WELSH SOUTH ROAD NATIONAL
Carentan - September 2014
The first of the Welsh South Road National Flying Club races for the young bird season took place from Carentan on Saturday 13th September. Liberation was held up until 09.10 with easterly winds across the channel forecast. Up until I knock this report out returns were not good but many fanciers are reporting that they were still working through. But as I begin to put this report to bed returns are still dismal for many. Having said, that the leader of the West Section Austin Morgan was telling me they had four out of six so some did OK I suppose. The leaders with the help of easterly winds were into the Centre East sect with the probable winner being Mr Elwyn Styling vel 1257. I have a comprehensive list of the full result on the Welsh South Road National FC website just four hours after the first arrivals, so well done once again sec Charlie Silver and the Welsh South Road Fed sec Kevin Smith and of course not forgetting the marking stations as well.
Elwyn Styling, winner of 1st National Carentan.
I will give out the leading velocities of each competitor’s first arrival timed in only.
Elwyn Styling New Tredegar. 1257. Powel & Price 1253. Rogers & James Ferndale 1238. Owen G Elliot Torfain 1234. Mr G Treharne & Son Nantyglo 1223. I & A Evans New Tredegar 1210. Mr D Flowers Pontypool 1208. Mr & Mrs Bromley Pontypool 1204. Johnny Gauvian Maerdy 1204. J & P Webber Abertillery 1204. Lovell Bros Trinant 1201. Owens & R T Evans & Son Maerdy 1198. Preece Bros & Son Abertillery 1196. W Higgins 1196. J J Williams & Son Varteg 1190. W A Rees Treharris 1190. Mr & Mrs Murphy Gwent 1189. Whitcombe & Withey Maerdy R C T 1185. R Nichols Son & Grandson 1182. G & M Clayton Trinant 1176. D T Williams 1175. C B & C Harris & Son Aberdare 1175. John Ludlam Nelson 1171. G Poyner Newport 1168. Scammell & Peploe Garndifaith 1167. Mr & Mrs T Mathews Tredegar 1167. Mr G Lewis Llanhilleth 1163. Mr & Mrs Jennings Pontypool 1159. Morgan & Austin & Powell Lr Cwmtwrch 1158. J Ireland Aberdare 1157. P Goodwright Cardiff 1148. Mr Bryn Holmes Aberdare 1146. Kevin Smith Pontypool 1142. B & M Jenkins Torfaen 1140. Winners of the West Section were Morgan & Austin & Powell. The CE Sect Mr Styling the EA Sect Owen G Elliot and the CW Sect Rogers & James Ferndale.
The winner for Elwyn Styling of New Tredegar is a blue pied hen raced on the darkness. She has been a consistent racer and is bred down on her sire’s side being a grandson of Graham Warren’s famous “Rhino”. While her dam was a late bred coming down from Tumley Lofts Lean Boers x Janssen and Busschaerts of Derek Morgan of New Tredegar. Well done Elwyn and many congratulations.
1st National Carentan
Taking 2nd open is Powell & Price of New Tredegar. Their timer was bred for them locally by Derek Morgan, and contains the bloodlines of Herbots crossed with Vandenabeele, the Herbots coming from the wonderful bloodlines of Gill Bros of the Rhondda when they sold up. Their winner is a lovely blue cock and he has already won some red cards this season and other positions and was always in the clock. John Powell was telling me that although he was raced on darkness they took him off it early and although he was showing a full moult he still had five nest flights for this trip.
John Powell holding 2nd Nat winner for Powell & Price.
Taking 3rd open is the Ferndale in the Rhondda loft of Edgar Rogers and Ian James. They timed a breeder buyer that also looks good to win them £1.000 for good measure. Twice National winners on both routes, they race a very small team, indeed they placed all their 14 youngsters in this race. They timed a blue pied hen that goes all the way back to their old family. The dam winning Chale 3rd Welsh South Road Federation 10th National, while the sire winning Carentan, so being bred out of two good winners for them. She was raced on darkness and flew consistently for the partnership and up until this race they only lost one young bird all season on the south route.
Edgar Rogers and Ian James 3rd open National
Topping the west section is the set up of Morgan Austin & Powell of Lr. Cwmtwrch in the Swansea Valley. Alan Morgan, Ken Austin and Tony Powell said that they timed in a cheq cock that comes down from their old family, indeed Alan Morgan’s late father was a very good Lerwick flier in his day and there is Bricoux via Gordon James still in their bloodlines. The dam won Tarbes 600 miles twice and this sect winner has won some decent cards this year. As stated earlier, they clocked four out of their six entries on the day.
Morgan, Austin & Powell, 1st West Section.
Arrived at Carentan about 14.14 Friday afternoon, left the birds settle before feeding and fresh water completed by 16.30. Mike rang just after with good news for Saturday. 06.30 Saturday nice morning at Carentan. 07.20 Mike rang with no problems for a race day. We decided to wait a while for the Midlands National to lib first as they were flying much further than us. I topped up all our water at 07.30 and enticed the birds to drink with some scattered Red Band in the drinkers which worked really well. It was a big day for the Midlands National, they organised a special meeting with the Mayor of Carentan and local school children to write special messages which were going to be put in the proper war message containers, and flown back to the UK on H M the Queen’s birds, then a plaque was going to be unveiled in the town centre, commemorating the work done in the war years by our feathered friends. The Midlands also had a photographer in attendance with special helicopter drone to take a video of the liberation and hopefully follow the birds home for a while. They liberated at 08.40 and cleared well. Our birds went at 09.10 and also cleared well all in one bunch. Sorry I couldn’t catch ours on camera but couldn’t lib and take photos at the same time. Signed Phil.
The Mayor of Carentan and school children helping to fix war time messages to some of the pigeons before liberation
Before I close this report I’m sure all of the Welsh fancy would like me to congratulate all the Welsh fanciers who figured in the first ten in the BICC race from Falaise on the same day. John Ludlam Nelson 2nd open. Preece Bros & Son Cwmtillery 5th open, Paul Owen and Tony Evans & Son at Maerdy in the Rhondda 6th open. G Treharne Nantyglo 7th open. Smith & Jones Cwmbran 9th open and Mr & Mrs Mears Newport 10th open. What a wonderful statement from the Welsh lofts, once again well done.