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Parker Southern Top in Tynemouth 12-03-20

 

The “Original” Around The Up North Combine

 Parker & Southern Tops in Tynemouth North Federation

By Good Corn

 

 

I received a phone call from Alan Kelly the Secretary of the Tyne to Tweed Championship Club half way through the racing season asking if I would present the 2019 prizes for the Tynemouth North Federation, Section 1 and the Tyne to Tweed Championship Club at the Seaton Terrace Club on Saturday 25th January 2020. It’s about a 130 miles round trip for me and I know the Federation awards points to the first 30 positions and the Section awards points to the first 50 positions so I knew the presentation night report would take a long time to write up. But as I know Alan and how much hard work, he puts in throughout the year I could not refuse him, and it would give me a chance to try and give the fanciers some credit for their 2019 racing performances. Alan has had his share of poor health and he was waiting to go into Hospital for a new knee replacement in February. I took my eldest grandson Hayden with me as he has been taking the photos at the pay-out nights for me for a few years now and at 12 years old I have to say the lad does a very good job. I know a number of the fanciers in Section 1 but there is a lot I don't know and that always makes it harder for me when writing the report, I like to know their first names when possible. I downloaded the Tynemouth North Federation and Section 1 results but was unable to find the Folkestone (1) and young bird Wakefield Federation results so I only have some of the positions I took off the Section sheets. I have split the presentation evening report in to two reports as it would have taken up too much space if I had reported on the full night at the same time. The Section 1 report will follow this report.

 

 

 

The evening got under way when Brian Grant the Tynemouth North Federation Secretary took to the floor to start the presentation of the silverware to the very worthy winners, the Section 1 silverware was presented next followed by the Tyne to Tweed Championship Club silverware. There were members there from most parts of the Section with some of them taking to the floor to receive prizes for the ones who had not attended the night which is always a good thing as it keeps the presentation flowing. A male & female duo followed the presentation with the girl having a very powerful voice, after their first spot the buffet and raffle followed before the duo came on for their second spot. We really enjoyed the night and would like to thank the members for inviting us along to share their night and wish them all good health and a successful 2020 racing season.  

 

 

 

Top loft in the Tynemouth North Federation for 2019 racing season was the Meadowell H/S partnership of Geordie Parker & James Southern who were jt’s winners of the Old Bird Average, winners of the Combined Average with a grand total of 519pts. The lads got off to a winning start out of old bird Bubwith after timing a trio of their entries to win a top-drawer 1st, 3rd and 4th Club, 1st, 7th and 8th Tynemouth North Federation when there was 1,750 birds competing, 1st, 13th and 14th Tyne To Tweed Section winning the “Ayton Marshall Trophy” from a convoy of 5,246 birds. Win number two on the bounce was achieved from Newark Show Ground when no fewer than four of the duo's entries were on the clock to win a very nice 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Club, 11th. 19th, 28th and 29th Federation from 2,629 birds. A hat-trick of wins was achieved out of Oakham (1) when no less than six of boys squad were timed to win a top-notch 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th Club, 9th, 10th, 19th, 23rd, 26th and 27th Federation. Geordie & James achieved their fourth straight win from Oakham (2) when a couple of birds were timed to win 1st and 3rd Club, 4th and 14th Federation, 4th and 44th Section. The inform duo were unstoppable again from Chelmsford (1) the fifth race of the season when they won an outstanding 1st Club, 1st Federation out of 1,860 birds, 1st Section winning the “Carlton Brothers Trophy” from a convoy of 4,903 birds. 

 

 

James Southern of Parker & Southern jt winners of the Tynemouth North Federation Old Bird Average and the Combined Average, receiving silverware from Good Corn.

 

It was business as usual for the lad's from the first classic race of the season Folkestone (1) National when they won 1st, 3rd and 4th Club with their red card winner being the same bird that won 1st Club, 1st Federation and 1st Section the previous week from Chelmsford (1). This time the well-fancied chart-topper went on to win an outstanding 1st Federation winning the “T Thomson Memorial Trophy from an entry of 1,014 birds, 6th Section out of 2,602 birds winning the £100 Section Nomination, 1st Tyne to Tweed Championship Club banking £795.87 and 14th Up North Combine from a convoy of 15,161 birds. The green and yellow card potters went on to claim 9th and 13th Federation, 126th and 185th Up North Combine to see off a cracking days racing. A belting 1st, 2nd and 3rd Club, 3rd, 4th and 24th Federation, 11th and 12th Section was won out of Oakham (3) and that was followed up by timing seven birds at the first of five channel races Ypres to win a cracking 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th and 6th Club, 3rd, 8th, 19th, 21st, 22nd, 25th and 29th Federation, 13th and 21st Section. With the red card winner going on to score 39th UNC and their well-fancied blue card potter taking 5th Tyne to Tweed Championship Club banking £137.56 and 77th Combine, while their fourth timer netted 10th Tyne to Tweed Championship Club pocketing £50.67 and 230th Combine.

 

 

 

The free-scoring Geordie & James racked up another delightful win a week later at Chelmsford (2) when four birds were clocked to win a superb 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 5th Club, 2nd, 9th, 21st and 30th Federation, 2nd and 34th Section. The lad's Roye entries put up a huge team performance to win the first 9 Club positions and going on to win a breath-taking 1st, 2nd, 7th, 10th, 11th, 17th, 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 27th, 29th and 30 Federation winning the “G Tweddle Memorial Trophy” out of 491 birds. With the nine birds going on to score an eye opening 1st, 2nd, 13th, 17th, 20th, 28th, 41st, 46th and 47th Section winning the “Cookson Trophy” when there was 1,315 birds competing; with the seventh bird on the clock chalking up 5th Tyne to Tweed Championship Club pocketing £40.16. The top team performance never stopped there “Ho No” for they went on to score an awesome 11th, 17th, 72nd, 85th, 105th, 149th, 203rd, 220th, 226th (another bird took 246th) Up North Combine winning the “Danish Cup Of Friendship for the Best 2-Bird Performance with 274pts from a convoy of 6,476 birds. There was still enough in the first four birds to go on to lift 12th, 18th, 78th and 96th North Of England Homing Union Queens Cup from a convoy of 8,321 birds to round off a tremendous team performance. Two birds were in the frame out of Huntingdon (2) to notch up 2nd and 5th Club, 17th and 27th Federation. A trio of birds were timed at the Folkestone (2) National to notch up 2nd, 3rd and 7th Club, 8th, 10th and 26th Federation, with the first two yearlings on the clock picking up 26th and 29th Section. A single bird was in the frame out of the French race point Reims to notch up 2nd Club, 11th Federation, 28th Section and 147th Combine; a later fancied bird was timed to lift 15th Tyne to Tweed Championship Club claiming £6.45. Geordie & James returned to their winning ways out of Oakham (4) the final old bird inland race of the season when they won 1st Club, 22nd Federation and 41st Section, and followed that up a week later by taking 2nd Club, 14th Federation, 36th Section and 174th UNC from French race point Burbure the final old bird race of the season to round off a brilliant old bird season.       

 

 

 

Moving on to the young birds with the first race being at Wetherby (1) which is a Federation race but not a Section race due to the top end flyers racing from Sandhutton. Geordie & James enjoyed a cracking start after timing no fewer than six youngsters to lift a notable 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th Club, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 7th, 8th and 20th Federation. Another six youngsters were on the clock two weeks later at Newark Show Ground to win a brilliant 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th Club, 2nd, 6th, 7th, 8th, 13th and 22nd Federation, 5th, 22nd, 23rd and 38th Section. Young bird win number two on the belt was racked up at Oakham (1) when three birds were on the clock to win 1st, 2nd and 4th Club, 20th, 22nd and 27th Federation. Geordie & James chalked up their third consecutive young bird win and fourth win in five starts at Oakham (2) when 1st Club, 7th Federation and 13th Section was won; and a week later at Chelmsford a couple of birds were timed to win 1st and 2nd Club, 21st and 27th Federation. Geordie & James clocked up their fifth consecutive win at the Maidstone National where a trio of birds were on the clock to win 1st, 2nd and 3rd Club, 4th, 15th and 20th Federation, 6th, 26th and 34th Section, 43rd and 181st UNC. Geordie & James then went on to win the final two young bird races winning 1st Club and 29th Federation Bubwith and following that up in fantastic style at Wakefield where no fewer than four birds were timed to to a brilliant 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Club, 1st, 3rd, 6th and 11th Federation, 5th, 12th, 19th and 40th Section when there was 1,353 birds competing to round off a top class racing season.

 

 

 

T & A Wright Brothers were in the frame from the off at old bird Bubwith when a single bird was timed to chalk up a notable 2nd Club, 4th Federation and 10th Section. The lad's returned to the frame out of Oakham (2) when 4th Club, 26th Federation was netted and then pocketed 2nd Club, 27th Federation, 49th Section out of Huntingdon (1). The lads hit the winners' enclosure at Huntingdon (2) winning 1st Club, 12th Federation and 44th Section. Victory came the lad's way for the second race running at Bourges the longest race of the season when they clocked one of their eight entries to win a fantastic 1st Club, 3rd Federation, 12th Section and 48th Combine out of an entry of 1,275 birds. The partnership are winning Bourges for the second year running after winning 1st Club, 7th Federation, 12th Section and 61st UNC in 2018.   

