2016 ULSTER OPEN COMPETITION

A very successful 2016 Ulster Open took place over the weekend of 14/15 May.

The Kilcronaghan Centre was once again the competition base where 14 people stayed overnight. We had good support from IHPA members.  No late shenanigains - we're mostly too old and tired after a long day on the hill and in the air!!!

Calling the competition at short notice was most unfortunate but justified in view of the weather on Saturday. White Mountain north face was the venue both days.

There were 20 total entries and results are set out below: 

 Andy Pag                                             72.9km

 Rafal Obora                                         47.2km

 Grzegorz Wisniewski                            32.0km

 Danny Young                                      31.7km

 Andrew Jess                                       28.3km

 Dave Tweedie                                     25.0km

 Mark Piggott                                      24.5km

 Mark Watson                                      23.1km

 Steve Hill                                            21.6km

 Ian Cross                                            19.0km

 Colin Lown                                         14.0km

 Marek Iwko                                         9.4km

 Maciej Mozdzyuski                               6.8km

 Jacob Rudek                                       TBD

 Marek Grala                                         TBD

 Frank Manning                                    TBD

 Donal Hamilton(HG & PG)                    Min

 Tom Carson                                         Min

 Graham Mccormick                             Min

 Enda Carrigan (HG)                          ~70km - HG

 

We also awarded Grzegorz, the 3rd placed pilot, the best novice prize as it was his first XC! Congratulations to all!!

No paragliders flew on Sunday as the wind was too strong.  Free flying was declared and some pilots headed to Magilligan, amazingly lighter and smooth!

 

Comment from one competitor: "Mega conditions and great to see so many XC minded pilots escaping the hill. Cheers and well done to all working hard on the day, best £20 I've spent in a while, XC, T-Shirt, Chinese and Beer!"