Difficult outing for young birds

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Diss and District Racing Pigeon Club sent nearly 300 young birds to Bedhampton in Hampshire in what proved a difficult race.

The winning pigeon took over three hours to return home to East Anglia with it belonging to Kathy Terry of Gipping, who has enjoyed a good young bird campaign in 2015.

Flying 129 miles, the wining pigeon clocked a fairly slow velocity of 1,198 yards per minute (ypm). Tom Lowen took second and third positions, clocking two birds in as many minutes (1,173 and 1,162 ypm) with George and James Burrows fourth and Tibenham’s Gary Hunt in fifth and sixth.

Last Saturday, 104 birds were sent by the club to Salisbury for the longest race of the young bird programme so far.

There were good returns all round and the race itself was won by Gary Hunt, who has impressed in his debut season at Diss.

Hunt took all three podium positions, flying 157 miles in two hours and 50 minutes with velocities of 1,625, 1,617 and 1,615 ypm.

The Burrows duo claimed fourth postion with Andrew Daniels’ birds coming in fifth and sixth.