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UPDATED 15 June '24
1. No BHPA card (or international equivalent) = no participation.
2. Update your AirTribune details in good time.
3. An “assumption of risk” form must be completed at registration.

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A 1-day ‘Academy’ challenge (run in parallel to the Hardcore event) is aimed to engage newcomers, and those that may not be in the ‘super fit’ category, to participate, enjoy the Lakes and to have some fun.

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  • 13 Pilots Confirmed
  • 13 Pilots total registered
  • 40 GBP Entry fee
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  • 30 Pilots max allowed
  • 1 Countries presented
  • Allowed classes unspecified
  • This is not an FAI sanctioned event
  • left before start of event
  • Registration will open on
    20/01 18:00 (GMT)

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    The organiser will supply Live trackers to you, for safety and scoring

    Live trackers supplied
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    The region generally has good phone coverage

    Good phone coverage
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    Live Tracking is MANDATORY in this event to score. The organiser will provide the trackers.

    Live trackers mandatory


Event info

UPDATED 15 June '24
1. No BHPA card (or international equivalent) = no participation.
2. Update your AirTribune details in good time.
3. An “assumption of risk” form must be completed at registration.
4. A radio operating at 135 – 179 VHF (and mobile phone) is compulsory.
5. All flying equipment must be homologated in an airworthy condition and be BHPA approved and comply with the latest edition of the following EN certification standards:
• Paraglider: EN 926-2 and 926-1 or LTF 91/09 (including CCC FAI class), having aspect ratio under 7,2.
• Harness: EN 1651 with certified protection, or LTF 91/09
• Emergency parachute: EN 12491 or LTF 91/09
• Helmet: EN 966 or snowboarding EN 1077 class is accepted.

• No fires
• No BBQs directly on the grass
• All rubbish to be put in the skip by the pavilion
• TAKE HOME your recycling please
• Generators must be on trays
• Toilet chemicals must be GREEN
• No noise after 22.00 or loud music at anytime
• Landing is allowed in the main field in the marked area
• No DRONES without event director permission
• Dogs must be on a lead at all times

26 May update: The Cumbria Soaring Club Lakes Charity Classic website page was updated (26 May) to include up to date information and details on how to apply for the Community Impact Fund for deserving Cumbrian causes, Telegram groups to join and how guests must pre-book this year to attend. ALL competitors, participants, guests and crew should be familiar with this information and visit the page before arriving on Thursday 20 June. https://www.cumbriasoaringclub.co.uk/lcc/CSC_LCCMain.php

Cumbria Soaring Club members enjoy a £10 discount on the donation when entering. The entry donation includes one meal.

Camping/vans/motorhomes are permitted and charged at £10 per person, per night. (No hook ups).

The X-Lakes ‘Academy’ event takes place on the Friday and is a one-day Wainwright bagging challenge for up to 30 pilots. The event is a charity fundraiser and is run in conjunction with the Cumbria Soaring Club's Lakes Charity Classic competitions.

Please explore the X-Lakes website for details of prior events

EVENT ETHOS: https://x-lakes.uk/x-lakes-the-ethos/

RISK STATEMENT: https://x-lakes.uk/x-lakes-challenge-risk-statement/

Flying site

A 1-day ‘Academy’ challenge (run in parallel to the Hardcore event) is aimed to engage newcomers, and those that may not be in the ‘super fit’ category, to participate, enjoy the Lakes and to have some fun. The Academy welcomes Club Pilots (or above) with mountain flying and cross-country experience. Site briefings and some route guidance is available for the one-day event but entrants should be competent on foot in the hills and self reliant in the air.

The X Lakes Academy encourages you to create your own adventure in the Fells of the English Lake District (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). With open fell tops and wide valley bottoms it is an ideal arena for hike and fly. The Academy challenge involves ‘bagging’ some set-task Wainwrights in the vicinity either by foot or paraglider. You can extend your score by strategically bagging further Wainwrights on route.

Selection and entry fee

There are 30 places for those who register for the one-day Academy event. These will be awarded by ballot. If successful, entrants will be invited to make their charitable donation. If they fail to do so then their place will be offered to another pilot.

Don’t try to register for both Academy and Hardcore as the two events are targeted at different pilots. However one-day Academy pilots can also register for entry in one of the subsequent LCC competition events.

