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The Original Around The Up North Combine

Alan & David Wright's Outstanding Old Bird Season

By Good Corn

            

   Skelton Green Homing Society held their 2017 prize presentation evening at the North Skelton W.M.C on Friday 4th November, and like previous years the event was well supported by family, friends, past and present fanciers from other East Cleveland Federation Clubs, which is always great to see. These people return simply because they have enjoyed previous Skelton Green H/S payout nights and long may it continue. This well run event is a night not to be missed, It's always a pleasure to be invited along.  Andrew Wynn got the night under way by welcoming everyone to the Clubs big night and quickly followed up by saying it's a good turn out as usual and hope it's as good as it has been in the past and thanks for everyone for making the effort to come and support the Club. Andrew went on to welcome chief guests Mr & Mrs Ian & Liz Purver of Skinningrove, the 2017 1st Up North Combine Reims Gold Medal winners. Other guests included Terry Callan the Brotton H/S secretary and his partner Cath; Terry also holds official positions at both the East Cleveland Federation and the Up North Combine. I was also a guest for the evening and was in attendance with my ever present Grandsons Hayden & Tyler and my Sister Shirley. Andrew gave a very good account of the 2017 racing season where as usual a lot of work for all involved, it couldn't be done without the help given to Andrew's Wife Jackie who is secretary of the Club throughout the year. As you will see later, it's been more memorable for some more than others; still no birds making it back out of Bourges in race time in the Club. And Sunday racing on and off most weeks during the season, at times it's stretched the patience of even the most cool, calm and collected of us. Having said that we keep marching on because we love the general trails and tribulations of racing Pigeons.

Ian & Liz Purver presenting silverware to Boss, Hayden & Tyler.

   Over the season the Club won 4 x 1st Feds, with the members claiming 156 positions in the top 40 of the Fed. And only 7 times out of the 19 old bird races did Skelton Green not make the Feds top 10, add the 10 Combine positions between the members to that and it proves that competition is still at it's best. The Club levelled out over the season when they sent 6,500 birds which is a similar numbers to 2016, despite been down on the young bird entries due to very few competing in the races. But on saying that the members still competed for over £2,500 in prize money. Andrew then gave a mention of the members performances throughout the season, with everyone doing their bit at race marking. There was also thanks to Club Chairman Tony Bannister who is a great help to Jackie, with him dealing with and cleaning the baskets on their return from the race and also for gathering ticket money in and running the Club Shows. Thanks also went out to Jackie Williams for the stationary, Mick Bowden for providing the transport at Combine race marking. And last but not least secretary Jackie Wynn for all the hard work throughout the season, Jackie does a fantastic job which includes assigning the members ETS rings which is never a easy task. Plus Jackie is always there at the East Cleveland Federation marking centre for all the Combine races, the lass is a great help and I know how much the members appreciate all the hard work she puts in right the way through the year. With that Andrew then asked Ian & Liz to take to the floor to present the silverware to the very worthy winners, with Ian saying some very kind words before presenting the prizes.

Chrissie & Shirley enjoying a great night at the Skelton Green presentation evening. 

Alan & David Wright were the Clubs top prize winners with 6 x 1st, 9 x 2nd, 8 x 3rd, 13 x 4th, 6 x 5th,  9 x 6th Clubs and 173pts, with the two lads receiving the old bird Worksop, Oakham 2 (sub Rivenhall 1), Eastbourne National, Oakham (3), Rivenhall and Rivenhall National (sub Eastbourne 2) Trophies. Alan & David's outstanding season saw them win the Old Bird Inland Average with 122pts (5 more than 2016), the Channel Average with 36pts, the Old Bird Combined Average with 158pts and the Overall Combined Average and the Ron 'Bonzo' Bowden Memorial Trophy for most points any discipline with a total of 173pts. Alan & David never stopped there for they weighed in with the Channel Bird Of The Year with 10pts, and six times winners of the Lucky Number and two packets of Jammy Dodgers. Alan & David started off their top class season with them timing three birds at old bird Bubwith on the opening day of the new season to score a notable 2nd, 4th and  6h Club, 3rd, 10th and 19th East Cleveland Federation. The duo hit the winners' enclosure the following week at Worksop when no fewer than  four of their squad were on the clock to win a top notch 1st, 3rd and 4th Club, 4th, 9th, 12th and 18th Fed from an entry of 2,368 birds. A week later when the birds were at Oakham (1) Alan & David clocked a trio of birds to net a nice 2nd, 4th ans 6th Club, 2nd, 10th and 19th Fed. Alan & David's birds were showing a lot of promise as a team and that continued from the fourth race Huntingdon when three more birds were on the clock to claim 3rd, 5th and 6th Club.   

