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A report on the provisional result of the National Flying Club race from Messac on 5th June 2016

After a one day holdover due to bad weather in the channel, the National Flying Club liberated the birds at Messac on 5th June at 9.40BST into no wind. The following is a report on the provisional result based on members' verifications.

Paul Pym (photo courtesy of Chris Sutton)

First open and first section D went to Exeter fanciers, Mr and Mrs Paul Pym and son Richard with a yearling blue cock on 1256ypm over 212 miles. Paul doesn't train his pigeons due to the hawk problem but the winner had four club races in preparation for Messac. The partners sent twenty and had sixteen back in good time, three of which, including the winner, had been hawked on their journey home. The sire of the winner was bred down from a pair of Bob Fenech's Cooremans, whilst the dam came from the House of Aarden.

Hannah's Boy (photo courtesy of Chris Sutton)


Second open and first section D was won by Daniel Hocking of Bridgwater with a yearling on 1352ypm over 240 miles. Daniel timed a full sister to the pigeon that was tenth open in the provisional result for Alençon, bred from Derek's Flowers' Giessen and Natalie bloodlines.

R Williams and D Paterson from Helston were third open and second section D with a four year old on 1345ypm over 222 miles.

Jackson and Nash of Paignton clocked a two year old on 1340ypm over 197 miles to take fourth open and third section D.

Neville & Diana Spracklen

Neville and Diana Spracklen of Dorchester were fifth open and first section C with a yearling on 1338.8ypm over 202 miles. This is the partners' twentieth section win and this time they clocked a granddaughter of Roger Lowe's My Little Diamond. Neville and Diana timed four in just nine minutes.

Sixth open and fourth section D was a two year old cock on 1338.2 over 205 miles for Mr and Mrs Wilkinson and Son of Plymouth. Their winner was gifted to them by Steve and Lee Luscombe and was raced on a semi-widowhood system.

Second section G

S Moseley of Bristol clocked a two year old on 1327ypm over 250 miles to take seventh open and second section G. Stephen timed a widowhood cock containing his reliable Wildermeersch bloodlines crossed with a dash of Frans Zwols.

Underhill & Prettejohn

Underhill and Prettejohn of Plymouth were eighth open and fifth section D with a yearling cock on 1325ypm over 203 miles. The sire was bred by Jimmy Jackson of Wales and contains his Red Barcelona bloodlines. The dam is a direct daughter of Rode Pau x Zuster Valandas and came from Louella,

Eddie Bateman

Ninth open and first section L was a two year old on 1324ypm over 387 miles for Bateman Brothers and Son from Birkenhead. The partners timed three birds to take first, second and fourth in the section. Their winner is a Lefebre Dhanen x Van Reet hen raced on the roundabout system.

John & David Staddon

Completing the top ten and in third section G are John and David Staddon from Shepton Mallett with a two year old cock on 1322ypm over 232 miles. This cock was bred from a son of Geoff and Catherine Cooper's Woolongong, first international Pau, when paired to a daughter of Annie, their first open winner from Carentan.

Around the sections

D & K Jones

The first three in section A were timed by D & K Jones of Havant, flying 214 miles. The first two contain Herman Ceusters bloodlines which the partners introduced a few years back. Third on the clock was a son of their top cock, Dad's Lad.

Jim Fisher

J M Fisher was first section B with a two year old on 1250ypm over 206 miles. Jim timed a Herman Ceusters bird bred by Derek Spoors from County Durham and raced on the widowhood system.

M Shipp from Portsmouth was second section B. Buddy timed a yearling hen on only its second race of its career. A grandaughter of Champion Ray, this pigeon contains Kees Boshua bloodlines.

Second section C went to P Stoodley of Chard.

Steve & Paul Kulpa

S & P Kulpa of Reading were first section E with a six year old hen on 1221ypm over 253 miles. The sire of Steve and Paul's section winner contains Janssen x De Klak bloodlines and was bred by Han Eijerkamp and Son, being a direct son of Mr Bond. The dam was Sophia, first open NFC Fougères in 2004 and now a top stock hen.

Mark Gilbert of Winsdor was second section E.

Section F was won by F J Quinn from Devizes with a two year old on 1223ypm over 243 miles. Frank timed a hen bred from two birds gifted to him by Andy Parsons of Salisbury. Sadly the cock of this pair was killed by a hawk last year.

Gordon Seeney

G R Seeney of Didcot was second section F. Gordon timed a hen from his Soontjen x Filmstar family of pigeons containing the old Tasker Haeltermns bloodlines.

Richard Howey

R T Howey of Northampton was first section H with a two year old on 1173ypm over 308 miles. Richard's section winner was bred from a Jan Aarden, The Lance Corperal, loaned to him by Clive Brown of Alconbury. The dam was first section, thrteenth open with the National Flying Club in 2012.

Terry Roughton of Wisbech was second section H. Terry timed the same hen that won the section from Messac last season, Lou, which was raced on the roundabout system.

T J Durows of Birmingham was first section I with a six year old cock on 1257ypm over 317 miles. Bred from a pair of Ponderosa Janssens, this cock was raced on the widowhood system.

Roy Parkes of Birmingham was second section I. Roy's winner contains Felix Pauwel x Kees Boshua bloodlines and was raced on the widowhood system.

Kimberley Shaw

Mr and Mrs Shaw from Wolverhampton were first section J with a three year old on 1294ypm over 326 miles. The section topper has been a consistent performer for the Shaws and goes by the name of Cavalry. Cavalry was bred from an RPRA award winner paired to a daughter of Dancing Queen.

Alex Stewart

A Stewart of Stoke on Trent was second section J. Alex timed a three year old, red hen on the first channel race of its career.

Shackleton & Son

Brian Shackleton and Son of Keighley were first section K with a four year old cock on 1230ypm over 418 miles. The partners purchased the sire of this winner from a breeder buyer sale and it was bred by Don McCartney from Carnforth. The dam is the loft's best breeding hen.

K Fields of Rotherham was second section K. Keith timed a cock bred from a cock he was loaned by John Dudhill when paired to a hen from Ron and Nigel Dennett

John & Steven Best

John Best and Son of Stockton on Tees timed two pigeons to take the first two places in section N. The first was a four year old on 1080ypm over 468 miles. John and Steven clocked their first at 5.19am on the second day and the second just over forty minutes later, so both birds must have been close to home the previous evening. Both were hens flown on the roundabout system.

Varty & Grandson

James Varty, Son and Grandson topped section O with a two year old hen bred by Egremont fancier David Wilson and containing Jos Thoné bloodlines.

B McAllister of Buntingford was first section P with a five year old on 1102ypm over 297 miles.

Steve Coxall

Steve Coxell of Ongar was second section P. Steve timed a widowhood cock bred from a green eyed cock that is a full brother to Mark Bulled's second Messac winner. The dam was purchased from Gary Inkley of Essex.

Padfield Family (photo courtesy of Chris Sutton)

The Padfield Family of Cwmtillery timed a three year old cock on 1293ypm over 278 miles to take first section W. The sire of this section winner is a son of Dave, first and third national Tarbes, when paired to a duaghter of Padfield's Invincible.

G Treharne and Son of Nantyglo were second section W. The runner-up is a roundabout cock containing Raoul Verstraete and Rutz and Sons bloodlines.

That concludes the report on the provisional result of the National Flying Club race from Messac.