Old bird race season begins in cold conditions

Mark and John Milliken with their winner from Mullingar.
Mark and John Milliken with their winner from Mullingar.

The opening race of the old bird season was flown from Mullingar, birds were released at 9.45am in a helping South Westerly wind.

It was still pretty cold and heavy showers and even snow was reported over the route, the sun was out in Mid Antrim. The best birds were recorded in Rasharkin & District with J & M Milliken timing a Blue Lambrecht hen on total widowhood at 11.52am recording velocity 1517 for the 109 miles.

Mid Antrim Combine Mullingar – J & M Milliken Rasharkin 1517, Steele & McNeill Rasharkin 1479, D Dixon Rasharkin 1473, H Cubitt Rasharkin 1471, D Dixon 1454, J & M Milliken 1451, J & M Milliken 1448, J & M Milliken 1445, J & M Milliken 1442, J & D Surgenor Rasharkin 1434, T Kaczynski Rasharkin 1432, Young McManus & Sons Ahoghill 1425, J Simpson Broughshane 1418, W & J McLean Rasharkin 1414, C Moore Ahoghill 1408, McFall & McManus Ballymena 1405, Blair & Rankin Ballymena 1403, J Eagleson & Sons Ballymena 1394.

Mid Antrim Combine Clubs Mullingar –

Ahoghill Flying Club 10/355 – Young McManus & Sons 1425, C Moore 1408, 1393, W Livingstone 1350, Young McManus & Sons 1347, 1343, Balmer Young & Son 1339, Young McManus & Sons 1337, 1336, C Moore 1334. Brooke Supplies 2 Bird Club W Livingstone 1350, J Orr & Son 1279.

Broughshane & District 5/49 – J Simpson 1418, 1318, Mrs M Smyth, M Neilly, Mrs M Smyth, C Kennedy.

Ballymena & District HPS 8/175 – McFall & McManus 1405, Blair & Rankin 1403, J Eagleson & Sons 1394, 1375, 1374, Blair & Rankin 1368, McFall & McManus 1368, Blair & Rankin 1368, J Eagleson & Sons 1362, McFall & McManus 1356.

New Antrim Amal – McFall & McManus 1405, 1368, 1356, 1356, K Wilkinson & Son 1277, 1258, 1240.

Randalstown HPS 8/184 – F & G & J Dickey 1317, Percy Son & Murphy 1315, 1307, 1298, F & G & J Dickey 1298, Houston Bros 1287, Stewart Bros 1285, 1261, F & G & J Dickey 1249, Houston Bros 1233.