 

 

 

The partnership of Lee Blythe & McQueen had a star in the making after one of their 2 year olds scored from three races on the bounce after potting 3rd Club, 12th Federation at old bird Oakham (1), and then took 2nd Club, 10th Federation, 27th Section Oakham (2) before chalking up 2nd Club, 6th Federation, 15th Section Chelmsford (1). The following week when the birds were at the Folkestone (1) National the lad's netted a notable 2nd Club, 5th Federation, 32nd Section, 5th North Of England Championship Club pocketing £52.38 and 79th UNC. The boys then notched up 4th Club and 27th Federation out of Chelmsford (2) before coasting in to the winners' enclosure at Huntingdon (1) when their 1st Club winner that topped the Club charts by 2 minutes went on to net a very nice 7th Federation and 16th Section. Another single bird was on the clock at Huntingdon (2) to pot 4th Club and 22nd Federation. The duo hit pole position for the second time at the Folkestone (2) National when they had a couple of 2 year olds on the clock to win a cracking 1st and 6th Club, 3rd and 21st Federation, 4th and 47th Section. With their well out in front red card winner that topped the Club charts by 8 minutes going on to score 99th Combine, while the lad's well-fancied second timer took 5th Tyne to Tweed Championship Club pocketing £17.94. The duo leapt to the winners' enclosure at Burbure when their 1st Club winner that topped the charts by 3 minutes went on to score a notable 7th Federation. 19th Section and 98th Combine. It was out with the old birds and in with the young birds a week later at Wetherby (1) which proved victorious for the lad's after winning a brilliant 1st Club, 1st Federation when there were 1,956 birds competing.

  

 

 

The partnership of Davey Robinson & Grandson were in the points out of Ypres when they netted a notable 3rd Club, 10th Federation, 25th Section, 6th Tyne to Tweed Championship Club netting £35.74 and 118th UNC; and followed that up by taking 3rd Club and 21st Federation out of Huntingdon (2). They then timed one of their three Bourges entries to score a belting 2nd Club, 6th Federation, 23rd Section, 8th Tyne to Tweed Championship Club pocketing £2.20 and 94th Combine. And the lad's followed that up by taking 5th Club, 16th Federation and 39th Section Folkestone (2) National with their well-fancied yearling that also chalked up 4th Tyne to Tweed Championship Club netting £27.00. The lad's best performance of the season was achieved at the fourth channel race Reims from a distance of 463 miles where the Federation entry of 260 had to fly into a light North wind. Despite the very testing race the lad's timed three of their seven entries to win a fantastic 1st, 3rd and 5th Club, 1st, 15th and 29th Federation, 1st and 37th Section winning the “T Scott Trophy” out of 650 birds. The well-fancied pole position winner that topped the Federation charts by a massive 38 minutes went on to win 1st Tyne to Tweed Championship Club pocketing £102.00, 1st JPS Nomination banking £373.32 and 8th Up North Combine from a convoy of 3,124 birds which was a absolutely earth-shattering performance. The outstanding winner is scoring for the second time from the channel this season after chalking up 3rd Club, 10th Federation, 25th Section, 6th Tyne to Tweed Championship Club and 118th UNC Ypres. I don't have to remind anyone of the 2 year olds top class performance after covering the 463 miles in 11 hours 7 minutes 28 seconds and to be that far in front of the rest of the field, what a super Pigeon. A couple of birds were on the clock out of Burbure to see the lads continue their outstanding channel season when they took 3rd and 4th Club, 18th and 25th Federation with the fancied green card potter lifting 42nd Section, 8th Tyne to Tweed Championship Club claiming £8.08 and 191st Combine.  

 

 

Davey Robinson of Robinson & Grandson winners of 1st Federation & 1st Section Reims

 

The loft of A Robinson netted 4th Club, 11th Federation and 32nd Section Folkestone (2) National.   The partnership of Spellmam, Griffiths & Dickinson got off the mark with the young birds after timing a couple of babies in the space of 28th seconds to pocket a useful 11th and 15th Federation. The lads were in there again a week later at Wetherby (2) when again they had two birds on the clock only this time they were clocked 32 seconds apart to win a delightful 1st and 2nd Club, 6th and 10th Federation, 31st and 48th Section. The loft was back in the points out of Oakham (2) to lift 2nd Club, 29th Federation and 33rd Section. 

 

 

 

Third highest Federation points scorers was the partnership of Bob Parker & Davey Holland of Holywell H/S with 483pts, the lads were also the winners of the “W Hall Memorial Trophy “ for Best Old Bird. Bob & Davey hit the winners' enclosure from day one at old bird Bubwith when their well out in front 1st Club winner went on to score a belting 2nd Federation and 6th Section. A week later at the Newark Show Ground their first three birds on the clock took a notable 3rd, 5th and 6th Club, 6th, 13th and 14th Federation with their green card potter also netting 34th Section, four later birds were timed in the space of 4 seconds to claim 20th, 21st, 22nd and 23rd Federation which did not go unnoticed. And then a trio of birds were timed at Oakham (1) to notch up 3rd, 7th and 8th Club, 15th, 28th and 29th Federation. Bob & Davey were in there again a week later at Oakham (2) when three birds were timed to win a cracking 1st, 4th and 5th Club, 1st,  21st and 30th Federation out of 2,201 birds, with the pole position Federation winner going on to win an outstanding 1st Section winning the “Charlton Leslie Trophy” when there was 5,916 birds competing. 

 

 

Davey Holland & Bob Parker winners of the “W Hall Memorial Trophy” for best old bird receiving silverware from Good Corn

The partnership were back up and at them out of the Folkestone (1) National when a couple of birds were on the clock to win a notable 1st and 2nd Club, 3rd and 8th Federation, 20th and 50th Section. With the fancied pole position winner going on to lift 3rd Tyne to Tweed Championship Club netting £107.92, 4th North Of England Championship Club pocketing £69.10 and 42nd UNC; while the blue card scorer went on to chalk up 111th Combine. Bob & Davey hit back out of Huntingdon (1) when another four birds were on the clock to win 1st Club, 3rd, 18th, 19th and 20th Federation, 8th, 34th, 35th and 38th Section. The birds were whipped in to shape at Oakham (3) after no fewer than eight birds were clocked to win a very tasty 1st, 4th and 5th Club, 2nd, 11th, 13th, 17th, 18th, 21st, 27th and 28th Federation, with the red card winner going on to chalk up a useful 10th Section. Two birds were on the clock from Ypres to lift a creditable 2nd and 7th Club, 4th and 12th Federation, 15th and 31st Section, with the well-fancied blue card scorer chalking up 2nd Tyne to Tweed Championship Club lifting £177.53, 4th North Of England Championship Club pocketing another £130.21 and 52nd UNC, while the second bird on the clock claimed 146th Combine. Moving on to Chelmsford (2) where four birds were timed within 29 seconds to pocket a nice 4th and 5th Club, 7th, 8th, 14th and 19th Federation, 32nd, 33rd, 44th and 50th Section; three later birds were also timed to claim 25th, 26th and 28th Federation. Two birds were in the clock at Huntingdon (2) to pocket 3rd and 5th Club, 8th and 29th Federation with the green card lifter going on to claim 27th Section.

 

 

 

 

The lad's outstanding old bird season continued at the Folkestone (2) National when no fewer than six birds were on the clock to win a top-drawer 1st, 2nd and 3rd Club, 1st, 2nd, 4th, 24th, 28th and 29th Federation winning the “Ayton Marshall Memorial Trophy” out of 724 birds, 1st, 3rd, 5th and 50th Section winning the “British Alcan Trophy” when there was 1,990 birds competing. The pole position winner that was a good 7 minutes in front of his blue card scoring loft mate went on to score a belting 17th Up North Combine from a convoy of 11,493 birds while the well-fancied blue card potter went on to win 1st Tyne to Tweed Championship Club pocketing £230.50, 12th North Of England Championship Club netting £11.70 and 116th Combine. The duo's well-fancied green card scorer went on to chalk up 2nd Tyne to Tweed Championship Club claiming another £160.80 to round off a excellent days racing and considering how the birds had being performing it was truly well-deserved. Moving on to Oakham (4) where the very competitive Bob & Davey's team achieved a huge performance by winning a most impressive 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 6th Club, 2nd, 4th, 5th, 13th, 25th, 29th and 30th Federation, 9th, 15th, 18th, 29th and 45th Section. The “Dynamic Duo” racked up their first channel win of the season from Burbure the final water race of the year and what a performance their birds put up winning a belting 1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th Club, 5th, 12th, 13th, 24th and 30th Federation, 10th, 32nd and 33rd Section. With the well-fancied red card winner going on to score 2nd Tyne to Tweed Championship Club banking £152.90, 8th North Of England Championship Club pocketing another £51.11 and a top-drawer 6th UNC; while the green and yellow card lifters that were timed three seconds apart went on to net 162nd and 163rd Combine to finish off a outstanding old bird season.

 

 

 

Next stop is the nine young bird race programme where Bob & Davey hit winning form in awesome style from the third race Newark Show Ground when the duo had no less than four of their entries on the clock to win a brilliant 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Club, 7th, 8th, 9th and 13th Federation, 22nd, 23rd and 38th Section. Bob & Davey's babies racked up their second win on the trot from Oakham (1) where their youngsters produced their second fantastic performance by winning a top-drawer 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th and 8th Club, 6th, 7th, 11th, 12th and 29th Federation, 21st, 23rd, 30th and 31st Section which was a cracking loft performance. The much inform Bob & Davey achieved a hat-trick of young bird wins from Oakham (2) when the duo won a most impressive 1st, 2nd and 4th Club, 1st, 4th and 17th Federation where there was 1,551 birds competing, 1st, 5th and 29th Section winning the “ Scheemaker Trophy” from a convoy of 4,004 birds.  

