2004 News Page

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Richard & Judy win 2004 National XC League Richard Westgate XC League Champion
31 October 2004 in the UK

2004 was one of the closest battles for the title for a long time with five pilots flying a cumulative total of more than 500km. Onboard his Gradient Aspen, Richard Westgate clocked 593km over his 6 best flights.

Bruce Goldsmith Second in European Championships
1 to 12 October 2004 in Kalavrita (Greece)

After 5 valid tasks in 12 days, Swiss pilot Christian Maurer took the winners podium, with Bruce Goldsmith second. Italy won the team competition with the Swiss in second whilst Britain came in eighth.

Results and report

Team GB win the Bleriot Cup 2004 GB team winners of the Bleriot cup
19 to 22 September 2004 in the UK

Congratulations to the Great Britain Paragliding & Hanggliding Team in bringing back the Bleriot cup to the UK after many years in the hands of the French.

Pictured from left to right:

  • Neil Roberts
  • Steve Pym
  • Simon Oliphant
  • Kitt Rudd
  • Carlo Borsattino
  • Abigail Barr
  • Charlie Merrett
  • Big Cup

Comp report

Bruce Goldsmith Wins British Championships 2004 Bruce Goldsmith British Champion Again
12 to 18 September 2004 in Castejon de Sos (Spain)

Bruce onboard his Airwave Magic FR took a win in the British Paragliding Open and final leg of the British Paragliding Championships, becoming the new British Paragliding Champion for the third time. Mark Watts took second place some 1700 points behind. Bruce not only won the series outright but made a clean sweep of all 3 opens as well. This is the first time anyone has beaten all of the other pilots at every leg of the British Championship. No other pilot has won the championships three times. It is a remarkable feat and an indication of Bruce's great competition form of late.

Full results