Leicester Continental Club Coutances Race
I write this first report on the eve of the Fougeres race and from looking like a real dodgy day for racing, Saturday appears to have turned somewhat and we may see a race, by the time you read this report we will obviously know for sure what has happened in the second race of the season for the MNFC.
However, this report is to celebrate the success of the Continental Club members in what turned into a tough race for the club in all honesty. An early liberation on the Sunday with a strong easterly influence in the Channel meant it was always going to be a difficult task for our members who are spread far and wide across the South Centre and South East sections of the Midland National. As always, there were some standout performances within the club and we will kick off with our Gold Race, the Single Bird Nomination. A stellar performance by the Gateley partnership to kick off the season. Their Single Bird Nom bird not only winning the race within the Continental Club but also taking the spoils in the South East Section, recording a velocity of 1609.76, this was over 100 yards ahead of the 2nd placed Chris Watts of Glenfield. Chris has become somewhat of a master in the Single Bird Nom arena and he starts the 2017 season in similar fashion. In 3rd place was another fancier who has shown great skill in this discipline, Rob Glover with a 2 year old pigeon. The final Single Bird Nom pigeon clocked in the first race went to the South Leicestershire partnership of Mr and Mrs Jerry Wright, yet another fancier who has been extremely consistent in this race over the last couple of seasons. Well done to the four fanciers mentioned above, they all score some excellent points for the hotly contested Super League, which is more competitive than ever now as you will see below!
Tom Gateley, 1st in Gold Race and 1st South East Section - Rob Glover, 3rd in Gold Race - Jerry Wright, 4th in Gold Race
Now onto the Silver Race, where your first two birds in the result count, no nominations required. Whilst the Gold Race may have been one for “The Old Guard” of the Continental Club, the Silver Race was “One for the newbies”. The first three positions were taken by new members within the club, a sign of things to come for the battle for the Super League this season? Dean Pallatt recorded 1st and 2nd with pigeons clocked to record velocities of 1716 and 1621, a great start to Dean’s National campaign since coming back into the racing scene, he was also just pipped to the post in the South Centre Section, finishing in 2nd place and 246th Open, a great result given the prevailing winds. In 3rd place was the small team located just a couple of hundred yards from where I am currently, Summers Brothers and Daughter. We all know that this team have worked tirelessly over the last 5 years or so to put together a team to be reckoned with in the MNFC and have put up some tremendous performances on the road to developing this team, now they are well and truly considered as one of the top flyers in the South Centre section, and just like Dean will really be ones to watch in the rest of the races this season.
Chris Watts, 2nd in Gold Race for Continental Club Coutances
J&T Gateley’s Section winner comes in 4th place and they follow that in with a bird 40 yards behind that to also take 8th place in the Silver Race, a truly fantastic showing given the conditions which the birds would have battled against in their journey across the Channel and up the country towards the Desborough loft. Over to the other side of the club now and to Nuneaton where Mick Lennon clocked just 6 yards off the Gateley bird to grab 5th place ahead of the man rattling them in up in Glenfield, Chris Watts with two birds split by just a single yard, this secured 6th and 7th place for Chris. The final two money positions again went to South Leicestershire, firstly in 9th place were Mr and Mrs Wright and just sneaking into the top 10 was Rob Glover of Earl Shilton. Rob was a bit of a slow starter last season in the MNFC and the Continental Club so to be rewarded with positions in both the Gold and Silver Races will no doubt please Rob, I know he has a lot of confidence in some of his birds this year, let’s see if that confidence has been well guided Mr Glover by this time next week!
That wraps up the first report of the season, well done to everybody involved, I shall keep the information coming as fast as I possibly can!
Secretary and Press Officer
Leicester Continental Club