This is the section report for the final race of the season for the National Flying Club was held from Guernsey on the 6th September which was sponsored by Benzing and The House of Aarden. Both young Birds and Old Hens were raced in conjunction with Mike Lovelock winning the Young Bird race and Brian Reenes the Old Hens, both of which have been reported on separately. Firstly I would like to thank another one of our sponsors Vanrobaeys who have supplied all of the pigeon feed for the transportation of our birds in all of the National Flying Club races. They have supported the club for many years and it is hoped for many years in the future. Many thanks to them and their team at Astbury Farm for ensuring the transporter always had adequate supplies of quality corn on board.
On to section A and I would like to thank Darren May for applying his local knowledge and helping to compile all of the reports once again over the season. I would also like to extend a special thought to Alan Blake who sadly passed away a few weeks ago, his contributions were always acquired with great enthusiasm for the section and he even approached Darren to replace him when he knew he would no longer be able to give as much to the NFC as he thought the members deserved. R.I.P Alan, you will be sadly missed.
First section from Guernsey was Charles Ayling who also won 3rd and 5th. Charles would like to thank the marking team for doing a great job over the season and congratulate Dave Waterhouse and Rodney Broome for their results on a hard day in an easterly wind.
His first pigeon was home bred from a pair of Vandenabeeles bought at the Holland show in 2019 from Roel Gossen and was flown natural. His 3rd and 5th placed birds were also home bred from his Vandenabeeles. He would also like to thank good friend Brian Wall for putting himself out to take him training and to the Premier 100 club for all their congratulations. Second was Rodney Broome with a Busschaert direct from Louella stud and they too extend their gratitude to the Convoying team for looking after the birds.
Fourth was Daryll Luxford in Horley adn can be seen pictured with his daughter Erin.
He times a blue cock whos sire was bred by Nigel Llewelyn of Southampton from his Van der Espt blood ad nth edam was bred by House of Aarden being a double granddaughter of “Iron Lady”.
First section in the Old Hens race was Bertie Shepherd with a hen down from his Merit Award winner “Rainbow Lad”.Second was A J Boughen from Liphook with D Turner in Dorking taking third and D Walker in Bordon fourth. Gordon Marsh came in fifth with “ Woodlands Anne“ sired by a winner of 4x1sts and other prizes including 3rd fed 2140 birds.
His sire being a full brother to Crammond and Langstaff’s 8 times fed winner plus a full brother to “Woodlands Anne” was first section A NFC, 3rd section BICC a couple of years ago, then “Anne” went back to Guernsey the following week to score 1st central section Any Age in the BICC.
Once again, I am grateful to Bill Edwards in Gosport for all his help in compiling the section reports, it is truly appreciated. Bill writes; Leading the way in Section B, in what turned out to be a testing Guernsey YB race is the ever consistent Mark Gower of Fordingbridge on the edge of the New Forrest. Mark would like to congratulate the winner, Mr Lovelock on a great bird at that distance. Marks pigeon was on Darkness until mid-June but apart from that everything is natural with both sexes in together and a few pair up.
They are fed on Country wide YB corn and trained a couple of times a week when work allows. The sire is a lovely cock bird gifted by Gordon Emm and had won 1st Open BBC Messac for Gordon & Pat, being a Herman Cuesters bred from Ponderosa Stud. The Dam was bred by House of Aarden and is from their direct Frans Zwols birds. The preparation for the section winner was two 61 mile and one 107 mile races from the West with the Wiltshire Fed. Mark entered 12 birds and had 7 on the day with 2 more early the next morning and finished by saying well done to the convoyers, as all his birds came back in good condition after an extra couple of days in the basket, and also thank you to the Southampton marking team who are always very helpful. Enjoying a great race taking 2nd and 3rd sect is top flyer Dave & Lisa Waterhouse.
Dave would like to congratulate the winner and all the Section winners on a very hard and testing day where there are a lot of babies and old hens still missing. Dave said that his first two birds fought a very strong North East wind on a very hot day. His first bird being bred out of the race loft, the Sire being a G’Gson of the Greipel VDB x Lambrect and his second pigeon is a Leo Hermans, which is down from Olympic Power. Dave also has another 4 or 5 hens that are in the result which gave him a much fulfilled performance but he only had 7 back on the day and 13 missing which he hoped would work their way in over the following days. Dave would also like to say a big thank you to the convoyers and all involved. Fourth is another consistent Portsmouth loft, Nick Wilson from Hilsea.
Nick said that his babies have been coming really well in batches and the bird has been with the leading birds every week. He is a Van Den Bulck from WBS breeding station’s Kittle and Blue Leo lines via Robbie Jones.
Rod and Angie Berry were fifth on the edge of the New Forrest and would like to congratulate all the section winners on a testing race.
Rod and Angie sent 8 birds and had 7 on the day. Their 5th section winner is a Ch pied hen having Pitbull blood lines on both the sire and dams side. The nest mate was 1st club, 9th Fed 2 days earlier. Sixth was Mr & Mrs Gower with seventh being the Wimborne loft of Jim Fisher.
His first and 3rd birds home were bred from a cock that had been purchased from the D & D McFadden clearance sale which was named Mary’s Boy who himself was a good racer, scoring 1st Section National Fougeres, which was paired to a direct Eijerkamp hen from the Claudio Che lines.
Leading the way in Section B for the Old Hens National and enjoying an excellent race by also being 4th and 5th section is the Portsmouth loft of Jason Ross, who is no stranger to the winner’s enclosure and Jason would like to congratulate all the prize winners on a tough day.
This is the first time that he has sent to the NFC Old Hens as he is usually busy training the youngsters, but this year he did not breed any young birds because he is looking to finishing once the remaining old birds are raced out. After deciding to keep the old hens going he sent them to Guernsey the week before with the BICC but was disappointed with their results, so he decided to take them off roundabout and pair them back up. This turned out to be a good decision and gave them the motivation required. Jason’s Section winner is a yearling Vandenabeele hen bred from his stock birds and has previously had good positions in the Club and Fed. Jason had 10 of his 12 entries home on the day. Second is the Southampton loft of Phil Priddle, again, no stranger to the prizes.
Phil only sent 2 birds to the old hens National and knew that the birds old and young were in for a hard race after a 2 day hold over and a North East wind. He was pleased to see his first old hen trap at 12 47 closely followed by his 2nd hen at 13 03. His 2nd Section winner is a Vandenabeele who’s Dam and Granddam both flew well for Phil in National races and being bred down from Mark Evans pigeons. His second arrival is from his old family of Lafebre Dhanens that he has cultivated successfully over many years. Phil would like to congratulate all the prize winners and also thank all the workers in our sport. Third was Keith Thomas from Havant.
Personally, it was a great pleasure to speak to Keith about his success because he has not enjoyed the best of health over the past few years. Keith would like to congratulate Jason Ross on winning Section B old hens. As well as winning third place Keith had another two quite close behind and all six entries home on the day. His bird is now called Meridian Lucy and was gifted from good friend Dave Cave of Emsworth who is consistently hard to beat in the Solent Fed. The hens were prepared for this race on his own very loose Roundabout system with 25 mile training tosses 3 or 4 times a week for the last 3 weeks which included Guernsey with BICC the week before where they did him proud, but he let them down badly. His health problems in 2019 and 2020 has left him with interrupted sleep patterns so generally he gets up around 5 am which he did on the day of the BICC race. After a long wait 2 arrived together at a very good time so he thought that he would have a coffee first before verifying. Well, he fell asleep and did not wake up until he had missed the verification time for them and a couple more. On asking his wife why she had not woken him, not that he had asked her to, she replied that he looked so peaceful and did not want to disturb him. Keith explained that his hens may be older than most and this is because he only breeds or keeps 8 to 10 young birds each year.
These reports for section C are with the kind assistance of Dianne and Neville Spracklen who have once again made themselves available all season to help compile these comprehensive reports for their section and I am pleased to say they have on many occasions been the subject of interest having been in the top five themselves. Well done both and I thank you once again. First and fourth in the young bird race was M & M Wiffen in Dorchester who would like to thank the NFC for the great race.
He had eight on the day and two the following morning in good condition with the first bird being a dark chequer hen whose sire is a black Rico cock from the House of Aarden and the dam is from his Scot Storrie distance family. The second bird was a chequer white flight cock, the sire is from the Blue Badge lines from the House of Aarden and the dam is also from their Scot Storrie distance family. They are both darkness young birds and having retired in March Mick has had more time with them and this has made a big difference. Second was the ever present Mel and Sue King in Blandford Forum. They would like to congratulate all the winners and their first bird was bred from the race team being line bred back to their original M & D Gabys. The sire won 1st in the Federations longest Y.B race 2020. His sire is a G son of Bliksem 781 full brother of Rudy. The Fed winners sire was paired to a full sister of Eros 1st open NFC National Nantes. The dam is again from another full sister to Eros when paired to the sire of our 1st open NFC Countance winner which is of P & D Houfflijn origin. In third place was another consistent fancier in National racing John Halstead who also won second and fourth section in the old hens. In the YB national John timed a blue chequer cock of Gaby Vandenabeele bloodlines whose 2 grandsires had both won first in National races. His dam is the last daughter of Nyland Nadal winner of 1st BBC Bordeaux 429 miles in 2008 for John. This young cock had also won club first prizes on the 14th and 22nd of August and has been flown on the darkness system. In the old hens National John timed two dark chequer hens sent sitting 12 days on eggs at basketing. The second prize winner is a granddaughter of Nyland Ashley (2nd open Barcelona) and has previously been 5th & 7th section in the same race in 2019 and 2020, whilst her brother has achieved 2nd section in the 2018 YB National and 3rd section 115th Open NFC Messac against 4909 birds as a yearling. His second bird was a 5 year old hen of Bertus Corteels and Vulcan hen bloodlines which has previously won 1st sect 86th open 964 birds from NFC Coutances in 2017, 2nd section 54th open BBC Fougeres and 5 other top 8 section finishes in Nationals, indeed the previous week she finished 8th section 50th Open BICC Guernsey 1502 birds. Fifth in the young bird race was Phil Bond who would like to pass on these tips ‘When the young birds are about 2 months old I put 2ml of Molemec on the back of their neck, and 2ml on their vent. Why put it on their vent? Well, the fleas have to drink don’t they? And this works for me. I get it from Mole Valley Farmers and it’s for cattle and birds but isn’t suitable for dogs and cats. After 2 days there are no fleas and I do this twice a year. I think it works much better than One-Spot. Then at the same time, I put the young birds in the training boxes for 24 hours only, with food and water. When and young birds are ranging they go off in the north, north-east and north-west and some times in the south but this is very rare. When they start to come back from ranging from 1 to 5 hours in small groups, I put them to their first training toss, at 30 or 40 mile twice or three times south, south east and south west. They have 17 training tosses up to 60 or 70 miles away, then when all birds are fit and healthy, they go to Guernsey 3 times, twice with the BICC once with the NFC. I never insult my birds with stage training, when they are training around the loft, going off 1 to 5 hours they don't need it. Otherwise, you end up with a loft full of rubbish. They get good mixed food, and when training they get light food and mixed food, if I give them a day off or more. In their water I put apple cider vinegar and garlic and this keeps the birds in good health, I do this all the time. I hope some readers will find that helpful and trust me Molmec really does work. I wish everyone the best of luck in our sport that is getting all the harder.’ First, third and fifth in the old hens is Mike Staddon of Crewkerne who had a great race and would like to congratulate all the section and Open winners especially Brian Reene of Honiton for winning 1st Open Old Hens Race with a single entry, and Mike Lovelock 1st Open Young birds.
Mikes section winner is a Chequer Pied Yearling sitting in the young bird loft paired to a young cock. She came direct from the west and trapped really well having her first experience of the English Channel. She was bred from two racers which were lost this season on June 19th. His second hen was bred by Neville Spracklen of Dorchester. Not knowing the exact breeding, she was one of six gifted to him by Neville in 2019. Mike entered 12 Hens and got all 12 back in excellent condition on the day so a big pat on the back for the convoying team and race controller. All 12 Hens were sent natural, all sitting eggs and Mike believes this is his 45th time of winning 1st Section, a record to be really proud of.
