“The Original” Around The Up North Combine
Marske & New Marske 2019 Racing Season
By Good Corn
Marske & New Marske are the furthest flying members of the East Cleveland Federation and nowhere near as big a Club as they once were, but most Clubs have seen a big decline in membership over the years. The lad's are not as young as they once were but still carry on racing purely because it is in their blood and what would they do with their time if Pigeons were not a big part of their lives. Tony Hunt and Jimmy Reed have flown as long as I can remember with Tony flying with the late Jack Brown for years flying as Brown & Hunt, the lad's enjoyed some fantastic years together winning numerous races and Club averages in their time together. I can remember Tony & Jack housing some top Busschaerts in the 70s and 80s with a top bird named “White Cap” always springing to mind. The duo won a brilliant 1st Club, 1st Federation and 4th Up North Combine old bird Ashford National in 1981 from a convoy of 22,233 birds, and in the very same season they won an outstanding 1st Club, 3rd Federation and 3rd Up North Combine Beauvais winning a Combine Bronze Medal from a convoy of 17,305 birds. Some years later Tony flew with his wife Una for a while where they flew a very notable bird, Tony later returned to fly with Jack until his passing a few years ago.
Jimmy Reed winner of the Old Bird Inland Average, Young Bird Average and the Combined Average in 2019.
Jimmy Reed is the second loft that has flown a very consistent bird for a great number of years, where like Tony and Jack, he has won many races and Club averages in his time. Jimmy was 2nd and 3rd Club, 4th and 5th Federation when Tony & Jack won 1st Club, 3rd Federation and 3rd Up North Combine Beauvais in 1981, with Jimmy's blue and green card scorers going onto chalk up an outstanding 8th and 11th Up North Combine winning the Danish Cup Of Friendship for the Best Two Bird Performance which was a fantastic achievement.
One-time Dormanstown H/S (North Yorks Federation) member Geoff Bavin has flown in Marske & New Marske for a good number of years now and has also flown a good Pigeon including winning 1st Club, 1st Federation and 72nd Up North Combine Burbure (2) in 2017 from a convoy of 13,268 birds. Martin Hoggarth started racing pigeons later in life but has achieved some good wins from over the channel. Paul Longstaff, Jeff Moore & Ronnie Mackay are the newest members of the Club. Paul is a Marske lad who has always being interested in Pigeons as he used to help out at the loft of the late Harry Middlemas when he was not on fishing trips out of Hartlepool, his job as a former trawlerman made it impossible to get into Pigeons full time. After Harry passed away Paul took over Harry's loft and by chance Paul met Jeff Moore who had recently moved to Marske and obtained a nearby allotment. Jeff had moved from Guisborough where he used to fly in partnership with his son Anth, Pigeons have being in the family a great number of years as Jeff's late father Bill flew in Guisborough for many years and the previous winner of the News Of The World Trophy in 1954. I knew Bill and his wife through them going to Skinningrove WMC on a weekend, and have to say what a nice couple they were. Bill was a very good flyer with him winning Bourges a number of times over the years, when there was birds’ home on the night Bill's name would often pop up. Ronnie had no Pigeon background, but he had a nearby allotment close to the Pigeon lofts and became interested in the birds while watching the birds exercising and returning from races and ended up joining the partnership.
That's the five Marske & New Marske racing lofts of 2019 and have to say each and every one of the members being great lads who still race rubber their birds and enjoy their birds like they have always done. The likes of Tony, Jimmy and Geoff always have very interesting story’s to tell of things that have happened over the years, with the names of a few characters of the sport getting a mention. Another thing I have found about the Marske members is they never ever shy off when work needs to be done at the Federation marking centre, they are on the go from start to finish and a credit to our sport.