David Wright receiving the Ron 'Bonzo' Bowden Memorial Trophy from Boss Bowden.

Ian & Liz presenting the 'Angela Thompson Memorial Channel Average' to David Wright.

  

   The inform Alan & David achieved their second win in five starts at Oakham (2) when no less than four birds were timed to win a very good 1st, 3rd, 4th and 5th Club out of 242 birds; with the first three timers going onto pot a very nice 7th, 12th and 14th Fed when there were 1,463 birds away. Alan & David achieved back to back wins from the Eastbourne (1) National out of an entry of 228 birds when their pole position winner went onto score a notable 5th Fed from 1,171 birds, 78th Up North Combine when there were 18,257 birds and 79th North Of England Homing Union Open from a convoy of 26,042 birds. Alan & David were really enjoying their racing with their birds not only having three wins from the first six races under their belts, they had also chalked up seventeen Club cards and fourteen Federation positions which is a fantastic achievement. I would just like to add that the the Skelton Green Club points are awarded to the first six birds with six points for a win down to 1pt for 6th position. While the Federation points are awarded to the first 20 birds with 20pts for a win down to 1pt for 20th place, with only your first bird counting for Federation points. Alan & David recorded a hat-trick of wins and fourth win so are at Oakham (3) after timing no fewer than four of their inform team to win a brilliant 1st, 2nd and 6th Club out of 429 birds, 1st, 4th, 10th and 18th Fed from a convoy of 1,623 birds.

   The duo followed that up by timing a couple of birds at the first French race Burbure (1) to pocket 2nd and 5th Club. Alan & David took the Club by storm at Rivenhall when they timed an impressive five birds to win a top notch 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th and 6th Club when there were 327 birds away, with the red, blue and yellow card winners going onto lift an outstanding 1st, 3rd and 17th Fed from a convoy of 1,365 birds. The two lads stepped off the gas when they had a single bird on the clock out of Newark (1) to claim 3rd Club; and they also had four birds in the frame from Roye to notch up a very nice 2nd, 3rd, 5th and 6th Club, with the well-fancied blue card scorer going onto lift 6th Fed and 2nd £2 Fed Nom banking £34.20 in prize money. While the green card potter netted 18th Fed to finish off another great team performance, which the lads have achieved a number of this so far. Alan & David have flown a very good channel bird in their time together, with their over the pond entries achieving a number of top performance at Club, Fed and Combine level which has provided them with more than their share of Club channel average winning performances.

