|Position||CN||Glider||Pilot||Pos||Day 1||Pos||Day 2||Pos||Day 3||Pos||Day 4||Pos||Day 5||Pos||Day 6||Total||Class|
|1||94||DG 500M 20m||Bob Bromwich||1||904||1||1229||3||2944||1||0||1||0||1||0||5077||H|
|2||HNA||DG 500 20m||John Collins||4||557||2||856||1||3314||1||0||1||0||1||0||4727||H|
|3||563||Duo Discus T||Chris Fox||5||549||4||728||6||2780||1||0||1||0||1||0||4057||H|
|4||GB1||Duo Discus XLT||Andy Thornhill||2||698||10||357||2||2983||1||0||1||0||1||0||4038||H|
|5||GJB||Duo Discus XLT||Gordon Basey||9||464||6||561||5||2881||1||0||1||0||1||0||3906||H|
|7||CUS||Arcus T||Mike Weston||6||520||8||406||10||2609||1||0||1||0||1||0||3535||H|
|8||A26||Nimbus 3DT||David Bell||17||223||3||817||11||2449||1||0||1||0||1||0||3489||H|
|9||LRP||Janus B||Simon Grant||23||120||9||381||7||2750||1||0||1||0||1||0||3251||H|
|10||AL||ASH 25E||Patrice Vandendaele||7||513||11||315||12||2296||1||0||1||0||1||0||3124||H|
|11||DD3||Duo Discus XLT||Philip Morrisson||14||291||17||47||8||2739||1||0||1||0||1||0||3077||H|
|12||BTR||DG 500M||Bill Young||11||315||27||0||9||2658||1||0||1||0||1||0||2973||H|
|13||JAV||ASK 21||Graeme Cooksey||3||658||7||434||19||1256||1||0||1||0||1||0||2348||I|
|15||HB1||Duo Discus||John Inglis||8||474||27||0||17||1611||1||0||1||0||1||0||2085||H|
|16||EF||DG 1000T||Clive Groves||27||35||12||239||15||1705||1||0||1||0||1||0||1979||H|
|17||52||Janus C||Nick Peatfield||31||21||27||0||13||1828||1||0||1||0||1||0||1849||H|
|18||DTC||Janus B||Tim Sharpe||25||60||16||70||16||1621||1||0||1||0||1||0||1751||H|
|19||258||Twin Astir||Paul Cooper||12||301||27||0||22||1149||1||0||1||0||1||0||1450||I|
|21||TV||Janus A||Simon Leach||30||23||27||0||18||1266||1||0||1||0||1||0||1289||H|
|23||GBV||ASK 21||Mike Jordy||29||25||26||6||21||1177||1||0||1||0||1||0||1208||I|
|28||JAX||ASK 21||Alan Rands||19||184||19||27||29||741||1||0||1||0||1||0||952||I|
|30||J50||Janus C||David Wheeler||10||416||18||40||30||182||1||0||1||0||1||0||638||H|
|32||DS2||DG 1000||John Carter||21||131||13||126||31||0||1||0||1||0||1||0||257||H|
|33||FYR||Super Blanik||Pete Arthur||32||0||23||17||31||0||1||0||1||0||1||0||17||W|
|34||XX||Duo Discus XLT||Brian Scougall||32||0||27||0||31||0||1||0||1||0||1||0||0||H|
|25-08-18||3||Preliminary 1||25||Completed Task||8313.8||km|
|Position||CN||Glider||Pilot||Class||Task||Complete||Start||Finish||Duration||H/Dist.||H/Speed||Distance Points||Speed Points||Penalty||Points||Handicap|
|1||HNA||DG 500 20m||John Collins||H||E||1||12:28:11||16:27:08||239||400.4||100.5||2002||1011||0||3314||100|
|2||GB1||Duo Discus XLT||Andy Thornhill||H||E||1||11:58:29||16:24:58||266||392.1||88.3||1961||751||0||2983||102|
|3||94||DG 500M 20m||Bob Bromwich||H||E||1||11:47:14||16:34:16||287||400.4||83.7||2002||675||0||2944||100|
