Fisherman releases 1,000 fish into South Norwood Lake in memory of his mum

A lifelong fisherman has donated more than 1,000 fish in commemoration of his mother, to help give a lasting boost to the population in South Norwood Lake.

John Vincent worked with Croydon Council staff to bring about 500 tench and 500 bream to the lake in memory of his mum Betty Vincent, who died in September 2018 aged 90.

For full article, see Croydon & Sutton Guardian article here.

Each of the fish were 4 years old, weighing 8 or 9oz (225-250g) each, bred at a fishery in East Devon

Members Tony and Richard were there, plus representatives from the council, press and fisherman, and of course the guy that bought the fish, about 20 in total.

Mini Pursuit Cup 2019: Results

With a chill wind and forecast gusts of up to 28mph, it was great to see so many members turn out for this year’s Mini Pursuit Cup on Sunday, 1 December 2019.

The 60 minute pursuit (it is “mini” after all) saw the club Topaz head off first, followed a minute later by the Comets, the Byte CIIs 3 minutes after that and finally the Lasers.

As the race progressed, the fleet of Comets began to spread out, with Tim, Andy and John M breaking away at the head of the pack, and the Lasers cutting through from the back, having overtaken Tony’s CII, following a wrong turn at Bog that left him in a dead spot, but as the Lasers tussled for position, Neil’s attempt to gain the advantage instead meant his course was not made so good, leaving him floundering at Hermit, watching Richard round the mark and disappear off in the direction of Island.

With the race coming to a close, Tim, John M and Andy had managed to extent their lead over the rest of the Comets, but with just one lap to go Andy (claiming he had heard the finishing bell) relaxed a little too soon and capsized at bog, literally falling out of the top 3. Richard, meanwhile, had made his way past all but one member of the fleet and was lining up to sneak through on the inside when… Ding! Ding!

And so, after 60 minutes, the results were:

  1. Tim (Comet)
  2. Richard (Laser)
  3. John M (Comet)

So, congratulations to Tim, a big thanks to Robert (DO) and Mark (ADO) for running a great race, and hat tip to Martin, who stayed upright for the entire race and and finished in a respectable 7th place in the club Topaz, despite it being just his second time taking it out.