   Two birds were timed at Peterborough to lift 4th and 6th Club and this was followed up by clocking a single bird out of Oakham (4) to claim 5th Club. Alan & David got back to their winning ways from the Rivenhall (sub Eastbourne 2) National when they had a couple of birds on the clock to win 1st and 4th Club out of 183 birds to record their sixth old bird win of 2017. With the lads pole position winner going onto win a most impressive 1st Fed when there were 891 birds competing and 99th UNC from a convoy of 12,356 birds; while the duo's yellow card potter went onto chalk up a notable 10th Fed. With the birds at Reims Alan & David timed three birds to take a nice 2nd, 4th and 6th Club with their blue card scorer going onto claim 17th Fed and 210th Combine. Three more birds were in the frame out of Newark (2) to pocket a useful 2nd, 3rd and 4th Club with the blue card potter netting 16th Fed; and this was followed up by taking 4th Club Newark (3). Moving onto the final old bird race of the season which took place from the fifth French water race Burbure (2), where Alan & David had no fewer then three of their channel team on the clock to chalk up a notable 3rd, 4th and 5th Club to round off a brilliant old bird campaign. Out of the nineteen old bird races which consisted of fifteen inland races and five French channel races, Alan & David scored in eighteen races with the only race then never scored in was the longest race Bourges where no one in the Club timed from the 540 mile race and only three Federation birds were clocked in the three day race time. So looking back on Alan & David's record, it is a fantastic achievement, their consistency throughout the old bird season was second to none. And I was going to say, will take some beating but you never know the way Alan & David flew this year.

   Alan & David race their young birds natural with them only competing in the first of nine races this season, with them chalking four times from the first two race. With them having three of their entries on the clock from Bubwith (1) to chalk up a notable 2nd, 3rd and 4th Club, the duo then took 4th Club out of Bubwith (2). Its very, very rare that a loft comes out top in their Club when missing most of the young bird races but Alan & David have achieved that this time around with their tremendous old bird season. The cream has certainly come to the top.

   The partnership of Bowden Bros Mick & Boss and loft helper Trevor Mitchell were second highest prize winners with the three lads being the winners of 8 x 1st, 4 x 2nd, 7 x 3rd, 5 x 4th, 8 x 5th, 5 x 6th and 132pts. Mick, Boss & Trevor who were the Clubs joint top prize winners in 2013 and outright top prize winners in 2014, 2015 and 2016 were the winners of the Oakham (1), Reims, Newark (2), Oakham (4), Newark (3), young bird Bubwith (2), Peterborough and Maidstone National trophies. The lads were also R/U Old Bird Inland Average with 67pts, RU Old Bird Combined Average with 82pts, R/U Young Bird Average with 50pts and R/U Overall Combined Average with a total of 132pts. Mick, Boss & Trevor's first old bird points were achieved out of the third race Oakham (1) after no fewer than three of their entries were timed to win an outstanding 1st, 3rd and 5th Club out of 418 birds, 1st, 9th and 18th Fed when there were 2,191 birds competing. A week later when the birds were at Huntingdon a couple of birds were timed to chalk up a useful 2nd and 4th Club; and this was follows up by netting 2nd Club, 11th Fed out of Oakham (2) that replaced the Rivenhall race. The lads took 5th Club from the Eastbourne (1) National before timing another single bird at Oakham (3) to notch up 6th Club, 9th Fed.

   The following week when the birds were at the first of five channel races Burbure (1) Mick, Boss & Trevor had a couple of their channel entries in the frame to claim 4th and 6th Club; and this was followed by netting 3rd Club, 4th Fed Rivenhall. The lads were out of the points at Newark (1) but they returned to the frame a week later when the boys took 4th Club Roye. After missing out at Peterborough Mick, Boss & Trevor clocked no less than three birds to win a cracking 1st, 3rd and 4th Club Oakham (4) out of 268 birds, with the three timers going onto score 10th, 16th and 17th Fed when there were 1,268 birds competing. Two birds were on the clock out of the Rivenhall National in place of the Eastbourne (2) National, to claim 5th and 6th Club 11th and 19th Fed. Onto the very though fourth channel race Reims where Mick, Boss & Trevor returned to their winning ways when the boys timed a couple of their entries to win 1st and 5th Club with their pole position winner that topped the Club charts by 53 minutes going onto score a well-deserved 7th Fed out of 287 birds and 69th Up North Combine when there was 4,193 birds competing. Win number two on the trot was achieved from Newark (2) when once again two birds were timed to win 1st and 5th Club when there was 249 birds away, only this time the lads chart topper went onto pocket 14th Fed out of an entry of 1,045 birds. Mick, Boss & Trevor's late season winning form continued when they achieved a hat-trick of wins from Newark (3) the final old bird inland race of the season, after clocking a couple of their squad to win 1st and 3rd Club from 227 birds; with the lads red card winner going onto score 7th Fed out of an entry of 1,048 birds.