|5||GJB||Duo Discus XLT||Gordon Basey||H||E||1||13:17:40||17:59:09||281||392.1||83.6||1961||659||0||2881||102|
|6||563||Duo Discus T||Chris Fox||H||E||1||12:54:10||17:56:39||302||394.2||78.2||1971||556||0||2780||101.5|
|7||LRP||Janus B||Simon Grant||H||E||1||11:48:53||17:49:05||360||418||69.6||2090||410||0||2750||96|
|8||DD3||Duo Discus XLT||Philip Morrisson||H||E||1||12:12:45||17:18:22||306||392.1||77||1961||529||0||2739||102|
|9||BTR||DG 500M||Bill Young||H||E||1||12:54:55||17:58:57||304||384.2||75.8||1921||496||0||2658||104|
|10||CUS||Arcus T||Mike Weston||H||E||1||12:35:07||17:25:02||290||372.9||77.2||1865||507||0||2609||107|
|11||A26||Nimbus 3DT||David Bell||H||E||1||11:59:16||16:29:15||270||349||77.6||1745||482||0||2449||114|
|12||AL||ASH 25E||Patrice Vandendaele||H||E||1||12:29:15||17:22:49||294||345.8||70.7||1729||358||0||2296||115|
|13||52||Janus C||Nick Peatfield||H||D||1||12:46:24||17:23:08||277||292.8||63.5||1464||198||0||1828||100|
|15||EF||DG 1000T||Clive Groves||H||C||1||13:14:39||16:28:55||194||246.1||76||1231||320||0||1705||102|
|16||DTC||Janus B||Tim Sharpe||H||C||1||12:40:21||16:52:33||252||262.2||62.4||1311||163||0||1621||96|
|17||HB1||Duo Discus||John Inglis||H||C||1||12:30:37||16:10:42||220||248.7||67.8||1244||221||0||1611||101|
|18||TV||Janus A||Simon Leach||H||C||0||12:09:12||0:00:00||0||253.1||0||1266||0||0||1266||96|
|19||JAV||ASK 21||Graeme Cooksey||I||B||1||12:49:16||15:49:32||180||197.3||65.7||987||155||0||1256||85|
|21||GBV||ASK 21||Mike Jordy||I||B||1||11:52:46||15:15:06||202||197.3||58.5||987||84||0||1177||85|
|22||258||Twin Astir||Paul Cooper||I||B||1||12:43:03||16:00:10||197||192.4||58.6||962||83||0||1149||87|
|29||JAX||ASK 21||Alan Rands||I||A||1||13:14:28||14:52:01||98||112.8||69.4||564||109||0||741||85|
|30||J50||Janus C||David Wheeler||H||C||0||12:42:53||0:00:00||0||136.4||0||682||0||500||182||100|
|31||DS2||DG 1000||John Carter||H||A||0||0:00:00||0:00:00||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||102|
|31||XX||Duo Discus XLT||Brian Scougall||H||A||0||0:00:00||0:00:00||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||102|
|31||FYR||Super Blanik||Pete Arthur||W||A||0||0:00:00||0:00:00||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||72|
August 2018 - Please note that although Hodsow Lane is partially closed the main entrance to Wolds Gliding Club is open but can only be accessed from the York Road, A1079, end of Hodsow Lane (despite the “Road Closed” sign at Starbucks/Shell Garage - there is a small sign later on saying there is still access only to 'glider club')
Congratulations to Tim Milner who last month won the Club Class of the Flight Challenge Cup at Prievidza, Slovakia, for the third year running. During the nine days of tasks Tim was never lower overall than second place in the total scores and led after the two final days.