With Gill and John McClements off to sunny Spain and Portugal in their camper van, Richard Goodier stepped up to take over this time to compile the section D report. My thanks go to John and Gill plus Wayne Wright as well as Richard Goodier who are all willing to give their time for the NFC reports. First and second section in the young bird race was Joshua Goodier with a chequer raced on the darkness system and bred by his dad Richard Goodier from his P & D Stud Van Den Bulck lines, "Expensive Kittel", "Nova Sagan" and "Goede Roede Witpen”. His second bird was a chequer pied hen gifted to him by club mate Simon Cordery who always gifts birds every year to new starters and young members. She is bred from one of Simons good Ken Ware pair which have bred lots of section D prize winners crossed with a hen from Rich Goodier. Both birds where raced on darkness and are fed Versaelle Laga mixtures. This is a well-deserved win for Josh, not only does he put the time and effort in with his own birds he is a hard club worker and takes the birds in to Exeter to load on to the Fed lorry every Friday night, well done young man. Third and fifth was Mark and Sarah Beavis who send their congratulations to Josh for 1st sect 4th Open.
Their first bird “Emma” was bred from a bird purchased from Mike Lysett, Vandenbelle X Demeyer who has been very consistent as a young bird. She was sent to Guernsey very keen on 10 day old eggs. Their second pigeon “Tip Top Lesley” has been very promising in her early years. She is bred from the very best of the Franz Wolz of The House of Aarden. Sire is from Steve’s generation, Dam is from Lesley’s generation, both bred from their super stock cock New Generation, off the Champion Pigeon Tip Top Junior. This Hen was also sitting 10 days and won the 1st Club, 11th section, 46th Fed from Newbury the week before. Fourth was Alan Harwood from Sidmouth who timed a blue cheq natural cock bred through the lines of "Blitzen" & "Mystique"which was gifted to Alan by his good friend Bob Kirby. The birds where in excellent condition on return so well done the convoy team on looking after the birds for such a long time in the basket. Alan would also like to congratulate Joshua Goodier who is my club mate on his 1st & 2nd section, 4th & 30th Open, Josh showed his dad how race young birds the national way. After a long hold over it shows how important it is to train your young birds to eat and drink in the basket.
First in the old hens race was the outright winner Brian Reene with a hen bred by Peter Clarke of Rowly Lofts being a double granddaughter of Darran McFaddens “Simply the Best” winner of 1st Open LSECC Tarbes in 2005 when paired to his own daughter “Razors Girl” who had also won 1st Open LSECC Tarbes in 2008. Peter acquired both the parents at the entire clearance sales of Darran’s and Crammond & Langstaff. When Brian purchased “The Chosen 1” as a baby, Peter suggested she should go straight into the stock loft but Brian had other ideas as he likes to race his birds and although she was not raced as a youngster, he gave her a federation race from the Isle of Wight as well as letting her hatch a youngster to look after in preparation for the NFC race from Guernsey. Brian knew she was very keen on her baby and although his single entry raised some eyebrows at the marking station, he grew more and more confident as the holdover went on as he knew she would grow even keener to get home. The afore mentioned Simon Cordery was second and fourth section and would like to congratulate Brian Reene on winning the old hens open race, as we haven't had many national winners in this area.
He would also like to congratulate club mate Joshua Goodier on finishing fourth open young bird national, as he spent most of the day in first place. Simons 3rd Open 2nd Section hen was a Lambrecht racing to a pair of dummy eggs. When he was at the Blackpool show in 2019 he took a fancy to a hen for sale on the JPS lofts stall and after getting into conversation with James Parker, he purchased the Lambrecht hen and he kindly gifted Simon two cocks. One was paired with the hen and every youngster off this hen has done well for me. His fourth section winner is a Leen Boar bred from a pair purchased from Tumley Lofts and she has been a very consistent racer from Sec D Old hens. Third was Wayne Wright with a chequer hen bred by Mark, Sarah and Beth Beavis which comes from their De Clack family and was also 51st open in NFC Guernsey 2.
She was unraced as a young bird and was raced on the roundabout system as a yearling. Wayne would like to say thank you to everyone who works hard and gives up their free time for the NFC. The partnership of Simon Cordery and Colin Roast finished fifth section with a hen which was bred from a pair of Richard Goodier stock birds which were kindly loaned to them. This hen was also 6th section young birds national a year ago.
First and fifth section in the young bird race was Mr & Mrs Froude from Caversham in Reading with Steve Buckle from Northwood winning second section.
His bird has also won 1st Club 2nd Fed Yelveton, 1st Club 2nd Fed Blandford. The Dam is a De Klak x Van Loon Cock gifted by Jeff Poole, a club member from Kings Langley. Steve is pictured with his dog Kilo and Grandson Baye, a future pigeon fancier in the making. Third were Chitty Brothers from Kings Langley with Mark Gilbert fourth and also winning the first four positions in the old hens race. Garry Inkley came in fifth place with a grizzle yearling hen, previously raced widowhood but repaired and sent feeding a seven day old youngster.
From the previous Guernsey she won 13th section and 234th open and her sire is from Peter Fox, Syndicate Lofts being a son of Outlaw and Rowen. Her dam I purchased at the De Duif sale, bred by Bosman-Leekens.
Once again J & P Parker from Beenham take the top spot in the section as well as the second place too. Third and fourth were B Sherman and S Wells in Oxford with their frist young bird bred down from Silver Shadow Van Loons and the second one from a grandson of Southfield Supreme when paired to a Marcel Sangers hen from a Camphuis cock X the Stipa hen.
They were raced on the darkness system and separated from the young hens only seeing each other when they came back from a training toss or a race. Also being fourth in the old hens race their birds was bred from birds bought at John Fretwells clearance sale as they were the parents of John's 1st open Midlands National winner from Carentan. Their hen was sent sitting a four day old youngsters and they would like to say well done to all the Fanciers who done well in these two races. Fifth Section youngsters is Dave Lee of the Mr & Mrs HD Lee partnership from Reading who timed ‘Number 75’ a Janssen / Syndicate Lofts young cock which was bred for Dave by his good friend Brian Murray from Altrincham. The Sire of Number 75 is a half-brother to 'Astbury Mint' winner of 1st Section L 55th Open NFC Sigogne 2,660 birds 2018, 3rd Section L 30th Open NFC Sigogne 2,531 birds 2019, 80th Open NFC Fougeres 6,678 birds 2019, 80th NFC Messac 4,909 birds 2019 plus 1st Section & 1st Open Bamford Gold Ring race winning £1,462 and many other prizes etc. The Dam of ‘Number 75’ is a daughter of 'V55' winner of 1st Club, 1st Fed , 1st Section 3rd Open Up North Combine 11,772 birds. First section in the old hens are the Cowley Brothers in Cirencester who would like to congratulate Brian Reene of Honiton on a testing day, sending one bird and winning! Incredible.
Their section winning pigeon is a two year old Jos Thone grizzle hen. Sire of Sumo lines and Dam of Poco lines. She timed from this race as a yearling and was 61st open BICC AA the previous week. She was sent feeding a 2 week old young bird. She has been consistent this season and they are very pleased of her late form. Second, third and fifth were Mr & Mrs D J Newman in Long Crendon, Aylesbury.
First section G was Leigh Sheppard in Bath who is having his first season back in the sport following the passing of his grandfather Brian Sheppard of Towbridge.
He bought four young birds online from Chris Baxter of North Yorkshire as it seemed like a very genuine add and after they got chatting to arrange transport, he said he would really like to send me a couple more birds completely free of charge and one of these was the section winner. She is bred from a Soderland & Maddison pigeon King Arthur 1st open NFC Saintes on the sires side and Ulrich Lemmens lines on the dams side.She had 15 training tosses south before being turned north to race 3 times with the WOESRC for some experience in which she was his first pigeon twice and won the club from Stratford upon Avon. She then had five tosses south in preparation for the national and was sent on a 10 day old squeaker. She was really fancied on the day so he had her pooled up on the race sheet and Leigh would like to take this opportunity to thank Chris Baxter again for his generosity in sending him the pigeons, a real gentleman of the sport. Second and fifth was R Guest from Lydney with Dave and John Staddon from Dicheat in third and fourth place. They sent 13 summer-bred youngsters and 2 darkies to the Guernsey National. The summer-breds were all having their first race and were very ragged in the moult. They had two weeks of intensive training before the race in all weathers and they got 9 summer-breds home which we were very pleased with, in a difficult race. The winner of 3rd section G is bred from Rembrandt a son of Portrait Boy 1st Sec 2nd Open 68th International Agen 22,000b when he was paired to Evie their NFC Ace Pigeon in 2018.
The mother is Jella a hen bought from Barry & Pete Winter. The 4th Section winner is bred from Marathon Man a son of Red Treble and Evie NFC Ace Pigeon 2018 when paired to Gina G-Force a daughter of G-Force their 2016 NFC Ace Pigeon when paired with the racing legend Gina G who won 2nd 4th & 4th Open in National races. All these youngsters will be put away for 2022 now. First and fourth in the old hens was Mr & Mrs Kerr from Gloucester who would like to congratulate the winners and all who took part.
Their 1st Section winner is a fantastic consistent hen which was also 15th WOESRC 4,500 birds from Littlehampton. Her dam is a half-sister of our Champion ‘Izzy’ bred by Alen Gibb and sire is a full son of ‘Izzy’. Their next two birds full sisters and are great granddaughters of ‘Izzy’ being bred from stock birds. Their whole full loft is based on direct birds from ‘Izzy’ which was a racing bird until her retirement in 2019, which meant she wasn’t heavily bred but all her direct birds went into the stock loft. For anyone who doesn’t know, she was 1st Section 4th open, 1st Section 1st open, 2nd Section 2nd open CSCFC and 1st Section 16th open NFC from Tarbes and Pau, 604 miles and 597 miles. In this year alone we have had 3 section winners and an open winner plus two 4th sections in the NFC and CSCFC all down from her. She was a superb racer and now an ace breeder. They are sorry to say that due to family commitments they are finishing this year, they have thoroughly enjoyed it but now it’s time to move on they’ve met some great people, had some great results and now are bowing out with a fantastic NFC result! Second was W Morris with “Treble ‘O’ Two” a dark medium to small hen bred from birds that have flown the Channel for a number of years.
She flew the Channel as a yearling and all the National races this year so this was her third visit to Guernsey. Unfortunately she lost her cock earlier in the year so has been flown to her perch. On her return to the loft she was still quite fresh so decided to have three fly pasts before landing. Her Grandsire on the Dams side flew Tarbes 604 miles on the day, winning a cup for longest flying bird on the day when he lived near Gloucester. Bill Harris from Elton followed up with third and fifth section.
The first bird is a 5 year old Blue Cheq bred by Cormac O'Hare of Northern Ireland and hen has been a consistent bird which has flown the channel many times including Bergerac with the CSCFC. His second arrival was a 2 year old home grown blue bar bred out of a pair of stock birds. The sire is a Vandenabeele on loan from Joe Baker of Hereford and the dam was purchased from the RPRA One Loft Race auction as she was 8th Ace Pigeon. All his birds are raced on the roundabout system. He sent five birds to the race and had all five home in good condition. He sends his congratulations to Mr. Kerr of Gloucester, the section winner, and thanks the race controlling and convoying teams for their patience and good work over the weekend of the race.
First section H was C Crick & Son in Stotfold, Hertfordshire. Their first pigeon was a little chequer hen that was sent sitting eggs who on her previous race she was 2nd in the Baldock Flying Club being narrowly beaten by a loft mate. She is bred from Cooreman x Mark Gilbert pigeons and they were very pleased to see her make it home in good time. Having a great race taking second, third and fourth places was John Black in Stottford, Hitchin.