The X-Lakes Entry Process
Pilots must pre-register and should self-certify that they hold the BHPA ‘Club Pilot' or above rating

Documents required at registration

  • The organiser requires you to present your National flying licence.

    National Licence

Cancellation Policy

If entrants wish to cancel their entry, then there will be no refund of the charitable donation.

If the organisers have to cancel more than four weeks prior to the event, then all payments will be offered for refund although entrants may opt to allow their unused entry fee to go forward for donation to charity.

Both events will proceed regardless of the weather.

Prize fund and scoring categories

Entrants will carry trackers and a live leader board will collate the scoring. However the final ranking will be announced after the 2 day Hardcore event on the Saturday. Prize-giving will follow, pilots are invited for a meal which is included in your entry.

A trophy is awarded for the first place Academy pilot, based on completing the task and accruing the highest score of Wainwright's bagged. However this is a collaborative event and we value everyone who undertakes the X-Lakes Academy challenge!

There is a prize draw open to all entrants.

General schedule

Thursday 20th June, 2024
14:00 Earliest arrival all others - collect meal ticket, wrist band and pay for camping at the gate.
16:00 -19:30 - Official registration
19:30 - Welcome and safety, weather and tracking briefs

Friday 21st June
06:30 - Tracker collection, equipment inspection and confirmatory briefing
08:00 - Hardcore and academy hike and fly start
16:00 - Academy finish by time and countdown point deduction
17:00 - Time out (negating all score)

Saturday 22nd June
09:30 - Academy debrief and route analysis
18:00 - Special guest talk and event meal
19:00 - Official scores and trophy awards. Prize draw and raffle.
20:00 - Evening entertainment

Sunday 23rd June
Depart by noon

Daily schedule

Academy Challenge Schedule :

14:00 Earliest arrival all others - collect meal ticket, wrist band and pay for camping at the gate.
All competitors and their supporters will be welcomed to registration from 16:00, followed by the event briefing at 19:30. During the briefing the task committee and organisers will discuss local weather and possible route options. The technical support team will demonstrate the tracking systems and the safety support systems will be discussed. A local knowledge expert will discuss the complex mountain systems and how the sea breeze will affect the area during the competition, this will help you with your route selection.

Competitors are required to report to collect their trackers at 06:30 on the Friday of the event. The task committee may elect to have a confirmatory briefing at 07:30 in which case all participants will be informed by SMS/group chat facility.
The event will begin at 08:00. Any change to this plan will be shared by SMS/group chat facility.
During event hours, the pilot can only elect to walk or fly. No other form of transport is allowed.

The academy event finishes at 16:00 on Friday, and all competitors must sign in on the athletes board. Late finishers will be treated as follows:
– 10 points will be deducted from the pilot score for each ten minutes of lateness. The 1st second past 4pm results in 10 points being deducted, 20 at 10 minutes and 1 second, up to 60 points at 4:50 and 1 second.
– Over an hour late scores zero.

In any case where a competitor cannot make it back by 17:00 on Friday they must call in and report back by this time. However, all their points will be forfeited.

Any competitor may quit the event any time. However, they must inform the event organisers of it and must return their tracker to the event HQ. Failure to report quitting or return their tracker could disbar the participant from future events.

At 09:30 there will be an hike and fly route debrief and analysis discussion.
At 18:00 Kinga Masztalerz will give a talk on her flying journey followed by prize giving at 19:00.
To end proceedings we have evening entertainment with a talk and music

Depart by noon

Accommodation and Activities

Camping on site is available for £10 per person per night payable on arrival. Pre-booking is not necessary. Modestly sized motorhomes and caravans are welcomed on the sports field. Camping is available from Thursday to Sunday. The grassy tented areas are flat and it is usually possible to park alongside your tent. Free showers. There are NO electric hookups for campervans.

Non-competitors / guests are also welcome to camp and attend but must pre-book via this online form by 16 June https://forms.office.com/r/pV7hmr9sEH

If you prefer not to camp, search the usual online accommodation portals for Grasmere Village options to suit most budgets.

The X-Lakes hike and fly challenges are now officially Cumbria Soaring Club events and will again run alongside the LCC. They overlap with the LCC events so it is not possible to take part in both.

How to get here

The map below shows event HQ / Grasmere Sports Field location.

Please follow this link for a map of Wainwrights:

1 Stock Ln, Grasmere, Ambleside LA22 9SJ, UK
Grasmere United Kingdom


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