Marius Sepciuc (photo courtesy of Chris Sutton)
First open and first centre section was a three year old on 728mpm over 963kms for Marius Sepciuc of Kingsbury. Marius timed a second pigeon, a two year old on 457mpm to also take seventeenth open. Marius, known as Julian to his friends, timed Barbara, a chequer hen sent to the race sitting eggs and looking after two small squeakers that he had borrowed from a friend to increase her motivation. Marius' long distance bloodlines are mainly based around pigeons from the late Ken Hine.
Mark Gilbert (photo courtesy of Chris Sutton)
Mark Gilbert of Windsor clocked a six year old on 726mpm over 958kms to take second open and second centre section. Mark timed three further pigeons in the top twenty of the result at seventh, eleventh and thirteenth open.
F Knowles and Son of Wingham were third open and first east section with a four year old on 691mpm over 909kms. They also clocked a three year old on 418mpm to take twentieth open.
David Hales & Duncan Goodchild
David Hales of Hockley clocked a two year old on 690mpm over 952kms to take fourth open and second east section. First home was Dave's Diamond, a chequer widowhood hen. Dave's Diamond was thirty-third open BICC Pau earlier this season and sixty-third open National Flying Club Tarbes as a yearling last year. It is a grand-daughter of Cas, twice in the top one hundred of the Barcelona international. It's bloodlines are through the House of Aarden when crossed with Jake, Dave's pigeon that was clocked four years on the trot from Barcelona. David timed another two year old on 626mpm to also take eighth open. This was another widowhood hen, a red chequer named Dave's Diva. Dave's Diva was first section, fourth open from Agen earlier this year. The sire won Marseille and the grandsire is David's top racer, Tubby.
Fred Cornwell's cock
F Cornwell of Southend on Sea was fifth open and third east section with a six year old on 690mpm over a distance of 944kms. This was a widowhood cock that has flown Tarbes, (575 miles) with the National Flying Club the past five years, being in the result for the past four. This cock has now flown the channel twenty-one times but he has no fancy pedigree. His results speak for themselves though as he has now been awarded a certifcate of merit from the National Flying Club for his channel performances. The sire was bred by Albert Shepherd and is a son of first section, fourth open Tarbes with the NFC. The dam was home bred and is a daughter of Fred's best race cock, Turban. Turban was bred from two birds from the late Jim Biss.
Lee & Kevin Buddle
Lee and Kevin Buddle of Dover were sixth open with a two year old on 677mpm over 891kms. The Buddles clocked a second pigeon a five year old on 676mpm to also take ninth open.
Adochita & Vlasin
Adochita and Vlasin of Kenton were tenth open with a two year old on 308mpm over 965kms. The partners timed Elena, a hen that was fourtieth open from Pau earlier in the season. Take a look at the pedigree of Elena here...
Geoff (r) & Clayton (l) Preece
Geoff and Clayton Preece of Dover were twelfth open with a yearling on 577mpm over 594kms. This was a chequer pied hen flown on a widowhood system. This season it had five channel races prior to Narbonne. Both the sire and the dam of this pigeon are direct Bernd Morsnowski pigeons. The partners timed a second pigeon, a two year old on 544mpm to also take fifteenth open. This was a 2016 latebred hen, also flown on a widowhood system. The sire and dam of this pigeon are direct from Kipp and Sohne and it had seven channel races prior to Narbonne.
J Nicholson and Son of Rochester were fourteenth open with a three year old on 563mpm over a distance of 928kms. The partners only sent three pigeons and they timed the other two to also take eighteeth and nineteenth open, so their complete entry in the top twenty of the result - superb flying. First was a chequer hen that flew Pau earlier this season and was bred from a hen that flew three internationals in the same season. Second was a two year old blue hen that was twenty-eighth open BICC Pau earlier this season. This hen contains the bloodlines of Plum and Kate in her pedigree. The Nicholson's third pigeon had also flown Pau this year and was a two year old cock known as Johnny Rotten. This cock is a grandson of Barkisson, one of the partners Spanish diploma winners, the sire of which was Barkis, itself a Spanish diploma winner. The dam of Johnny Rotten is a grand-daughter of Jinni, first BICC Marseille amongst other top 600 mile positions.
A Hounsell of Portsmouth was sixteenth open with a five year old on 527mpm over 904kms.
That concludes the report on the provisional result of the British International Championship Club race from Narbonne, held in conjunction with the international.