A report on the British Barcelona Club race from Poitiers on 16th July 2022

Tony Barrett
37 member sent 337 pigeons to Poitiers with the British Barcelona Club. They were liberated at 07.00CEST. The following is a report on the provisional result based on members' verifications.
First and second open

Tony Barrett of Portsmouth was first and second open, first and second section A with two pigeons timed on 1292ypm over a distance of 312 miles. First on the clock was a three year old hen, followed by a yearling hen. The winner is now named Hayley Triple X and was bred by Gary Tomlinson. It was raced on the roundabout system. Second on the clock was named JG, and was bred by Tony from pigeons he obtained from John Gerard. 

Wojciech Blachut

Wojciech Blachut of Trowbridge also timed two pigeons. Both were two year olds with the first on 1289ypm over a distance of 358 miles taking third open and first section C. The next one was on 1188ypm and was second section C and tenth open. This is Wojciech's third section win this season and his pigeon contains the bloodlines of Brian Sheppard when crossed with those of Robert and Patryk Sulkowski, top Polish fliers. When Brian was ill, Wojciech promised that he would race his pigeons and try to win, so it is fitting that his timer has now been named Brian in tribute to his English mentor. 

Paul, Esther & Eamonn Kenny

Mr and Mrs Kenny and Family were fourth open and first section D with a two year old on 1243ypm over 366 miles. Paul and Esther timed a chequer hen which was bought from Roger Lowe as a youngster. The sire is a double son of Mark Gilbert's Southfield Supreme and the dam is a daughter of New Laureaat, first international Barcelona. 

Gary Inkley

Fifth open and second section D was a yearling for Gary Inkley of Hillingdon, timed on 1239ypm over 356 miles. Gary timed a second pigeon, a two year old on 1221ypm to also take sixth open and third section. Gary's first pigeon was a chequer, widowhood hen, the sire of which is a grandson of War Drum, Sunday Girl and Foxy Lady. The dam was gifted to Gary by Andrew McFenton of Swansea and is a grand-daughter of Dutch Master and Dam of Super Mario. Second on the clock was another widowhood hen. The sire of this one was a son of Ulrich Lemmens' De Gusst which was gifted to Gary by Tim Atkin. Tim also bred the dam which contains one hundred percent Syndicate Lofts bloodlines. 

Derek Reid

Derek Reid of Weighbridge was seventh open and first section G with a four year old cock on 1215.4ypm over a distance of 344 miles. Derek's pigeon was raced on the widowhood system and was bred from a PIPA bred pigeon which he purchased from Les Green of Irlam. On the dam's side it is a full sister to Derek's 2005 national winner. 

Roger Lowe

Roger Lowe of Reading was eighth open and fourth section D timing a two year old on 1215.3ypm over a distance of 354 miles. Roger's winner was a roundabout hen, the sire of which was Fast as Lightning. The dam is a double grand-daughter of My Little Diamond. 

Mark Gower

Mr and Mrs Mark Gower of Fordingbridge timed a two year old on 1204ypm over 327 miles to take ninth open and first section B. The partners timed a second pigeon on 1134ypm to also take third section B. Mark and Julie bought their first pigeon at the Watchfield breeder buyer sale. It was bred by Mark Brown from his Gert Heylen stock. Their second pigeon contains Herman Ceuster bloodlines from Syndicate Lofts. 

Dave Waterhouse

Completing the top ten and in first section B was a yearling on 1193ypm over 313 miles, are Mr and Mrs Waterhouse of Bedhampton. Dave and Lisa timed a pigeon bred down from their old Jacob family of birds. It was raced on the roundabout system. 

Around the sections

Mel & Sue King

Mel and Sue King of Blandford were second section B with a yearling hen on 1148ypm over 325 miles. This pigeon was bred from their Vandenabeele family and was raced on the celibacy system. The sire is a grandson of Shadow Daughter and the dam is a grand-daughter of Shadow Hen. 

Martin Williams

Martin Williams of Hereford timed a three year old hen on 1082ypm over 409 miles to take third section C. Martin's pigeon was bred from his old family of birds and was sent showing to a cock bird. 

Chambers Family

The Chambers Family of Cannock took the first three positions in section E with three yearlings flying a distance of 445 miles and timed on 942, 526 and 505ypm respectively. First to time was a cock bred from their Coutances winner in 2020 when paired to their second section MNFC young bird Chale winner. 

First section E
John, Darren & Josh May

Mr and Mrs May and Son of West Ashling were second section G with a yearling on 1056ypm over 311 miles. 

That concludes the report on the British Barcelona Club race from Poitiers.