David Wainright

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Australia | Owner/Instructor 'High Adventure' paramotor school

Paramotoring credentials - David has been paramotoring for about ten years, after being introduced to paragliding by his uncle. He learnt to paraglide, hangglide and paramotor at the same time but prefers paramotoring because it gives him more freedom for cross country flights.

He flew some of the route a few years back and is familiar with the terrain. 

He's been running High Adventure for the past three years. 

Adventure credentials - When not paramotoring David has enjoyed horse riding, waterskiing, wakeboarding, motorcross racing and dirt-bike riding. 

I’m pretty confident i can do it in 3 or 4 days max if we have good weather. If we have good weather. A nice 20k tail wind would be nice.
— David

Cayle Royce

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UK | 29 | HM Forces

Cayle grew up on farms in the wilds of Southern Africa with minimal supervision and access to vast expanses of the great outdoors. He blames this for becoming totally obsessed with adventure and travel and all of the highs and catastrophic lows that it could offer. 

Whilst on deployment in Afghanistan in 2012 he stepped on what he describes as "an oversized party popper."  He spent 48 days in a coma whilst the doctors worked to patch him up. Within 18 months, he was rowing across the Atlantic Ocean as a part of the Row2Recovery crew: two able bodied and two wounded crew members rowing from La Gomera in the Canary Islands to Antigua. A 3000 mile unsupported row broken up into 2 hour on and 2 hour off shifts, pelted by horrendous weather and gargantuan waves, salt sores and a diet of dehydrated goo bags for 48 days. 

Due, he reckons, to the fabulous memories of rum punch at the finish line he has now entered into another Atlantic row in December 2015. Row2Recovery will be the first all amputee crew to ever attempt an ocean row: "we are four men in a boat and have three legs between us. What could go wrong?" 

Last year, he went with SkySchool's Alex Ledger to Kenya with eight wounded servicemen to fly from Kilimanjaro up the Rift Valley to Mount Kenya in three weeks: "I have spent a lot of time in Kenya, but to see it from the air was absolutely incredible. A truly amazing trip with some incredible people."

He has been training for the Icarus with SkySchool and will be competing using a solo trike that he's been practising with in Spain. Cayle and Seth have received significant support from Military charity Help for Heroes to undertake the Icarus Trophy.

He was awarded an MBE in the Queen's birthday honours list in 2015. 

I am participating in the Icarus Trophy for the adventure and to meet the kind of people that this sort of event seems to attract. My brother Seth and I will be working together to hopefully complete the race in good time and enjoy what should be an unforgettable adventure.

We are hoping to raise awareness for Help for Heroes who are supporting us and hopefully encourage others who are having a bit of a hard time to not quit just yet. If a scruffy legless African like I can give it a go, then who couldn’t?
— Cayle

On the race, Cayle will be supported by his brother and ground crew Seth Royce. He was with Cayle and Flying For Heroes on their three-week expedition across Kenya. 

A former Royal Marine he claims it made him really good at running, jumping, climbing and hiding. He left the Marines to pursue a life with a beard.

Apparently it's going well so far. 



Toby Osborne

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UK | 29 | Solicitor

A veteran of the Rickshaw Run from way back in 2008, Toby still gets our jibber updates. When the Icarus Trophy video came in, he was sat in his office. It was 8 o'clock at night. He decided he needed something to look forward to. He reckons he's been resting on his adventure laurels a little since his trip to North Korea. 

Toby is the other half of the Monmouth Boys. When we asked him how he his flying skills compare with Jamie's, and he claims they are pretty evenly matched: "He's better at taking off, but I'm pretty confident that I'll finish it before him." Only time will tell, Toby. And we'll all be watching. 

He's been training for the Icarus with Foot Flights Paramotors. 

We’ll be supporting each other, but it’s pretty cut throat. If someone breaks down, the other one will definitely be leaving.
— Toby

Toby will be flying with Jamie Fowler. They've styled themselves the Monmouth Boys. When he heard the name, Toby asked us if it could be changed. It's in print now Toby. 

Matt Cackett

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UK | 42 | Barber

A barber and self-confessed Essex-boy Matt has been paramotoring for three years. He used to be a fan of motorbikes, but when his beloved beast was stolen, he spent the insurance cash on a pair of wings and a motor.  

He was quickly hooked and with the help of a local instructor spent the first ten weeks getting up at 6am every day to chase the clouds. 

When we asked him how he was preparing for the Icarus, he claimed he was drinking Budweiser and trying to "have a nice day." He's also been remotely following the weather and is researching the difference that the mountains will make to his flight. With three years experience under his belt, he says he is all too aware how quickly everything can change in the skies. 

My mate Jason entered me into the Icarus Trophy. I wasn’t paying much attention but when I looked up the video I knew it was the right thing for me. I woke up the next day and thought sod it. I’ll do it.