   Onto the nine race young bird programme where Mick, Boss & Trevor suffered a big loss from the first young bird race Bubwith (1), with this resulting in leaving the lads with a small team of twenty odd youngsters to compete with for the rest of the season. Mick, Boss & Trevor's first points were scored a week later from Bubwith (2) when a couple of babies were timed to win 1st and 6th Club from an eight members entry of 219 birds. The following week when the birds were at Worksop (1) a single bird was on the clock to to notch up 6th Club; and that was followed up by taking 3rd and 5th Club out of Worksop (2) before claiming 3rd Club Melton Mowbray. Mick, Boss & Trevor recorded their second young bird win in six races at Peterborough where they timed two babies to win 1st and 4th Club from a seven members entry of 125 birds. The next race was Rivenhall which is 2 miles short of the 200 mile mark, this is where the boys had two birds on the clock to pocket 5th and 6th Club. The following race was the highlight of the young bird season for it was the Maidstone National from a distance of 241 miles; it turned out to be a winning performance for Mick, Boss & Trevor for the lads timed two birds three seconds apart to win 1st and 2nd Club out of 190 birds, 15th and 16th Fed when there were 982 birds, 173rd and 175th UNC from a convoy of 11,055 birds. The boys timed a well-fancied later bird to win 1st £1 and £2 Fed Noms banking £111.00 in prize money, the lads also timed one of their bred and bought back Loftus West Road Championship Club Breeder/Buyer youngsters to take 33rd pocketing £200.00 in prize money. Mick, Boss & Trevor a former Guisborough H/S member were in the frame for the eighth consecutive race at Bubwith (3) when they timed two of their entries to pot 2nd and 3rd Club and round off another top loft season. Mick & Trevor were unable to attend the payout night for they were attending the North Of England Homing Union presentation evening at South Shields after winning 1st North Of England Homing Union Young Bird Futurity Race from Reed where they won a total of £2,038.93 in pools and prize money. To add to Mick's previous long list of top performances including 2 x 1st UNC when flying as Bowden Bros & Drinkhall.

   The loft of Derek Winspear & Son Mark were the winners of 7 x 1st, 6 x 2nd, 6 x 3rd, 4 x 4th, 8 x 5th, 5 x 6th Clubs and 127pts, with the duo winning the Old Bird Huntingdon, Roye, Young Bird Bubwith (1), Worksop (1), Melton Mowbray, Rivenhall and Bubwith (3) Trophies. Derek & Mark's outstanding young bird season which saw them chalk up a minimum of two positions in all but one of the nine races, and also netting four positions in each of the final five races. Their consistency throughout the nine races was rewarded by winning the Young Bird Average with a total of 93pts, with the two lads also winning the Young Bird Of The Year with 11pts. Derek & Mark's first old bird points were netted at the second race Worksop when they took 6th Club, 17th Fed. Two weeks later Derek & Mark hit the winners' enclosure from Huntingdon out of a Club entry of 451 birds, with the duo's chart topper going onto net 18th Fed when there were 2,067 birds competing. The lads then took 6th Club Eastbourne (1) National and followed that up a week later by notching up a notable 3rd Club, 6th Fed  Oakham (3). The two lads returned to the points at Newark (1) when 5th Club was netted and the following week when the birds were at Roye the duo chalked up their second old bird win when a very well-earned 1st Club, 5th Fed was won out of an entry of 491 birds. Derek & Mark were in the frame from four of the final five old bird races starting at the Rivenhall National when a very nice 3rd Club, 6th Fed was chalked up; and then 3rd Club was notched up out of Reims. And then 6th Club was claimed from Newark (2) and two weeks later the boys chalked up 2nd Club, 20th Fed Burbure (2). Derek & Mark chalked in eight of the young bird races, only missing out carding from the fourth race from Worksop (2). The Father & Son partnership got off to a winning start by hitting top spot from Bubwith (1) after timing a couple of babies to win 1st and 6th Club from a eight members entry of 277 birds.

