A report on the British Barcelona Club race from Coutances on 30th April 2016

Twon hundred and eight members entered one thousand, eight hundred and fifty-eight birds into the British Barcelona Club race from Coutances. They were liberated at 08.05 BST into a light northerly wind. The following is a report on the provisional result based on members' verifications.

Peter Quainton

P Quainton of Chippenham was first open and first section C with a two year old, blue hen on 1245ypm. Peter timed Little Blue, the sire of which is a Janssen Van Loon and the dam is a Vandenabeele. Peter flies the roundabout system for old birds and races his youngsters on the darkness programme. His old birds are mainly Bricoux x Jan Aarden whilst his youngsters are Van Loon Janssens x Vandenabeele. Little Blue has raced the full programe since a young bird and won third Messac and fifth Niort last season.

Chris Gadsden

Second open and first section D went to Chris Gadsden of Toddington with a two year old, dark cock on 1243ypm. Chris' winner was bred from his Cooremans and Sapins bloodlines. This pigeon was sent to Coutances only two days after being separated from its mate and put onto the widowhood system. Lightly raced as a youngster, this cock was raced on the natural system as a yearling. The dam of this section winner was bred down from birds Chris obtained from Louis Cooremans' sale in Blackpool and which was tragically killed by a fox which got into the loft. Prior to this, it was first section, twenty-fourth open from Vire.

Ray Dibben, Lou the Fisherman and Jess the dog

Third open and first section B was won by Ray Dibben from Poole with a yearling on 1228ypm. This section winner was bred from a cock from Scott Storie when paired to a Van-Hee Busschaert hen, the bloodlines of which came from Louella Pigeon World.

Chitty Brothers

The Chitty Brothers of Kings Langley timed a three year old on 1223ypm to take fourth open and second section D. Brian and Dick timed a pigeon from their old Koopman family, which are responsible for many good club, federation and national performances. They have been coming well for the start of the season, but have had problems trapping. However, from Coutances their winner didn't waste a second.

Mick & Stuart Dickinson

Fifth open and third section D went to Mr and Mrs Dickinson and Sons from Hemel Hempsted with a two year old, blue bar cock on 1221ypm. The sire of this pigeon is a John and Claude Wheeler Janssen, whilst the dam is a De Rauw Sablon that they purchased at the Telford show in 2012. Lightly raced as a youngster and a yearling, this was this pigeon's third channel race. The Dickinsons had nine out of ten birds sent on the day.

Martin Williams

Martin Williams of Hereford timed two pigeons to take sixth and eighth open, second and fourth section C on 1219 and 1215.4ypm respectively. First on the clock was a six year old, widowhood cock of Koopman x Roodhooft bloodlines, the dam of which is a daughter of the famous 036. Martin's second pigeon was his pool bird and was only a minute behind his first. The sire of this pigeon is a son of Mustang.

Steve Slade of Calne clocked a five year old on 1215.8ypm to take seventh open and third section C.

D Albon of Letchworth took ninth open and fourth section D with a yearling on 1215.1ypm.

Tony Swain

Completing the top ten and in second section B is Tony Swain from Dorchester with a two year old on 1214ypm. This widowhood cock was bred by Nick Stevens from Swain originals crossed with birds from Lawrence Cowley of Godmanstone. As a yearling this cock was seventh section, twenty-seventh open from Messac with the BBC as well as twenty-eighth section Fougères, twelfth section Ançenis and eleventh section Saintes, all with the National Flying Club. Tony had five out of six pigeons on the day.

Around the sections

Steve Harris

First section A went to Mr and Mrs Harris and Daughter of Porchester. Steve, Yvette and Lauren timed a Vandenabeele hen named Jessie. Jessie has regularly featured high up in the federation results in previous seasons.

Lily Mae Shipp

M Shipp of Portsmouth was second section A. Buddy clocked a blue hen on its first ever race and bred out of Kees Bosua's champion Ray.

Third section A was won by Johnny Atrill and Sons from Southampton. Third section B was won by S Jack of Salisbury.

Keith Rhodes' section winner

Section E was won by K Rhodes of Telford. Keith timed a four year old, Gaby Vandenabeele cock raced on the widowhood system and bred by Graham Hanock from his Shadow bloodlines. This cock has been an excellent racer with many first prizes but had to finish the season early as both a two and three year old, both times after being attacked by a hawk.

A McKinnell of Telford was second section E. Andrew used to race as a young man with his father, Jock and recently rejoined the sport after a long break. This pigeon is a three year old, chequer hen of Koopman breeding. Third section E went to T Greenfield, also of Telford.

Tony & Carol Welch

Section G was won by Mr and Mrs Welch of Chichester. Tony and Carol clocked a yearling, blue bar cock bred from Bosua X and Van Osch bloodlines. This pigeon was gifted to the partners when they had a flyaway in 2014, by Ian Crammond and Nigel Langstaff of Fontwell.

Derek Reid

Derek Reid of Weybridge was second section G. Derek's pigeon was a yearling, blue pied cock, a full brother to Lady Gaga which won eight first prizes for Jo Vangeel and which in turn is an inbred son of Jos Soontjes' Late Tom. Derek purchased this pigeon from Alan Jones of Red Star Lofts.

Mike Armitage of Ash was third section G.

Steve Coxell

Steve Coxell of Ongar was first section J. Steve timed a yearling, mealy hen named Take That and flown on full widowhood. The sire of this section winner was bred by Paddy Kelly of Harlow and contains Kirkpatrick x Ver Heye bloodlines. The dam was bred by Steve from Paddy Kelly's eleven flighted champion Lerwick bloodlines.

Roy Rowland

Second section J was won by R Rowland from Hornchurch. Roy clocked a yearling hen on its first channel race and sent sitting ten day eggs. On the one side this hen reflects Roy's excellent Soontjen family and on the other it is a grandaughter of Dave and Garry Heywood's champion breeder, John Joe.

B McAllister of Buntingford was third section J.

That concludes the report on the provisional result of the British Barcelona Club race from Coutances.