 

 

 

The boys chalked up their fourth win on the belt which came at the very hard Chelmsford race which saw very big gaps in arrivals at most if not all lofts. Bob & Davey's 1st Club winner that topped the Club charts by 15 minutes went on to score a creditable 8th Federation and 14th Section. The longest the leading youngsters had been on the wing prior to the Chelmsford race was 3 hours so they had doubled their leading flying time on the previous weeks race out of Oakham (2). Full credit to the young birds for many of them will have being quite a lot longer than the six hours on the wing fighting the North-West wind and a week before the longest race the Maidstone National. Both old birds and young birds have their work cut out on the hard days due to Section 1 being the longest flyers, it’s tough on the old birds and even tougher for the young birds that have not had the experience in flying in all weather conditions. A fancied bird was on the clock from the Maidstone National to lift 2nd Club, 19th Federation, 33rd Section and 8th North Of England Championship Club banking £55.66; Bob & Davey timed a second fancied youngster to lift 9th Tyne to Tweed Championship Club pocketing another £26.40. The money rolled in again when Bob & Davey timed their own Tyne to Tweed Championship Club Breeder/Buyer to chalk up 3rd to lift a total of £1,000 to end a money-spinning day. The curtain came down on Bob & Davey's top-class season with another win for the duo won 1st Club, 8th Federation and 23rd Section Wakefield.      

 

 

 

 

Hall Brothers Barry & Des the sixth highest Federation points scorers on 307pts had a couple of birds on the clock at old bird Bubwith to lift 2nd and 4th Club, 13th and 24th Federation, 22nd and 46th Section. The lads then took 3rd Club, 17th Federation at Oakham (2) and then claimed 4th Club, 25th Federation Chelmsford (1). Barry & Des rose to the occasion from the Belgian race point Ypres when their channel entries achieved a box office performance when no fewer than six birds were timed to win a brilliant 1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th and 8th Club. With the Brothers red card winner going on to win 1st Federation winning the “Norman Stark Memorial Trophy” out of 884 birds, 1st Section winning the “Coquetdale Trophy” from an entry of 2,161 birds and a earth-shattering 1st Up North Combine winning a Combine Gold Medal, the “Mr & Mrs Mike & Val Crooks Chronicle Cup”, the “Harkers Homoform Trophy” and 5 bags of corn kindly donated by Mr & Mrs Arthur Andrews        from a convoy of  12,043 birds. Barry & Des's Gold Medal winner named “Treble Chance” is the Brothers third 1st Up North Combine Gold Medal winner after winning 1st Up North Combine Young Bird Folkestone Centenary in 2005 with “Young Elsie” when there were 451 birds competing. Barry & Des roared back to the top a year later in 2006 when they won 1st Up North Combine Young Bird Maidstone National with the Gold Medal winning “Delaval Star” from a convoy of 16,490 birds. 3 x 1st Up North Combines is an absolutely brilliant achievement by anyone's standards and all three Gold Medal winning performances being won against the Cream of the Up North Combine. Back to the Ypres race where the duo's green card scorer netted 5th Federation, 18th Section and 67th UNC, and 4 seconds after the green card scorer came the well-fancied yellow card potter that claimed 6th Federation, 19th Section, 4th Tyne to Tweed Championship Club pocketing £56.43. Three seconds later came the lad's well-fancied fourth timer that went on to chalk up 7th Federation, 20th Section, 6th North Of England Championship Club lifting £51.69 and 69th UNC; while the fifth timer went on to pot 11th Federation, 26th Section, 125th UNC and the sixth bird on the clock took 14th Federation, 33rd Section and 153rd Combine to round off an outstanding team performance.      

 

 

Des Hall of Hall Brothers winners of 1st Federation, 1st Section and 1st Up North Combine Ypres from a convoy of 12,043 birds.

Barry & Des were still on cloud 9 after their 1st UNC winning performance the following week when they timed a couple of their Chelmsford (2) entries in the space of 6 seconds to lift a useful 2nd and 3rd Club, 5th and 6th Federation, 27th and 29th Section; a third bird was timed to claim 23rd Federation. The three times Gold Medal winning Barry & Des stormed back to the top of the Club charts out of the second channel race Roye in France when a couple of their entries were on the clock to win a notable 1st and 2nd Club, 8th and 20th Federation, 15th and 33rd Section. With the out in front red card winner going on to score 83rd UNC and 93rd NEHU Queens Cup, while the well-fancied blue card potter went on to chalk up 3rd Tyne to Tweed Championship Club pocketing £80.32 and 164th Combine. A single bird was on the clock a week later at Huntingdon (1) to notch up 26th Federation and 48th Section. Barry & Des continued their outstanding channel performances at the fourth water race Reims where they timed one of their six entries to win a top-notch 1st Club, 4th Federation, 12th Section, 4th Tyne to Tweed Championship Club netting £35.04 and 86th Combine.  Another single bird was timed at Oakham (4) to notch up 4th Club, 11th Federation and 26th Section. Barry & Des ended their Gold Medal winning channel season by taking a nice 2nd Club, 10th Federation, 29th Section, 4th Tyne to Tweed Championship Club collecting £35.00 and 158th UNC from Burbure. 

 

 

 

Barry & Des got off to a winning start with the young birds out of Wetherby (1) after timing a couple of their team 2 seconds apart to win a cracking 1st and 2nd Club, 12th and 13th Federation. The Brothers stayed in the winners' enclosure the following race at Wetherby (2) when two of their entries were timed 20 seconds apart to win a belting 1st and 2nd Club, 18th and 28th Federation. A week later when the youngsters were at Oakham (1) a trio of entries were timed to net 3rd, 6th and 7th Club, 10th, 21st and 28th Federation with the green card lifter going on to claim 28th Section. On to Oakham (2) where a single bird was in the clock to pocket 3rd Club, 11th Federation and 18th Section and that was quickly followed by netting 2nd Club and 28th Federation Chelmsford. It was celebration time again for Brothers Barry & Des when they returned to their winning ways at the Maidstone National to record their third young bird win from seven starts after winning 1st Club with one of their fancied birds that went on to chalk up 9th Federation, 15th Section, 3rd Tyne to Tweed Championship Club pocketing £54.74 and 114th Combine. The lads coasted to their second win on the trot and fourth young bird win of the season at Bubwith when they won an impressive 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Club, 1st, 5th, 18th and 22nd Federation from a entry of 726 birds, 6th and 30th Section from a convoy of 2,423 birds.

 

 

 

Barrie Smails was in the frame at old bird Bubwith to net 3rd Club, 23rd Federation, 45th Section, he has back on track from Oakham (2) when another single bird was timed to pocket a very nice 2nd Club, 5th Federation, 11th Section. W Charlton & Son potted 5th Club, 25th Federation, 48th Section out of old bird Bubwith.    

 

 

 

Club Secretary Steve W Partis really hit the heights out of the second old bird race Newark Show Ground when no fewer than five of Steve's squad were on the clock to win an impressive 1st, 2nd and 4th Club, 3rd, 4th, 7th, 27th and 30th Federation, 16th, 23rd and 40th Section. Steve had another five birds in the frame out of Oakham (1) to produce his second winning performance after winning a belting 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th and 6th Club, 5th, 14th, 17th, 21st and 28th Federation. Steve proved more than a handful again from the very testing race Chelmsford (1) where the lad timed four of his team to win a top-notch 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 5th Club, 3rd, 9th, 19th and 26th Federation, 3rd, 18th and 41st Section to round off a faultless team performance. Moving on to Oakham (3) when no less than four of Steve's entries were timed within 31 seconds to lift a cracking 2nd, 3rd, 6th and 7th Club, 7th, 8th, 14th and 16th Federation. Steve's cracking season continued at Chelmsford (2) when no fewer than another four birds were on the clock to win a very nice 1st and 6th Club, 4th, 12th, 13th and 18th Federation, 26th, 39th, 42nd and 49th Section. Steve's birds really excelled at Huntingdon (1) when eight of his squad reached the clock to score a superb 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th Club, 4th, 5th, 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th, 25th and 30th Federation, 11th, 12th, 19th =, 29th, 30th and 47th Section. Steve zoomed to the top of the charts at Huntingdon (2) when he timed three of his entries to win a brilliant 1st, 2nd and 4th Club, 1st, 3rd and 28th Federation from 1,243 birds. With the pole position Federation winner going on to score an outstanding 3rd Section from a convoy of 2,939 birds while the blue card potter netted 16th Section. Steve had a trio of birds on the clock out of the Folkestone (2) National to lift a notable 4th, 5th and 6th Club, 6th, 7th and 22nd Federation, 9th, 16th and 48th Section, with the yellow card potting yearling going on to claim 183rd Combine. Steve had no fewer than six of his Oakham (4) entries on the clock to chalk up 5th Club, 12th, 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th and 27th Federation, 28th, 34th, 35th, 36th, 37th and 49th Section.   

 

 

 

The Walker H/S partnership of Tony Blackett & David Renwick were the winners of the Federation Old Bird Average and fifth highest points lifters on 383pts, with first blood coming on the opening day of the new season when a brilliant 1st Club, 3rd Federation, 9th Section old bird Bubwith was won. The lads were in the frame again the following week from Newark Show Ground when a trio of birds were on the clock to pocket 3rd, 4th and 5th Club, 5th, 12th and 15th Federation with the green card potter going on to notch up 32nd Section. The partnership enjoyed an excellent days racing from the third race Oakham (1) when they timed three very early birds in the space of 29 seconds to win an awesome 1st, 2nd and 3rd Club, 1st, 2nd and 3rd Federation out of 2,371 birds, 18th, 19th and 30th Section when there was 6,456 birds competing.  Another top class performance was achieved a week later at Oakham (2) when no fewer than seven birds were timed to win a cracking 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th Club with the first three on the clock being timed in the space of 1 second to go on to score a notable 6th, 7th and 8th Federation, 15th, and 16th = Section, while the remaining four timers claimed 13th, 19th, 20th and 25th Federation, 42nd Section. More success came the lad's way out of Chelmsford (1) where again they proved a tough nut to crack after winning a magnificent 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th Club, 4th, 7th, 8th, 17th, 20th and 24th Federation, 7th, 16th, 17th, 33rd and 44th Section to end the day on a high. A week later when the birds were at the Folkestone (1) National 1st Club, 11th Federation and 134th UNC was won.    

