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A report on the British International Championship Club race from Le Mans on 15th July 2017

Three hundred and sixty members entered three thousand, one hundred and seventy-nine pigeons into the British International Championship Club race from Le Mans. They were liberated at 10.00CEST into a light north-east wind. The following is a report on the provisional result based on members' verifications.


The Le Mans winner - photo courtesy of Chris Sutton


Kevin Foster - photo courtesy of Chris Sutton

Kevin Foster of Longfield Hill timed a yearling cock on 1357mpm over 373km to take first open and first east section. Flown on the widowhood system , this cock was bred by Tim Rothwell, who looks after all Kevin's stock pigeons. The sire is from John Searle, via Brian Denney's Tuff Nut and Chris Gordon's Snydale Express. The dam is from Tim's Koopman family of Kanibaal and Picasso bloodliines. Kevin timed another Koopman cock bred by Tim shortly after his first arrival.


Tilley & O'Shaughnessy

Second open and second east section was a two year old on 1353mpm over 362km for Tilley and O'Shaughnessy from Maidstone. Steve and Jason clocked a mealy cock flown on the roundabout system and on its fourth channel race of the season. Its bloodlines are Staf Van Reet x Soontjen.


Packer & Clarke

Packer and Clarke from Grays clocked a yearling cock on 1346mpm over 384km to take third open and third east section. This pigeon was bred from stock they obtained from Gerry Clements' Van Den Driessche family of birds. The sire is a grandson of Kronnen, whilst the dam is a daughter of De Kapitein.


Gibbs. Chaplin & White

Fourth open and fourth east section was won by Gibbs, Chaplin and White from Basildon with a two year old on 1340ypm over 394km. The partners timed a Van Reet hen, flown celibate and on its second channel race of the year.


Neil Jones

Neil Jones of Sandwich timed a yearling cock on 1339mpm over 370km to take fifth open and fifth east section. On the sire's side this pigeon contains Tommy Sparkes' Coorman bloodlines, whilst on the dam's it comes through John Halstead's Vandenabeeles. It was raced on the natural system and sent driving its hen to nest.


Fred Ager

Fred Ager of Grays was sixth open and sixth east section with a yearling on 1331.2mpm over a distance of 382km. Fred's chequer widowhood cock was bred from Geerinx pigeons that he obtained from Foxwood Lofts.


Micky Watts

Micky Watts of Southminster was seventh open and seventh east section with a yearling cock on 1331mpm over 404km. This cock was bred by M and D Evans from their Vandenabeele family.


D Wilton & Son

D Wilton and Son of Chadwell St Mary clocked a two year old on 1329mpm over 382km to take eighth open and eighth east section. Their winner from Le Mans was a son of their second open in 2014 from the same racepoint. Both are bred through their old Super Crack and Vale Cahors bloodlines.


Mr Wakerley

Mr and Mrs Wakerley of Basildon were ninth open and ninth east section with a two year old on 1327mpm over 392km. This pigeon contains Hartog bloodlines through Dave and Gary Heywood's Poitiers winner. It was their all pooler and single nomination pigeon.

Completing the top ten and in tenth east section is Bryn Thomas of Tilbury with a yearling on 1323mpm over 382km. Bryn timed a grandson of his first Berwick and second Stonehaven combine winner.

Around the sections


Mark Williams

Mark Williams of Catford was first centre section and eleventh open with a two year old cock on 1322mpm over 378km. Flown on the roundabout system, this cock contains Zwols x Lambrechts bloodlines. The Zwols came via Lee Ogden, whilst the Lambrechts were through Steve Foster.

Ken Wise of Isleworth was second centre section and forty-third open with a yearling on 1253mpm over a distance of 382km.

D and J Novis of Brighton were third centre section.

Tony Seery from Radstock clocked a yearling on 1133mpm over 409km to take first west section and one hundred and sixty-ninth open. Tony's section winner contains Willy Thas bloodlines.

R and J Whiteside of Abbots Leigh were second west section and two hundred and forty-third open with a yearling on 1008mpm over 434km.


Dickinson & Newton

Steve Dickinson and Phil Newton of Locking were third west section with a yearling on 985mpm over 427km. The partners timed a full brother to Phil's second open winner from Poitiers just a few weeks previously.


Mick & Sue Smith

Mr and Mrs M Smith of Rushden timed a two year old on 1259mpm over 475km to take first north-centre section and fortieth open. The Smiths timed a widowhood cock, the sire of which was a Deweerdt from Russell Bradford. The dam is a Meritman cross with Graham Groom's Geoff Cooper bloodlines.


John Black

John Black of Hitchin was second north-centre section and sixty-fifth open with a yearling on 1229mpm over 443km. The dam is a daughter of John Chipperfield's Bullet, whilst the sire is a grandson of André Roodhooft's Golden Pair, from Sheldon Leonard of Arklow, Ireland.

Third north-centre section was won by J Gore and Son from Whaplode with a two year old on 1208mpm over 529km.


Eddie & Clayton Oxborough

Eddy and Clayton Oxborough from Norfolk clocked a four year old on 1330mpm over 520km to take first north-east section and twentieth open. The sire of the section winner came from H and G Cook and Son of Kings Lynn and was bred from one of their top Busschaerts. The dam came from Gilchrist and Brennan from Tyne and Wear, being a daughter of Jimmy's Boy.


Robert Saunders

Robert Saunders of Suffolk was second north-east section and forty-second open with a three year old hen on 1253mpm over 505km. Robert clocked two sisters close together, their sire being a Van Geel, whilst the dam was the daughter of his 2011 Tours national winner. Both were flown on the widowhood system.

Mr and Mrs David Quantrill were third north-east section with a two year old on 1252mpm 505km.


Nigel Matthews

Nigel Matthews of Bridgnorth timed a yearling on 1138mpm over 523km to take first north-west section and one hundred and sixty-third open. This pigeon is bred down from Little Gem bloodlines. Matthew timed a second pigeon which may well take second section and contains Wingdown blood.

Ian Barnbrook of Alveley was second north-west section and two hundred and tenth open with a two year old on 1068mpm over 523km.

T and J Davies of Birtsmorton were third north-west section with a three year old on 949mpm over 476km.

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