Jimmy Reid enjoyed a brilliant 2019 racing season winning the Old Bird Inland Average winning 7 x 1st and 6 x 2nd Clubs and numerous other positions with a total of 103pts, Jimmy was r/u Channel Average with 2 x 1st and 1 x 2nd Clubs and other places and the winner of the Young Bird Average winning 5 x 1st and 4 x 2nd Clubs plus many other position with 61pts and winner of the Combined Average. Jimmy started the 2019 racing season in winning style from the first old bird race Bubwith after timing a couple of birds to win 1st and 3rd Club and followed that up a week later at Newark Show Ground (1) by filling another couple of chambers to win 1st and 3rd Club again only this time the red and green card scorers went onto score 33rd and 45th East Cleveland Federation from a convoy of 1,767 birds. Jimmy celebrated a hat-trick of wins out of Oakham (1) when a trio of his entries were on the clock to win 1st, 2nd and 4th Club. The inform Jimmy achieved four straight wins at Oakham (2) when he won 1st and 3rd Club when the red card winner went onto chalk up 25th Federation when there was 1,632 birds competing. The unstoppable Jimmy recorded his fifth win on the bounce at the very testing Chelmsford (1) race winning 1st, 2nd and 3rd Club in a North wind from the distance of 204 miles with the red and blue card potters that were timed 2 minutes apart going onto score 24th and 34th Federation out of an entry of 1,536 birds. And then a single bird was timed from the Folkestone (1) National to net 2nd Club.
Jimmy was in the points for the seventh race running when three birds were in the frame from Oakham (3) to pot 2nd, 3rd and 4th Club, and a week later at Ypres a single bird was clocked to lift a useful 2nd Club, 13th Federation and 142nd Up North Combine from a convoy of 12,043 birds. Jimmy got back to his winning ways a week later when the birds were back on home ground at Chelmsford (2) when no fewer than four cells were filled to win a cracking 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Club when his well out in front chart-topper went on to score 25th Federation while the blue card potter netted 44th Federation when there was 1,156 birds away. Jimmy's birds won 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Club for the second race running out of Newark Cattle Market when the red, blue and green card scorers were timed in under a minute to lift 24th, 28th and 30th Federation out of 931 birds. On the same weekend of the Newark Cattle Market inland race a second race was staged from the second water race Roye where Jimmy won his second race of the day when his red card winner went onto pocket 37th Federation from 495 birds to record his eighth win of the season. Moving onto the back-to-back Huntingdon (1) and Huntingdon (2) races where a couple of chambers were filled to claim 3rd and 4th Club from both races.
Jimmy kicked off the young bird season by filling a single chamber at Bubwith (1) to notch up 4th Club and 51st Federation out of 1,354 birds. Jimmy hit the winners' enclosure a week later at Bubwith (2) when a trio of youngsters were on the clock to win a cracking 1st, 2nd and 3rd Club; and repeated the belting 1st, 2nd and 3rd Club performance again the following week out of Newark Show Ground. Two week later when the birds were at Oakham (2) Jimmy's young birds achieved a brilliant performance winning 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th Club to record his third young bird win from five races. Jimmy enjoyed another win a week later when the birds were at Chelmsford when he won 1st, 2nd and 3rd Club. Jimmy rounded off his fantastic 2019 racing season where he started in the winners' enclosure when he recorded a hat-trick of young bird wins to rack up his thirteenth win of the season when he won an impressive 1st Club, 13th Federation and 123rd Up North Combine Maidstone National from a convoy of 9,020 birds.
Tony Hunt was r/u Old Bird Inland Average winning 3 x 1st, 5 x 2nd Clubs and a string of other positions and r/u Young Bird Average winning 1 x 1st, 1 x 3rd Clubs and other positions. Tony was straight in the points from day one after timing a single bird out of old bird Bubwith to clock up 4th Club, and then filled a couple of chambers a week later at Newark Show Ground (1) to chalk up 2nd and 4th Club, 36th and 46th Federation. Tony then took 3rd Club Oakham (1) before netting 2nd and 4th Club the following week at Oakham (2) and then notched up 4th Club at both Chelmsford (1) and the Folkestone (1) National. Tony recorded his first old bird win of the season at Oakham (3) when his pole position winner went onto score 43rd Federation when there was 1,350 birds competing. The birds were over the channel at Ypres when Tony pocketed 4th Club and then went on a two race winning run when he won 1st and 2nd Club, 25th and 36th Federation Huntingdon (1) out of 940 birds. Another couple of chambers were filled at Huntingdon (2) to win 1st and 2nd Club again with Tony's chart-topper going onto score 39th Federation out of an entry of 1,220 birds. Tony had two birds in the frame for the third race running at the Folkestone (2) National netting 2nd and 3rd Club with the blue card potter going onto chalk up a nice 16th Federation and 96th Up North Combine from a convoy of 11,493 birds.
