Friday, 1 April 2016

Runners and Riders - Norfolk Bird Race 2016

With less than a month to go until the 2016 Norfolk Bird Race it’s time to announce the runners and riders for this year’s race. This year there are five teams competing for the Norfolk Bird Fair trophy whilst raising money for the wonderful Wader Quest. So pick your team to support and give them your support.

The Norfolk Home Guard
Last year’s winning captain Ian Dearing has a new team this year and is strong favourite to retain the trophy. His team of seasoned birders offer experience, guile and local knowledge making them the team to beat.

Team: Ian Dearing (@IanDearing1),  Chris (@LewishamBirder), Tim (@suburbanbirder) and Mark Clements (@MarkClements27)

Northern Raiders
Still smarting from last year’s narrow defeat, team captain Andrew Whitelee has brought together a crack squad of birders from the north and over the border who are keen to grab the trophy. Refusing to announce the final team until race day, do they have something cunning up their sleeve?

Squad: Andrew Whitelee (@VerdantWildlife), Penny Insole (@Dotterel4), Dave Foster (@Pratorum2112), Scott O’Hara (@Scott_OHara) and Dr Stuart Crutchfield.

Wader Quest
This year’s chosen charity is Wader Quest, and they have entered a team into the race. Captained by Dan Bradbury who has links to the original Big Bird Race (John Burton is his boss!) they bring racing pedigree to the event with a blend of experience and youth. Definitely this year’s dark horses.

Team: Dan Bradbury (@cantdonoses), Rick and Elis Simpson (@WaderQuest) and Oliver Simms (@OSimmsBirding)

The Fellowship of the Wing
The other half of last year’s winning team, Jack Baddams has split from Ian Dearing (artistic birding differences perhaps?) and has a new team of young guns vying for the prize. Has Jack poached enough local knowledge off Ian to retain the trophy with his new team?

Team: Jack Baddams (@), Samuel Jones (@samuel_ei_jones), Joseph Monkhouse (@josephmonkhouse) and Liam Curson.

Tit Flock
Another team of Next Gen Birders, bringing youth and enthusiasm to the race. Captained by Jake Gearty, this team is a real unknown quantity – don’t back against them when it comes to race day.

Squad: Jake Gearty (@Jake_Gearty), Alex Berryman (@AlexJB497 ), Drew Lyness (@DJLbirding) Michael Murphy (@MSMurphy300) and Dan McGib (@DanMcgib)