He timed a Blue cock from eggs via club mate Les Jones from his family of Marley Westrop birds, which have proved very successful for him over the years. Sire was 34th Open Messac and Grandsire was 23rd Open Tarbes for Les. Second bird home was a Chequer cock son of his good Raymond Molderveld who has bred birds to win up to 1st Section Agen, the Dam is from Simon Knowles of Kent full of Barcelona winning blood. Third bird home at fourth section is a Red Chequer cock. Sire Mealy cock from Guy Reed Isle of Wight from his family of National winning birds, this being his first year in the stock shed, Dam is a Granddaughter of “Seb” father of “Wingdown” on one side on the other side she’s a Granddaughter of John Chipperfield Lady Teresa 1st Perpignan and 2nd Pau. All three cocks where racing to the perch. John says “well done all Section winners and thanks to the National flying club for doing a good job of looking after the birds, returns where not bad 6 from 14 on the day 4 more next day happy on a hard days racing.” Following up in fifth place was Paul West from Newark with a bird of the old school, Frans Van Wildemeerch which he has had for 25 years.
It's Grandsire was 2nd Section K 42nd Open NFC and it's Granddam was 6th Section 25th Open MNFC Bordeaux for the Corkett Family. It was a tough old race for those in the East, Paul had three of his five entries home. One on the day and the others next morning. Well done to the winner, and a big well done to Jonny Walker in my old Section K. Also thanks to Gringo Ablitt for doing the clocks all season. It gives me great pleasure to report on Barry Baker for winning the old hens section as well as third and fifth place.
He had leukaemia and has not been in the loft since November and is thankful to his family as they have all helped with the basketing, feeding and watering. They followed his instructions but he knows he could not have continued without the help of them and friend John Norris. His first pigeon back was a 2 year old hen, bred from a son of Mark Gilbert’s Southfield Supreme when paired to a granddaughter of the European Bull. All were sent feeding a 10 day old youngsters and his second bird back which was 3rd section was a yearling Ken Darlington special, her sire was Ken’s Superstar and her dam was the nest mate to his Guernsey bird national winner. The 3rd bird was a 3 year old experienced hen, she has been across the channel 6 times. She is bred from a son of Jan Poulders Black Magic Woman, Perpignan National Winner. In second and fourth place was Noel Callaghan in Great Shelford with a hen bred by neighbour Bernard Wallman from Jan Aarden stock. She previously went to Guernsey with BICC and was 29th N.E sec 328th open and had homed just out of race time from N.F.C. PAU in 2020. His second bird is from his Brixioux family blended from birds from Jimmy Hamilton of Fife and Bill Kitchen Midlands although sadly neither are no longer with us .Last year she was 12th NE Sect 179th Open BICC Bordeaux 502miles 4th Sect H.59th Open N.F.C. Old hens 25th NE Sect 173rd Open B.I.C.C old hens 2018 as a Yearling late bred she was 8th Sect H 185th Open NFC Old Hens and 23rd NE Sect 153rd Open.BICC old hens. She comes from a long line of birds scoring for all the time all the way out to Barcelona 750 miles.
First section I was Lourens Londt in Cannock with a blue bar hen bred out of two young birds he bough tat John Fretwells entire clearance sale.
Jonathan Hamplett was second with T R Lowndes in Fenny Bentley third and fourth. Fifth was R J Perrott & Son from Birmingham with the old hens race being won for the third time by Mr & Mrs John Passey and Family in Atherstone. Returning in perfect condition after a justified two day holdover she is a three year old bred from a Geoff Kirkland Flor Engels x his distance lines cock paired to a Pat Frisby of Hinckley hen that /john accuired from Pat when he finished racing. As a yearling she was 2nd section 37th open NFC Cholet and then 34th section 403rd Open NFC Sisogne. She had a quiet season last year with the uncertainty over channel racing with just a 34th section Fougeres being her highlight. This season she had 4 nights out from the black Saturday Exeter race and had flown all her weight off so she was put in a spare section to recuperate. After a couple of weeks she was looking well so she was put in with the youngsters where she paired to a young cock and started up training with them. She was sent sitting eggs and as stated previously she looked really well on her return so congratulations to the convoyer on looking after them in a first class way. John would like to say a big thank you to Geoff and Barbara Kirkland for all the help, advice, birds and kindness that they have given us over the years, we certainly wouldn’t have had the success without them. Second and third was R M Taylor in Warley with fourth going to RPRA Development Officer Richard Chambers.
His hen was brought a from the House of Arden as a Young Bird and is a Grand Daughter of Padfield Gareth, Lady Kenny, and Padfield Jack. She was sent to Guernsey sitting 14-day old eggs she needed to go to Guernsey in the old hens race as she missed the last two Guernseys in the BICC and NFC as she had hit the wires for the second time this season. Next year he is hoping to send her and the team to Tarbes and Bordeaux French racing permitted as the whole loft is now set up for 600 mile plus racing. Fifth in the old hens race is young Alexander Holyland in Swadlincote.
His father describes the feeling witnessed by Zandie : “Really happy and proud of Zandie for getting all 3 of his pigeons back from Guernsey NFC race this week. In his first national and channel race he got all 3 of his girls back even though 2 of them had been attacked. His best few days in pigeons so far and he was so pleased to get 3/3 “ and Znadie said “ To say I am excited is an understatement! I went out for breakfast in the morning with my Dad and Brother which is a rare occurrence, then when I returned I scraped out and we waited. I was happy to get one back and even happier to be in top 10 of my section and I had two come back whilst at school so was able to see the arrivals on my Benzing App. I am over the moon and to be fair to the NFC they are in good nick”.
Aurel Voiculescu is Committee member for section J and was instrumental in securing the Benzing sponsorship of a new system for the young bird national winner. Our thanks go to Thomas Zimmermann and Jim Savage from Benzing UK as Mike Lovelock will receive a brand-new Benzing system with Smart Hub that will allow Live ETS racing. Mike was 1st Open 1st Section J with “Little Faith”, her sire was bred by De Ruijter from his Leo Herman lines and the dam is of Steffan Lambrecht bloodlines via Hans and Evert Jan Eijerkamp in Holland and bred from a pair of pigeons given to Mike by Team Eijerkamp as a good will gesture in appreciation of his regular custom. They advised him to couple the pair together and he was first rewarded in 2019 by winning the British Barcelona Club from Fougeres in a race that 224 members sent 1,690 birds, as well as second and third by timing three yearlings on the same minute from a 311 mile race from France. Second section was Sebastian Szul, a young man who started in the sport just this year.
The pigeon was bred together with Greg Czerwinski from parents who they bought together last season from Paul Tumbwood. The parents of the young bird are Van den bulcks origin with a pedigree full of great pigeons like Better then bolt, Wild wind,Samson , Red Alert and others. This young hen had previously won the Shropshire Federation in first race and 18th Shropshire federation from Bath. Sebastian has got a small garden loft due to lack of space and shares his stock at his friend Greg Czerwinski’s house. Sebastian said “I do not know what to say to be honest, I am a bit shy and don’t enjoy the limelight. I was so pleased to join the NFC and the team at Alveley made me welcome. There is no secret in what I do, I started with 49 young birds and have 16 left. Due to my work commitments and my young family, I train them Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 25 miles and I think I got lucky this time” third section was J & R McLatchie in Stoke on Trent and Jim is pictured with his Whippet Reeva.
They would like to thank the convoyer for looking after the birds so well, they arrived home in excellent condition despite the hold over. The young hen was sent showing to a young cock and her sire had topped the fed from Fougeres and her Dam is bred down from good honest Channel Pigeons. Dave and Kyle Harris in fourth place said “Congratulations to Mick Lovelock on winning the NFC Guernsey national, he has had a fantastic season all round and this topped it off, also our congratulations go to Sebastian Szul of Telford, his first year back in the sport and certainly one to look out for in the future, well done lads fantastic flying, all of us fly in The Bell (Tong) FC in the Gloucester Federation so a great day all round.
I would also like to thank Chris Whittingham our local trainer who puts the birds to the full test training everyday doing the hard miles up and down the road at six each morning. Our first timed was from the old Evans and Walker Soonjten lines, the father being a 2009 bird brought from Gerald Perks of Penkeridge, he was paired to a gift bird of Timmy Mawhinney of Northern Ireland via “The Destroyer” Keith Gaut, the nest pair were actually bred for stock due to the age of the sire, our first bird was weaned off and flown out and we would normally move the young birds bred for stock into the aviaries once they start to range but obviously missed this one, thank goodness. She had flown the whole federation young bird programme but hadn’t shown any great promise until the last two weeks, she was from our second round and was on the darkness until the end of June, the young birds have been well schooled and have fled really well for us this year in the club. Our second timed bird held by Kyle was from some new blood lines brought in this time through Brian Dearn stock via Anthony Evans, she had not been as consistent as others from the same family but a good start for the new introductions. Thank you to all the NFC officials and workers behind the scenes that makes days happen, it is appreciated. One such worker is NFC President Ray Scriven who came in fifth section “I am over the moon how everyone has done in Section J .
We had a very good race and I think we had most of the top 10 than any other section. Well done all! Our young hen was bred from a Leon Wegen bloodline, her mother was 1st Section 12th Open 2 seasons ago. The young hen has also won 1st and 3rd club this year. I am also pleased with our old hen coming in 8th Section J 27th Open. She was 2nd Section J /14th Open few seasons ago. She was flown on chipping eggs and paired to a young cock. Thank you for all fanciers basketing at Alverley and we look forward to see you again next year.” In the old hens race it was G. M Smart in Bushbury taking first place and can be seen pictured sharing the moment with good friends. His 1st section 2nd Open National Old Hens race winner is a small grizzle Hen which showed a bit of promise when she was 59th open in the Midland National Guernsey race, bred from a cock off Alan Concliffe and a hen from Graham Owen, two prominent local fanciers.
Graham was quick to say that this Hen was given to him by the recently deceased Nicky Bilboe. “It's funny how things happen at the pigeon weekend in Blackpool we all met up in the Elgin Hotel for a few beers to have a laugh and tell a few good yarns. This led to Alan saying he had bought a good cock from a local sale advertised in the RPRA magazine. A good fancier, A. Jeavons of Bilston, Wolverhampton had sold up. Alan went on to say that it was brother to a Fed and Combine winners and said he would like me to have it, pair of to one of my hens and we would share the youngsters, I agreed and left it at that. Later on talking to Graham I said I was short of a few hens the idea was to race the cocks to. Graham said he would sort me out a couple. After Blackpool I collected the cock from Alan then called on Graham who said have you got a basket and he then started to fill it up walking out with 15 Hens most were his young race hens with a couple of older birds, I must admit I was taken aback, bare in mind you could write a list as long as your arm of fancier who have done very well with his birds. He explained that he only races cocks, well I took the birds thinking how lucky I had been. I must admit that conscience got the better of me and the next day I had to ring him up to see if he had second thought. Basically, he had given me his lifetimes work, he said they are yours, do well with them. Didn't my local fancier do well. Yours in Sport G.M.Smart”. Second was Neil Greatwich in Cleobury Mortimer “Firstly I’d like to congratulate all section and open winners on what was a lovely but testing day for some.
I’d also like to thank the convoy team for looking after the pigeons so well with such a long time in the basket at this time of the year the pigeons arrived in immaculate condition. Due to work commitments I decided at the start of the year that I would not race young birds and prepare my 11 racing hens for the old hens national. The hens were paired to my yearling widowhood cocks at the start of the year and we’re only allowed to sit pot eggs. They were let out once or twice a week though out the old bird season and as the old bird season was heading towards the end, I decided to lightly train the hens and put them into a race but unfortunately this was the Black Saturday race. I eventually got 8 of the 11 back after a couple of weeks. The hens were rested up and as the middle of the young bird season was under way the hens were paired up and allowed to sit. Due to no time to train them south the hens were put in the basket and taken north with me to work and singled up. I’d also like to thank fellow club member Graham Edwards for training the birds whilst I was working from home. They were then sent in two young bird races with the Heart of England which I’d like to thank their committee, members and driver George for coming out of their way to pick the Clee Hill HS pigeons up. At the time of basketing I sent 6 out 11 I originally started with. The hen I clocked first was feeding a 10 day old youngster and spent no time in getting back in box once she had trapped. She is a 2019 bird and is a granddaughter off my number one Frans Zwole pair on the dam side paired to a direct Kris Masshoven cock. Third was Ian Ball in Stoke on Trent with a hen of Jacob Poortvliet lines purchased from Louella pigeon world in the summer of 2017.
