The National long distance race from Brive in Belgium was kind of fair since early birds were clocked throughout the country. The distance is from about 650 to 800 kms. In the past it seldom happened that fanciers entered 10 or more birds for such races; but the times 'they are changing'.
To-day many hope to get some early prizes and publicity by entering masses of birds. But a great name or a big entry is no guarantee to success. Below you find the names of the fanciers who entered more than 25 birds and the number of prizes they won in the first 500. Very strange that none of those mob fliers managed to get a real good result.
Of course you must not judge the quality of their birds by the result of this one race only. MAYBE the birds lacked condition and MAYBE the result of their following race is better. But it is surprising for sure that none of those people with many birds in the race did better. Here we go. Naked figures that do not lie.
Yvan Eeckhout (Ronse) 1 from 30 birds
Chris Hebberecht (Evergem) 1 from 28
Gerard Labiau (Zegelsem) 1 from 63
Dhav'-Vandenabeele (Adegem) 1 from 34
Daisy Slots (Lede) 1 from 28
Luc Van Coppenolle (Ouwegem) 1 from 33
Andr' Vermote (Oostende) 1 from 26
Galle-Wijnants (Veldegem) 1 from 26
Denorre-Bogaert (Deftinge) 1 from 42
Howard Dedonder (Nukerke) 1 from 47
Wim Boddaert (Oostkamp) 2 from 33
Georges Carteus (Ronse) 2 from 28
Roger De Busschere (Lokeren) 2 from 29
Stephane Defoort (Maubray) 2 from 36
Hubert Debaene (Beernem) 3 from 44
Alfons Hendrickx en zoon (Berlaar) 3 from 30
Luc Van Hoecke (Oedelem) 3 from 32
Yvan en Gunnar Delrue (Bovekerke) 3 from 39
Michel Denijs (Handzame) 3 from 26
Patrick Desmet (Semmerzake) 3 from 32
Roger Reybroeck and sons (Melsen) 3 from 42
J P Van Kerkvoorde (Lovendegem) 3 from 30
Gabriel Van Overwaele (Michelbeke) 3 from 41
Jos Joosen Brecht 4 from 36
Derweduwen Zingem 5 from 62
Van Wildemeersch 5 from 54.