Mark Winspear receiving the Tony Calvert Memorial Young Bird Average Shield from Ian & Liz. 

   The duo had another couple of youngsters on the clock out of Bubwith (2) to pocket 2nd and 5th Club. Derek & Mark made it two wins out of three starts at Worksop (1) when four of their squad were timed to win a top notch 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th Club when eight members sent 210 birds, with the lads red and blue card winners being timed one second apart. Two weeks later with the birds at Melton Mowbray Derek & Mark achieved  their third young bird winning performance after the boys clocked another four birds to repeat their Worksop (1) team performance by winning 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th Club again, only this time it was from a six members muster of 116 birds. Moving onto Peterborough from a distance of 141 miles the lads had another four of their team in the frame to net a useful 2nd, 3rd, 5th and 6th Club. Onto the 198 mile race from Rivenhall where Derek & Mark's youngsters put in another good shift when another four birds were on the clock to win a cracking 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Club to achieve their fourth young bird win and racking up more points up than a pin ball machine, out of a five Club members entry of 102 birds. The on song Derek & Mark had yet another four birds in the points for the fourth race running out of the Maidstone National when a very helpful 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th Club was taken, with the boys green card potter going onto lift 21st Fed, 190th UNC and 6th  Loftus West Road Championship Club Breeder/Buyer where they netted £300.00, A & J Coils & Son also pocketed £300.00 in the breeder prize money. Derek & Mark also took 11th in the event with one of their own birds lifting £400.00 and then took 18th with a second A & J Coils & Son bird claiming £150.00 each; and that was followed by their second own breeder/buyer which claimed 35th banking another £200.00 to round off a money spinning day. The curtain came down on the 2017 young bird season at Bubwith (3) from a distance of 51 miles, which turned out to be a winning day for the lads after timing a couple of birds to win 1st and 6th Club out of a eight members entry of 167 birds. Derek & Mark will have being over the moon with their young bird performances after so many top notch team performances, and then banking £1,050 out of the Loftus West Road Championship Club Breeder/Buyer Derek & Mark will have being well pleased with themselves. Don't you just love it when a plan comes together?      

   The partnership of Bill Chapman Sons Steve & Colin and the late Tommy Swinburne were the winners of 3 x 1st, 6 x 2nd, 3 x 3rd, 3 x 4th, 3 x 5th, 1 x 6th and 75pts, with Bill, Steve & Colin receiving the Burbure (1), old bird Peterborough and Burbure (2) Trophies. The lads were also the winners of the Inland Old Bird Of The Year with 13pts and winners of the Overall Bird Of The Year with a different Pigeon with a total of 16pts. Bill, Colin & Steve got off the mark out of old bird Bubwith when a single bird was timed to notch up 5th Club, 12th Fed. The following week when the birds were at Worksop the lads timed two birds to pocket 2nd and 5th Club, 7th and 14th Fed. The boys next points were notched up out of the Eastbourne (1) National when they timed three of their team to net a cracking 2nd, 3rd and 4th Club with the blue card scorer going onto lift 6th Fed, 80th UNC; while the green card potter claimed 191st Combine. A week later when the birds were at Oakham (3) a nice 4th Club, 7th Fed was taken and that was quickly followed up by winning 1st and 3rd Club Burbure (1) out of 71 birds; with the pole position winner that topped the Club charts by over fourteen minutes going onto score 13th Fed when there were 848 birds away.

