Allan & Tom Wright (photo courtesy of Chris Sutton)
First open and first north-east section went to Allan and Tom Wright from Norwich with a six year old on 752mpm over 688 miles. This cock was raced on the widowhood system and on its sire's side it was bred from a son of Kleine Molenaar and a daughter of Euro Diamond. On the dam's side there is a son of Blauwe Vanoppen and a daughter of Pocasso, both from Guy Baerts of Belgium.
Geoff & Clayton Preece (photo courtesy of Chris Sutton)
Geoff and Clayton Preece of Dover timed a five year old on 676mpm over 597 miles to take second open and first east section. Geoff and Clayton timed a second pigeon on 410mpm to take thirteenth open and eleventh east section. First on the clock was a chequer, white flight cock containing Stoffel Marseille Star bloodlines crossed with those of Bill Woodall's Dragon Boy. Second to home was a cock containing Stoffel 270 x Hermes lines. Both pigeons were raced on the widowhood system.
Lee & Kevin Buddle
Lee and Kevin Buddle of Dover were third open and second east section with a five year old on 605mpm over 595 miles. The partners clocked a hen named Lynx and competing in its sixth race at over five hundred miles. The sire of Lynx is a direct Geoff and Catherine Cooper, being a double grandson of Farm Boy. The dam was bred by Mike Mitchell of Dover and is a daughter of his super Dutch Hen.
F Knowles and Son of Wingham timed two pigeons to take fourth and seventh open, third and fifth east section. First on the clock was a three year old on 594mpm over 606 miles. The winner of fourth open is a hen that flew Marseille last season and contains Mick Parish bloodlines. Next to time was a seven year old on 542mpm on its first race from Marseille. This cock contains Cyril Well's marathon family lines.
P C Delea of Rainham, past winner from Barcelona, clocked a two year old hen on 562mpm over 639 miles to take fifth open and fourth east section. Sent sitting eggs' this hen contains the best of Paul's long established distance family. This family is based on the old Kenyons and Stranraer Simon Kirkpatricks.
Marius Sepciuc's hen
Marius Sepciuc from Kingsbury was sixth open and first centre section with a two year old on 561mpm over 652 miles. Marius started racing pigeons in the Uk in 2013 and the pigeon that he clocked from Marseille contains Ken Hine bloodlines when crossed with those of Verweij-Castricum from the Netherlands.
SR and WH Knox of Tyler Hill timed two pigeons to take seventh and twelfth open, sixth and tenth east section. First on the clock was a four year old on 502mpm over 610 miles. This hen has now flown the channel ten times and was seventh open from Marseille last season, it is a grandaughter of the dam of Bill's timer from Barcelona this season. Next to time was a five year old on 416mpm and on its fifteenth channel crossing.
Dave Hales (photo courtesy of Chris Sutton)
Dave Hales of Hockley also timed two pigeons to take ninth and fourteenth open, seventh and twelfth east section. First home was a four year old on 429mpm over 637 miles. Named Comfort Zone, this pigeon was first open Marseille last season and contains Parker x Hagen bloodlines. Next up was a two year old, widowhood cock taking part in its first international race, on 400mpm.
Dickie & Steve Pearmain
Dickie Pearmain and Son from Wickford were tenth open and eighth east section with a three year old on 423mpm over 640 miles. The Pearmains only sent the one hen and so were pleased to time her. The dam of this pigeon is a daughter of Dave Goddard's Spanish Diploma winner, Rebbecka and the sire is a direct Nico Volkens.
Dave Delea (photo courtesy of Chris Sutton)
D A Delea of Rainham clocked a three year old cock on 417mpm over 639 miles to take eleventh open and ninth east section. Dave clocked a black cock that last season was sixth section from Agen.
J Lane of Whitstable was fifteenth open and thirteenth east section with a three year old cock on 377mpm over 614 miles. John's timer was bred from a son of Terry Johnson's Barcelona winner, Spartan when paired to a P Overwater hen. Flown on the natural system this cock was sent sitting eggs.
That concludes the report on the provisional result of the British International Championship Club race from Marseille, held in conjunction with the international.