The members of the Diss and District Racing Pigeon Club convened last Friday to begin another year of competitive racing across the skies of England.
It was excellent turnout for the season opener with nearly 400 birds being sent to Maidstone in Kent to race home on Saturday morning (liberated at 8.45am into North East wind).
Members both old and new enjoyed a good days racing and it was Thetford’s Andy Hampton who took the first win of the season, flying 84 miles.
His yearling bird took a fraction under two hours to return home and recorded a winning velocity of 1,250 yards per minute.
Brian Meen, a regular over recent years but never an official member, took second place from his lofts in Great Barton after the ‘race radius’ was extended to allow him to race competitively at Diss.
Meen’s pigeon recorded a velocity of 1,215 yards per minute. Kathy Terry of Gipping near Stowmarket was third, fourth, sixth and seventh while one of the club’s joint founders, Steven Kaschner, took fifth position on his return to the club after a couple of years away.