Organisers

James Allcock
James Allcock

Brought up in The Lake District, James now lives in Shropshire with his wife and son. He has his own veterinary services business, but his chief passions are the hills and paragliding. Learning in the Derbyshire Dales, he first flew Hang-gliders in the 90s before converting to paragliding in the Foot and Mouth year, 2001. He and Rod Welford are both farm vets who fly. They frequently travel together on paragliding adventures around the World and in the UK. With his good knowledge of the Lakes, James has been Rod’s supporter in all previous editions of the X-Lakes Challenge and has lent a hand in supporting Jocky with back-room planning too. James says he’s far too lazy to take part in the X-Lakes Challenge himself, instead enjoying an excuse to drive as near to take off as possible and to sit back and watch the live-tracking with a beer close to hand.

Brought up in The Lake District, James now lives in Shropshire with his wife and son. He has his own veterinary services business, but his chief passions are the hills and paragliding. Learning in the Derbyshire Dales, he first flew Hang-gliders in the 90s before converting to paragliding in the Foot and Mouth year, 2001. He and Rod Welford are both farm vets who fly. They frequently travel together on paragliding adventures around the World and in the UK. With his good knowledge of the Lakes, James has been Rod’s supporter in all previous editions of the X-Lakes Challenge and has lent a hand in supporting Jocky with back-room planning too. James says he’s far too lazy to take part in the X-Lakes Challenge himself, instead enjoying an excuse to drive as near to take off as possible and to sit back and watch the live-tracking with a beer close to hand.

Rod Welford
Rod Welford

I’ve been into paragliding, in its many forms, for over 25 years. Whether it’s an aesthetic line on a simple winter fly-down, an exotic xc, the frenzy of a competition gaggle, or the camaraderie of fellow pilots, I’m still loving and learning from this great game we all share. I’m fortunate to live and work (as a local vet) amidst the Lakeland scenery. As a keen fell runner I love combining the disciplines and am eager to share this hike-n-fly playground. I competed (supported by James Allcock) in the last three XLakes. I’m chuffed to have my name etched onto the trophy for 2018 and 2019; and can immerse myself in memories of long days combining hoof and fly

I’ve been into paragliding, in its many forms, for over 25 years. Whether it’s an aesthetic line on a simple winter fly-down, an exotic xc, the frenzy of a competition gaggle, or the camaraderie of fellow pilots, I’m still loving and learning from this great game we all share. I’m fortunate to live and work (as a local vet) amidst the Lakeland scenery. As a keen fell runner I love combining the disciplines and am eager to share this hike-n-fly playground. I competed (supported by James Allcock) in the last three XLakes. I’m chuffed to have my name etched onto the trophy for 2018 and 2019; and can immerse myself in memories of long days combining hoof and fly

Richard Bungay
Richard Bungay

Richard is a very experienced pilot and part of UK Airsports near Keswick. He has many years of high-level competition experience including running the scoring for the Gin Wide Open in recent years.

Richard is a very experienced pilot and part of UK Airsports near Keswick. He has many years of high-level competition experience including running the scoring for the Gin Wide Open in recent years.

David Drewette
David Drewette

With experience in skydiving and nearly 1000 jumps, I then got into competitive hill running around the hills in central Scotland. Put the two together and you get Hike and Fly! A good day for me is just running in the hills, but a superb day is running and then flying!

With experience in skydiving and nearly 1000 jumps, I then got into competitive hill running around the hills in central Scotland. Put the two together and you get Hike and Fly! A good day for me is just running in the hills, but a superb day is running and then flying!

Andy Read
Andy Read

I love the hike and fly, vol-biv adventure side of this sport. It's a real pleasure being able to carry your wing and your tent on your back and see where the day and the weather takes you. I've been flying for nearly 5 years now and taken part in a number of hike and fly competitions and the Lake District always provides the most amazing backdrop for any adventure.

I love the hike and fly, vol-biv adventure side of this sport. It's a real pleasure being able to carry your wing and your tent on your back and see where the day and the weather takes you. I've been flying for nearly 5 years now and taken part in a number of hike and fly competitions and the Lake District always provides the most amazing backdrop for any adventure.

The X-Lakes is organised by pilots, for pilots and previous participants, Andy Read, David Drewette and Rod Welford are supported by competition guru, Richard Bungay and general admin gofer, Lake District bred, X-Lakes supporter, James Allcock.

Richard is something of an expert in Flymaster trackers and Andy Read has managed to develop some software that will help simply the complex scoring system and provide better information to supporters. David manages the website and registration technical systems.

Rod and James just chat to folk and smooth over the cracks! Event logistics have always been a headache but combining the X-Lakes with the Lakes Charity Classic so that we can access their hugely successful event experience should help us focus more on the event itself.


Thanks for the fantastic support shown to the success of the X-Lakes Challenge in previous years. We look forward to helping you all make some more fantastic memories.


With best regards,

Andy, James, Rod, Richard and Dave

For a ‘hoofnfly’ fusion of running & flying, see youtube.com/watch?v=MV2ufhTUWqg