Prize giving
Prizes are awarded annually in a number of categories, and are presented on the Sunday afternoon at the hotel.

Prizes Awarded at the 43rd Icicle Meet 3/4th Jan 2015

At the end of Prize-giving, Pete Bish announced that this was the last Icicle Balloon Meet run by the Dante Balloon Group.

Name of Prize Awarded For Description of Prize Awarded to
Veuve Cliquot Cup Travelled furthest with balloon specially to be at Icicle Meet. Cup (Keep for 1 year)
Plus: Bottle of Champagne
Ann Rich, G-WIFI, travelled from Hadfield near Stockport
Runners up: John Russon, G-BTUH, Cheadle Hulme
David Smith, G-CIBA, Carmarthen
The Elcot Park Hotel Prize Main Flying Task. 6-figure Grid Reference adding up to 43, tie-break on the most easterly/westerly/northerly/southerly (decide on the day) landing. The Newbury Building Society Shield (Keep for 1 year). Plus a meal for 2 people in the Elcot Park Hotel Mike Woodcock in G-LORY, Glory. He was one of only two balloons to fly out of the field. He didn’t land at a GR adding to 43, but was the only balloon to do two flights!!
Gemini Trophy Oldest balloon to fly out of the Field. Wooden Balloon Trophy (Keep for 1 year). Plus small hand carved wooden balloon to keep. Plus a bottle of wine Mike Woodcock in G-LORY, registered 28/11/78
    Bottle of wine Runner up, Peter Gooch with G-BHHN, Brian. Registered 29/11/79. 35 years to the day since its first flight
Pete Hornfeck Trophy Smartest balloon, including tethered only. Trophy (Keep for 1 year)
Plus a Bottle of Champagne.
Andy Collett with G-CILO. This was his first inflation of the balloon since taking delivery from Cameron.
Vic Trimble Trophy Longest Flight from Icicle. Trophy (Keep for 1 year)
Plus a Bottle of Champagne
Richard Parry with G-CHEL. He landed alongside G-LORY, but his single flight was longer, as he didn’t do an intermediate landing.
Norman Betts Award Newest Pilot at Icicle Norman Betts Shield (Keep for 1 year).
Plus a Bottle of Champagne
Peter Gregory with G-SESL, checked out Sept ’14, but licence issued on 24/12/14, his 17th birthday. Other registered pilots who gained their licences last year were Ben Sanger-Davies May ’14, Josh Taylor June ’14 and Caitlin Rich Sept ’14.
Marsh Benham Trophy For Services to ballooning in the Newbury area. Silver Rosebowl Awarded to David Liddiard, in recognition of his hosting of the first 20 years of Icicle at Marsh Benham, and his great contribution to ballooning in the Newbury and Hungerford area over the last 43 years.
Other Minor Prizes     None