A report on the British Barcelona Club any age race from Guernsey on 26th August 2023

Graham, Lance & Jax Gunn
56 members sent 391 old birds to Guernsey with the British Barcelona Club. They were liberated at 08:30CEST into a fresh west-south-west wind. The following is a report on the provisional result based on members' verifications

L and G Gunn of Southwick timed a four year old on 1912ypm over 138 miles to take first open and first section G. Lance and Graham's winner is a home bred, blue cock containing Leo Hermans x De-Klack x Van Loon bloodlines. 

Ron & Tracy Gunn

Second open and second section G was a yearling on 1889ypm over 142 miles for T and J Gunn of Brighton. Tracy, Jordan and Ronny timed Foxy Lady, a blue bar hen that was the only survivor of a fox attack on their loft. The sire came from Brian Shipley and the dam is a Jan Hooymans from M and D Evans. 

Andy Richardson

A Richardson of Seaford was third open and third section G with a yearling on 1800 ypm over a distance of 146 miles. Andy's winner was sent sitting fourteen day old eggs. The sire and dam are both proven racers on both the north and south road routes. 

Mark Gilbert
Gilbert Pedigree

Mark Gilbert of Windsor timed a yearling on 1790ypm over 157 miles to take fourth open and first section D. Mark had sixteen birds drop together, a mixture of old hens and youngsters. Their old bird winner was clocked at the same time as their youngster. 

Michael Symonds

M Symonds of Rochford was fifth open and first section J with a two year old on 1783ypm over 203 miles. Michael timed Lady Spitfire, a hen containing Raf Claes of Belgium bloodlines. It was raced celibate to the box in which she raised two squeakers earlier in the season. 

Freddie & James Hadley

Freddie Hadley and Family of Leigh on Sea timed a yearling on 1775ypm over a distance of 200 miles to take sixth open and second section J. Freddie had two young birds drop together with a yearling hen. 

John Cowlin

John Cowlin of Hockley was seventh open and third section J with a yearling hen on 1760ypm over 202 miles. John's pigeon is the same way bred as his champion hen, 04, being a well bred Frans Zwols, a grandchild of D'Artagian, Dream Girl 200, Tip Top Fran and Francein, bred by Formula One Lofts. 

J & B Donovan & McHughes' hen

J and B Donovan and P McHugh of Warlingham timed a yearling on 1678ypm over 167 miles to take eighth open and fourth section G. The sire of this hen contains Leo Heremans' bloodlines and the dam is a daughter of the partners' combine winner from Bergerac. 

Sparks & Dallas

Sparks and Dallas of Gravesend clocked a three year old on 1677ypm over 185 miles to take ninth open and fifth section G. Tommy and Pauline's old bird is a home bred Frans Zwols hen. 

John Adams

Completing the top ten and in second section D is John Adams of Watford with a yearling on 1664ypm over 175 miles. John timed a dark chequer cock, sent sitting chipping eggs. It is bred from a son of Mark Gilbert's Southfield Sebastian x Euro Diamond. 

Around the sections 

Jim Derbyshire

James Derbyshire of Whitchurch was the section A winner with a three year old on 1642ypm over a distance of 131 miles. Jim timed Speckled Jim, a Gaston Van D Wouwer x Marshall cock, the sire and dam of which came from C Garrod of Whitchurch in Hampshire. 

Jamie Wells & Rob Jones

Bartlett, Jones and Wells of Southampton timed a five year old on 1552ypm over 110 miles to take second section A. The partners blue hen was their favoured pigeon and was pooled the whole way through. 

Steve Travers' first bird home

S Travers of Poole was the section B winner with a two year old on 1459ypm over 89 miles. Steve timed a further two pigeons to also take second and third section. First on the clock was bred from his Heinz 57 family and was sent sitting ten day dummy eggs. Second to time was the queen of the loft, Bleep Bleep, bred by Steve's good friend, Pat Harris. Third section was a blue cock gifted to him by Rod Muspratt of Poole. 

Bleep Bleep
Sue King

Mr and Mrs King of Blandford were the section B runners-up with a yearling on 1408ypm over 94 miles. Mel and Sue's hen was bred from their well established Vandenabeele based family. The sire is a son of their NFC Coutances winner and the dam is a daughter of their BICC Le Mans national winners. 

The section C winners were Mr and Mrs Brown of Hungerford with a yearling hen on 1573ypm over a distance of 143 miles. Mark and Clare's section winner was bred from their Gert Heylen x Lambrecht family of pigeons. They also timed a second pigeon at second section, a white flight hen bred by Les Nichols of Bristol from his Gerrit Lahuis family. 

Geoff & Catherine Cooper

Geoff and Catherine Cooper were third section C with a yearling hen on 1218ypm over 125 miles. This hen was bred from a son of Farmer George and Wollongong, whilst the dam was a sister to Lady of the Night, the grandchild of Farmer George and Wollongong. 


Roger Lowe with Diane Abery

Roger Lowe of Reading was third section D with a yearling on 1634ypm over a distance of 153 miles. Roger's pigeon was bred by Paul Kenny from a cock that Roger bought at Blackpool. Both the parents of the dam were bred by Derek Walsh of Southern Ireland. 

That concludes the report on the provisional result of the British Barcelona Club any age race from Guernsey.