National gliding competition to come to Husbands Bosworth

Gliding at Husbands Bosworth
Gliding at Husbands Bosworth

A national competition will be held in south Leicestershire next summer.

It’s the British Junior National Gliding Championships, which is being held over nine days in August at Husbands Bosworth Gliding Centre.

The Husbands Bosworth centre, based on an old World War Two airfield, is one of the biggest gliding clubs in the country.

A typical summer’s day will see over 100 launches taking place from the centre.

The Junior National Championships will feature up to 60 gliding enthusiasts aged from 16 to 26 from all over Britain, competing against each other in a series of races.

“It’s basically a race around a course that could be about 350km” explained the competition’s co-director Steven Pozerskis, himself a Harborough man who first flew at Husbands Bosworth.

“Competitors will be airborne for four to five hours, and averaging speeds of about 100 kilometres per hour (62 miles per hour).

“Weather permitting, they will be racing on all nine days, from August 20 to 28.

“It’s a very impressive sight when these aircraft finish the race, often within seconds of each other.

“And the top 10 finishers will get a chance to represent Britain in a competition in Lithuania.”

More than 7,500 people actively glide in the UK, at 72 clubs stretching from the Cairngorm Gliding Club in northern Scotland to the Dartmoor Gliding Society in Devon.

What’s the attraction? The British Gliding Association website says: “Imagine harnessing the power of nature to soar miles across the open countryside, at heights of up to 30,000 feet and speeds of over 100mph in an engine-less aircraft.

“Using the same naturally occurring currents of air that birds use to fly, you can take to the skies and enjoy this exhilarating experience, no matter what your age, physical ability or background.”

Mr Pozerskis said: “It’s a sport that’s open to everyone, whatever their age or sex. About a third of the competitors at the Junior National Championships will be girls.”

The competition is currently looking for a sponsor for the 2016 event.