Now it’s a year later.
— Matt

Jamie Fowler

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UK | 29 | Property Manager

Jamie describes himself as an urban climber and has conquered the likes of Battersea Power Station and Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth. Family, friends and a long suffering girlfriend have tried in vain to hold him back from his pursuit of glory. He claims it was only a matter of time before he took to the skies and the Icarus Trophy came along at the right moment.

He picked up paramotoring for the race and he's been training with Alex Anderson at Footflights Paramotoring. Jamie and his teammate Toby Osborne are flying as The Monmouth Boys. They are hell-bent on pushing their machines and bodies to the absolute extreme.

When he’s not chucking himself around at few thousand feet, you’ll find him smashing a few jars while watching his beloved Scotland Rugby team during the Rugby World Cup 2015. 

A special thanks to Alex at Footflights. Without you, myself and Toby would have had to spend the weekends taking the girlfriends to Taylor Swift concerts and the like.
— Jamie

Ryan Southwell

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USA | 40

Ryan was trained by Team Fly Halo, and achieved his advance training in 2014.

He is a pro adventurer who likes mountain trekking, snow caving, flying to the top of desolate mountain cliffs and camping out. 


I want to win it. I always wanted to do an adventure race and I love to fly. Both worlds came together.
— Ryan

Edward Hamilton

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UK | 28 | Banker

Edward claims the Icarus is his second mid-twenties crisis. And he doesn't need another car. 

He's got an adventuring CV that includes climbing mountains "with mixed results," travelling around Vietnam on a scooter and "fooling around in boats." 

He'd never flown before signing up to the Icarus but has been training with SkySchool. He'll be flying with Harrison Waugh.

I spent 3 months in a war of attrition with Harry trying to convince me to row across the atlantic. I needed to do something to shut him up and this seemed suitably ridiculous.
— Edward

Claire Mackay

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Australia | 33

As of 3rd June 2015, Claire couldn't drive a manual car and had never seen a paramotor. She's just finished the 10, 000 mile Mongol Rally driving a Bedford Rascal and now she'll attempt the Icarus Trophy. When its full of fuel, she can't lift the motor off the ground. 

Clair ditched a career working in Australian Government Ministers offices to spend the last few years dog-sledding, kickboxing, jungle trekking, scuba diving, learning to butcher and making jam. 

I have had a hoodie for 10 years that says ‘THis was supposed to be the future. Where is my Jetpack?
I can’t believe I finally got one.
— Claire

Byron Leisek

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USA | 36 | Co-Owner and Instructor at Team Fly Halo

Byron began hang gliding solo at the age of 13 as well as 'dabbling' in paragliding. With a father and grandfather keen on the sport of hot air ballooning, Byron comes from a family with a strong flying pedigree.

From the time he could reach the hot air balloon burner, aviation has always been a passion and an important part of his life, “It’s never felt right having my feet on the ground for too long”. 

In 2005 was introduced to Paramotoring.  In 2012 Byron along with two other friends decided to turn their hobby into a business; Team Fly Halo: “I always felt that there was a lack of advocates for safety in our sport which is one of the reasons I decided to take a hobby and transform into a business.”  

Byron currently has over 3400 Powered Paraglider flights including 275 tandem Powered Paragliding flights.  Byron is also a certified parachute rigger and his experiences as a seasoned pilot include:  high altitude launching (over 6000 msl), high altitude flights (over 12,000 msl), mountain flying and reserve pull and re-pack. By the start of the race, he will have been in PPG for 10 years. 

Ever since Byron's feet left the ground he has merged aviation and nature. He is responsible for coining the phrase “Para-Camping” which involves paramotoring to a remote location and camping.

Ryan Southwell and I are going to team up. We both have the attitude that we are in it for adventure, but we are going to be in the Race Class.
— Byron

James Borges - Team Wing It

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United Kingdom | 35 | Company Director

James has been flying a Paramotor for a year. In that time, he has clocked up clocked up 124 flights but life and weather often come between him and his best intentions to fly more.

Before discovering paramotoring, he describes himself as being obsessed with other sports.  First it was windsurfing which he took all the way to becoming a RYA Windsurfing Level 3 Instructor and teaching in Narbonne, France and Tossa de Mar, Spain. He is also a sailor and has sailed on UK coastines as well as in Gibraltar, Morroco, Portugal and Lanzarote. He holds a RYA Yachtmaster Certificate of Competence. 

With friend and Icarus Trophy teammate Jason Taylor, he has competed in the discovery group at the British Open and flown at Parafest.  When applying for the Icarus Trophy, the furthest he had flown was a 90 mile cross country from Mersea Island, Essex to Cromer, Norfolk. He describes this as "terrifying in almost everyway it could be. Flying down wind of Norwich city really tested my bump threshold to the max."

When I was 5 I took on a much older Austrian kid donned in race gear for an impromptu skiing race. It didn’t stop me being outmatched and under skilled then and it won’t stop me now.

Obviously spiral fractures to your legs do slow you down so I will endeavour to avoid this as best I can.
— James

James will be competing in the Icarus Trophy as part of Team Wing It with Matthew Crackett and Jason Taylor.