 

 

Good Corn presenting to Tony Blackett of Blackett & Renwick jt winners of the Old Bird Average and 1st Federation Old Bird Oakham (1).

 

Two birds were timed 16 seconds apart out of Oakham (3) to win an impressive 1st and 2nd Club, 6th and 9th Federation and another couple of birds were on the clock at Ypres to win a very impressive 1st and 2nd Club, 2nd and 13th Federation, 7th and 32nd Section, 13th and 146th UNC. Back over the pond to the French race point Roye which is a distance of 407 miles, the miles might have changed from the previous races but the winning performances certainly have not for the lad's had no fewer than five of their channel team on the clock to win a top-notch 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 6th Club. With the well-fancied red card winner going on to score 14th Federation, 24th Section, 1st Tyne to Tweed Championship Club winning £269.29 and 128th UNC. The blue card potter that was timed 7 seconds after the pole position winner chalked up 15th Federation, 25th Section and 129th Combine, while the well-fancied green card scorer that was clocked 35 seconds after the blue card lifter went on to pocket 16th Federation, 27th Section, 2nd Tyne to Tweed Championship Club banking £154.80 and 137th UNC. The duo's yellow card potter netted 21st Federation, 34th Section and 167th UNC; while the fifth timer claimed 28th Federation to round off a fantastic loft performance and add a tidy sum of money to their pockets.  

 

 

 

Moving on to Huntingdon (1) where a couple of birds were in the frame to win 1st and 5th Club, 6th and 22nd Federation, 13th and 40th Section. The much inform Tony & David bulldozed their way to another belting winning performance out of the Folkestone (2) National when a trio of birds were in the frame to win 1st, 2nd and 3rd Club, 5th, 13th and 17th Federation, 8th, 34th and 41st Section, with Tony's & David's pole position winner going on to score 166th Combine. The boys strutted their stuff again out of Reims when they had two of their thirteen entries in the frame to win a notable 1st and 3rd Club, 2nd and 8th Federation, 8th and 18th Section, 66th and 108th UNC; with the well-fancied red card winner also taking 2nd Tyne to Tweed Championship Club banking £239.95. And then came the lad's 1st Club, 8th Federation and 22nd Section Oakham (4) winning performance. Another channel win was clocked up out of Burbure when Tony & David won a delightful 1st Club, 3rd Federation, 6th Section and 36th Up North Combine with the same Pigeon that won a most impressive 1st Club, 3rd Federation, 7th Section and 13th Up North Combine Ypres from the first water race to round off a brilliant old bird season from both inland and over the channel.  

 

 

 

Tony & David hit winning form at young bird Newark Show Ground after a couple of their entries were timed to win 1st and 2nd Club, 9th and 28th Federation with the red card winning baby going on to claim 41st Section. The duo stormed the charts at Oakham (2) timing no fewer than six of their entries in 20 seconds to win a top-drawer 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th Club, 14th, 16th, 18th, 19th, 21st and 23rd Federation, with the six youngsters going on to lift 23rd, 28th, 30th, 32nd, 35th and 38th Section to round off a very impression team performance. The lad's were not taking the foot off the gas as they had a trio of birds in the frame the following race at Chelmsford to win 1st, 3rd and 4th Club 4th, 22nd and 30th Federation with the red card winner going on to score an impressive 5th Section. More success came the boys way a week later at the Maidstone National when a top-notch 1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th Club, 3rd, 11th, 12th, 16th and 25th Federation, 5th, 21st, 22nd, 30th and 45th Section, 36th, 161st, 164th and 195th Combine was won. Tony & David will have been more than pleased with their all-round 2019 racing performances where their birds churned out a number of top-notch team performances throughout the season and picking up some nice cash prizes along the way.    

 

 

 

 

R (Bob) Colvin & Son blazed the trail from the second old bird race Newark Show Ground when the very hard working Bob who is out training his birds at first light timed no fewer than three of his imports to win a top-notch 1st, 2nd and 6th Club, 1st, 2nd and 16th Federation when there was 2,629 birds competing. With Bob's first and second timers that were timed 2 seconds apart going on to score a rewarding 12th and 13th Section from a convoy of 6,790 birds. Bob was back in the points at Oakham (1) when a single bird was on the clock to pocket 4th Club, 11th Federation, 28th Section and then he notched up 6th Club, 22nd Federation Chelmsford (1) before claiming 5th Club, 26th Federation, 8th Tyne to Tweed Championship Club netting £16.60 and 245th Combine Roye. Bob enjoyed a very good clocking day the following week when the birds were at Huntingdon (1) when he had no fewer than three on his yearling entries on the clock in the space of 25 seconds to lift a notable 2nd, 3rd and 4th Club, 11th, 12th and 15th Federation, 21st = and 28th Section. Bob was back in the fold out of the Maidstone National when a single bird was timed to lift a notable 2nd Club, 3rd Federation, 9th Section and 70th Combine. I got one of Bob's young birds in a few years back that had gone well off course on one of Bob's early morning training chucks, Bob arranged to pick the youngster up from me when he was training again. When I said early morning training, I meant very early morning training because Bob was at Skinningrove not long after 5am picking the birds up with the very dedicated Bob having to drive 60 miles from Walker to Skinningrove to pick the baby up.  

 

 

 

The partnership of J Hellens & Son notched up 23rd Federation old bird Chelmsford (1) and then netted a nice 3rd Club, 30th Federation Ypres before taking 3rd Club and 13th Federation at Huntingdon (2). The boys were back in the frame out of Reims when they had two of their eight channel team on the clock to lift a useful 2nd and 4th Club, 7th and 20th Federation, 16th and 46th Section, 103rd and 213th Combine. I had a feeling the lads were going to chalk up a young bird win and they achieved that at Wetherby (2) when they won a well-earned 1st Club and 22nd Federation out of an entry of 1,941 birds. The lads were back in the frame at Bubwith where they netted 4th Club and 27th Federation. 

 

 

The loft of W Thompson hit the winners' enclosure at old bird Huntingdon (2) in great style after timing a couple of his entries in three seconds to win a top-notch 1st and 2nd Club, 10th and 11th Federation out of 1,243 birds, 36th and 37th Section when there was 2,939 birds competing. The lad   was in the frame for the second race running from the Folkestone (2) National when his yearling took 4th Club, 18th Federation and 42nd Section. Another single bird was in the points out of young bird Bubwith to lift 3rd Club and 17th Federation. 

 

 

 

The partnership of Charlton & Hurst burst on to the scene at the tough young bird Chelmsford race where they netted a notable and well-deserved 2nd Club, 6th Federation and 11th Section. The partnership claimed victory at Bubwith when they timed two of their entries 3 seconds apart to win a brilliant 1st and 2nd Club, 10th and 13th Federation out of 726 birds.  

 

 

 

Clarke & Mason of Dudley H/S enjoyed a winning start to the season when they won a belting 1st Club, 5th Federation, 11th Section old bird Bubwith, and followed that up a week later by winning 1st Club, 17th Federation Newark Show Ground. The boys were back in the frame out of Reims when they timed one of their four entries, a fancied 3 year old to lift 2nd Club, 13th Federation, 31st Section, 7th Tyne to Tweed Champion Club lifting £1203 and 159th UNC. The partnership won an impressive 1st Club, 2nd Federation and 8th Section young bird Bubwith.  

 

 

 

D Robson got off to a good start to the season after timing no fewer than three of this team to chalk up a notable 2nd, 3rd and 4th Club, 27th, 28th and 30th Federation old bird Bubwith, with the blue card potter going on to claim 23rd Section. Top spot was won at Oakham (1) when the 1st Club red card winner went on to net an impressive 4th Federation, 19th Section; and then 3rd Club, 21st Federation, 49th Section was picked up out of Chelmsford (1). Next stop is Oakham (3) where 2nd Club, 23rd Federation was taken and then came 1st Club, 16th Federation and 46th Section Chelmsford (2). A good race was enjoyed at Huntingdon (2) when a couple of birds were timed to win a belting 1st and 2nd Club, 6th and 16th Federation with the red card winner going on to chalk up 25th Section. Win number two on the bounce was achieved at the Folkestone (2) National where 1st Club, 14th Federation and 35th Section was won and that was followed by pocketing 4th Club, 15th Federation and 31st Section Oakham (4). 

