Pigeon racing success for Appleby

Local sport from the Boston Standard, Lincolnshire: bostonstandard.co.uk/sport, on Twitter @standardduncan
Local sport from the Boston Standard, Lincolnshire: bostonstandard.co.uk/sport, on Twitter @standardduncan

Bad weather caused a day’s delay in the 200-mile weekend pigeon race from Berwick on Tweed.

But when the birds were liberated on Sunday, they still had to contend with a strong headwind and heavy showers for some of the way.

The wind led to fast times for some - and disappointment for others.

The fastest bird into town was to the loft of Terry Appleby and Daughter, recording a speed of just short of 60 miles an hour for a fine victory in Boston Central RPC.

Most local fanciers - although not Terry - were also competing in the North Road Championship Club from the same racepoint and the fastest Boston entry in this organisation was to the loft of Mr and Mrs Brian

Garnham, winners of Boston and District FC, a just reward for all the hard work they put into the sport.

Overall winners of the NRCC event, for the second successive year, were the Huttoft partnership of Barker, Kingswood and Hannah.

Results from Berwick:

Boston Central (8-96): 1 Appleby and Dtr 1732, 2 and 3 Upsall and Frost 1681 and 1673, 4 Kirkman and Weir 1663, 5 A. Cooley 1659, 6 Upsall and Frost 1645, 7 Kirkman and Weir 1627, 8 K. Ward 1610, 9 Upsall and Frost 1600, 10 K. Ward 1597, 11 Upsall and Frost 1586, 12 Kirkman and Weir 1585.

Boston and District FC (8-136): 1 Mr and Mrs B. Garnham 1709, 2 J. McFadyen 1699, 3 R. Knight and Sons 1680, 4 Mr and Mrs Garnham 1659, 5 J. McFadyen 1646, 6 Mr and Mrs Garnham 1643, 7 Gough and Reed 1633, 8 Hardy and Burt 1622, 9 and 10 L.R. Manning 1608 and 1607, 11 J McFadyen 1600, 12 Hardy and Burt 1594.