquidher Ben Vorlich achieved
4 Bob Mathews 13:10 Ben More
5 John Newton 11:05 Ben Stoibhienen?
7 Paul Midgely 11:35 Ben More
8 Helen Gant 12:45 Rounded Vorlich, Balquidher
9 Julian Robinson 12:00 430230
10 David Thomson 11:30 492232
11 Adrian Smith 10:39 454188
12 Mark Harrison 11:55 511230
13 Johan Kritzinger 13:05 585234
14 David Hutchinson 10:48 Kirkton Glen
15 Nick Ogden 13:45 Killin having rounded TP2 Tarmachan
16 Paul Myerscough 13:35 Leaving Ben More
21 Scott Rigg 12:27 Ben More
24 Pete Will 13:45 Cleared TP3
25 Andy McGregor 13:55 535298
26 Cris Miles 13:45 Killin Road,
28 Paddy Angier 11:50 Balquidder Braes
29 Peter Shields 12:45 Rounded TP3, Lochearnhead
30 Jitka Polechova 14:05 439210
31 Iain Wallace 13:30 534237
32 Billy Casson 12:45 Rounded Ben Vorlich now Lochearnhead
34 Crawford Coulson 13:45 Ben More
35 Gordon Smythe 12:45 Landed near Start/Finish having rounded TP3
36 Matt Church 13:10 494821

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X-Scotia 2008 Status - tactics becoming apparent..

Ok - it is nearly 2pm on the inaugural X-Scotia event and 6 hours have passed.
Tactics and routes are varying quite significantly ....

There have been a group who have headed West along the road towards Ben More and then headed North into the spurs of Ben More. And an equivalent group headed into the Balquidder Braes and then apparently planning to fly towards Ben More.

Another group has headed SE up Ben Vorlich and have flown down to near the start finish line again. Who are then splitting to either head West or Nortth to the other turn points.

1 person at least headed from the start straight North to Ptarmichan (Nick Ogden) and has now turned South West heading for Ben More having rounded turn point 1.

More soon ....

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X-Scotia 2008 Race on... Status as at 1315 10th May

X-Scotia - status as at 1pm on Saturday 10th May 08
What has been happening at base whilst all the competitors are doing the hard stuff well...
Computing crises - especially wrt to GPS tracks from different types of machine and connectivity and Google Earth issues (This should be put into context as there was a relaxed breakfast earlier of course.

Lots more pilots reported their positions by radio or text message and even after looking out there glasses!....

X-Scotia text status as at 11am, 10th May 2008
Last night the pasta party was a huge success and the chance for everyone to start casing out the competition. Then the briefing from Steve Durkin, Cliff Smith and Dave Thomson (who summarised a very complicated weather situation very clearly and having already had the invidious task of choosing the weekend of the event must have felt some pressure..) hopefully you will soon be able to see the video of this. Most people went to bed fairly early in the tents or campervans based near the Lochearnhead Watersports Centre in preparation for an early start today.
Saturday morning 10th May- X-Scotia 2008 - race weigh in - Heaviest pack wins a prize - results for this fun bit of fun will be shown below asap.
Race start - at 07:30 this morning - different strategies apparent from the onset, most notable being Steve Nash who must win the lightest pack competition if there were one! with a running start. And just a few minutes ago he reported that he was above Balquidder and had just rounded the TP3 - the first reported TP rounding. Just 2 more to go!

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07 May 2008

X-Scotia 2008 10+11th May 2008 is ON.

X-Scotia 2008 Weekend of 10th + 11th May 2008 Status - GREEN

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