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A report on the British Barcelona Club young bird race from Guernsey on 26th August 2023

97 members sent 1,165 young birds to Guernsey with the British Barcelona Club. They were liberated at 08.30CEST into fresh west-south-west winds. The following is a report on the provisional result based on members' verifications.

First open and first section G was a young bird on 1873ypm over 138 miles for Chris Neve and Daughter of Shoreham by Sea. Chris' blue, white flight hen is a great-grand-daughter bred down from James Parker's original Lambrecht stock. Chris is helped and advised by Tony Dumbrell. 

Leon McMahon and the first arrival

P and L McMahon of Brighton were second open and second section G with a youngster on 1851ypm over 142 miles. Peter and Leon first bird home was a chequer hen bred by Russell Skinner of Boston from a daughter of Rheedeem when paired to Goud Bet, a grand-daughter of Jellema's Zwart Goud. The partners timed a second hen, three second later and this was bred from Geerinckx x Gaston x Foxy Lady lines from Syndicate Lofts. 

Leon McMahon & second arrival
Mark Gilbert

Mark Gilbert of Windsor timed a young bird on 1788ypm over a distance of 157 miles to take third open and first section D. Mark had sixteen birds on the clock within a minute, a mixture of youngsters and old hens. 

Gilbert young bird pedigree
Lee Bastone

Lee Bastone of Burnham on Sea was fourth open and first section J on 1779ypm over 208 miles. Lee's first timer was bred from Proper Rik from Peter Fox of Syndicate Lofts. 

Ron & Tracy Gunn

T and J Gunn timed a young bird on 1777ypm over 142 miles to take fifth open and third section G. Tracy and Jordan timed Bent Keel, a young bird gifted to them by D Sallis. 

Freddie Hadley & Heath Archibald

Freddie Hadley and Family of Leigh on Sea were sixth open and second section J with a young bird on 1777ypm over 142 miles. Freddie's youngster was bred by Topp and Mann of Rayleigh and contains their Vandenabeele bloodlines. It was sent sitting twelve day eggs. Freddie's second youngster was bred by Lewis and Angie Milne and Family of Doncaster. 

Sparks & Dallas

Sparks and Dallas of Gravesend had two youngsters drop together to take seventh and eighth open, fourth and fifth section G on 1764ypm and 1762ypm over a distance of 185 miles. First on the clock contains Brandon Webb of Wales bloodlines. Second to time also contains Brandon's bloodlines but crossed with those of Norman Sibley's Ceulemans. 

John & Matt Drain's cock

Ninth open and first section A was a young bird on 1725ypm over 112 miles for J and M Drain of Hayling Island. John and Matt's winner was a Janssen based cock. They also timed a second bird containing Frans Zwols bloodlines. 

John, Matt & Maisy Drain
Roger Lowe & Diane Abery

Completing the top ten and in second section G is Roger Lowe from Reading with a young bird on 1715ypm over 153 miles. The sire of Roger's youngster is Fast Red, 1st BBC National and a son of Fast as Lightning. The dam is The One, first CSCFC, bred from Main Man (2nd and 3rd open Saintes) when paired to Lucky Supreme, a daughter of Gilbert's Southfield Supreme. 

Around the sections 

Wearn & Neilson's hen

Second section A was a youngster on 1712ypm over a distance of 124 miles for Wearn Brothers and Neilson of Ramsdean. Erik pigeon was a Stefaan Lambrecht bred by James and Peter Parker. 

Lanahan and Gerard of Poole were first section B on 1553ypm over 92 miles. The partners timed a second bird to also take sixth section. Danny and John's young bird was bred by Sven Zimmerman of Germany. It contains Josef bloodlines. 

Mark Gower

Mr and Mrs Gower of Fordingbridge were second section B on 1521ypm over 106 miles. The Gowers timed three further pigeons to take third, fourth and fifth section. Mark and Julie's first to time was bred from a son of Bob-De-Batt when paired to a daughter of Iceman, both bred by Mark Evans from his Vandenabeele family. 

Martin Williams

Martin Williams of Hereford was the section C winner with a young bird on 1320ypm over 176 miles. Martin's blue, white flight cock contains his old Sablon family bloodlines. 

Clift & Harding

Clift and Harding of Tirley were the section C runners-up on 1181ypm over 170 miles. Graham and George's youngster was bred by Jeremy Davies out of his top Tarbes hen, in turn bred from a sister to first international for Geoff and Catherine Cooper. The sire is a grandson of Euro Diamond and Southfield Supreme. 

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