Wollaston race dominated by one stable of racers

LUDDENDEN Foot Homing Society held two races last week.

The first was from Stafford on Tuesday where 296 birds entered by 15 members were released at 9.45am into a light North East wind.

Despite the headwind Nigel Poyser and Mark Smith timed three birds in three seconds to take the top three positions and the £23 pool money with their third pigeon.

The winner recorded a time just under one hour and 32 minutes for the 65 miles from Stone Flats.

Mick Coulter’s young birds are in good fettle and he had three of the first six including fourth again. Gerald Radley won the balance of the pool money further down the result.

Stafford Result: 1, Poyser & Smith, 1243.2; 2, Poyser & Smith, 1243.02; 3, Poyser & Smith, 1242; 4, M Coulter, 1240.6; 5, W G & S Marley, 1240.2; 6, M Coulter, 1238.5; 7, M Coulter, 1238.3; 8, W G & S Marley, 1235.9; 9, W G & S Marley, 1235.2; 10, C B Shepherd, 1229; 11, C B Shepherd, 1225.9; 12, W G & S Marley, 1225.4; 13, G Wilson & Son, 1214.6; 14, W G & S Marley, 1214.2; 15, Poyser & Smith 1212.

Gerry and Sam Marley had a superb race from Wollaston last Saturday when they timed seven birds in 10 seconds to take all the top positions except fourth, taken for the third consecutive race by Mick Coulter.

His pigeon was strongly fancied for the race and won him £30 pool and nomination money with Bob Lee taking home the West section pools of £21.

A total of 226 birds sent by 16 members were released at 8.15am in the absence of any wind and the winner took one hour and 43 minutes to cover the 89 miles to the brothers’ loft.

Wollaston Result: 1, W G & S Marley, 1521.6; 2, W G & S Marley, 1521.1; 3, W G & S Marley, 1520.68; 4, M Coulter, 1520.64; 5, W G & S Marley, 1520.4; 6, W G & S Marley, 1520.191; 7, W G & S Marley, 1520.191; 8, W G & S Marley, 1519; 9, Poyser & Smith, 1503; 10, Poyser & Smith, 1502; 11, Poyser & Smith, 1500; 12, G Wilson & Son, 1499; 13, G Wilson & Son, 1497; 14, G Wilson & Son, 1491.8; 15, M Coulter 1491.7. 

This Saturday’s race is again from Wollaston.

l EIGHT members of Todmorden Homing Society sent 287 birds to Wollaston last Saturday.

The birds were liberated at 9.30am with no wind recorded and a light north west wind at the home end, so the estimated time of arrival was about one hour and 45 minutes.

Seven minutes quicker than the ETA, six birds hit town at a speed of 54 mph, all bound for the Halifax Road loft of Denis and Ryan Cullinane who took the first six club places some two minutes in front of the next competitor.

Next week’s race is also from Wollaston.

Result: 1, Cullinane and Son, 1567.31; 2, Cullinane and Son, 1567.04; 3, Cullinane and Son, 1567.04; 4, Cullinane and Son,1567.04; 5, Cullinane and Son, 1567.04; 6, Cullinane and Son, 1566.24; 7, Mr and Mrs Fisher, 1543.38; 8, P. Williams, 1534.69; 9, K. Thorp, 1528.64; 10, P. Emmet, 1522.94; 11, Winterbottom and Pomfret, 1519.56; 12, S. Cunningham/Sheard, 1494.67; 13, B. Sheard, 1315.45.