Lanarkshire Federation - Yeovil Open Race
This week takes us to the longest Inland and last race of the Lanarkshire old bird race of the season. The 440 birds were part of the Scottish National Flying club convoy. The birds were held to 09:45 to help with the visibility on the south west coast of England, the wind was light and variable but with the winning velocity must have has some south east in it.
For those fanciers awaiting their birds, the early arrivals must have gave a cracking buzz and feeling of euphoria . The report were coming through that the birds had made light work of the 341 mile journey and there were some brilliant early times back into Lanarkshire. Winner recording 7hrs 6 minutes for the flight.
This weeks Open winner is the in form loft of Eadie & Kelly of Newmains club. Andy Eadie the Vice President of our federation has been putting in some outstanding results at federation and National level.
Andy's winner is a Champion racer, just a yearling but what a pigeon. This bird was highlighted last week winning Newmains and Cambusnethan clubs and recording 8th Open with a Blue w/f Vanderabeele yearling hen. Named "Bellside Coral Double Winner”, as she won 1st Newmains & Cambusnethan clubs Melton Mowbray race 242 miles vel 1087 0n 12th June winning £340.Then Kettering race 26th June winner in Newmains & Cambusnethan clubs and 8th Open, 269 miles vel 1000 and £303 in Open .The hen was raced on celibacy system.
Then into this week race she excels her previous results by not only winning 1st Centre section, 1st Open Lanarkshire federation also winning 1st Lanarkshire Social Circle and 1st Open Scottish National Flying club.
What a performance!
Andy's report on his winner. The winner is now named" Bellside Anniversary" Coral .As a youngster she flew the full Lanarkshire young bird programme taking diplomas. As a yearling she has flown every federation race to Worksop 212 miles before going to the SNFC Huntington Inland National race 282 miles. Just missing the result where her loft mate "Princess Cherys" won 1st National hens 1st section,3rd Open. Raced on the celibate system she was then set up the following week for the federation race from Melton Mowbray 242 miles taking 3rd section,6th Open 2810 birds vel 1087.Again set up for federation race from Kettering 269 miles 5th section 8th Open vel 1000 By this time I knew I had something really special .The condition of Coral was unbelievable and after doing more homework on the weather front I decided to set her up for the final Inland National of the season. To get the phone call from the SNFC confirming 1st Open was my dream come true.
The winner is bred down from my old Vanderabeele stock hen Silver Z who won a silver award for meritorious performances being 28th,101st,109th Ypres and she also had four diplomas from the Inland Nationals.
Congratulations to all the section winners and those who made the result against the best National fanciers in Scotland. A special mention to my wife Margaret for putting up with me for forty four years. Finally to one of the best fanciers in SNFC, Davie Jamieson for parting with some of his knowledge and wisdom it’s really appreciated.
Congratulations from all Lanarkshire members on your brilliant result.
One of the bucket list Andy!
The Lanarkshire members had a brilliant race dominating the top of the SNFC Open result.
Fast in pursuit of the winner is the Gillon partnership of New Stevenson.
Joe snr, Joe jnr and Kelly Gillon are a terrific partnership and deserve such an honour of 2nd Open Lanarkshire federation 2nd Lanarkshire Social circle,2nd Open SNFC. They also timed another cracker being 5th Open Lanarkshire federation,6th Open SNFC. Brilliant flying from a very consistent partner that have been chapping at the door for such a result.
Our President John Lawrie of J Lawrie & Son ,Newmains club also recorded a brilliant pigeon, 3rd Open Lanarkshire federation, 3rd Lanarkshire Social Circle, 4th Open SNFC.
John Lawrie & Son of Newmains club had a great day finishing 3rd Open Lanarkshire fed and 4th Open SNFC Yeovil
Jim Wood of Uddingston was up next winning 4th Open federation 5th Open SNFC. Jim had a very special day putting seven on the Lanarkshire federation result and six pigeons on the SNFC result.
GWP Macaloney who are Crowned this years Old bird Average winners also had a cracking team performance, including 10th,11th,12th Open Lanarkshire federation and 14th,15th,16th Open National(8 in top 72 of Open).
This was certainly a race that our members will not forget!
Congratulations to all members who timed and enjoyed their sport.
The returns again weren't the best with many good pigeons not appearing in race time.
Club News - Alec Stewart wins Clarkston with the same 5yr old BC that won the previous race, very handy pigeon. Alec has had a great season and finished well up the Lanarkshire Average leader board. Well done Eck.
Top 10 Lanarkshire Open result
1st Eadie & Kelly vel 1410
2nd JJK Gillon 1405
3rd J Lawrie & Son 1396
4th J Wood 1383
5th JJK Gillon 1379
6th A Nelson
Alan Nelson was 6th Open and finishes 13th on the average board
7th W Boswell
8th C Gray
9th J Barr
10th GWP Macaloney
Old Bird Average Final winners board
1st GWP Macaloney 1290
GWP Macaloney of Airdrie club wins this years Old Bird Averages and tops a brilliant season.
2nd J Wood 1248
Jim Wood of Uddingston club had a great race and finished 2nd on the average leader board.
3rd Eadie & Kelly
4th J Barr
John Barr wins 9th Open and finishes 4th on the old bird average board
5th C Gray
Colin Gray of Chryston club finishes 5th on the Average leader board
6th D Allison
Davie Allison of Greenfield finishes 6th on the Average leader board
7th W Gordon
Billy Gordon - shows his great consistency and finishes 7th on the average leader board.
8th W Boswell
Walter Boswell of Burnbank finishes 8th on the average leader board
9th J Green & Son
10th J Cameron
11th A Stewart
Alec Stewart wins Clarkston and finishes 11th on the Average Leaders board
12th JJK Gillon
Kelly Gillon of JJK Gillon of New Stevenson club
Well done to Wullie and Paul on winning the Old Bird Averages and a brilliant season. Well done to those members who managed to finish the race programme. Full list of those is on our website Lanarkshireracingpigeon.co.uk
Tom Corrie jnr
Lanarkshire Press Officer
Harry Brown wins Dalziel club Kettering race from previous week. - Harry Browns BC, Sire of his winner & Harry's cracking loft set up.
Big congratulations to Callum Walker on winning the Scottish National Flying Club Maidstone race. That's two National winners this season to date for Newmains club.
Andy Eadie(L) with good friend John Lawrie,both office bearers of the federation leading by example in racing!, Andy Eadies winner" Bellside Anniversary Girl" 1st Open Lanarkshire,1st Open SNFC,1st Lanarkshire Social Circle & Andy Eadie's guard dog Broxi.