Here's Jim "Z12" White's report of his first March cross country flight:
The weather came up pretty much as expected. Thermals started before midday but the climbs were weak and fluky. Set Marlborough - Chieveley to fly into a stiffening breeze with a start at cloudbase 3000ft above Booker. Conditions improved significantly on task to give average 3kt climbs and good streeting which allowed runs of about 30k and a 38k final glide. Flew a bit zig zag but did the 130k in 1h 32m which was satisfactory for early March. Max altitude achieved was 4234amsl. Cloud spread out from about 3pm.