He first raced her in 2018 and in 2019 she achieved two fed positions from France. She was flown on the natural system and on the day of the Guernsey old hens race she flew back to a six day old youngster. This is only his fourth season of racing and his first season racing with the National Flying Club so would like to say thank you to all the fanciers who have offered help and advice since I came into the sport, you know who you are. Fourth was Jim McLatchie adn fifth was Preece Brothers in Cleobury Mortimer.
First and fourth section K was J D walker with a hen bred from a pair via his great friend the late Dickie Evans.
“The day after he died I received a call from his son Richard. He asked me to come and pick 3 pairs before any went up for sale as this was Dickie’s wishes. My hen now called J.J was bred from one of these pairs. She has raced consistently and was starting to show up to a young cock. In the NEPC, we had only flown 117 miles as this was as far as the club would go. This forced me to train to a good distance myself which was certainly worth the effort”. Second and third was Hancock & Hutchinson in Sheffield and fourth was Brian Boden & Hollingworth. In the old hens race J Castello & Family & Adrian Leech were first section with a real nice apple bodied blue hen which is no stranger to the winning podium this year as she previously won 1st club 2nd west riding federation earlier in the season, also flying from Guernsey.
Her sire was bred by our co-partner Adrian Leach (Leach Bros) and carries the blood of his very successful “Syndicate Cock”. The Dam to our sect winner is from my own tried and tested family of pigeons where the basket has ultimately been the pedigree for these very reliable pigeons. Their policy has been pair the best to the best and let the basket be the test. Second was Peter Hagland with a Herman Beverdam x Houben which is a daughter of the old hens winner in 2009 from Fougeres.
Previous NFC winners with “Tree Top” is Frank Pearson and Jane Dransfield in third place with fourth going to R & J Hardy in Huddersfield. Fifth was Mr & Mrs R Newton whih a hen sired by a pigeon bought at Blackpool bred by Joe Raenburn of Swindon paired to hen off Sjack Buwalda in Holland. She was sent sitting 12 days and has had previous positions in club, fed and MNFC from channel races.
Previous outright winner in both races on the same day, Roger Sutton in Congleton won section L in the young bird race, was second and fifth in the old hens also winning £544 in the Gold Ring band C.
“The young bird National, after a two day holdover, proved to be quite a test for the young birds in the North West. I timed 8 on the day with 8 next day and a few since out of the 27 darkness young birds sent. The old hens, mostly yearlings with that extra experience coped better with all twelve back. They must have also dealt better with the extra time in the basket. All my young birds are weaned late March - early April straight onto the darkness system which lasts till the longest day. They live with about 20 yearling hens, also on the dark which are aimed at the Old Hens National late in the season. All these birds have a lot of open loft time during the summer and they are well trained with twelve in a basket liberated 5 minutes apart. They then fly as many races as possible before the National. The yearling hens fly some old bird races as well as going as trainers with the young bird races. All the above birds are bred at Astbury, from my own family developed from over 40 years of National flying. Middle distance birds are introduced regularly - the best recently have been from Brian Murray Sylvan Lofts. The birds are fed on a combination of Vanrobaeys mixtures, i.e. Platteeuuw Special, Super Racing Bordeaux, Top Energy and Diet Extra. Sometimes tic beans are added as a grain protein.” Brian Fisher was second section YB with a hen that is very consistant, and flown every race.
She is bred down through their family going back to the 03 hen. She bred five individual birds to win the Lancs combine on both hard and easy days. Third and fifth was E Taylor from Crewe with Gavin Buckley in fourth place with a gift pigeon off J-B Oakley.
The breeding of this hen is a sire Brockamp inbred to George and the dam is a granddaughter of Mucking Fagic and The Machine. She had 6 races prior to the NFC consisting of three midweek and three club races up to 117 miles. She had been down for a drink on return but in great condition. Special thanks first of all goes to my little loft manager daughter Abbey who is holding onto "Oakley ". In the old hens Kevin Tagell from Congleton was first and third section 6th Open.
His first hen was bred by his good friend John Millington and as a youngster she won 4th sec A 9th open North West Classic Club from Carentan. This season she was mainly used as a widow hen for the returning widowhood cocks and when old bird racing was finished, she was paired and trained with the young birds. Her breeding is on the Dams side Dirk van dyck of Kannibaal lines and Eddy Janssens and the sire is a direct Van den Driessche. His second hen is home bred from a dark chequer pied hen which won 1st sect 16th open OH National Coutances 2019 and in 2020 was 13th sect 203rd open OH National too. She also won 6th sect 8th open North West Classic Club Messac and her sire is a Willy Thas grizzle cock which has won lots of prizes in club and fed racing. Second was Roger Suttopn
Third was Tim Webster in Chorley with a blue tic eye Gabby cross which she was 7th section last year.
She is from a son of Derick Jones Niort cock x a daughter of my Rambo, a prolific winner for me and this pair are responsible for generations of winners. His birds returned in very good condition none the worse for their four nights in the basket.
In the Old Hens race Allan & Carol Walker of Stockton won 1st 2nd 5th & 6th section N.
Their first bird is a four year old from their W Tarren and Tom Gilbertson stock. This hen was bred for the distance and had raced from 612 miles. She was closely followed by a three year old from their B & P Winter stock. Both hens were flown on the roundabout and had suffered BOP attacks earlier in the season. Mick Lilley & Son of Hartlepool were 3rd & 4th section.
Their first bird was a yearling which has flown consistently all season prior to this race and was bred by Dawson & Peacock. Their second bird, a three year old Busschaert is daughter of their 4th UNC hen mother to Ruby and many others. Flown on roundabout these hens went to last four races with the North East Central Route FC at Ferryhill to keep them in condition.
A big thank you to Kevin Foster who compiles the section P reports with enthusiasm, your help is great appreciated Kevin. “Once again those Section P members competing had to contend with less than favourable wind conditions but as in previous attempts, acquitted themselves really well. None more so than Chris Kavanagh of Oxted leading the way in both Young bird and old Hen races into the section. In the Young bird race, they clocked a chequer cock which the week previous had taken 6th section from the BICC national. Racing to the perch and being a grandson of the one-time star racer in the loft the ‘222’, it has already shown enough to pick up from where the former top racer had left off. Chris bought in pigeons from Leir marker during the late 90’s and early 2000’s and this young cock along with all loft mates is bred down from the originals through trial and testing, they also timed another for 2nd section. Third, fourth and fifth section is Tim Pierpoint at Sheerness.
Tim has had another good season at club and fed level and in fact as these notes are compiled has just won the Feds longest YB race and will be well up in the Kent Combine result. Tim told me this was his first attempt at NFC racing so not a bad start! His first bird home is a chequer cock bred by Colin Fagg from his national winning family, the bird went astray on an earlier training toss and had to be returned from Lincoln!. It hasn’t put a foot wrong since. The second bird is a blue hen bred by Tony Bushell out of his combine winning Zwols cock when paired to a Formula1 Zwols hen. Both the birds were flown unto 150 miles with the club and fed and were raced on the sliding door system before being entered in the NFC race. The 5th Section P was a Benny Stevenick hen both parents bred by Bob Fenech. Well done Tim, a nice entry into National racing. Leading section P Old hens is Chris Kavanagh at Oxted - also the winner of section P young birds. Chris timed a yearling hen which the previous week was 75th open BICC National old birds Guernsey. This hen was in with the young birds and was sitting on eggs when sent. Bred down from the original Leir market imports this looks like another for the future. Chris also timed another for 2nd section on another hard race into the south east. Many thanks to Chris’s better half Denise for the info provided. Third and fifth section is Alan Annis of the A Annis and sons partnership from Wingham. Alan is generally better known for some of his long distance exploits and will be remembered for the wonderful hen he raced from Tarbes NFC scoring in three successive years in the top 100, latterly 12th open in 2019 when his single entry. This time around his first pigeon was of Jimmy Shepherd lines on sent sitting 14 days eggs, his next pigeon was also a hen on eggs from Geoff Preece “Wiggins” bloodlines. Well done Alan. Sixth section was Sonia Nightingale who was urged to write in by her son in memory of her father John Nightingale who passed away in February this year.
He is greatly missed by all the family who promised to race this year out in honour to his memory. The little chequer hen had not achieved much this season and being a bit on small side they didn't rate her. She was always consistent and was nick named "The Sparrow" and although she took her time, she achieved 6th position for our section. John would have been happy with this achievement so for bit of recognition and on behalf of John they thought they would tell the story. “We have given her a proper name now, "Jenny" in memory of our late mum. Her bloodline is from House of Aarden Padfields lines Champion St Vincent and Barca Witbuik. Dad bought a dozen of Padfields in 2019 to build up good family of long distance”. We are more than happy to hear your story Sonia and “Jenny” has certainly responded to your management. Please continue with the birds if you can, there are very many fanciers who would be happy to help out if you need and I’m sure your Dad would be just as proud of you as he would have been for the win. ATB Chris
Thanks once more to committee member Chris Boyce who has taken up the reporting for section Q where Perry Liddle left off. He writes; As ever, you never know how your young birds are going to perform on their first Channel race. Despite a relatively low entry for the last National Flying Club race of the season the birds certainly delivered. The wind was far less of a factor as nearly 2700 birds were finally released into a clear sky following a two day holdover. There was no ‘Penzance Express’ this time and the birds worked hard to fly initially to the south coast and then take the long slog down into Cornwall. No spectacular times just good solid flying, as ever we first saw birds appearing on the results sheet all over Section D, but it always seems to take an age before the birds complete that last leg on down into Cornwall. Our first old bird home was flown by the Master himself Duncan Harvey,
who also completed his double by taking first in the young bird race ( Note: Only the week before he had won 1st OB and 1st YB Open in the BICC) Duncan didn’t have it all his own way as Keith Frost of St Austell had the 2nd OB with Duncan also taking 3rd OB. In the YB race it was 1st 2nd and 3rd for Duncan followed by Jake Waldock also of St Austell with a creditable 4th place.
Duncan’s 1st OB was a 2yr old CQ pied out of a Ron Dove cock and a Wim Mueller Aarden hen. The same bird had come 4th in the BICC race the week before and was sent sitting eggs. His 2nd bird the 3rd in the race was a 5 yr old Wim Mueller Aarden that had flown Pau in 2020.
The 2nd OB on the day was flown by Keith Frost this bird was a Frans Zwols blue bar that Keith had obtained from Stewart Wilcox.
The bird was sent flying on the roundabout system. The Young Bird result was a full podium for Duncan Harvey 1st 2nd and 3rd. The 1st bird home was a blue bar cock from a Vandenabeele cock and a hen from Louella pigeon world. The 2nd bird was a blue bar cock bred from a Crammond-Langstaff Vandenabeele paired to a Ceusters Jellle-Roziers (Note same way bred as his 1st BICC bird) The 3rd bird was a DCQWF hen from a Louella Extreme Long-Distance pigeon paired with a Van der Wegen Verheye.
The 4th bird in the race bred by Jake Waldock came from one of the older British bloodlines a ‘Spangle’. Jake provided the following details:
‘The young bird timed is from my old Spangle family bought in the mid – 80s from the late Mike Young of Timsbury. Her sire is from a grandson of the ’BANKER’ 4 times Pau 564mls and 5 times Perpignan 647 mls when he was paired to a great grand daughter of ‘ROME BOY’ flown Dax 530mls, Barcelona 721mls then 17th home from Rome 959mls. Her dam is from a grandson of ‘SPANGLE HEATWAVE’ – 9th BICC Marseilles, plus twice 1st BICC Marseilles including only bird on winning day from 666mls when he was paired with a great grand daughter of ‘SPANGLE HEATWAVE’ Some serious blood in that SPANGLE family Jake, well that’s it for 2021, its been a year of highs and lows for many of us, hopefully we will all get some better racing in 2022. Lastly many congratulations from all in the NFC to Duncan Harvey on his amazing year in distance racing.
