The day started really well, with cumulus popping up from about 9.00. Trouble was, that was a bit too early, so by the time we were ready they were already overdeveloped. Bill got away in the K8 for an hour, but the clouds spread out and killed off the low-level thermals. After a couple of hours the spreadout dissolved a bit and let the sun through for long enough for Peter and Keith to get an hour apiece, but others weren’t quick enough and the new clouds filled in again. Finally, at about three o’clock the sky opened up again, the cycle re-started and there was tremendous lift to 5500ft and people disappeared off for a couple of hours – south to Andover, west to Swindon, and north beyond the M4.