A report on the British International Championship Club race from Falaise on 10th May 2015

Two hundred and fifty seven members entered 4,177 pigeons into the British International Championship Club race from Falaise. They were liberated at 08.30am BST into a light southerly wind. The following is a report on the provisional result based on telephone verifications.

Martin Flook

First east section and first open went to Martin & Bernard Flook from London, with a two year old hen on 1773mpm. A 2013 latebred, this hen was only trained in her year of birth and then as a yearling was entered into the Tours old bird national with the British International Championship Club. During the early part of the season this hen was kept celibate and exercised for an hour a day with the young bird team. It was paired up a month prior to the Falaise race and sent sitting chipping eggs, her first round of the season. Bred from Champion Dark Eyes Busschaert lines, the sire of this hen is also a winner having been first club with the Bromley two bird club. Martin would like acknowledge the help of his father, Bernard and his sister, Charlotte who both help with the training whilst he is out at work.

Reg Wright

Reg Wright of Hull timed a yearling hen on 1562mpm to take first north east section and second open. Bred from Staf Van Reet x Van Loon bloodlines this hen was flown on the roundabout system. Her dam and grand-dam both contain winning bloodlines with the grand-dam taking second open combine for R & K O'Connor. Preparation for Falaise included three inland races and twice daily exercise around the loft.

Jack Fisher

Jack Fisher of Waterlooville was first centre section and third open with a two year old cock on 1556mpm. This was this cock's first ever race with its only preparation being trained twice to ten miles and exercised for three quarters of an hour daily. Fed on a general hopper mix twice daily this cock was sent looking at its hen. 

Mike & Lexi Armitage

Fourth open and second centre section went to Mike Armitage of Ash with a yearling on 1553mpm. Mike clocked a pigeon now named Paul's Choice as this red chequer cock was picked out by his son, Paul, to go to the race. Raced on the widowhood system, Paul's Choice had a first club as a youngster plus two seconds and a fourth. Previously this season  it has been racing with the Lion Brewery Midweek Club.

Walter Castledine

Walter Castledine of Surrey was third centre section and fifth open with a three year old hen on 1548mpm. Bred by Eric Higginbotham from his number one stock pair, this hen was unraced until it was two years old and then had two channel races. It was sent to Falaise sitting four day old eggs when paired to another hen.

Gurguri and Slaymaker timed a two year old on 1545.2mpm to take fourth centre section and fifth open.

Jim Wilson and Bill Gee from Portsmouth were fifth centre section and seventh open with a yearling hen on 1545mpm. This hen was gifted to the partners from Fred Healy of Brighton and was sent sitting eggs. Falaise was its second race of the season, the other being an inland race on the north road.

Jeff Poole

J Poole of Kings Langley timed sixth centre section and eighth open with a Netherlands 2012 rung bird on 1532mpm. Jeff clocked a three year old, grizzle hen of Jaap Van Alphen, Van Loon bloodlines and flown on the widowhood system. This hen won fifth open from Bordeaux with the British Barcelona Club in 2014 and Falaise was her second race of the season as she was badly hawked earlier in the year.

Tom Powers

Seventh centre section and ninth open was a three year old timed by Tom Powers from Whitehill on 1531mpm. This chequer pied cock was bred by Chris Kavanagh and gifted to Tom as a youngster. For Falaise it was flown on the widowhood system. As well as club wins this cock has won with the National Flying Club. Prior to this race this cock had two races and was first back to the loft for both of them.

Completing the top ten we have M Foster and Sons from Hawkley with a yearling on 1530mpm and which was also eighth centre section. The partners clocked three birds on the same velocity.

Around the sections

Ray & George Anderson

First north centre section was won by M Anderson & Sons of Tyne and Wear with a two year old on 1521mpm. Brothers, Ray and George, keep their late father's name on the partnership out of respect. They timed a widowhood cock on its first ever channel race, a full brother to one of the partner's winners over 635 miles and containing Jan Aarden Mon Juich lines on its sire's side and Battenburg Van De Merwe on the dam's. The dam's bloodlines go back to De Wittenbuik.

John Rumney

Second north centre section went to John Rumney of Houghton le Spring. John timed a red cock bred from a full brother of Rob Roy, his 631 miles on the day pigeon when paired to a Brian Denny hen, a double grand-daughter of Tuff Nut. Only trained as a youngster, as a yearling it went weekly with the Central Yorkshire Fed, an organisation that flies 90 miles south of John's loft, which is excellent training for flying solo over many miles. This was its first channel race.

Third north centre section was won by David Paine of St Neots.

John Tofts

Mr and Mrs Tofts were second east section with a three year old on 1480mpm.

Micky Watts of Southminster was third east section.

John Rodway of Rushwick won the north west section with a two year old on 1478mpm and which was also forty-first open. John timed a 2013 latebred hen which was unraced as a youngster and then had just two races as a yearling. Falaise was its first channel race and it was sent unpaired and returned in excellent condition.

Mike & Christine Lee

M & C Lee of Worcestershire were second north west section.

Jeremy Davies & daughters

T & J Davies of Birtsmorton were third north west section.

Terry Roughton

Terry Roughton of Wisbech timed a two year old widowhood cock to take second north east section. Containing Soontjen bloodlines, this cock is a half brother to Rocky Dolby's North Road Championship Club Fraserburgh winner. Terry had two birds drop together.

Third north east section was won by T & N Hart and Sons of Cambridge.

Geoff & Catherine Cooper

Geoff and Catherine Cooper of Peasdown St John won the west section with a two year old on 1479mpm and which was also thirty-seventh open. First on the clock was a cock named Farm Devil, as his last three ring numbers are 666. The sire of Farm Devil is a half brother to Farmer George, first international Bordeaux and the dam is a sister to Misty. The Coopers clocked a number of other pigeons shortly after their first, all of which are expected to feature well in the final section result. Their second on the clock was a two year old cock which is a brother to Stellar which won second national, fourth national and first section last season.

Peter Atherton

Second west section was won by Peter Atherton with a five year old.

Third west section went to Domenic Barresi of Bath and was a two year old.

That concludes the report on the provisional result of the British International Championship Club race from Falaise.