Derek Jones of Wrexham topped the section in both races, also second in the old hens. His young bird winner is a granddaughter of his national winner “Treble Six” and his old hen is one of his own “Joneses” which are hard for others to keep up with. She was raced as a youngster but not given any old bird races this year. She was trained with the young birds and this was her first race of the season. Dereks second section old hen is also of his own family. Second section young birds was M Talent and A Westbury also of Wreham. Many thanks to Malcolm Jones and Stuart Treharne for their help reporting on section W race results over the year.
So, another year over and deeper in debt to the RPRA for their hard work trying to secure a continuation of channel racing into 2022. Nothing can ever be set in stone, but I do know everyone concerned in the organisation of our racing in the National Flying Club are endeavouring to provide a Channel race program which will be discussed at length at the next committee meeting on the 13th October. IF you feel your section is underrepresented at Committee level, why not come along.
News and Views to me Chris Sutton on 01530 242548 or 07792 356330 email
It was the news that all members of the National Flying Club had been waiting for, when Race Adviser Steve White and Chief Convoyer Dom McCoy finally announced that the birds had been liberated into beautiful sunshine, at 10.00am on Monday the 6th September to commence the Guernsey Young Bird National and combined Old Hens National sponsored by The House of Aarden Stud and Benzing. The wind was a light north easterly at around 7mph in the channel turning light South Easterly on the mainland and Dom said “It was a great liberation, all birds cleared site within two minutes and climbed high like little dots! Good luck to all.” This had come after a two day holdover due to the heavy mist and fog in the channel and a young blue hen called “Little Faith” belonging to Mike Lovelock of Shrewsbury, had passed the time thinking of her nest back at the home loft and won the National Flying Club from Guernsey by recording a velocity of 1380 yards per minute or 47 miles per hour.
She was bred in December of the previous year along with around 60 others and was weaned into the young bird section just as two pairs of Sparrowhawks were claiming the same territory to begin the spring breeding season. Each and every day when the young pigeons were given time out of the loft the hawks made their presence known and unfortunately quite a few went missing with “Little Faith” being one of them but after a few days she returned although she had broken her leg clean through in her panic.
Mike initially thought she was a stray bird because she had been gone for so long and after his inspection, he realised her injury required some attention and he nursed her back to full health, although the break was very severe and quite high up her leg. This caused him to think her racing days were finished before they had even begun, which is how she earned her name as she has now repaid his kindness twice over, having first won the local club and then raced back to her second nest of eggs, to win the National Flying Club. In fact, she is part of a young bird team that has truly reached top form at the right time as the week previous, Mike won the first 12 positions in the Shropshire Federation.
Her sire was bred by De Ruijter from his Leo Herman lines and the dam is of Steffan Lambrecht bloodlines via Hans and Evert Jan Eijerkamp in Holland and bred from a pair of pigeons given to Mike by Team Eijerkamp as a good will gesture in appreciation of his regular custom. They advised him to couple the pair together and he was first rewarded in 2019 by winning the British Barcelona Club from Fougeres in a race that 224 members sent 1,690 birds, as well as second and third by timing three yearlings on the same minute from a 311 mile race from France and now the same pair have bred “little Faith” to win the NFC young bird race when 274 members sent 2625b plus Benzing have agreed to sponsor our young bird race from Guernsey, and the open winner will receive a brand new Benzing system complete with a SmartHub for live racing. A huge thank you to Benzing and the House of Aarden Stud who will also present Mike with an August hatched young bird to the value of £500. Whilst I was visiting Craig Chetwood, NFC member and Secretary of Wreakin FC came to assist in the verification of the bird and we spent a few minutes discussing the ongoing topic of channel racing over a cup of tea. I informed them that the NFC Committee were meeting in October and that there are various options on the agenda for us to continue to enjoy the prestige of racing in the one true UK National for the 2022 season.
As is the same every year, the National Flying Club also hold an Old Hens race in conjunction with the young bird event and it has become a showcase of the specialist fanciers. To prepare these hens for a race so late in the season takes months of planning in order for them to reach peak condition, whilst holding back the moult long enough for them to race with a full wing and for this event 155 members entered 955 old hens from all over the country. Brian Reene of Honiton is one such specialist who entered just one hen perfectly prepared and in peak condition, she flew at a velocity just shy of the winning young bird and these two birds were each over 30ypm clear of the remaining combined convoy of 3580 birds.
Bred by Peter Clarke of Rowly Lofts she is a double granddaughter of Darran McFaddens “Simply the Best” winner of 1st Open LSECC Tarbes in 2005 when paired to his own daughter “Razors Girl” who had also won 1st Open LSECC Tarbes in 2008. Peter acquired both the parents at the entire clearance sales of Darran’s and Crammond & Langstaff.
When Brian purchased “The Chosen 1” as a baby, Peter suggested she should go straight into the stock loft but Brian had other ideas as he likes to race his birds and she flew every race as a youngster, but in her yearling year she was exercised around the loft and he gave her just one federation race from the Isle of Wight as well as letting her hatch a youngster to look after in preparation for the NFC race from Guernsey. Brian knew she was very keen on her baby and although his single entry raised some eyebrows at the marking station, he grew more and more confident as the holdover went on as he knew she would grow even keener to get home. Great motivation, great preparation and a great little yearling hen having her first National race, it was a real joy to behold for Brian when she pitched in and his wife Vera managed to capture the moment on her phone for their daughter in Australia who is always interested in her Dads results as he has now won Section D of NFC 7 times and second section D 6 times and the last time he won section D he also sent just one bird.
It may be a little more difficult for Brain to race her now she has a 1st Open National Flying Club herself and with her breeding being the very best distance blood from Darran McFadden are bred down from Ray Hammonds Pau, Bergerac, Palomos “Diploma of Merit Award” winners as well as Eric Cannons family, she definitely has one of the very best of British long distance pedigrees available today and with great generosity Brian has donated her youngster to the club to give all the members an opportunity to obtain the youngster and to raise club funds for future prize money.
Brian has stepped up to the role of top positions in the clubs over the years including the Chairman of the Devon, Cornwall and West Somerset Continental Flying Club until ill health forced him to step down, but he has continued to run a marking station from his garage which serves the Continental Club as well as being the clock station for the NFC, BICC and BBC making good use of Brian’s years of experience. Now having 66 members the club has recently taken delivery of a brand new state of the art transporter by securing lottery funding which provides excellent racing for the far south west of the country.
Also situated in the south west, The House of Aarden have once again sponsored the Old Hens race with a youngster to the value of £500 so Brian will have yet another addition of top class long distance bloodlines to add to his small back garden loft. A big supporter of the NFC in their area, Steve and Lesley Wright of The House of Aarden Stud provide the same prize for the open winner of every race as well as the Section Q prize money for each and every race, outstanding support indeed. The Chairman has recently spoken to Steve Wright who has confirmed his sponsorship for the 2022 season and National Flying Club are truly thankful to all our sponsors for their generous donations and prizes, it is truly appreciated, and we shall continue to give full recognition of their support in the NFC handbook, website, social media and exhibition stands.
Please send me all your details if you have won a position in the top five of your section by email to and include a photograph of yourselves if possible, it really makes interesting reading how the bloodlines are performing on the Premier National stage. I will be happy to include them all in my section report, all I would ask is that you mark clearly which section and which of the two races your information is for.
News and views to me Chris Sutton on 01530 242548 or 07792 356330 email .
It was great to see so many having a good race from Guernsey with the National Flying Club as it was the first opportunity for anyone in the UK to race over the channel this season. Fred Hall in Worthing put up a great performance with his winning bird reaching 68mph with the high than expected velocities right up the country.
Birds were timed doing good velocities into the Scottish borders and it was a real tonic for an otherwise sombre season, with Black Saturday blues still hurting many fanciers. With that said the club Committee has voted to cancel the last race of the season from Guernsey. With the race date having been moved to late July in the hope of getting a Grand National race from San Sebastian, it was felt by most that with the beginning of the young bird season being around the same time and us not being able to have the Grand National from Guernsey in respect of the previous performances from the long distances, plus the Treasurer expressed caution so the Chairman agreed to hold the vote. We can now look forward to the young bird season with the next race being from Guernsey on the 4th September along with the usual Old Hens race and we wish you all the very best of luck in the preceding Federation races.
First section and first Open was Fred Hall and Daughters with Fred’s Syndicate lofts bloodlines reported in the winners article.
Second and fifth was Mick Skidmore in Havant who has been having a great season in the NFC. For the second time in two weeks he has been asked to write a few lines on his pigeons.
“But first I must congratulate the national winner Fred Hall of the Premiere 100 Club at Havant, “Well done Fred”, my winning pigeon is two-year-old checked pied cock flown on the widowhood system. It was the first race across the water after being raced as a yearling Bird from my half brother and half sister mating the Sire is 50% Busschaert and 50% Joss Thorne with the dam being the same mother. The sire has been top class widowhood cock winning eleven national cards is also sire of the second open Messac with the central southern classic dame won first club Bergerac and raced with the NFC.” Third was Mr & MRs Brian Wall also in Havant as is Dec Jones who was fourth. He timed a blue yearling cock having his first channel race. His nest brother as a youngster won the Premier 100 P Ring race and £1000 pound and his mother was a good racing but now breeding hen, coming to win 1st section 8th Open NFC Messac. His grandfather was a cock I call Dads Lad winning 1st Section NFC 1st Open NFC Messac. The Cocks are raced on pure widowhood system going out once a day and no training is given once racing starts.
First and third section B was Jason Bowden who would like to congratulate all of the section winners.
He timed a two year old hen flown on widowhood which has been a very consistent bird on both the North and West routes, being 6th in the Premier 100 Club from Honiton the week before. His second bird is a red grizzle hen which was unraced as a young bird but has been to every race in the Premier 100 Club this season and was sent sitting 10 days on eggs for this National. Second section was Rob Harbour who would like to congratulate Fred Hall and all the section winners.
He timed a two year old hen of “Black Power” lines on both sides via Hardy Kruger. Mr & Mrs Dave Waterhouse were fourth and fifth and Dave would also like to congratulate Fred Hall a fantastic result. Both his birds are together and down from his old family of Jacob Poortvliet x Leo Hermann. The hen was having her second race of the season and the cock is a grandson of his “Ace Pair” this was her 2nd race of the season and came with her cock. Dave’s third pigeon home, a granddaughter of “Kettle”, was nominated in the Premier 100 Club winning him £100
My 2nd pigeon was 4th section 7th open which again is from my old family Jacob Poortvliet pigeons he is a grandson of my Ace pair. His birds are raced on roundabout and fed on Van Robaeys Super Widowhood mix.
I was pleased to see that Neville and Diana Spracklen was first section C which is their twenty fifth section win. They had to wait for two seasons to get the 25th having hit the post several times and it was more pleasing to win it from a channel race.
The winning bird is a Hoogland x Deklak x Mark Gilbert's “Sebastian” which is a strange combination, but it is working for them. He is a yearling widowhood cock and was their first pigeon from the BICC Truro race and was well placed. They would like to congratulate the winner and all the section winners. Mr & Mrs Mick Wiffin was second with a blue white flight widowhood cock called “Treble”.
He has been very consistent this year having flown west from Sennen Cove and north from Chesterfield. And was their second bird from a hard Upper Heyford race. He is from their own family of pigeons which Mick can trace back to 1969 when we bought a pair of Busschaert yearlings from Doug Gifford for 30 Shillings (£1.50) so I think they got their money’s worth. Third was John Halstead from North Dorset with a yearling chequer widowhood cock.