 

 

 

Don Wilkinson & Son Paul hit the winners' enclosure from old bird Oakham (2) when their 1st Club winner went on to chalk up 28th Federation. Win number two on the trot was achieved from Chelmsford (1) when a couple of the lad's entries were on the clock to win an impressive 1st and 2nd Club, 5th and 12th Federation, 9th and 21st Section. The duo achieved a hat-trick of wins at the Folkestone (1) National winning 1st Club, 12th Federation, 11th Tyne to Tweed Championship Club netting £2.24 and 183rd Combine. Don & Paul were in the frame again at Oakham (3) when 3rd Club, 26th Federation was netted and quickly followed that up by winning a nice 1st Club, 20th Federation Ypres. I had never met Don and his son Paul before the presentation evening, but we had replied on a number of posts on Pigeonland over the years and have to say it was a pleasure meeting both Don & Paul. The duo pole vaulted to their second consecutive channel win at Roye when their 1st Club winner went on to score a creditable 6th Federation, 12th Section, 69th UNC and 75th NEHU Queens Cup. The following week when the birds were at Huntingdon (1) 2nd Club, 29th Federation was taken. It was game on again for Don & Paul at Reims when they won a belting 1st Club, 5th Federation, 14th Section and 80th Combine and that was followed by timing a couple of their Oakham (4) entries to win a very nice 1st and 3rd Club, 9th and 14th Federation, 23rd and 30th Section.  Don & Paul's outstanding channel season got even better from the final water race Burbure when they recorded their fourth channel win of the campaign after timing three of their squad to win a top-notch 1st, 2nd and 4th Club, 17th, 26th and 28th Federation with the duo's pole position winner going on to chalk up 40th Section and 186th Combine. 

 

 

Good Corn presenting the Young Bird Chelmsford Trophy to Paul Wilkinson of Don Wilkinson & Son winners of 1st Federation & 1st Section

 

Don & Paul had their birds on song for the first young bird race out of Wetherby (1) when three babies were timed in 9 seconds to win a belting 1st, 2nd and 3rd Club, 21st, 22nd and 23rd Federation. Young bird win number two on the bounce was racked up at Wetherby (2) when two youngsters touched down together to win a very nice 1st and 2nd Club, 15th and 16th Federation. A hat-trick of young bird wins was achieved at Newark Show Ground when 1st Club and 15th Federation was won. Don & Paul's young birds put up a brilliant team performance at Chelmsford from a distance of

242 miles flying in to a North-West wind to win a earth-shattering 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 6th Club, 1st, 9th, 11th, 13th and 15th Federation from an entry of 1,180 birds, 1st, 15th, 23rd, 28th and 34th Section winning the “McEwans Trophy” from a convoy of 3,185 birds which was a top-class performance. It was a very had race for the youngsters that day with Don & Paul's pole position Section winner taking 6 hours 11 minutes to record a chart-topping velocity of 1150. Don & Paul's young birds were not giving up the ghost for they achieved another cracking team performance from the Folkestone National winning a notable 1st, 3rd and 4th Club, 10th, 21st and 29th Federation, with the red card winner going on to score 18th Section and 145th UNC while the green card potter claimed 39th Section. No fewer than six birds were timed in the space of 50 seconds a week later at Bubwith to chalk up a eye catching 2nd, 4th, 5th and 6th Club, 4th, 7th, 9th, 12th, 19th and 20th Federation, 29th, 42nd and 46th Section. Don & Paul ended their outstanding 2019 racing season in the winners' enclosure after winning 1st Club, 10th Federation and 34th Section Wakefield.

 

 

 

D Larmouth hit the winners' enclosure at old bird Huntingdon (1) when a nice 1st Club, 28th Federation and 50th Section was won and then took 3rd Club and 25th Federation at Huntingdon (2). The Huntingdon (1) red card winner was on the clock again at the Folkestone (2) National to lift 2nd Club, 15th Federation and 37th Section. A week later when the birds were over the pond at Reims another single bird was on the clock to net 3rd Club, 19th Federation, 44th Section and 208th UNC. A single bird was in the frame at Oakham (4) to pot a useful 2nd Club, 10th Federation and 25th Section and a week later another single bird was on the clock to pocket 3rd Club and 27th Federation Burbure. On to the very testing young bird Chelmsford race where a useful 4th Club, 14th Federation and 31st Section was chalked up and then 2nd Club, 18th Federation and 32nd Section was potted out of the Maidstone National the following week. And that was quickly followed up by timing four birds at Bubwith to pocket a nice 3rd Club, 6th, 16th, 28th and 30th Federation, with the green card lifter going on to pocket 35th Section.  

 

 

 

The Whitley Bay loft of Hunt, Son & Grandson got off to a winning start after clocking three of their squad to win 1st and 4th Club, 6th, 15th and 26th Federation, 12th and 25th Section at old bird Bubwith. The partnership was back in the frame out of Chelmsford (2) to pocket 2nd Club and 20th Federation and then had two birds in the frame out of Huntingdon (2) to claim 4th and 6th Club, 19th and 23rd Federation. On to the young birds where like the old birds the lad's started in the winners' enclosure after timing no less than four birds to win an awesome 1st, 3rd, 4th and 5th Club with the out in front red card winner going on to score an impressive 2nd Federation, while the remaining scoring babies that were timed within 2 seconds of each other going on to net 28th, 29th and 30th Federation. A single bird was in the frame at Wetherby (2) to pot 4th Club and 17th Federation and then 5th Club and 19th Federation was notched up at Oakham (1). The partnership returned to their winning ways at Oakham (2) when 1st Club, 8th, 28th and 29th Federation was won with the chart-topping youngster going on to score a useful 14th Section. A single bird was in the frame at Chelmsford to pot 3rd Club and 25th Federation and then the following week when the birds were at the Maidstone National no less than three birds were timed to pot a useful 3rd, 4th and 5th Club, 13th, 26th and 27th Federation, 23rd and 48th = Section, with the green card scorer going on to pick up 173rd UNC. Young bird win number three was racked up at Bubwith when the lad's won a belting 1st Club, 3rd Federation and 13th Section. The final race of the season saw the boys net 4th and 5th Club, 7th and 9th Federation, 21st and 32nd Section Wakefield.    

 

 

 

Brian Carlson's season got under way when he netted 2nd Club, 10th Federation, 16th Section old bird Bubwith and then Brian won a notable 1st Club, 8th Federation Oakham (1) and followed that up by timing his winner in again a week later to win 1st Club, 12th Federation, 29th Section Oakham (2). Brian returned to the winners' enclosure at Roye when he won a cracking 1st Club, 5th Federation, 7th Section, 45th UNC and 47th NEHU Queens Cup. Brian was back on top at the French race point Reims when he won 1st Club, 18th Federation, 43rd Section taking 10th Tyne to Tweed Championship Club lifting £23.96 and 205th Combine and then had three of his Burbure team on the clock to pocket a useful 3rd, 4th and 5th Club, 15th, 16th and 29th Federation 38th and 39th Section, 183rd and 185th Combine. A trio of birds were on the clock out of young bird Newark Show Ground to lift 3rd, 4th and 6th Club, 17th, 20th and 27th Federation, and then 3rd Club, 17th Federation and 46th Section was pocketed a week later at Oakham (1) and that was followed by taking 2nd and 6th Club, 9th and 22nd Federation, 15th and 37th Section Oakham (2). Brian hit the winners' enclosure from the fifth young bird race which was out of Chelmsford when the birds flying the distance of 238 miles were liberated in a North-West wind which was going to be all fly for the babies. Brian's 1st Club winner took just under 6 hour 15 minutes to go on to score a well-earned 16th Federation and 38th Section. Win number two on the bounce was racked up from the Maidstone National when Brian won a belting 1st Club, 6th Federation, 11th Section and 85th UNC; Brian also timed one of his own Tyne to Tweed Championship Club Breeder/Buyer youngster to lift 5th pocketing a total of £400.00 to round off a very profitable day. A couple of youngsters were timed 2 seconds apart out of Bubwith to notch up 24th and 26th Federation.        

 

 

 

Club Secretary Gerald Thurston & Davey Wright who were 4th highest points scorers in the Federation with 400pts were straight in to the points at old bird Bubwith when no less than five of their entries were timed to pot 3rd, 5th and 6th Club, 11th, 16th, 18th, 19th and 21st Federation, 20th, 26th, 29th, 30th and 33rd Section. Two birds were timed 3 seconds apart at Oakham (1) to net 3rd and 4th Club, 24th and 25th Federation. A couple of birds touched down together out of Oakham (2) to claim 3rd and 4th Club, 23rd and 24th Federation. It was party time for Gerald & Davey from Chelmsford (1) after the duo timed three of their team in the space of 37 seconds to win a brilliant 1st, 2nd and 3rd Club, 14th, 15th and 16th Federation, 26th, 27th and 30th Section. Moving on to the Folkestone (1) National where Gerald & Davey hit top spot again after timing three birds to win a belting 1st, 2nd and 3rd Club, 6th, 7th and 14th Federation, with their red card winner going on to score 37th Section and 85th UNC. The blue card scorer that was timed 5 seconds after the winner went on to net 40th Section and 89th UNC while the green card lifer claimed 197th UNC. A fancied bird was timed four seconds after the green card potter to take 12th Tyne To Tweed Championship Club and £3.32 to round off another good day.   

 

 

 

A hat-trick of wins was recorded at Oakham (3) when the inform Gerald & Davey won a notable 1st Club, 5th Federation, 41st Section and then they netted 2nd Club, 16th Federation, 38th Section and 170th UNC Ypres. Gerald & Davey spring boarded back to the top of the charts at Chelmsford (2) winning 1st Club, 17th Federation and 47th Section, and then netted a useful 2nd Club, 9th Federation, 16th Section, 84th UNC and 95th NEHU Queens Cup Roye. Gerald & Davey celebrated with the Victory Salute at Huntingdon (1) when they won a well-earned 1st Club, 8th Federation and 17th Section with the lad's out in front winner proving itself this season after winning 2nd Club, 7th Federation, 40th Section and 89th UNC Folkestone (1) National when beaten by a loftmate that won 1st Club, 6th Federation, 37th Section and 85th Combine. The inform yearling then won 1st Club, 5th Federation, 41st Section Oakham (3) and 1st Club, 17th Federation, 47th Section Chelmsford (2). Gerald & Davey top-notch season got even better when they stormed the charts once again from Huntingdon (2) when no fewer than five birds were in the frame to win an outstanding 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th and 7th Club, 7th, 9th, 14th, 20th and 26th Federation with the first three timers going on to chalk up 26th, 35th and 49th Section. The duo were back in the frame out of Oakham (4) when 2nd Club, 24th Federation and 44th Section. Gerald & Davey's old bird season came to a close when they timed a couple of birds out of Burbure to lift 2nd and 5th Club 11th and 21st Federation with the fancied blue card potter going on to take 31st Section, 6th Tyne to Tweed Championship Club netting £12.60 and 161th UNC, while the duo's second timer notched up 235th Combine.     