Tim writes “One of the most popular international gliding competitions attracting entries from as far as Australian and South Africa. Briefings are given in English and the airfield has excellent facilities. The club will host the 2019 European Championships. In April the flat wide valleys have short crop making for comfortable outlandings. Many of us have also experienced the areas where it’s best not to get too low! Longest tasks flown were 500km with a cloud base of 9500ft it was possible to soar the 8500ft Tatra Mountains which form the western part of the Carpathian range. Flights can also include the occasional trips into Poland, Czech Republic and as far south to the flatlands of Hungary.
105 competitors in 3 classes Club, 15m and Combi. Class winners were (Combi) World number 1 Sebastian Kawa from Poland, (15m) Czech Champion Miloslav Chink and (Club) Tim Milner UK, who won for the 3rd consecutive year.”
Tim, crew Colin Hayes and Tim’s Cirrus “VS” at Prievidza, and a view from the cockpit
The Wolds GC Annual Dinner was held on Saturday 08 March in the clubhouse with more than 80 members and guests attending.
Club CFI John Norman reviewed the year and presented the trophies.
Bob Holroyd Cup (Ist 100km of the year) – Will Blackburn, for 185km on 09 May 2017
Most Progress – Jonathon Richardson, bronze and silver badges and BI rating
Most Meritorious Flight – Derrick Roddie and Gordon Basey, Sutton Bank and Masham in a gale
Longest Flight – Derrick Roddie and John Norman, 463km
Barbara Walker Cup (best two-seater flight) – Lloyd Finlay and Sam Roddie, winning the day in the two-seater competition in a K21
Club Ladder – Will Blackburn, with 50 points more than last year.....
“The Rock” (for notable retrieves) – Andy Melville, for an (uneventful) retrieve of the new K21 trailer from Germany
Al McWhirter Shield – Graham Wadforth and Steve Wilkinson, for services to the Club in the previous year
Les Cooper Cup – Eddie Room, “we have decided to award the trophy to people who have had a long term input and.... as the first recipient there isn’t anyone with a longer sustained input than Eddie Room.”
As the BGA says “... there is no upper age limit for gliding”. This year our visitors at Pocklington have included Doug, 93, Harry, 90, Alice, 90, and, most recently, Jean, 88. They had all received gliding vouchers to celebrate their various birthdays. Harry and Alice were also doing it to support good causes – Harry raising almost £1,000 for Lupus UK and Alice more than £1,500 for Arthritis Research UK.
When the dust settled after the 32nd Two-Seater Competition there was one major trophy still to be awarded, the Pete Redshaw Trophy, donated by Lakes GC, for the Most Meritorious Flight during the competition. For 2017 it goes to Steve Nock for the Janus TV’s day winning flight down the Trent Valley to Belvoir Castle. The trophy will be personally delivered to Steve by Wolds GC chairman Steve Wilkinson.
Devon and Somerset’s team have again produced their own account of the competition, much influenced perhaps by the application of the “waters of Jura” which flow liberally in their narrative which can be read at
The prize winners for the competition days and overall winners are summarised below.
