An updated report on the North Road Championship Club race from Dunbar on 19th May 2019

The North Road Championship Club, the elite organisation for classic racing by north road fanciers in England, is 118 years old and the first race this season, from Dunbar, produced the closest finish in its 325 race history, when 168 fanciers sent 1,908 birds.

The initial provisional result gave the race to the Louth partnership of Dayton and Sayers with Bob Boulton of Addlethorpe in the runner-up position. However, when the results were re-calculated the positions were reversed with 86 year old Bob winning by nine tenths of a second. Pete Dayton admitted to being disappointed, but admitted that Bob was a good fancier who has beaten them into second place before from Perth last season. Pete can only hope that it is his turn to beat Bob next time!

Bob Boulton

Bob didn't want to take sole credit for the win as he has been helped over the winter by Kevin Smith of Chapel St Leonards, who couldn't find a club to race in when he returned to the sport after a long absence. Kevin devoted a lot of time to the birds over the winter months and in the build up to racing, but then had to take a step back due to other commitments. Moreover, Bob has received welcome help from his own daughter, Sue and from Kevin's wife Barbara. Bob had two pigeons come together and first through the trap was a two year old blue widowhood cock containing Vandenabeele bloodlines and bred by Paul Dawson of the Flowers and Dawson partnership.

Roger Hallsworth

Roger Hallsworth of Selston timed to win section A and eighth open with a two year old, roundabout cock that took second section from Perth last season. A retired miner, when he was working Roger did a three shift system which meant his pigeons had to do the same. Now he is retired he fits the care of the pigeons in around the other features of his life.

Shane Betts

Shane Betts of Spalding was the section C winner and he credits his wife with helping with the pigeons as without her he wouldn't be able to race, as he works away from home during the week. The Betts' winner contains Ceuleman and Danny Van Dyke bloodlines, the latter coming from their friends Bryant and Bateman of Bristol.

Will Attlesey

E and H Attlesey of Ely were the section F winners. Will and Hilary have a number of top performaces to their name and the winner this time was a yearling blue chequer, white flight cock sent sitting ten days. Will decided to return to the natural system to test out his hens and whilst the cocks have responded well to this, the hens have yet to set the sky alight. The partners sent a team of sixteen to Dunbar and had them all on the day.

George Chalkley

George Chalkley and son Steven were the winners in section H with an impressive velocity of 1385ypm over a distance of 324 miles. Their yearling roundabout hen was bred from a gift hen from John Dearden when paired to one of their own Hartogs.

Ronald Reason

Ronald Reason of Manningtree in Essex took first and second section I with the first on the clock being a blue, white flight hen on her sixth race of the season. The breeding contains the best of Ronald's own strain of pigeons.