 

 

 

A single bird was in the frame from young bird Wetherby (1) to pocket 2nd Club and 14th Federation and then the following week at Wetherby (2) 3rd, 5th, 6th and 7th Club, 14th, 25th, 26th and 30th Federation was taken. The boys were in the points again a week later at Newark Show Ground to lift 2nd and 7th Club, 14th and 29th Federation and that was quickly followed up by winning a awesome 1st and 2nd Club Oakham (1) where the two timers that were clocked 8 seconds apart going on to score 2nd and 8th Federation, 17th and 28th Section. The lads also had two birds in the clock the following race at Oakham (2) that were timed 6 seconds apart to pot 4th and 5th Club, 13th and 15th Federation, 20th and 24th Section. Gerald & Davey had two more birds on the clock at the Maidstone National to notch up 2nd and 6th Club, 8th and 28th Federation, with the blue card potter going on to claim 14th Section and 109th UNC. Four birds were clocked in 45 seconds the following race from Bubwith to net a notable 2nd, 3rd, 5th and 7th Club, 8th, 14th, 21st and 25th Federation, with the blue card potter going on to claim 44th Section. Two birds were in the frame form Wakefield the final race of the season to pocket a notable 2nd and 3rd Club, 4th and 5th Federation, 13th and 14th Section.            

 

 

 

Jimmy Sandberg & son Michael notched up 22nd Federation, 38th Section out of old bird Bubwith and then chalked up 2nd Club, 24th Federation, 46th Section Huntingdon (1). Jimmy & Michael hit the winners' enclosure at the Folkestone (2) National when their yearling won 1st Club, 19th Federation and 44th Section. Jimmy & Michael who called at our loft a few years ago are two very nice lads enjoyed a winning performance at young birds Wetherby (2) when they timed two birds in 11 seconds to win a top-notch 1st and 2nd Club, 5th and 7th Federation, 30th ans 36th Section. A couple of birds were on the clock out of Oakham (1) to claim 23rd and 26th Federation and another two babies were in the clock a week later at Oakham (2) to net 3rd and 7th Club, 10th and 25th Federation, 17th and 44th Section. Jimmy & Michael timed a fancied bird at the Maidstone National to lift 6th Tyne to Tweed Championship Club netting £12.16. 

 

 

 

Brian Thorpe came into the frame at old bird Oakham (1) to lift 2nd Club, 20th Federation with the same birds taking 2nd Club, 15th Federation, 49th Section a week later at Oakham (2). Brian catapulted in to top spot at Oakham (4) the final old bird inland race of the season when he won a brilliant 1st Club, 1st Federation out of an entry of 995 birds and 1st Section winning the “Glaxo Animal Trophy” from a convoy of 2,362 birds. It turned out to be a tough race for the birds flying into a North-West wind flying 165 miles with the winner taking 3 hours 46 minutes to top the Club charts by 10 minutes (54ypm), the Federation by 16ypm and the Section by 5ypm. Win number two on the bounce was achieved at Burbure when Brian won a notable 1st Club, 8th Federation, 22nd Section and 111th Combine. 

 

 

Brian Thorpe winner of 1st Federation & 1st Section old bird Oakham (4).

 

A Mair struck top spot from the Belgian race point Ypres when his red card winner that won the Club by 4 minutes went on to score an impressive 9th Federation, 22nd Section and 87th Up North Combine. On to young bird Newark Show Ground where 5th Club and 26th Federation was notched up and a week later the same baby took 4th Club and 18th Federation Oakham (1) and then another single bird was on the clock at Bubwith to notch up 4th Club and 15th Federation. The final race of the 2019 racing season was from Wakefield which provided a winning performance when an impressive 1st Club, 2nd Federation and 9th Section was won out of an entry of 1,353 birds. 

 

 

 

G & A Kirkpatrick Brothers were in the frame at Reims to chalk up 2nd Club and 30th Federation.

 

 

 

The partnership of Mr & Mrs Bowden hit top spot at young bird Newark Show Ground winning a very pleasing 1st Club, 12th Federation and 48th Section. The duo were in the points again out of Chelmsford netting a notable 2nd Club, 17th Federation and 43rd Section; the blue card potter was in the clock again a week later at the Maidstone National to lift 8th Tyne to Tweed Championship Club netting £4.84.

 

 

 

 

Next stop is Percy Main H/S where the loft of Kelly & Buglass wasted no time in making a big impression on the new season after timing no fewer than four of their squad to win an outstanding 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Club, 9th, 12th, 17th and 20th Federation, 15th 21st, 28th and 32nd Section. A single bird was on the clock from Oakham (1) to pot 2nd Club, 18th Federation before the lad's won a notable 1st and 4th Club, 17th and 24th Federation Ypres, where their chart-topper went on to net 41st Section and 182nd UNC. The partnership roared to the top of the Club charts again out of Chelmsford (2) to win a cracking 1st Club, 3rd Federation and 25th Section. The inform lads were in the winning mode again the following week when the birds were at the second channel race Roye when they won a very impressive 1st Club, 3rd Federation, 3rd Section, 18th UNC and 19th NEHU Queens Cup. A couple of the duo's Huntingdon (1) entries were on the clock to chalk up a useful 2nd and 3rd Club, 13th and 21st Federation, 27th and 39th Section, and that was followed up by netting 2nd Club, 20th Federation and 46th Section Folkestone (2) National. The lad's got back to their winning ways out of Oakham (4) when a couple of birds were timed to win 1st and 3rd Club, 6th and 16th Federation, 19th and 32nd Section. And then the following week when the birds were at Burbure another two birds were in the frame to pocket 4th and 5th Club, 9th and 20th Federation, 24th and 50th Section, 130th and 220th Combine. The partnership had two babies trap together out of young bird Newark Show Ground to lift 4th and 5th Club, 23rd and 24th Federation; and then took 3rd Club and 27th Federation Oakham (2).  

 

 

 

The loft of Crow & Nicholson hit the winning enclosure at old bird Oakham (1) when their chart-topper went on to lift 16th Federation, the partnership quickly followed that up by winning 1st Club, 22nd Federation a week later out of Oakham (2). On to Huntingdon (2) where 2nd Club and 30th Federation was notched and then the partnership timed a 3 year old at the Folkestone (2) National to net 3rd Club, 23rd Federation and 49th Section. Another single bird was on the clock out of young bird Newark Show Ground to pocket 6th Club and 30th Federation.

 

 

 

Ronnie Stevens & Gary McCauley were in the points out of the fourth old bird race Oakham (2) to net 2nd Club, 29th Federation and then notched up 3rd Club and 30th Federation at Oakham (3). The duo were in the points from Ypres after a couple of their over the pond entries were timed to lift a useful 2nd and 3rd Club, 18th and 23rd Federation, with their blue card potter going on to claim 215th UNC. The lads were in the channel frame again out of Roye when a couple of 3 year olds were timed within 6 seconds of each other to score a nice 2nd and 3rd Club, 21st and 22nd Federation, 108th and 110th UNC. The following week when the birds were back on English soil the lad's hit top spot out of Huntingdon (1) when a notable 1st Club, 13th Federation and 23rd Section was won. Back over the water to the French race point Reims where 4th Club, 22nd Federation, 49th Section and 219th Combine was netted. It was fireworks at Burbure when the boys timed no fewer than three of their channel entries to win a superb 1st, 2nd and 3rd Club, 2nd, 4th and 6th Federation, 4th, 7th and 18th Section 30th, 38th and 90th UNC which was a fantastic team performance. The partnership returned to the red card position at the young bird Maidstone National when 1st Club, 24th Federation and 44th Section was won. 

  

 

 

Derek Porter entered the Percy Main winners' enclosure out of old bird Chelmsford (1) to win a nice 1st Club, 29th Federation and followed that up by netting 4th Club (Meadowell H/S), 29th Federation Oakham (3). Two 3 year olds were on the clock from Roye to pot 4th and 5th Club, 18th and 25th Federation, 30th and 49th Section, 158th and 236th Combine. And Derek followed that up a week later by netting 4th Club, 23rd Federation and 45th Section Huntingdon (1) before zooming to the top of the charts from the Folkestone (2) National to win a notable 1st Club, 12th Federation and 33rd Section. Derek was in the frame in both Clubs from Reims when he had three of his Percy Main entries on the clock to net a notable 2nd, 3rd and 7th Club, 14th, 21st and 27th Federation, 34th and 48th Section, 164th and 217th Combine; with the fancied blue card scorer potting 8th Tyne to Tweed Championship Club lifting £6.88. Derek's single timer in Meadowell H/S which was clocked just under 4 minutes after his Percy Main H/S blue card score took 4th Club, 16th Federation, 38th Section and 181st Combine. Back over the pond only this time from Burbure where Derek timed a couple of his Percy Main entries 12 seconds apart to lift 5th and 6th Club, 22nd and 23rd Federation, 236th and 244th UNC. Derek was in the Meadowell H/S frame out of young bird Oakham (1) where 3rd Club and 24th Federation was pocketed and the next race from Oakham (2) saw Derek win a cracking 1st Club, 12th Federation and 19th Section in the Percy Main H/S. Derek is half of the famous Derek Porter & Ronnie Stevens partnership that won 1st Up North Combine old bird Folkestone (2) National in 2000 from a convoy of 21,969 birds and 1st Up North Combine old bird Folkestone National in 2001 from a convoy of 28,307 birds with the double Gold Medal winning “Village Lad” . The brilliant “Village Lad” went on to be a gold mine at stock being responsible for numerous winners. Only two Pigeons have ever won 1st Up North Combine twice in the history of the UNC which was founded in 1905 with the other double UNC winner being owned and raced by Brass & Bruce of Easington Lane which was achieved from Mons in 1921 and Troys in 1922.   