|1st||2nd||3rd||Best Wood||Best Intermediate|
Sun 20 Aug
Mon 21 Aug
Fri 25 Aug
Sat 26 Aug
Sun 27 Aug
|Position||CN||Glider||Pilot||Pos||Day 1||Pos||Day 2||Pos||Day 3||Pos||Day 4||Pos||Day 5||Pos||Day 6||Total||Class|
|1||TV||Janus A||Kristina Samuels||23||1579||1||1031||1||0||1||0||1||0||1||0||2610||H|
|2||94||DG 500M 20m||Bob Bromwich||2||1632||4||830||1||0||1||0||1||0||1||0||2462||H|
|3||563||Duo Discus T||Chris Fox||1||1633||5||802||1||0||1||0||1||0||1||0||2435||H|
|4||XX||Duo Discus XLT||Brian Scougall||13||1372||3||862||1||0||1||0||1||0||1||0||2234||H|
|5||BTR||DG 500M||Mal Gibson||15||1525||10||680||1||0||1||0||1||0||1||0||2205||H|
|6||CUS||Arcus T||Mike Weston||34||1273||2||900||1||0||1||0||1||0||1||0||2173||H|
|7||HNA||DG 500 20m||John Collins||20||1260||6||732||1||0||1||0||1||0||1||0||1992||H|
|8||GJB||Duo Discus XLT||Gordon Basey||27||1232||8||717||1||0||1||0||1||0||1||0||1949||H|
|9||Y44||Nimbus 3DT||Bob Grant||9||1213||12||614||1||0||1||0||1||0||1||0||1828||H|
|10||DD3||Duo Discus XLT||Philip Morrisson||6||1106||7||720||1||0||1||0||1||0||1||0||1826||H|
|12||JAX||ASK 21||Mike Jordy||33||1012||11||648||1||0||1||0||1||0||1||0||1660||I|
|13||A26||Nimbus 3DT||David Bell||27||1041||12||614||1||0||1||0||1||0||1||0||1655||H|
|14||DS2||DG 1000||John Carter||17||1006||21||395||1||0||1||0||1||0||1||0||1400||H|
|16||AL||ASH 25E||Patrice Vandendaele||5||848||19||459||1||0||1||0||1||0||1||0||1307||H|
|18||OZ||Nimbus 3DT||Trev Barnes||12||651||18||481||1||0||1||0||1||0||1||0||1132||H|
|20||J50||Janus C||David Wheeler||21||501||15||543||1||0||1||0||1||0||1||0||1044||H|
|20||52||Janus C||Nick Peatfield||29||501||15||543||1||0||1||0||1||0||1||0||1044||H|
|22||HB1||Duo Discus||John Inglis||25||496||17||537||1||0||1||0||1||0||1||0||1033||H|
|23||LRP||Janus B||Ian Hall||30||1025||31||0||1||0||1||0||1||0||1||0||1025||H|
|24||GBV||ASK 21||George Morris||18||780||28||126||1||0||1||0||1||0||1||0||906||I|
|25||EF||DG 1000T||Clive Groves||22||612||25||244||1||0||1||0||1||0||1||0||856||H|
|26||JAV||ASK 21||Graeme Cooksey||8||710||29||66||1||0||1||0||1||0||1||0||775||I|
|27||494||Duo Discus||Christopher Alldis||27||496||24||247||1||0||1||0||1||0||1||0||743||H|
|29||TFJ||Janus B||Tom Sharpe||25||271||20||445||1||0||1||0||1||0||1||0||716||H|
|30||HZR||ASK 21||Adrian Giles||10||593||31||0||1||0||1||0||1||0||1||0||593||I|
|31||HCJ||Grob103 Twin2||Ryan Millen||16||328||30||64||1||0||1||0||1||0||1||0||392||I|
|33||258||Twin Astir||Alistair Gillson||32||301||31||0||1||0||1||0||1||0||1||0||301||I|
|34||JSM||Nimbus 4DM||Alistair Cook||4||0||31||0||1||0||1||0||1||0||1||0||0||H|
Sunday 20 August 2017 sees the start of the 32nd Wolds Gliding Club Two-Seater Competition.
Daily news about the competition can be found through this link:
On flying days you can follow progress of the (Flarm equipped) gliders on the website
On Thursday 20 July 2017 the ERYC Planning Committee unanimously REFUSED the resubmitted application for a housing development on land just beyond the threshold of the main runway at Wolds GC’s Pocklington airfield.
In refusing the application ERYC reiterated the local and regional importance of Wolds GC as a recreational and economic asset.
Barely a year ago East Riding Council of Yorkshire Council rejected a planning application to build a housing estate just beyond the threshold of runway 18 of Wolds GC’s airfield at Pocklington. The same application has now been resubmitted (as application 17/01421/STOUT). If this application is approved it will almost certainly bring to an end national competitions like the annual two-seater competition at Pocklington. It might even lead to the closure and loss of the airfield, after 50 years of development to national importance in gliding. It is the East Riding’s only gliding site.
