A report on the Central Southern Classic Flying Club young bird race from Ilkeston on 20th August 2022

Richie Thomas & Ted Harris
74 members sent 871 young birds to Ilkeston with the Central Southern Classic Flying Club. They were liberated at 10.00CEST into a light south-westerly breeze. The following is a report on the provisional result based on members' verifications.

R Thomas of Portsmouth was first open and first SE section with a young bird on 1254ypm over 148 miles. Richie timed a youngster containing M and D Evans bloodlines and raced on the babyhood system that he has used for many years. He was also first club, tenth Solent Federation on the same day. 

Erik Neilson

Wearn Brothers and Neilson of Ramsdean timed six pigeons to take second, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth open and the same section positions. First on the clock was a young bird containing Peter Fox Basil x Amazon bloodlines, on 1252ypm. Second to time was bred by Les Green and third on the clock was bred by Darren and Josh May. 

Alan Holdaway & grand-daughter, Harper

A Holdaway of Emsworth clocked a young hen on 1229ypm over 148 miles to take third open and third SE section. Alan's youngster was on its third race of the season and was sent sitting a ten day old squeaker. 

Darren May & Ellie

Mr and Mrs May and Son of West Ashling were ninth open and ninth SE section with a youngster on 1194.8ypm over 148 miles. Darren, Sarah and Josh's timer was a chequer hen on its second race of the season and racing to the perch. It is a grand-daughter of their super breeder, Spiderman. 

John Hambidge

F J Hambridge of Chipping was tenth open and first NE section with a young bird on 1194.4ypm over a distance of 69 miles. John's timer contains Herman Ceusters bloodlines and has had one race from Wakefield prior to Ilkeston. 

J V Byng and Son of Portsmouth were eleventh open and tenth SE section, timing a young bird on 1183ypm over 149 miles. John clocked a dark chequer, Busschaert cock flown on the natural system and bred by Chrissy North. 

Edwards & Harris

Edwards and Harris of Gosport clocked a young bird on 1154ypm over 150 miles to take twelfth open and eleventh SE section. Bill and Pat's first arrival was a blue, white flight darkness hen, sent sitting eight day eggs. It was a gift from their friend Mike Hales of North Wales. 

Graham Matthews of Fareham was thirteenth open and twelfth SE section with a young, white flight hen on 1152ypm over 148 miles. 

Elvin Booth's young bird

Fourteenth open and thirteenth SE section was won by E Booth of Gosport with a young bird on 1150ypm over 151 miles. Elvin's timer is a dark chequer cock, one of six youngsters he purchased from Darren and Josh May. 

V Morgan of Portsmouth was fifteenth open and fourteenth SE section with a young bird on 1148ypm over a distance of 148 miles. 

Around the sections 

Lanahan & Gerard

Lanahan and Gerard of Poole were first SW section with a young bird on 1018ypm over a distance of 154 miles. Danny and John timed one of their new line of Joseph pigeons. 

Mark & Julie Gower

Mr and Mrs Gower of Fordingbridge timed two pigeons to take second and third SW section. Flying 141 miles their first on the clock was on 998ypm followed by the next pigeon on 981ypm. Their winner is bred from GWP Macaloney pigeons and is a grand-daughter of Camelot, Blue Caviar and Troy. It was reared on the darkness system. 

Luff & Walker Bros

Luff and Walker Brothers from Dursley were the NW section winners with a young bird on 601ypm over 97 miles. The partners timed a blue hen, sent sitting eggs. The sire is their top stock cock, Hardy 79, a son of Champion Hardy. Dam to 79 is the Kipp Hen, bred by Kipp and Son from the best of their distance pigeons. The dam to the section winner was purchased at the Crammond and Langstaff entire clearance sale and is from a son of Euro Diamond x Miss Perfect, bred by Etienne Merlaine. 

A Brooks of Paulton was second NW section with a young bird on 499ypm over 126 miles. Alan timed a little, blue hen bred from his Combine winning pigeons. The dam came from a Stuart Wilcox pigeon. 

Eddie Malone

E Malone of Newbury was second NE section on 1074ypm over 109 miles. Edward timed a dark chequer hen. 

That completes the report on the provisional result of the Central Southern Classic Flying Club young bird race from Ilkeston.