   Bill, Steve & Colin who have enjoyed great success at Club, Fed, Section and UNC level over the years which has included numerous 1st Clubs and 1st Federations wins, Club and Federation averages and 2 x 1st UNC timed a single bird at Newark (1) to net 2nd Club, 20th Fed. Bill, Colin & Steve achieved their second old bird win of the year at Peterborough when they timed no fewer than four birds to win an outstanding 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 5th Club out of 308 birds, with the lads red, blue and green card scorers that were timed in the space of ten seconds going onto chalk up a nice 13th, 15th and 16th Fed out of an entry of 1,408 birds. Bill, Steve & Colin followed up their top notch Peterborough team performance by timing a couple of birds from Oakham (4) to pocket 2nd and 6th Club, with the trio's blue card potter going onto claim 13th Fed. The lads were in the frame for the third race running from the Rivenhall National when they took a notable 2nd Club, 3rd Fed and 171st UNC, they also timed a later bird to claim 20th Fed; and that was followed up by taking 5th Club Newark (3). Onto Burbure (2) where the boys completed the Burbure double by winning 1st Club from 169 birds and 15th Fed out of an entry of 907 birds. I have to be honest I was not surprised that Bill, Steve & Colin won this race because the lads have a fantastic record of winning 1st Club from the first and firth channel races, which was always Lillers in the past from around the 312 miles before the Combine moved onto Burbure. Bill, Colin & Steve never raced their 2017 young bird team, the lads may well have dropped down the pecking order the past few years but you can never ever right them off because they can always bounce back.   

Ian & Liz presenting the Burbure (1) Trophy to Steve Chapman.

   Des Williams and loft helper Roger Wall were the winners of 3 x 1st, 1 x 2nd, 1 x 3rd Clubs and 27pts, receiving the old bird Bubwith, Newark (1) and young bird Worksop (2) Trophies. Des & Roger zoomed straight into the old bird winners' enclosure on the opening day of the season when they won a brilliant 1st Club, 2nd Fed Bubwith from a convoy of 2,249 birds. Des & Roger recorded their second old bird win out of Newark (1) when their pole position winner went onto score 18th Fed when there were 1,228 birds competing. Two old bird wins is some achievement for Des & Roger, and lets not forget that their first winner went onto score a very impressive 2nd Fed. Onto the young birds where the two lads first carded at Worksop (1) where a single youngster was timed to pocket 3rd Club. Des & Roger were over the moon when they timed a couple of their entries one second apart a week later at Worksop (2) to win a top notch 1st and 2nd Club. The duo have really got their act together the past couple of season after previously being members of the Must Try Harder Club, yes Des has being there and proudly worn the T-Shirt to prove it. But hopefully them days have gone and they don't want to come back, I have to say that Des has being the most sporting members who has ever walked the Clubs Walk Of Shame, and fair play to the lad.   

Des Williams receiving the Old Bird Bubwith Cup from Ian & Liz.

   The partnership of Dave Roach, Terry (Benno) & Daniel Bennison & Tich Crame were the scorers of 1 x 2nd, 1 x 3rd, 1 x 6th Club and 10pts, the lads were also the winners of the B & K Simpson 'Most Points Without A Win Trophy'. Benno & Daniel were in the points from the off when they chalked up a very handy 3rd Club, 5th Fed out of old bird Bubwith. A couple of birds were on the clock at Newark (3) to take 2nd and 6th Club, with the duo's blue card scorer going onto net 16th Fed. Benno & Daniel never raced any young birds in 2017.