This cock was John’s first bird two weeks earlier from the BICC Penzance race when he finished 38th Open from 3575 birds. His Sire 972 has flown NFC Tarbes and Pau in the last 2 seasons being a son of “Nyland Reco” winner in 2017 and 2018 of 9th and 23rd open Barcelona. “Reco” is a grandson of “Ashley”. Dam of the yearling was bred by M.Gilbert from a son of “Tuff Nutt” and “Cilla”, both Brian Denny to a daughter of Etienne Meirlaen 7 times Barcelona cock. John had 100% returns even though 3 homed around 8.30 pm on the evening of the race. Fourth was David Wilson of Yeovil and fifth was Terry and Linda Vincent in Steepleton. They timed a yearling cock sent sitting eggs and was bred from Tony Porter birds acquired when Tony gave up the sport. His wife Linda is pictured with the bird and is a great help for Terry and they had a very enjoyable day as the birds came well after flying North Road for the first time this season, Terry was glad to be able to race over the channel once again getting six out of six home on the day. Linda Vincent was 5th section.
Marcus Balckmore wins section D and would like to thank the National Flying Club for a great race from Guernsey plus Wayne Wright and Mr& Mrs Wright for the parents that bred his blue bar cock.
He is also grateful for the help and advice they have given him over the last couple of years since he returned to the sport. Marcus flies a small team and is thrilled with his two section positions in the last month, a 5th from Sennen Cove and a first from Guernsey is a dream come true having sent 3 and had 3 home. Second and third was Simon Cordery in Sidmouth who timed a blue hen he bought at the Ken Ware retirement sale in 2017, flown to the nest.
His second bird is a Leen Boar which also finished 18th section in the first Sennen Cove race. Both parents were purchased from Tumley Lofts. Fourth was Kevin Smith with a cock sent sitting ten days on eggs.
His sire is “Thornlea Flashy Boy” which he bought from Gerry Francis and is full of one loft racing birds including National, Fed, Classic Open race winning positions. The dam is a Vandenabeele hen he bought from Alan Baker which has bred winners with different Cocks including an RPRA winner and many club positions when owned and raced by Steve White, liberator of the NFC. In preparation for the Guernsey race he was sent sitting 10 Day old eggs and raced with the DCWSFC each week to get him up to speed taking club and open positions on the way. Fifth was Club Chairman Paul Naum who is working tirelessly for the benefit of the club and it is great to see him get a top position in the section.
Mark Gilbert has topped his section once again along with the third place. He has had a fantastic old bird season with top positions both North and South routes, hats off to you Mark. Second was Steve Buckle who races Janssen bloodlines. Fourth was Gary Inkley with a blue chequer hen bred from his 2nd Open NFC Saintes winner which was himself bred from his “Northern Lights” 1st Open NFC Saintes, when paired to a daughter of Hannibal x Genie. Her dam is via Tim Atkin bred from a son of Bandit x Moonglow with a daughter of War Drum x Rhiannon. Fifth was the ever present Mr & Mrs E Corkett & Sons who are always in the mix with their Gust Jansen Strain
The Rostrons topped their section in Thatcham and would like to congratulate the overall winner and all the other section winners. They are over the moon with their very first section winner, a hen which has been a consistent bird for them.
She is a pure Franz zwols from stock birds purchased at Formula 1 lofts which they have raced birds on the roundabout system this year and they, along with the birds, have really enjoyed it. They would also like to say a big thank you to Allan Webber for training their birds. Second was J& P Parker in Reading, with Kieron Marcham,from Newbury third with a widowhood hen that I had brought in a breeder buyer sale last year. She was bred by Darren Aspy from Wolverhampton out of some Van Loon stock he had brought in. His second bird was fifth section and was another widowhood hen which he had bred himself out of his original Jansen based birds he had been given when he started up 10 years ago. This family have been very consistent in the club and BBandO federation competing in the sprint races which are his main concern although he is getting the bug for National racing.
Fourth was David Clark, also in Reading with a Blue Chequer Hen which also raced well last year being in all three 2020 races taking 248th Fourges 9,976b, 160th Nort-sur-Erdre 5,349b and 174th Pau Grand National 2,730b. 7th was Andrei Bargaoanu.
Thanks go to Catherine Cooper who sent me the details for section winners Fab Barresi, Dom Barresi and Donald Bull who race in partnership at Peasedown St John, Somerset. They timed a two year old widowhood cock which is now called “Luka” after Fab’s grandson.
Luka was bred by friend Brian Goodwin and the parents are from Mickey Collins Van den Bulck lines. Just this season this cock has won, 1st club Eastbourne 25th West of England SR combine 2394b, 4th Eastbourne club. 36th West of England SR combine 1344b and 3rd Ramsgate club, 32nd West of England SR Combine 1419b. Second was D Wyatt & M Gray from Nailsea in Bristol and third was Chris Templar in Hartcliffe. Elmer Harvey was fourth with a two year old called “Bones” as it was previously picked up by a non fancier at Western Super Mare flown out.
Winning the club the week before the National from Brighton it is bred down from “The Machine” via good friend Ian Stafford. All his three entries arrived in good time in great condition. Fifth was S Luff & Walker Bros in Dursley, Gloucestershire.
Steve Bartholomew won the section with a three year old Blue Cock raced on the Chaos System which also won the first race of the season in his club and was second on the Black Saturday race from Weymouth beaten by his loftmate.
His dam has won 1 x 1st 2 x 2nds 1 x 5th racing in the Midshires Fed being a gift bird bred by Mark Cauldwell of Uley Gloucester.
A full Brother to the Section winner was 3rd SE Section MNFC Holmsley. Steve entered 8 for the race had 7 on the day and one next morning. Second was Patmore & Rayner in Saffron Walden with a Sliver Chequer yearling cock which was 17 minutes in front of his next bird.
He had never been paired as he was one of 8 surplus yearlings as they didn’t have enough boxes. There was always hens floating around in the loft on a Saturday so he sort of got the idea of widowhood and after loosing one or two older cocks he took a box which he defended to the hilt. Steve Bartholomew was third with his second bird and fourth was Colin and Adam Crick in Stotfold, Hertfordshire.
Fifth was Nicolae Babes in Ely who is originally from Transylvania in Romania.
He came to England as a student in 2003 and since he decided to remain he joined the Cambridge Granta Pigeon club in 2009. For the last few years he has taken the responsibility of the Club Secretary and helps with other club work. Nicolae races his birds on the natural system due to work commitments and trains them once or twice a day around the house at different hours. His first bird is a blue chequer hen bred in 2018 which flew Pau last season as they are long distance bloodlines and he hopes to fly from Pau once again next season.
Shaun McDonough won first and fifth section with a yearling chequer cock bred for him by his friend Pieter Oberholster.
He is raced on widowhood and has won this year 1st club, 5th fed, 3rd club 3rd fed being beaten by loft mates he arrived with and also 1st section from Penzance in the BICC and is bred from a son of MJ1 x Gaby Vandenabeele. Second was Jon Perrott with a cock raced on natural and sitting eggs which won his club the week prior to the NFC. He is bred of his own channel family crossed with a hen of my very good friend Dave Shorthouse. Top Leicester fanciers Summers Bros & Daughter were third with a bird that was 2nd Club 12th Fed from Lyndhurst the week before. Fourth was Clive Yates who had a good days racing when four dropped in four minutes and had 20 out of 25 on the day which all looked well.
He also won the first four in the federation on the same day so had got them right for the job. The hen he timed has won a few prizes in the past, her dam is full of his FVW stock that they have had for 40 years, in her breeding she has Clive’s four Open MNFC winners. Her sire is bred by syndicate lofts being a grandson of Mona Lisa of Mike Ganus, his best ever stock hen.
Mr & Mrs P Shaw won first section with yet another of his Mandelartz pigeons which is also a multiple club winner.
Second was Williams Bros with a hen raced on widowhood bred by their good friend Adam Stokes of S Stokes & Sons. She was 1st Club 3rd Wolverhampton Federation as a youngster and was a very consistent yearling. She continued this consistency as a 2 year old and was 3rd club 4th Wolverhampton Federation a few weeks before the National race from Guernsey. Third was K & P Herbert & F Jones from Stourbridge with “The Bridesmaid Cock” which is a very consistent cock, always in the mix and never lets them down. His sire was bred by Jack Walker from his son of Johannesburg and the Dam by John Crehan being a daughter of Colt45. Fourth was J. & B. Oakley in Whitchurch who timed their good yearling cock “George” which topped the section from the NFC young bird race. He must like the channel as his form has been steady this year until this race. He's raced on widowhood and bred from their good son of GWP Macaloneys “Back Caviar” & "Black Gold" when he was paired to a daughter of Ian Wheatley's “Red King”. These are proving to be a real power couple with numerous other top national/fed positions coming through these again this season. Thanks to the NFC for making a great lib call on a difficult day, to Pete and Sandra Shaw on topping the section and Fred Hall for winning the race. 4th were J & B Oakley.
Fifth were Cooper Bros in Kidderminster.
First section K was H A Rawson & Towers with a four year old hen bred from their old family of K Morgan and Rod Sparkes which has been their most consistant bird this year, winning 1st Club Marlborough and now 1st Sect K, which is now her fifth first prize.
Second was J R Woods with a blue Mandelartz hen from stock off John Gerrard. Previous to this she has had a first Club, 7th Fed Falaise 330 miles and a 1st Club, 1st Fed, 2nd Mid Yorkshire combine Falaise. Third were Tomlinson & Green from Barnsley who timed two yearlings in great condition which were bred by good friends Ray & George Anderson in Washington. They had a great race having 29 out of 30 on the day with the last one early the next morning. Pete Hagland was fourth with a dark chequer cock which is a Houben x Herman Beverdam. This pigeon was injured in one of the early races and this was his first race for three weeks after recovery. Pete was very pleased as this has been a very consistent pigeon in the past. Fifth was J T Dudhill in Doncaster with a Marcelis x Delbar whose sire and dam both won prizes in the NFC and NC and one loft races, winning over £3,000.
B & G Smith from Congleton, Cheshire won section L with a two year old Roundabout Hen berd from a pair of stock birds they brought direct off Roger Lowe of Reading.
They are De Rauw Sablon’s from the “Freddy” & “Limoges” lines when paired to a Hen bred by John Jackson of Redruth which is a Heremans-Ceuster from their New Diamond x Dark Debbie lines. This season she has flown inland races in the local club as well as going to the first Sennen Cove race with the NFC being first back to the loft finishing 2nd Eccles 2 bird Club and going to Yelverton with the North West Classic Club.
In preparation for this race she had the weekend off from racing prior to Basketing and fed Vanrobaeys Racing Exclusive with fats added closer to the race date. Second and third were J Wood and Son in Oldham with two hens which were both sitting 10 days on eggs.
First over the pad was a blue Busschert hen and second over the pad was a blue hen same way bread as their 4th section L Sennen Cove 2 which was from J&S Ward and Chris Gordon’s pigeons. Paul Hart in Haywood was fourth with Roger Sutton of Bent Farm in Astbury fifth.
I was pleased ot see some very good pigeons being timed right up into the Scottish Borders and I asked John Hodgson to send me some details of his race. “This was the first time I have sent with the NFC and felt this year would be a good time to send due to limited racing from across the channel. Due to the late liberation, I thought the birds would find it difficult to home on the night as they would have to fly around the last 100 miles on their own and no helping wind they then have to come through the Cumbria hills however they did and I was very pleased as the pigeons all came home in excellent condition.
My first 5 pigeons were all hens sent sitting 10 days prior to this they were flown widowhood and my first pigeon had been racing very well having a 1st & 2nd club, her sire was bred by Oswald Schneider and dam is a R&X Verstraete Top Star bloodlines. The second hen is sired by a R&X Verstraete Top Star Bloodlines, dam is a direct Daughter of Louella's "Incredible" gifted to me by John & Michael Massarella and my third is a Grandson of Top Star and dam a daughter of the Monar in turn bred from Yelena. The fourth birds sire is a son of Louella's "Incredible" gifted to me by John & Michael Massarella dam is a half sister to Mark Gilberts "Iron Man" and my fifth pigeon is called Roxy both parents bred by Oswald Schneider. I decided to send my fourth and fifth pigeons back to a Guernsey race on the 9th of July with SNFC as they were is excellent condition ,both these hen scored at this race flying 760 miles in 6days. I would also like to say I am very impressed with the NFC website with the arrivals map etc.”