 

 

 

The partnership of J O'Dowd & McBride hit winning form from the old bird Folkestone (1) National when they won 1st Club, 10th Federation and 131st Combine. Win number two on the trot was achieved at Oakham (3) when a couple of birds were timed in the space of 3 seconds to win a belting 1st and 2nd Club, 19th and 20th Federation, and then they notched up 2nd Club, 29th Section Chelmsford (2). It was back to the top of the tree at Huntingdon (2) when a notable 1st Club, 5th Federation and 19th Section was won. The partnership were in the frame again from the Folkestone (2) National to clock up 4th Club and 30th Section and followed that up by taking 2nd and 4th Club, 7th and 26th Federation, 20th and 46th Section at Oakham (4). Next stop is the young birds where no less than three babies were on the clock at Wetherby (1) to pocket a useful 2nd, 3rd and 4th Club, 9th, 10th and 18th Federation.

 

 

 

The loft of A Vaughan was in the frame out of Ypres where 5th Club, 26th Federation was chalked up. And winning form was hit over the pond at Reims when no fewer than three birds were timed to win a notable and well-deserved 1st, 5th and 6th Club, 6th, 23rd and 25th Federation, with the pole position winner that topped the Club charts by 16 minutes going on to score 15th Section and 96th UNC while the second bird on the clock netted 245th Combine to round off an impressive performance.

 

 

 

Tommy Bell who visited our loft a few years ago got off to a winning start with the young birds winning a belting 1st Club and 6th Federation Wetherby (1). I don't know if Tommy still rides everywhere on his push-bike, but I do know he took 4th Club and 24th Federation out of Wetherby (2). Tommy timed his yellow card potting baby the next race to win 1st Club, 10th Federation and 45th Section Newark Show Ground and then clocked a second arrival 38 seconds later to chalk up 2nd Club and 19th Federation to round off a good day. A single baby was on the clock at Oakham (2) to lift 2nd Club, 24th Federation and 40th Section.

 

 

 

Tommy Young timed a trio of birds in the space of 28 seconds at young bird Wetherby (1) to lift a nice 5th, 6th and 7th Club, 24th, 25th and 27th Federation. The same three youngsters followed each other in to the loft in the same order the following race at Wetherby (2) only this time they were clocked within 11 seconds to win a brilliant 1st, 2nd and 3rd Club, 8th, 9th and 12th Federation, with the red and blue card scorers going on to net 40th and 47th Section to round off a very creditable performance. On to the third race Newark Show Ground where Tommy timed his previous weeks winner to chalk up 3rd Club and 21st Federation, it's being a consistent youngster from the first three races. 

  

 

 

Club Secretary Geoff Agan & Son hit top spot at Forest Hall H/S at the first old bird race Bubwith when their red card winner going on to score 29th Federation. I first met Geoff when he visited me over 40 years ago when he pulled up in his passion wagon that was lined with a furred martial that I don't think was to attract the feathered kind of birds. Geoff was back in the frame out of Bourges when he timed one of his three entries, his 2018 1st Club, 3rd Federation, 5th Section and 28th UNC Bourges winner to chalk up a cracking 2nd Club, 4th Federation, 21st Section, 7th Tyne to Tweed Championship Club lifting £11.39 and 86h Combine this time around. Newcastle United supporter Geoff who attends The Magpies home games was back in the frame at Reims when he timed one of his five entries, a yearling to chalk up 3rd Club, 10th Federation, 20th Section and 114th Combine. The black & white Newcastle United shirt was cast aside at young bird Wetherby (2) and replaced by a red jersey after Geoff won a notable 1st Club and 19th Federation. Geoff was in the money at the Maidstone National after timing the May & Son youngster he purchased at the Tyne to Tweed Championship Club Breeder/Buyer to take 2nd buyer banking £750.00 with May & Son pocketed the £750.00 breeder prize money.   

 

 

Geoff Agan of Agan & Son winners of 2nd Tyne to Tweed Championship Club Buyer winning £750.00.

 

Cree Brothers hit the winner’s enclosure out of old bird Newark Show Ground when their pole position winner went on to chalk up 18th Federation. The partnership returned to their winning ways at Chelmsford (1) after a couple of their entries were timed to win a belting 1st and 2nd Club, 18th and 30th Federation, when their red card winner went on to notch up 38th Section. On to Huntingdon (2) where 1st Club and 18th Federation was won. The boys racked up their second win on the bounce from the Folkestone (2) National when 1st Club and 25th Federation was won. On to young bird Wetherby (2) where 2nd Club and 20th Federation was potted.

 

 

 

The partnership of Denis Elsender & Richard Miller raised their game out of the first water race Ypres after timing two of their channel squad to win a cracking 1st and 2nd Club, 15th and 28th Federation, with their red card winner going on to score 34th Section and 155th UNC. The lads achieved their second over the pond win from Roye when a nice 1st Club, 19th Federation, 31st Section and 162nd Combine was won. The partnership certainly know how to win from the channel for they recorded their third consecutive water race win from Bourges when they timed one of their four entries to win a brilliant 1st Club, 1st Federation winning the “Steedman & Carr Trophy” from 104 birds, 4th Section when there was 302 birds competing winning 1st Tyne to Tweed Championship Club pocketing £45.51 and 12th Up North Combine from a convoy of 1,275 birds from a distance of 578 miles. Channel win number four on the bounce was achieved at Reims when Denis & Richard had a couple of their thirteen entries in the frame to win a top-notch 1st and 2nd Club, 3rd and 9th Federation, 11th and 19th Section, 82nd and 113th Combine with both birds being timed just over five minutes of each other. You don't see it very often but Denis & Richard achieved something very special when they won 1st Club, 19th Federation, 43rd Section and 191st UNC Burbure for the lad's had racked up a nap hand winning all five channel races which is a absolutely fantastic achievement by anyone's standards.  A couple of birds were timed 11 seconds apart at young bird Wetherby (2) to pot 3rd and 4th Club, 23rd and 29th Federation. Denis & Richard hit the winners' enclosure at the very tough Chelmsford race where they time a couple of birds just over a minute apart to win an awesome 1st and 2nd Club, 3rd and 5th Federation, 3rd and 10th Section from a distance of 240 miles which was a brilliant performance. Denis & Richard were triumph again a week later when the birds were at the Maidstone National when they won 1st Club and 22nd Federation.  

 

 

Richard Miller of Elsender & Miller winners of 1st Federation Bourges.

 

The partnership of Wight, Close & Morrison were in the frame out of Reims when they netted a nice 4th Club and 26th Federation with a yearling.

 

 

 

A loft that I have being watching for in the results for the past 2 years is that of John Maughan of Shiremoor H/S who I have to say has achieved some outstanding loft performances in that time. The 2019 race season saw John excel to win the Tynemouth North Federation Old Bird Average, Young Bird Average, Most Money Points, the “Gofton Cup” and runner-up Federation points with a total of 487pts. John had four of his Newark Show Ground entries on the clock to win an awesome 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Club with red and blue card scorers that were clocked 1 second apart going on to chalk up 8th and 9th Federation, 48th and 49th Section, while the green and yellow card potters that touched down together netted 24th and 25th Federation. John won top spot again the following week when the birds were at Oakham (1) after timing three birds to win a cracking 1st, 2nd and 4th Club, 6th, 7th and 22nd Federation. John's birds performed even better the following week when the birds were at Oakham (2) after timing four of his entries to win a top-notch 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Club, 2nd, 9th, 18th and 27th Federation, 2nd and 23rd Section. John marched on to another victory at Chelmsford (1) where he won a top-drawer 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th Club, 2nd, 10th, 11th, 13th, 27th and 28th Federation, 2nd, 19th, 20th and 23rd Section, in what turned out to be a very tough race for the birds flying in to a North-West wind. John racked up another win from the Folkestone (1) National when a brilliant 1st and 2nd Club, 2nd and 4th Federation, 13th and 25th Section, 30th and 60th UNC was won.

 

 

Good Corn presenting the “Ellington Combined Shield” to John Maughan winner of the Old Bird Average and the Young Bird Average

 

John's inform team were in full flow again out of Oakham (3) when they achieved another top performance winning an awesome 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Club, 1st, 19th, 12th and 25th Federation when there was 1,639 birds competing, with John's pole position Federation winner going on to score a notable 9th Section from a convoy of 4,584 birds. John's never say die team achieved another victorious performance at Chelmsford (2) when the lad won a Superb 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th Club, 1st, 10th, 11th, 15th, 22nd and 24th Federation out of 1,283 birds, 1st, 37th, 38th and 45th Section winning the “ H E Craigs Trophy” when there was 3,740 birds away. John's pole position Section winner is something very special for the inform 2y has really delivered the good this year winning 1st Club, 6th Federation out of Oakham (1) and then scoring 2nd Club, 9th Federation, 23rd Section Oakham (2) when beaten by a loftmate that won 1st Club, 2nd Federation and 2nd Section. The same bird was in the frame for the third consecutive race at Chelmsford (1) to win 1st Club, 2nd Federation and 2nd Section which is a fantastic achievement. Moving on to Huntingdon (1) where John cannon-balled in to the winners' enclosure once again after timing two very early birds that were timed 2 seconds apart to win a most impressive 1st and 2nd Club, 1st and 2nd Federation out of an entry of 1,770 birds, 1st and 2nd Section winning the “Ellington Group Trophy” when there were 3,754 birds competing.