Tony Hunt r/u Old Bird Inland Average and r/u Young Bird Average in 2019.
Moving onto the young birds with the first race being from Bubwith (1) where Tony had a couple of babies on the clock to win 1st and 3rd Club with the red card winning baby going onto score a well-earned 16th Federation from a convoy of 1,354 birds, while the green card potter netted 46th Federations. Tony notched up 4th Club from both Bubwith (2) and Newark Show Ground before timing a couple of his Oakham (1) entries to lift 3rd and 4th Club, and then rounded his season off by taking 4th Club Chelmsford.
The partnership of Paul Longstaff, Jeff Moore & Ronnie Mackay were the winners of the Channel Average winning 2 x 1st, 1 x 2nd etc and they also won 2 x 1st Clubs with the old birds inland. The three lads won a cracking 1st Club and 22nd Federation out of the Folkestone (1) National when there were 1,041 birds competing. The boys racked up their second win from the first of five channel races Ypres when a couple of chambers were filled to win a top-notch 1st and 3rd Club, 5th and 48th Federation out of an entry of 883 birds. With Paul, Jeff & Ronnie's pole position winner being the same bird that won 1st Club Folkestone (1) National, this time the well-fancied pooled to the hilt double-race winner won 1st £1, £2, £5 Federation Nominations banking £172.00 and an impressive 75th Up North Combine from a convoy of 12,043 birds. Another two birds were in the frame from the second channel race Roye to pocket a nice 2nd and 3rd Club, with the blue and green card scorers that were timed in just over a minute going onto net 39th and 41st Federation.
Paul, Jeff & Ronnie recorded their second inland win and win number three of the season when they won 1st and 4th Club out of the Folkestone (2) National with the fancied pole position winner going onto lift a brilliant 4th Federation when there was 789 birds competing, 1st £2 Federation Nomination banking £59.00 and a earth-shattering 11th Up North Combine from a convoy of 11,493 birds which was a fantastic achievement for Paul, Jeff & Ronnie. The boys were back in Town again a week later from the fourth water race Reims (429 miles) when they timed their fancied 2nd Club Roye (374 miles) scorer to win a top-notch 1st Club, 7th Federation out of 212 birds, 2nd £2 Federation Nomination pocketing £24.00 and 110th Up North Combine from a convoy of 3,124 birds. Paul, Jeff & Ronnie netted once with the young birds with that coming at the Maidstone National when 2nd Club was chalked up.
Ronnie Mackay, Paul Longstaff & Jeff Moore 2019 Channel Average winners.
Geoff Bavin was the scorer of 2 x 2nd, 1 x 3rd and 1 x 4th Clubs all with the young birds with Geoff's first points being clocked up at Bubwith (1) when 2nd Club and 41st Federation was taken. Geoff netted 2nd Club again out of Oakham (1) before filling a couple of chambers at the Maidstone National to pocket a nice 3rd and 4th Club.
Geoff Bavin scorer of 2 x 2nd, 1 x 3rd and 1 x 4th Clubs with the young birds in 2019.
Club Secretary Martin Hoggarth was the winner of 1 x 1st and 1 x 3rd Clubs with the yellow card being taken at the Folkestone (1) National. Martin hit the winners' enclosure at young bird Oakham (1) with 1st Club being won by a mealy cock. Martin only has a very small set-up but it gives him and his good lady wife Jean a lot of pleasure. Jean enjoys being involved and is a good help when seeing the birds in when Martin takes the birds training, and Jean never misses a race.
Martin Hoggarth holding his Mealy cock winner of 1st Club young bird Oakham (1) in 2019.
That's me done and dusted for this week, hopefully I will be reporting on the first old bird race of 2020 racing season next time.