A report on the British International Championship Club young bird race from Guernsey on 19th August 2018

Two hundred and forty-six members entered two thousand, two hundred and eight pigeons into the British International Championship Club young bird race from Guernsey. After a one day holdover they were liberated at 08.45CEST into a west-south-west wind. The following is a report on the provisional result based on members' verifications.

David & James Novis (photo courtesy of Chris Sutton)

First open and first centre section was won by D and J Novis of Brighton on 1824mpm over 230kms. Father and son, David and James, timed Brighton Belle, a early bred dark hen, bred from two of their best racers. The sire was bred down from Louella Van Loons, whilst the dam topped the federation for the partnership. David started racing many years ago, but as a young boy James was not really interested in the pigeons. However, now he is settled into a relationship, James has more time for the pigeons and Dave does all the loft's administration.

Brighton Belle (photo courtesy of Chris Sutton)

Meg Murray

Meg Murray of Burnham on Sea was second open and first east section on 1778mpm over a distance of 336kms. Meg's pigeon was a blue hen, the sire of which was placed in the stock loft from the race team last season. The sire's parents were the Willy Thas cock and his Staf Van Reet hen, which were stalwarts of Meg's loft for many years. The young hen's dam is a top Pete Norton Staf Van Reet which belongs to clubmate Lee Bastone but has spent the season on loan in Meg's loft.

Brian Robinson

Brian Robinson of Grays was third open and second east section on 1775mpm over 302kms. Brian's winner was bought at a futurity sale and was bred by Mark Bulled. It is Brian's first season of south road racing having previously raced on the north.

Lee Bastone

Lee Bastone of Brunham and see timed a youngster on 1773mpm over 336kms. Lee timed a Staf Van Reet cock which was a full brother to his first open from Guernsey last season.

David Farr of Bognor Regis was fifth open and second centre section on 1771mpm over a distance of 197kms.

Gladwin, Jarvis & Family's pigeon

Sixth open and fourth east section was a young bird on 1764mpm over 323kms for Gladwin, Jarvis and Family of Leigh on Sea. The partners timed a Rik and Jan Hermans hen that they bought at a futurity sale and which also won them £1,000 in the breeder buyer race. It is a grandchild of Chat and Cow Girl, Rik's excellent 2009 hen.

Tidbury and Garrett of Ashford clocked a youngster on 1762mpm over 261kms to take seventh open and third centre section. Their pigeon was a Gaby Vandenabeele x Richards cock that was bred by Stephen Oliver.

Malik & Khan

Eighth open and fourth centre section was won by Malik and Khan from Tolworth on 1761mpm over a distance of 264kms. First on the clock was a blue hen bred from their super stock cock Ace Kanon, direct from Danny Van Dyke's Kanon, when paired to a daughter of Gerard Koopman's Zina. The partners timed a second pigeon shortly afterwards and this was out of The Eagle's Son, a direct Frans Zwols cock bred from Eagle Boy and Little Amy.

Alan and Gary Young of South Croyden were ninth open and fifth centre section on 1758mpm over a distance of 270kms.

Completing the top ten and in fifth east section is Paul Walder from Sheerness on 1748mpm over 317kms.

Around the sections

T Cocks & Son

T Cocks and Son from Bath were first west section on 1219mpm over a distance of 213kms. Trevor clocked a blue chequer cock the sire of which was bred by John Houston of Scotland. The dam came from the partner's old Barker x Imbrecht bloodlines.

Philip Boden

Philip Boden of Frome was second west section on 1194mpm over 195kms. The sire of Phil's winner was bred by Marshall and Smith from their Brockamp x De Rauw Sablon pigeons and the dam was bought from Joe Thompson of Bristol and is also a Brockamp x De Rauw Sablon.

Mr and Mrs Lewis of Abergavenny were third west section.

Peter Wraight

P Wraight of Bluntisham was first north-centre section with a youngster on 1644mpm over 363kms. Peter timed a blue Gevaert Van Schooris hen sent taking an interest in a young cock and bred by Wayne Hargreaves of Cambridge.

John Black

John Black of Hitchin was second north-centre section on 1481mpm over 324kms. The bird John timed in from Guernsey was a blue Gevaert Van Schooris hen taking an interest in a young cock in the corner of the young bird section. It was bred by Wayne Hargreaves from Cambridge from his number one pair. Returns were good five from five and the birds were in excellent condition on their return.

P Lane and Son of Wootton were third north-centre section.

Mr and Mrs Strowager of Leiston were first north-east section on 1641mpm over 418kms.

Clive Salmon of Woodbridge was second north-east section on 1532mpm over 392kms.

James Howells

James Howells of Norwich was third north-east section. James timed a chequer hen.

C Gough of Shrewsbury was first north-west section on 1124mpm over 355kms. Craig timed a grizzle hen bought for £10 in a batch of youngsters and bred by Spencroft Kirkpatricks.

Ian Barnbrook of Alveley was second north-west section on 1183mpm over 330kms

M and C Lee of Worcester were third north-west section. The partners timed a cross bred hen containing Martin Williams of Hereford bloodlines along with some Deweerdt and Denny blood.

That concludes the report on the provisional result of the British International Championship Club young bird race from Guernsey.