 

 

 

Two birds were on the clock out of Huntingdon (2) to win a cracking 1st and 2nd Club, 2nd and 24th Federation with the red card winner going on to chalk up 6th Section. Moving on to the next inland race which was from the Folkestone (2) National where John's inform team racked up another winning performance after timing a couple of birds to win 1st and 2nd Club, 9th and 27th Federation with the red card winning going on to notch up 27th Section. A trio of birds were on the clock at Oakham (4) to win 1st, 2nd and 4th Club, 3rd, 21st and 28th Federation, 13th and 40th Section. John's successful old bird season continued with the young bird when two birds touched down together at Wetherby (1) to win 1st and 2nd Club, 16th and 17th Federation. John then had four on the clock a week later at Wetherby (2) to lift 2nd, 3rd, 5th and 6th Club, 2nd, 3rd, 11th and 13th Federation, 22nd, 26th and 50th Section. Things started to heat up and eventually boiled over at the third young bird race out of Newark Show Ground when John had no fewer than six on the clock to win a most impressive 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th (timed in 16 seconds), 6th and 7th Club, 1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 16th and 18th Federation from an entry of 1,928 birds, 3rd, 6th, 8thand  10th Section when there was a massive 5,185 birds competing. Another cracking team performance was put up the following race when the birds were at Oakham (1) after no less than seven youngsters were clocked to lift a belting 2nd, 3rd (timed together), 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th (4 birds timed in 2 seconds) Club, 3rd, 4th, 9th, 13th, 14th, 15th and 16th Federation, 18th =, 26th, 34th =, 36th and 37th Section. John was on the winning trail again a week later at Oakham (2) where a superb 1st, 3rd, 4th and 5th Club, 2nd, 5th, 6th and 28th Federation, 2nd, 11th = was won. A splendid team performance was put up out of Chelmsford when no less than eight of John's squad were timed to lift a notable 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th Club, 10th, 12th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 23rd, 24th and 26th Federation, 21st, 26th, 48th and 50th Section.  

 

 

 

The highlight of the young bird season is the Maidstone National and once again John's young birds never let him down, in fact they did him very proud winning a most impressive 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 5th Club, 1st, 2nd, 7th and 23rd Federation out of 720 birds, 1st =, 13th and 43rd Section winning the “Louis Moorhead Trophy” when there was 1,963 birds competing with the red and blue card scorers going on to chalk up a well-earned 32nd and 33rd Up North Combine from a convoy of 9,020 birds. John's green card potter was weighed down due to carrying his big money hopes in the Tyne to Tweed Championship Club Breeder/Buyer with the youngster bred and purchased back by John never let him down for John won the event bagging both lots of prize money winning 1st Breeder and 1st Buyer banking a grand total of £3,000 and 100th UNC which rounded off John's day and first class season big style.      

 

 

 

Club Secretary Gordon Elliott came into the frame at old bird Oakham (1) to chalk up a useful 3rd Club, 13th Federation and then hit the winners' enclosure at Ypres to win 1st Club and 27th Federation. The same Pigeon recorded its second channel win on the bounce out of Roye when a brilliant 1st Club, 4th Federation, 5th Section, 24th UNC and 25th NEHU Queens Cup was won. On to Oakham (4) where 3rd Club, 23rd Federation and 42nd Section was taken. Sometimes a Pigeon comes along and produces a touch of magic and when that time comes, and you reap the rewards there's no better feeling. Well that feeling came Gordon's way at Burbure the fifth and final channel race and the last old bird race of the 2019 racing season, when he timed his outstanding 2 year old that had already won 1st Club and 27th Federation Ypres and 1st Club, 4th Federation, 5th Section, 24th UNC and 25th NEHU Queens Cup Roye this season to win a brilliant 1st Club, 1st Federation out of 503 birds, 3rd Section when there was 1,500 birds competing and 26th Up North Combine from a convoy of 8,025 birds. With the old bird season over it's on with the first young bird which took place from Wetherby (1) where 4th Club and 26th Federation was taken and a week later at Wetherby (2) 27th Federation was notched up. Gordon then took a notable 2nd Club, 3rd Federation and 3rd Section out of Oakham (2) to finish off a creditable season.   

 

 

Gordon Elliott winner of 1st Federation, 3rd Section & 26th UNC Burbure.

 

The Mr & Mrs Kelly partnership put faith in to their six Bourges entries and came up trumps when they timed one of their squad to win an impressive 1st Club, 8th Section and 29th UNC. A second happy channel win came their way at Reims when a couple of their team were on the clock to win a cracking 1st and 2nd Club, 17th and 28th Federation with the red card winner going on to net 42nd Section and 197th Combine. The duo spring boarded to the winners' enclosure at the fourth young bird race Oakham (1) from a distance of 166 miles when they won a most impressive 1st Club, 1st Federation out of 1,602 birds and 7th Section when there were 4,325 birds competing.

 

 

 

Irving Brothers got on the score sheet out of young bird Wetherby (1) when 3rd Club and 19th Federation was taken, and then 5th Club, 11th Federation and 46th Section Newark Show Ground was notched up.

 

 

 

The partnership of Hope, Marrs & Spillard steamrollered their way to a most impressive 1st, 4th and 7th Club, 1st, 4th and 7th Federation out of 1,941 birds at Wetherby (2) when their pole position winning youngster went on to score a brilliant 3rd Section from a convoy of 5,239 birds. Their Federation winner was in the clock again the following race at Newark Show Ground to pocket 25th Federation, on to Oakham (1) where a trio of youngsters were timed to lift 4th Club, 5th, 25th and 30th Federation with the yellow card potter going on to pot 20th Section. The lad's reloaded and then stormed in to pole position at the very testing Chelmsford where they won an outstanding 1st Club, 7th Federation and 12th Section which was very well-deserved. The boys were in the points again a week later at the Maidstone National to lift 4th Club, 17th Federation and 31st Section.          

 

  

 

 

The South Gosforth partnership of Howie Brothers who I believe one of the Brothers is Club Secretary were the winners of a very nice 1st Club, 10th Tyne North Federation, 50th Section from the second old bird race Newark Show Ground. The lad's also won 1st Club and 15th Federation from Huntingdon (2) when there were 1,243 birds competing. The boys got in on the act from over the pond at Reims when they timed a couple of their ten entries to win a cracking 1st and 2nd Club, 12th and 24th Federation with the chart-topping fancied 2 year old going on to lift 29th Section, 6th Tyne to Tweed Championship Club netting £27.00 and 155th UNC, while the blue card scoring 4 year old took 250th Combine. Next up is the very hard young bird Chelmsford race from a distance of 239 miles flying in to a North-West wind, the lad's timed a couple of their entries 17 minutes apart to win a brilliant 1st and 2nd Club, 2nd and 29th Federation out of 1,180 birds, showing how hard a race it was. The well out in front winning youngster that was on the wing 6 hours 7 minutes went on to score a superb 2nd Section out of a convoy of 3,185 birds which was a very impressive performance. The Brothers topped the Club charts again a week later from the Maidstone National when their 1st Club winner went on to pot 14th Federation, 24th Section and 174th Combine. The inform Brothers masterminded another win a week later at Bubwith when they won 1st Club and 11th Federation when there were 726 birds competing.

 

 

 

The loft of W Doninger & Wellings entered two birds for the Bourges race from the distance of 577 miles which has not seen the best of racing the past few years with only 37 birds making it home in the UNC in race time in 2017 out of 1,795 birds, and only 71 birds being clocked in race time in 2018 when there was 1,360 birds competing. The lads must have sent something very special to The Blue Riband Race for they timed a 4y to win a delightful 1st Club, 5th Federation, 22nd Section and 91st Combine. Again the 2019 Bourges race was not a good one with only three game birds making it home on the day and a total of 98 birds being clocked in race time, so the pole position winning duo most have being over the moon with their winning performance. 

 

 

 

The loft of Gray & Bateman were in the points out of young bird Bubwith where they netted 2nd Club and 28th Federation.

 

 

 

 

The North Shields H/S partnership of Robertson & Smith got in on the act from old bird Newark Show Ground when they won a very nice 1st Club, 26th Tynemouth North Federation. The lad's 1st Club Oakham (1) red card winner went on to score a notable 11th Federation, while their 2nd Club Oakham (2) scorer went on to lift 16th Federation, 50th Section. The boys returned back to the winners' enclosure from Oakham (3) when their 1st Club winner went on to net a creditable 15th Section.  

 

 

 

B Ford came good out of old bird Oakham (2) when his 1st Club winner that topped the Club charts by 5 minutes went on to score a very impressive 3rd Federation and 3rd Section when there were 5,916 birds competing. Another winning performance was achieved at Huntingdon (2) when a cracking 1st Club, 4th Federation out of 1,243 birds and 17th Section was won from a convoy of 2,939 birds. Moving on to the young birds where 1st Club, 26th Federation was won at Oakham (2) out of an entry of 1,551 birds and then 1st Club and 30th Federation was won at the Maidstone National when there were 720 birds competing.

 

 

 

With that I will sign off for another week. Any news to Good Corn 6 Boulby Drive Loftus Saltburn Cleveland TS13 4JN. Tel: 01287 643624 or Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.