In a season of many ups and downs and a late start to racing the NIPA managed a restricted programme that included cross channel events from Talbenny and Bude and ended the season at the end of July with a very good entry for the Old Bird National and a fantastic race from Saint Malo in France.
Early birds in Northern Ireland were being timed from the early afternoon and although conditions at the home end were not perfect a large number of birds came through and all the major positions were filled on the day of liberation. Race marking as usual took place early on Tuesday and with restricted travel arrangements and our usual route not available the birds ended up being transported direct to France. The convoy were one day earlier on site and a Thursday was available for liberation, the forecast had it as the best day and some 4,000 birds were released on Thursday 30th July at 6.30am in a helping South East wind., Irish Homing Union members were competing for the famous Millar Gold Cup.
The overall winner was among the first birds clocked, Diamond Carson had the big early arrival in Banbridge around 2.12pm to record what was an unbeatable velocity of 1682ypm. Diamond is in the birds a lifetime, racing with hid dad they won the Blue Riband Kings Cup from Rennes in 1989 recording velocity 1087, he joins a very select few of the sport that have won both OB Premier events in both INFC and NIPA. Diamond has been an outstanding worker for the sport for many years, has held many positions, former NIPA Committee member and a Past President.
Race report click here!
Article R Carson & Son click here!
A pigeon fancier from Banbridge has taken top prize in NIPA’s blue riband St. Malo Old Bird National.
Diamond Carson and his champion bird ‘Lilly-Penny’ – named after his two granddaughters – are the toast of Banbridge HPS after the superb success. Read more in this week’s Banbridge Chronicle Sport!
This bird has now won the NIPA St Malo OB National in 2020.