How bizarre was that?
Just been on the 20m lunch time net.
The path length from here to Sussexc is about 350km. Way too short for F layer propagation at 14MHz. All Sussex stations were 5/9+. Barry in Sweden was likewise but I'd have expected that from F. So I'm going to suggest that was Sporadic E. Certainly reflection from the lower ionosphere.
And it was sporadic. No sooner than Kim and Russell had called in (about 10 minutes after me) than the Sussex stations faded to nothing. The normal state.
All good fun.