If you don’t think this is a good idea and you want to see gliders continuing to fly in East Yorkshire please make your objections to this planning application (you will need to register) at
Viewers throughout the country will have an opportunity to see gliding at Pocklington on tv when the second part of the BBC Yorkshire and Lincolnshire programme about the Yorkshire Wolds Way airs nationally on BBC 2 at 20.00 on Saturday 20th May (England and Scotland, other times Wales and NI). The programme will then be available on iPlayer.
Find out about ten Hidden Treasures of the Wolds, including our airfield at Pocklington, on the BBC website at
Joel Hallewell, 15, a junior member of Wolds GC, and parents Andrea and Neil, were interviewed on BBC Radio York this week. Joel learned to glide at Pocklington and flew his first solo there on his fourteenth birthday. Since then he has developed a passion for the very specialised sport of glider aerobatics – so much so that he is aiming to be able to compete in the 2018 World Glider Aerobatic Championships in Zbraslavice, Czech Republic. It was his glider aerobatics and ambitions to get to the World Championships that he was being interviewed about.
You can hear the interview on BBC iPlayer at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0512dkz#play at 1h 49m into the programme.
You can see a short video of Joel flying aerobatics on the BBC York Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/BBCYork/ and more on YouTube - search for Joel Hallewell_Aerobatics.
Joel is fundraising at the moment to be able to get to the World Championships. If you would like to see more of Joel’s story and help him get to the 2018 World Glider Aerobatic Championships go to the crowd funding page at https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/Joelhallewellaerobatics
A bright and breezy Monday in April saw the first course of 2017 underway at Pocklington. This year’s courses are being run by instructor and tug/motor glider pilot Steve Wilkinson and instructor and winch driver Bernie Svenson. There’s a course every month during the summer and a course is the ideal way to get a flying start if you want to take up gliding.
And to show how gliding appeals to people with a wide variety of experience and backgrounds this course has members who are a student, a teacher/youth worker and a retired bank manager respectively.
For more information on gliding courses at Wolds GC, Pocklington see http://www.wolds-gliding.com/index.php/holcourses
Wolds GC featured in BBC North's Inside Out programme on 20th January. Two days filming during last year's Two-Seater Competition produced seven minutes on screen with cameo appearances by Chairman Graham Wadforth and also Eddie Room but the new star was Gordon Basey. Interviewed by presenter Paul Rose about prospects for the day's racing Gordon, who has flown in the competition for many years, said "We always fancy our chances. It's a fun event... and we like winning". You can watch the programme, which will be shown again nationally on BBC 2 later in the year, on BBC iplayer at
Cast your mind back to the warm summer days of last year’s Two-Seater Competition at Wolds GC, Pocklington. You’ll remember that a BBC North crew with presenter Paul Rose was making programmes about the Wolds Way and some of the things that go on along and around it for the ‘Inside Out’ series. They spent a couple of days at Wolds GC filming on the ground, in the air and interviewing competitors and Club members during the Two-Seater Competition. The programmes are scheduled to air on BBC 1 Yorkshire and Lincolnshire at 19.30 on Friday 13th January 2017 and Friday 20th January. The gliding features in the second programme on Friday 20th January. A national transmission on BBC 2 is anticipated in late February or early March. So take your seats for 20th January and find out who becomes a tv star and who gets left on the cutting room floor from all the footage that was shot!
Sunday 09 October is the big day for Annette Bendelow, wife of Wolds GC member Mark Bendelow, because it is the Yorkshire Marathon in York. Annette has been running in the series of races – two half marathons and three 10K s already - through the summer. Annette is supporting Wolds GC’s favourite charity the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and you can sponsor her on her Just Giving page at
To help Annette towards her target Wolds GC has made a contribution from the Taster Day flights earlier in the year through Just Giving. There is also a complimentary winch flight voucher for the winner of a draw for everyone who donates to her fundraising. The Just Giving page will be open until early November so there’s plenty of time to show your appreciation for Annette’s efforts, support a very worthwhile charity – and maybe win yourself a glider flight!
Annette and medal after an earlier race in the series.