J Best & Son won 1st Section N with a yearling cock through Bob McKie’s ‘The Driver’ x Kannibaal/Farmer George bloodlines.
Steven’s 2nd Section was a 3yo hen from a full brother to Southfield Melissa x ‘Pure Gem’ star performer, winner of 1st & 2nd NFC Section N in 2016 for John & Steven Best. Tony Lyons' inform loft won 3rd Section with a 3yo hen from his Brian Denney/Marrtin Vinkerbourg family.
This hen won 2nd Section N from the first Sennen Cove race. Kevin Kelly won 4th Section with a 3yo cock with previous channel form, winning 61st UNC from Gien. G/Son of Marshall’s ‘Champaign Charlie’ x Nouwen/Paesen bloodlines. Brian Hopper & Son won 5th Section with a 2yo cock from their Ian Axe bloodlines, sent to the race 'in between eggs’
Dave Travis timed two for first and second section and he had entered five birds for this race all Southwell pigeons bred form stock obtain from Nigel Corwood, which he said were not the fastest but very reliable.
The section winner was third section from Sennen Cove 1 and has flown a few channel races including twice 500mile on the day and would have been his candidate for the Grand National if we could have gone the greater distance. The second section pigeon was fifth section from Sennen Cove 1. Dave is also into his Motorbikes and is pictured with both his passions.
With an excellent entry of over 550b the clear leader of the section was V Belcher and son from Plumstead and was also fourth.
Tony timed a yearling Lambrect hen bred from a pair of birds from James Parker. This pair have already bred some good pigeons for Tony and has seen this loft feature well up in recent national races. Second section is another previous national winner in Bruce McAllister
This is what Bruce had to say about the race “ My second section winner is a two year old blue pied cock raced widowhood, consistent with an outstanding pedigree. The sire is Dynamite Wittcop, a Cooreman purchased at one of Bob Fenech’ s sales. The Dam is my Goldmine hen which is an outstanding breeder, dam of my 1st and 2nd National and another daughter has topped the fed 3 times so pretty special. I had a good race with 27/30 on the day and the other 3 next morning. Well done to all the winners” Third section is Kevin Foster of Longfield Hill, with a three year old widowhood hen.
A very consistent pigeon winning from club to national level where she was 21st National Cholet as a yearling. Her sire is a Koopman from Tim Rodwell while her dam is from Robert Rome bred directly from Bernie 1st Welsh National when paired to a top stock hen the 187. The hens have been in good form this year appearing in the first 10 of the section result in the last three national races in c 1st Section BICC National Penzance. Fifth is Damian Szpak from Bromley and he said “ My first pigeon is a yearling cock bred from my ‘Queen 85’ a super racing hen and from last year a breeding hen. The nest sister to my first pigeon won 20th open BICC Coutances YB last year and many other top position. Congratulations to all the winners”
Sixth section is a recently formed partnership from Bromley. J Newman, L Firmager, S Dunn and J Elston who said “ The pigeon we timed in was a Michael Van Lint that i purchased from Dean Pallatt at the South of England Epsom Fayre as a squeaker . He’s done everything I’ve asked and has always been consistent. This year I’ve had help from Tom Williams who has given me a fresh approach to pigeon racing. To be honest I was at the point of packing it in but now have my enthusiasm back. I will dedicate this performance to my pigeon partner Steve Dunn “
Thanks to Chris Boyce who compiled this report “After missing the first two National races from our Sennen Cove, section Q finally got some National racing from Guernsey, on paper only 90 -130 miles to Cornwall, in reality with a southerly wind and rain in the South West it turned out to be yet another hard national race for the Cornish fliers. 12 fanciers sent 83 birds to Guernsey. The first bird home was Dave Johnson’s Blue cock, ‘Q King’ see picture, in 4hrs 36mins and the velocity of 756 yds per minute gives you a feel for how hard the race had been.
This turned out to be the fastest bird on the day, Dave flies with the Cornwall classic club and with St Austell. His winning bird was bred from a pure Logan cock obtained from Brian Snell. The hen was out of ‘Young Connie’ a bird Dave had bred from Keith Mott’s ‘Connie’ which in turn came from Eric Cannon stock. Second on the day was Darren Hosking from Penzance club, Darren had a great day’s racing with three birds in the top ten. His blue chequer cock ‘Tufty’ was a cross between a Daniel Aerens cock obtained from the Gregory brothers at Blackpool a hen that was half Mueleman and half Jan Aarden. In third place was Dick Anthony who has over 60 years of pigeon racing experience had second and eighth on the day. Dick has been very ill over the last 12 months or so and his wife Gail told me this will probably be his last year of racing as they run down their old bird race team. They were both delighted with the results, Dick told me that the three year old Blue cock was from his own stock the cock bird being a son of his third open Saintes bird (2013) (ari-bissor breeding) and the hen was twenty eighth open St Vincent BICC ( Ari-Bissor/Marriot breeding)
A final mention must go to Keith Frost of St Austell, at one point ‘Frosty’ had 3 pigeons in the top four but as the race results developed he had to settle for 4th,5th and 7th still a creditable result. Overall we had a very hard race with nine different fanciers appearing in the top fifteen positions great for competition and we are all looking forward to Guernsey Two.
First section were S & B Cooke in Wrexham, with a yearling pied hen raced on widowhood, with both her parents being bred by good friend Shaun McDonough, of Pelsall.
The bird is bred through the lines of Shaun’s main birds, with “Magic Pie” “Ultimate” and “Coronation Joy”, among them. She has been really consistent through out the season. They would like to thank Shaun for the birds, and also the winners. Second and fifth was D. Wright & Son also in Wrexham with a Frans Zwol hen which has had minor club positions including 3rd club 18th fed Eastbourne this season. Their second bird is a Vandenbelle originating from M & D Evans. Which was 1st section 64th open Welsh South Rd National Eastbourne, 1st Wrexhan 2 bird specialist club Carentan, 3rd club 12th fed Eastbourne, 3rd club 14th fed Eastbourne, 4th club 29th fed Eastbourne and also bred a yearling hen 2 x 1st club and 2 x 1st fed and 2nd club 12th fed. Third were M & L. Bowen,in Rhyl with a bird out of a pair bought from Brain Clayburns clearance sale. He won Monmouth the week before when they took the first six. D Jones was fourth.
News and views to me Chris Sutton on 01530 242548 or 07792 356330 email
The fourth and final old bird race of the 2021 season for the National Flying Club was held from Guernsey on the 17th July. A total of 5419 birds were entered by 514 members which were taken to the liberation site in the very capable hands of Dom McCoy and his team. He said the trip to Guernsey went like clockwork and after their Covid checks they were allowed to leave the port and were met by their Police Escort to the race point at Pembroke beach. They let the birds settle down before offering them more food and water. He was up and waiting for the sun to rise at 4am on the Saturday morning when he received the first call of the day from our Race Adviser Steve White who said the channel was looking good for an early liberation. At 6am he began to cut the strings with the local press photographers positioning themselves for the liberation shot and a large crowd gathered around the tape barrier he had set up for the occasion. A few last calls were made to check the conditions then at 7:30am the birds were liberated into a light North East wind and cleared very quickly.
After missing out on the first two races from Sennen Cove it was pleasing to see the conditions were more favourable for the west country and for an hour or so previous NFC Open winners Mike Underhill and Rob Prettejohn, topped the leader board in Plymouth. It was a great pigeon which finished up being second open but far to the west, another 65 miles further on, Gary Jacobs was sitting in the sunshine, with his back leaning against the loft looking out to seas towards Guernsey. His birds would normally come around the bay along the coastline but as he was staring towards the Lizard Peninsula, he saw a dot of a pigeon coming straight towards him directly on line for Guernsey, a distance of 142 miles across the sea, which it had flown over the whole way.
He stood up to watch where it was going but it continued to draw closer and it was indeed one of his birds, a roundabout cock which had spent the whole night with his hen before going to the race two days earlier. He raced right to the loft and trapped so quickly Gary immediately realised he had a good bird.
Just at that time his friend, Justin Rogers arrived to watch the birds come home and he could tell by the colour of Gary’s face that something special had happened. “He was in bits” said Justin “and he was finding it difficult to write the details down his hands were shaking so much”
It was a special moment for the two friends, because Justin had bred the bird for Gary as three years ago to the day of this race, Gary was in hospital having a triple heart by-pass, which basically knocked him sideways for quite some time. Then to make things worse, in 2019, Circo virus sickness hit Gary’s loft and completely wiped him out of all pigeons. Consequently in 2020, Justin decided to breed Gary 25 youngsters to get him back up and running which were then lightly raced as youngsters.
He followed this up by speaking with Gary at the beginning of the 2021 season and told him that if he wanted to be completive, he would have to move away from his old school methods, get these birds on a roundabout system and a new feeding regime. Gary took his advice which he has religiously applied, as indicated by his performances in the Cornish Combine this year. Obviously, the birds are highly motivated and with such motivation his bird has made good use of the favourable conditions and flown directly to his waiting hen.
The NFC Open winning bird, now called “Bosliven Blue Boy”, is a Leo Hereman bred by Justin Rogers of St Buryian in Cornwall and was sired by an inbred double grandson of “Rossi” when he was paired to an inbred double granddaughter of “Euro”, a breeding strategy favoured by Justin to fix the genes of those super pigeons.
Justin said that after a successful stint of racing, in 2018 he decided to take a break due to work commitments restricting his time with the birds. So, at Bosliven Lofts they decided to continue to sell some pigeons and recoup on the investments made when purchasing direct Leo Heremans and some of the best Gabby Vandenbeele bloodline available, which they acquired from top lofts such as G W P Macaloney and Mark Evans from M & D Evans direct. Determined to purchase as close to the tree as possible, they also decided to go to Eijerkamp to buy direct children of Leo Heremans pigeons and obtained multiple direct children of “Rossi”, “Jackpot”, “Den Euro”, “New Olympiade”, “Olympic Leo” and “Olympic Hanns” plus some direct from main breeders “Wild Wind”, “Super Heremans”, “Man O’Chester” and “Better Than Bolt” which were purchased from Premier Stud.
These have proven to be a great success as in the same race, their partner loft of Cottrell, Richmond & Rogers, which is run by Tony Cottrell in Wimborne, Dorset, clocked another Bosliven Lofts Heremans Ceuster which was 2nd Section B, 21st Open (provisional), carrying the lines of a daughter of “Chieftan” and “Blue Thunder”, bred by Ogilvie Lofts in Sterling, crossed on to another Bosliven Lofts inbred “Rossi”. This pigeon was also 15th Section B, 27th Open in the BBC from Wadebridge, when the Bosliven Ceusters also took 13th & 14th Section B & 25th & 26th Open.
He went on to say that him being pleased for Gary is an understatement, he is totally made up for him. For his shear dedication and commitment to the cause on winning the National Flying Club Guernsey 2. Gary is Chairman of the Cornish Combine and assistant Secretary of his local club, so is one of the workers in the sport and together they would like to congratulate the other Section winners and say a big thank you to the conveyors in doing a great job under very hot circumstances and wish everybody the very best of luck with the young bird races.
Those NFC members in Section Q are a real testament to National racing, as in most races they have to watch their birds coming back down the coastline, which adds on time they cannot afford, but they do not give up or quibble, they just wait their turn and such patience has been well rewarded this time from Guernsey with seven birds from six lofts in section Q showing in the top fifty of the provisional open result. Very well done to all of you and a big thank you for your Cornish hospitality shown to me and to our convoying team when they were at Sennen Cove, I left for home with two of the biggest Pasties I have ever seen, they really were the size of half a dustbin lid each.
