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Worthing Birdman: Ex-world hang-gliding champion takes top prize

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Image caption Tony Hughes flew over 106m (347ft) from the end of Worthing Pier

A former world hang-gliding champion has claimed the top prize for launching himself from the end of Worthing Pier.

Tony Hughes took the title of Worthing International Birdman after flying just over 106m (347ft) at the two-day event in West Sussex.

The annual contest involves people throwing themselves off the town's pier in machines and various costumes.

Mr Hughes was raising money for the Wiltshire Air Ambulance and won £10,000 for his leap into the English Channel.

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Image caption Tony Hughes won £10,000 for his leap into the English Channel
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Image caption £10,000 is offered for the furthest flight should a birdman achieve over a 100m distance
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Image caption Human powered flying machines take off from a special ramp constructed on Worthing Pier
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Image caption The competition is for fun and serious flyers
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Image caption The annual event brings thousands of visitors to Worthing over the weekend

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