   Mr Tony “Simply The Best” Bannister a member of the very successful partnership of Dave Roche, Benno Bennison, Tony Banister in the 1970s and 1980s, was the scorer of 1 x 3rd, 1 x 4th and 2 x 6th Clubs and 9pts. Banno's first prize card of the season came at Burbure when he took 6th Club. The lad netted four times with the young birds with Banno's first points coming at Bubwith (2) when he scored 3rd Club, and then two weeks later when the birds were at Worksop (2) the lad timed a couple of his squad to pocket 4th and 6th Club. One of the sports characters was in the frame for the second week running from Melton Mowbray when 6th Club was notched up again. Tony has being a dab-hand at winning the Club Show Shield throughout the winter months the past few years, and this season the lad was runner-up with him receiving a special runner up Show Trophy. I have said before that Club Shows have gone off the boil over the years, I can remember when almost every Club in the East Cleveland Federation organised out of racing season Club Shows to fly for extra racing season prize money. It's really good to see the Skelton Green members supporting the Club Shows, it's not always easy to get local fanciers to have the time to judge a Show for the lads but they always get through their Show programme. What I'm going to do is, I will donate £20.00 to the first best is show winner that goes onto win the actual show race in 2018.

Hayden & Tyler presenting the B & K Simpson 'Most points Without A Win' Trophy to Benno ' Walking Stick' Bennison.

Ian & Liz with Tony Bannister the scorer of 1 x 3rd, 1 x 4th and 2 x 6th Clubs.

   Eoin Richardson netted 1 x 4th and 1 x 5th Club pocketing 5pts with both of Eoin's prize cards being chalked up with the young birds, when 5th Club was taken at Bubwith (1) and 4th Club notched up out of Bubwith (3). Former Lingdale member Terry Stonehouse in his first season in the Club was the scorer of 1 x 4th Club and 3pts, with Terry's old bird Newark (1) yellow card potter being a 3y chequer Dirk van Dyke hen. Tommy Welford was the scorer of 1 x 5th Club and 2pts with that being achieved from young bird Bubwith (3). The Husband & Wife partnership of Andrew & Jackie Wynn were the potters of 1 x 6th Club and 1pt, Andrew & Jackie were just out of the Club points at old bird Oakham (3) but still managed to notch up a nice 13th Fed. A big sigh of relief was released at Newark (1) when the duo timed a yearling chequer pied Jacob Poortvliet x Cuester cock to claim 6th Club and giving them the satisfaction of knowing that they wouldn't be walking 'he walk of shame' on presentation evening to collect their 'must try harder' prize. Brian Hodgson & Son were the scorers of 1 x 6th Club and 1pt with that being netted at Oakham (2) when the 2y took 27th Fed, to add to the 33rd Fed in notched up out of Oakham (1). Now it's that time again, 'the walk of shame' never forget that without fanciers like these there would not be no Club competition, like the Lucky Number the Must Try Harder Club is always meant in jest and supposed to be taken in fun. All season this is a talking point at the Club Headquarters, people trying to avoid this very moment once a year, loud cheers and massive smiles when lads get even minor positions, knowing they have avoided taking the long walk to the prize table for the wrong reason. There was only two 'Must Try Harder Award' winners this time around with both  Andy Thompson and Karl Benson unable to make the presentation night. Remember it can be anyone's turn in 2018, more so the fanciers who only compete in a few races. Alan Beverly attended to receive his special 'Must Send More Often Award', Alan is another members who has not competed in many races the last few seasons.

The relieved Jackie & Andrew Wynn with Ian & Liz.

Alan Beverley the 'Must Send More Often' award winner.

 

   After the presentation of the Trophies it was rime for Banno to present gift of thanks to Liz, Cath, Lindsey the landlady who always keeps a good house, Jackie Williams, Jackie Wynn and Carole, who sends her thanks. This was followed by the entertainment that consisted of the male group 'So What', with the four lads from Stockton providing a great first spot which was followed by the fantastic Buffet provide by Mavis Clarke, I have to say that Mavis did herself proud. After everyone had enjoyed their food it was Andrew & Banno's turn to do the raffle which was once again well supported with over £100 raised to help with Club costs. 'So What' came out for their second session which got a great number of the crowd up to dance the night away, with Banno being one of them. A few of us did comment that Banno seemed a bit off it which is not like him, for he is always full of mischief, good fun and most entertaining. I hope he was not under the weather, if so I wish him well. I would like to thank the members for inviting us along to yet another great night, I wish the members all the very best for the 2018 racing season.

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