TicketsWednesday morning’s post was very exciting! We had our first four cards returned from the balloon release in Andover Town Centre on Sunday morning! The weather on Sunday 6th February, had been dry but very gusty, but  I was still really amazed by the destination of the returned cards. Two from the UK, Bedfordshire, and Hertfordshire …… the other two were from Germany! Another four cards were returned last week – two from Andover, (they must have been the balloons that unfortunately bobbed up the high street), one from Holland and another from Germany. The furthest recorded balloon so far from the Andover release is one that was found later that day in Kirchgandern, Germany; about 600 miles away!

I have had a go at editing the footage that I took during the release and the Tyre Pull on the Kodak Playsport, along with some photographs kindly taken by Nicola Dunning and Mimi …. You can see the end result here! It is the first time I have had a go at editing, so I am sure these videos will improve! The Kodak Playsport was really easy to set up and use, so I am hopeful of some cracking footage in the Arctic!

Map showing Balloon Returns (so far ….)


 Balloons were launched at 8.15am on Sunday 6th February:

1.  Southhampton – 30 miles

2. Great Missenden – 68 miles

3.  Kensworth, Dunstable – 90 miles

4. Potters Bar – 90 miles

5.  Gorinchem, The Netherlands – 355 miles

6.  Lith, Nederland – 372 miles

7.  Rees, Germany – 451 miles

8.  Billerbeck, Germany – 510 miles

9. Kirchgandern, Germany – 612 miles

I am sure more cards will be returned, so I will update you on progress, and the eventual winner! The closing date is 28th February 2011