Stories from the Sky: A hangover and atrocious weather

Epic is most certainly the quintessential description when it comes to many of our trips and adventures. Flying the length of the UK from John O'Groats to Lands End in July 2016 in 7 days is one that definitely stands out.

Paramotoring John O Groats to Lands End

Interestingly we had to move the trip forward by a week because of really sh**ty weather forecast for August. This meant half the team had to drop out. They surely didn’t miss our first evening going to bed with 50 miles per hour wind demolishing our tents. What they did however miss, was the most spectacular morning we woke up to.

Glorious sunshine prompted us to exit terra firma and join the open expanse of clear sky, flying over remote and barely kissed Scottish highland. We reached Inverness on day 1, which from above is a sight to behold, and we were fortunate to fly over the breathtaking Cairngorm mountain range on day 2. In doing so we flew 144k and ended up just north of Stirling. Day 3 was the longest and most technical day of flying any of the team had ever experienced. We flew more than 400k and spent over 8 hours in the air during which we navigated around Glasgow and Manchester airspace before finally landing at Seighford Gliding Club south of Stoke on Trent. A truly awesome day of flying and a personal record for the entire team.

And here is the cracker, on our way back we flew over Stoke on Trent where a couple of former students were watching a football match. They knew we were just about to fly over them and started Whatsapping us from below. We came in a bit lower to give them a bit of a show, and needless to say, what’s WhatsApped in the sky, stays in the sky.

Andy Wild, a client who had learnt to fly in Spain at the same time as the Flying for Heroes team, had been following us online and managed to track us down at the airfield. As we landed we were ecstatic to see him rocking up with a load of pizza and beers.

The best part of of the trip was saved for the finish as we flew the last remaining miles to Lands End in amazing conditions and a stunning sunset. Suffice to say we all had a tremendous hangover the following day!

Check out the The John O'Groats to Lands End epic record breaking video.

Happy landings

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