Wereham, Gaywood and King’s Lynn flyers excel at Fens Federation

Pat and Julie Royle
Pat and Julie Royle
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The Fens Federation race from Bovingdon (2) saw local flyers taking the Fed’s top 20 positions, when eight clubs sent 1,409 birds.

Keith and June Riches topped the Fed plus 9th, 13th, 14th and 17th with their Wereham FC birds. Rod and Gloria Ogden and sons won 2nd, 3rd, 4th with their Gaywood winners; Jamie Stevens, Bluey Boughen and Timmy Simper took 5th, 11th, 12th with their New King’s Lynn PFC winners. Clenchwarton Victory winners Pete and Dave Ellwood came 6th. Billy Mellett was 7th. The Manning brothers and son won 8th, 15th, 16th. Will Byrne was 10th. Her Majesty the Queen won 18th, Mike and Robin Fryatt 19th, and 20th went to Steve Ward.

The following week the Fens Fed raced from Salisbury when eight clubs sent 1,080 birds. Local clubs once again did very well, winning 10 positions in the top 12. Wereham’s Rodney Cochrane had a fantastic race taking the top five in the Fed. The Stevens, Boughen, Simper partnership won 6th, 8th, 9th with their New Lynn winners. Clenchwarton Victory winners Rod and Gloria Ogden/sons were 10th. Shaun Ewing was 12th.

The New Lynn PFC raced from Bovingdon when nine members sent 224 birds. Four young bird races gone and all have been won by the S.B.S lofts. This week they won the first four positions, and their winning Van Den Bulk took 1hr 17 mins to fly 82 miles. This cock bird won for the second week. This top partnership are expecting to do really well in the Fens Fed. They also won all pools and the nom.

Result: 1, 2, 3, 4 Jamis Stevens, Bluey Boughen, Timmy Simper, 1883 (two birds), 1876, 1867; 5 Pete and Dave Ellwood, 1844; 6 Kim Peacock and Bernie Byrne, 1819.

Gaywood SRFC had seven members send 94 birds to Bovingdon (3). Second young bird win for Will Byrne when his Mark Gilbert youngster took 1hr 18 mins to fly 83 miles. Will’s winner is also expected to do well in the Fed.

Result: 1, 5, 6 Will Byrne, 1860, 1784, 1778; 2, 3, 4 Rod & Gloria Ogden & Sons, 1815, 1813, 1812.

Lynn NRFC had six lofts send 75 birds to Whitby. First young bird win for Her Majesty the Queen. The Queen’s Loft manager Pete Farrow clocked a Busschaert and took 2hrs 38 mins to fly 123 miles.

Result: 1, 6 Her Majesty the Queen, 1369, 1135; 2, 3, 4 Reg Madder, 1331, 1217, 1206; 5 John Purcell & Sam Denton.

Clenchwarton Victory also raced from Whitby when five lofts sent 70 birds. First win in the club for Tom Williams, when his bird took 2hrs 45 mins to fly 128 miles.

Result: 1, 4, 5 Tom Williams, 1360, 1289, 1288; 2, 3, 6 George Moon, 1292, 1290, 1286.

Wereham FC had six members send 112 birds to Bovingdon (3). Barroway Drove’s Rodney Cochrane had his youngsters on top form once again after taking the first five in the Fed the week before. This week he won five of the first six, with his winner taking 1hr 7 mins to fly 72 miles.

Result: 1, 2, 3, 5, 6 Rodney Cochrane, 1871, 1867, 1807, 1785, 1784; 4 Billy Mellett, 1788.

l Pictured are Pat and Julie Royle, the winners of the King George V Silver Cup from Vire in France. The cup was presented to the club in 1924.