Alistair Andrews


"We’re very excited about the adventure, and hope to do Wales proud."

Pilot: Alistair Andrews
Nationality: Great Britain
Birth Date: 04.30.85
City: Crickhowell
Country: Wales
Job: Paragliding Instuctor
Web: goteamevol
Glider: Supair Wild
Harness: Supair Strike
Helmet: Supair
Sponsors:  goteamevol, Supair, xctracer
Assistant: Rebeca Andrews
Nationality: Great Britain
Birth Date: 06.08.86
City: Crickhowell
Country: Wales


What is your greatest sporting success?
Becoming the youngest person to fly 200km in the UK.

When and why did you start paragliding?
In 2003 I had represented the UK in model glider flying, but once I left home I just had to start flying. I’d seen paragliders on the local hills and just thought that I’ve got to have some of that!

What is your mountaineering experience?
I have an interest in trail running, hiking and ski touring, but no significant summits.

What does your typical training week consist of?
Hike and fly up the mountain to the north of my home when possible, and at the moment, as much running as I can face in the Welsh winter weather.

What are your best and worst sporting memories?
Best was finishing Bornes to Fly with a day to spare and only a few hours behind the winner, worst was crashing my paraglider into a hedge during a competition and injuring my shoulder. This injury eventually ended my career as a Search and Rescue pilot in the Royal Navy.

Why did you choose X-Pyr?
I have wanted to do the race for several years and ironically, now that I’m not in the Royal Nay, I have the freedom to be able to compete. It will be such an adventure to try to fly from coast to coast.

Have you participated on X-Pyr before?

Have you flown in the Pyrenees before?
Yes, I’ve flown in Ager and lowed the flying, but suspect the heat will be taxing!

What will your strategy be during the race?
To pace the hiking to last the duration and fly as much as possible. It’s very emotionally rewarding to fly even a few km in a hike and fly race.

What excites you most about X-Pyr?
Flying in some big mountains that I’ve never seen.

What scares you the most about the event?
The wind!

Why will he/she make a good assistant?
We will find out on the day! It could be the high level of map reading and navigation skill, ability to carry water at high speed up hill, or her excellent cooking and massages.

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