The MNFC Are All Ready for the One Loft Final
Following a very good build up and three successful ‘hot spot’ events the final race from Carentan is awaited with great optimism. Much of the credit for this is down to the Managers Ian and Alan. I have worked closely with the lads and appreciate the amount of work and effort that they have put into the One Loft management this year. They also gave it their all in 2017 but this time they learned a lot because believe me, One Loft racing is entirely different to managing one’s own team of birds.
The main problem being that with birds coming in from so many different sources keeping the pigeons healthy can be a nightmare but thanks to Schroeder Tollisan, our testing expert and a lot of effort by the lads the battle has been won and the birds look pictures of health. This comment has been endorsed by the visitors who have seen the birds at first hand and the fine condition that the birds look on their return with even the late comers looking in good shape. I think that this is the secret to their success this season along with the good weather that has enabled the birds to be trained down the road virtually every day being mindful to avoid the midday heat.
The birds homing from one of the flights
Proof of the excellent condition of the pigeons is told when you consider that entry for the first race was 295 entrants and now after an opening flight of 105 miles a second 135miler and a final hotspot from Portland a distance of 170 miles there are still 241 birds in the loft with a good number still expected home over the next day or two which will be in good shape and ready for the final cross channel event. When one considers the heavy losses this year reported by many fanciers no one can say any other than well done to the loft managers with a share of credit also to the convoying team.
These are the Prize winning entrants from the first three events with a £1200 Prize pot for each race leaving over £25,500 still up for grabs in the final and a further £1000 for the series ‘Ace Pigeon’.
Hullavington 295 birds
1st Alorelie 1259 , 2nd J Pearson 1258.9, 3rd B.R.A. 1258.6, 4th Everton 1258.58, 5th Porter & Kelly Bros 1258.56, 6th Tracy’s Dream Bird 1258.4, 7th Mick Mellor 1258.3, 8th Nora Timmis 1258.2
Wincanton 288 birds
1st Brian Clayburn 1759.5, 2nd Alorelie 1759.1, 3rd P Robinson 1758.9, 4th Porter & Kelly Bros 1758.6, 5th Colin Lloyd 1757.8, 6th Mick Mellor 1757.8, 7th N Robinson 1757.6, 8th P Longland 1756.8
Portland 279 birds
1st Ian Jackson 1469.3, 2nd Mr Potato Heads 1469.0, McLaughlin 1468.99, 4th A Tonks 1468.94, 5th Last chance 11 1468.93, 6th Malc Timmis 1468.7, 7th Alorelie 1468.6, 8th G T Wallett 1468.3
The full results and pool money winners is on the MNFC Website by clicking on OL race and then clicking race results.
Lets hope that the final is another successful race to round off a great season. Visitors especially those who have entered the race are welcome to watch with us for the arriving birds.