Duo are pigeon racing champions

Russell and Denise Skinner.
Russell and Denise Skinner.

A HUSBAND and wife partnership have brought a top sporting honour to Boston.

Pigeon racing aces Russell and Denise Skinner (pictured right) won the North Road Championship Club race from Thurso, in Scotland, on Saturday.

Their successful yearling hen bird took nine hours two minutes to cover the 412 miles to their Arbella Road loft, beating second-placed Terry Roughton, of Wisbech, by the slimmest of margins – 25 seconds.

Terry’s pigeon took nine hours 33 minutes to complete the 435-mile flight to his loft.

The Skinners have two previous national wins to their credit – from Thurso in 2006, and Perth in 2004.