News and Views to me Chris Sutton on 01530 242548 or 077792 356330 email
The following is the section report for the National Flying Club race from Guernsey on the 17th July sponsored by The House of Aarden Stud and I thank all those who have submitted their details and assisted me in compiling this report. The next National Flying Club race includes the Old Hens National too so I would ask that anyone sending in details would please mark clearly in the email subject line, which section and which race it is for. I want to report on at least the first five in each of the eighteen sections which takes a lot of sorting out, especially if it is doubled with a coinciding race. Young Bird racing will now be in full swing which can be a very frustrating time considering all the many obstacles and it is worrying how many are deciding to call it a day. One huge loss to the sport is the partnership of Mike Underhill and Robbie Prettejohn in Plymouth who were 2nd and 4th Open Guernsey and have been at the top of their game for many years with many national wins to their name. Further details are in John and Gill McClements section D Report. The NFC Committee wish them all the very best for the future and hope to see them again very soon, the pigeons are in the blood.
Winning section A was D & K Jones in Havant who has had a very good season so far as well as being in the first five of the section in each NFC Guernsey race. His yearling widowhood cock was having his second race across the water and is a Heremen Ceuster bred by Homer & Williams in North Yorkshire.
His sire won £500 in the Premier 100 Open race and the dam is a granddaughter of his 1st National winner “Dads Lad”. Second was Mr & Mrs Brian Wall also in Havant who followed on from the last NFC Guernsey when they were 5th Open 3rd section followed on by second and fourth Guernsey 2.
The first bird from a widowhood cock that is also a prize winner. The first bird was a gift bird from PJ Lofts and is from Paul's very good Jelly Jellama's. Brian said it was a hard race with the winds being easterly, but birds came as well as could be expected. Only one missing which was my £10 nom said Brian, he is safely back in the loft now though. A big shout out to my good friend Dec for winning the section. Alan Holdaway in Emsworth was third with Mullen & Son from Horley in Surry fifth.
They timed a yearling chequer pied hen raced on natural & sent to all prior club races, this being its third effort from Guernsey, in consecutive weeks. She is bred direct from “Scotty” which flew the channel 33 times, and the dam was bred by Chris Slight of Kingston, through Bobby Carter lines.
Bill Edwards kindly sent the following; Taking the premier position in Section B, and with arguably the outstanding performing of the race is Dave Waterhouse from Portsmouth. That is not being disrespectful to the Open winner or any of the other Section winners, but Dave’s game yearling blue cock kept his line to the loft, 200 miles to the East of the overall winner and almost entirely over open water. Dave would like to congratulate the Winner, very well done.
His 1st Section winner, a yearling Blue cock was also 5th Section, 8th Open two weeks earlier from Guernsey 1. He is from Dave’s old family of Jacob Poortvliet X Leo Herman, fed on Vanrobaeys super widowhood and raced on roundabout. Dave would like to thank all the organisers and the transport team. Dave also takes 5th Section B with a yearling which Dave says is also from his Jacob Poortvliet family and has been in the top 3 of his race team this year. His sire is a very good pigeon that has won 1st and 2nd sect from National and Classic races as well as 2 X 1st , 2 X 2nds in club racing. Unfortunately, I lost him trying to break him to my new house last year. Second was the partnership of, Tony Cottrell, Richmond & Rogers.
Tony said, congratulations to the race winner, Gary Jacobs and to the Cornish boys who have had a long wait for the rub of the green and had their birds right on the day. I spoke to Gary not long after he timed and excited would be an understatement. My partner, Justin Rogers was unable to get to our loft in Wimborne so had gone to Gary’s. I had already phoned him to say that I had timed and thought that it was a reasonable bird, taking into account the NE wind. Both mine and Gary’s birds are related, having been bred by Justin at Boslevin lofts. His sire is a son of Chiefton and Blue Thunder from Ogilvie Lofts, Stirling. His Dam is the nest sister to the Sire of Gary’s National winner and is an inbred double Granddaughter of The Rossie bred by Justin. My pigeon, now named “Proper Job 57”, has been most consistant this year from the West and Guernsey, being first to the loft from BICC Sennon Cove, 4th Sect, 32nd Open, BBC Wadebridge, 15th Sect, 27th Open. In the first Guernsey with the BICC he was 2nd to the loft but he was a bit behind from the first NFC Guernsey. He is flown on a chaos system with two nest boxes in separate sections with two different hens. He was sent back to Guernsey because he was exercising so well, first bird out and last bird back in. Well done to the section winners and to Dave Waterhouse’s great pigeon on the day against the wind. Third is the consistent Father and Son partnership of Bryce and Lloyd Scutt from Portsmouth.
Their pigeon, Shadow 93 is a 2yo blue cock racing on widowhood. Lloyd said that he is a direct son of our No 1 Vandenabeele stock pair, making him a full brother to our top racer “89”, winner of 7 X 1sts club, 2 X 1sts Fed, 2nd Fed, 5th Fed plus many more . Previously he has scored both as a YB and yearling with many times being only beaten by loft mates for 1st place. Congratulations to the Open winner and all the section winners. Let us hope that we can get back to racing from France next season. Fourth was Jason Bowen from Havant who timed a yearling red grizzle hen, flown on natural sent sitting 4 dummy eggs to keep her over sitting.
She was unraced as a youngster but has had every race with the Premier 100 club this season and was 3rd Sect 7th Open from NFC Guernsey 1 regards Bill Edwards
First in the section was Derek Vincent in Axminster who timed a two year old blue widowhood cock bred down from “The National Hen” and “The 72 Cock” via Alan Atkinson and Seven Eleven of Tumley Lofts.
He was also 19th Open from 909 birds in the DCWSCFC Ramsgate Open six days earier from 190 miles. Derek would like to thank all the markers at Kingteignton marking station for making it possible to compete this season. Second was Neville & Diana Spracklen who are having a great season in Dorchester and they said ‘We would like to send our congratulations to the winner and all the section winners. We time a two year old widowhood cock which is from a son of “DE Cass” from the house of Arden x with a hen called “Rosie” who won 1st section 3rd open BBC Fourgeres. Rosie is from a son of “Southfield Pau” crossed with a Daughter of “My Little Diamond”.
Our red pied cock was ear marked for Barcelona this year so with a bit of luck he might get there next year”. Third was NFC Committee member Steve White from Honiton. He timed a two year old De Klak hen sent sitting for 14 days. Steve normally races on the roundabout system but has been unable to this year due to Peregrine attacks and it as had a huge effect on their nerves. She is bred off the sire and dam of 1st Irish National Talbenny Ybs 3500 birds. He added “Well done to all the west country fanciers in the result after a tough time in national racing this year, and to club member Derek Vincent on winning the section, and a big thank you to Andy Mabin and Steve Hopper and all the helpers at Kingsteignton marking station”. Fourth was David Wilson in Yeovil with Mr & Mrs Hodges in Templecombe fifth with the same hen which was first section I the BICC from Guernsey in her last race. She was breed by Danny Langham of Poole from his John Gerard stock (Louder x Bosua). 5th was Prilly Hodges.
I am pleased to report John McClements has recovered well from a recent operation and along with his wife Gill, is now writing for section D once again; It is with great honour mixed with a heavy heart that this will probably be my last report on the success of Underhill and Prettejohn. Mike has decided to call it a day due mainly to the decimation of his pigeons by peregrines and sparrowhawks not just training/racing, but mostly when exercising around home, along with the doubt of continued channel racing, which is their prime interest when it comes to racing. The partnership has had more than their fair share of success across the channel for this area, Mike being a very astute fancier, will not throw the birds in to a national without the odds being in his favour, and is firm believer in letting the results speak for themselves. The partnership does not have any interest in winning club/inland racing but will use the facility to get in a trainer or two to give the birds the experience of travelling overnight on the transporter and liberation, plus some private individual training tosses in preparation of the overseas races. In saying this, Mike is a very active chairman of the Plymouth & District FC, playing a big part in the acquisition of our new transporter, setting the club up for many years to come, and also convoying to trainers and the early club races before we join the Federation. Hopefully Robbie will continue to compete from his own lofts a few hundred yards up the road, but of course is having the same problems with birds of prey.
So, Guernsey 2 with the NFC was not only the partnership's first National race of the season but has turned out to be their swansong, and what a way to finish. When the website started to record the arrivals, and after we had clocked in ourselves, we (John and I) phoned Mike to say what a good bird he had, and he didn't burst our bubble then to say he had 2 in front of us, we discussed the situation and agreed that Cornwall was the only threat to his pole position, which unfortunately for Underhill and Prettejohn, but fantastic for Gary Jacobs, turned out to be the case. Well done Gary, that bird had the longest cross channel journey of the day, straight in to Penzance.
With the NFC channel races in mind both cocks were on widowhood early in the year, but when it became apparent that there would be no racing from France they were remated and sent to Guernsey on big young ones with their hens a couple of days on eggs. Their section winner is also 2nd Open and is a two year old cock his breeding is Van Loon on the Sires side and the Dam being a full sister to "Sienna” 1st GB 6th Open Algarve Golden Race winning 10,000 euros. (They took the whole Plymouth contingency who had travelled to the Algarve, out for dinner that evening).
Second section and 4th Open is a Yearling Cock off stock obtained from Derek Nicholls of Premier Stud he is pure De Rauw - Sablon from the Gilbert & Andrea Bak 17 Lines. Third Sect 7th Open was deservedly won by Woolley & Luscombe, of Saltash, (Cornwall, but not Section Q) Steve and Tony work tirelessly with their birds which is in itself is worth merit as neither live within 5 miles of the lofts.
The partnership absolutely loves channel racing, competing with NFC and BICC whilst also very competitive within the Plymouth & District FC, flying with Devon South Road Fed, being one of the longest flying members. This very experienced hen is a five year old Brian Denny hen bred in their stock loft from the Tuff Nut lines off a direct daughter/grandson pairing. She has been 15 times across the channel, including twice from Tarbes. She was sent on the roundabout system and fed Versa Laga corn mixture, Gem supplements and Aviform products. Fourth Sect, 8th Open position was won by ourselves, M/M McClements. Our yearling cock is bred from a pair bought from John Fretwell of Twyford when he had a clearance sale in 2018. The sire was 12th Section, 94th Open Bordeaux in 2018, his only entry, being direct from L & K Buddle. The dam was off 'Golden Horn' 1st Open MNFC Bordeaux 2015 when paired to a Peter Virtue hen. Our entry was raced on the roundabout/chaos system and was fed on Versa Laga mixes, he went to Guernsey 1, two weeks previous but was off the pace. When it comes to NFC it seems we are sometimes one of the bridesmaids but not yet the bride! being very close to Underhill and Prettejohn, winning 3rd Open from Messac when they were 1st & 2nd Open in 2019, and 3rd Section.
, 6th Open from the same racepoint to Terry Luscombe in 2018 (same hen). One day it may be our turn, but I can't see it being from the North. Fifth Sect, 10th Open was taken by R Goodier & Sons of Marsh Green. Richard is a formidable fancier with consistent results both in National and Federation competition. This is a Van Den Bulck x Heremans Roundabout hen, she has plenty of previous form in the Devon SR Federation and is sister/half sister to over 19 x 1st federation winners, Sire is a Heremans cock "Iron Man" who is responsible for many Fed & NFC performance pigeons to include "Deadshot" 8 x 1st clubs , 6 x 1st Federations.Her Dam is "Young Nova" direct from P & D Studs "Nova Sagan" she is already responsible for 6 x 1st Federation winners. Richard's 6th Section D, 11th Open is also from "Ironman" and her Dam is "Special Sprint Cools" who in turn is a G/Daughter of "Broere Goede Roede", "Mr Specialised" & "Kittel Ettix" the best P & D Stud Van den Bulck lines. 7th Section D , 12th Open is a full brother to the 11th open hen "Ironman" x "Special sprint Cools" This turned out an excellent race for Richard with 29 out of 30 birds home with and a further 3 birds in the top 30 Open. All the birds are raced on roundabout and for this race where left to run together from Wednesday night after exercise until basketing on Thursday afternoon. The birds are fed on Versa Laga feeds to suit the up and coming race. Richard would like to thank all the hard workers at Kingsteignton marking station.
Once again Mark Gilbert topped his section along with third and fourth positions. His first two were cocks and are both grandchildren of “Kittel” and the second pigeon won the section with NFC from Sennen Cove. Mark is very pleased to win the section from all four NFC old bird races. Hot on his heels winning second and fifth section was J F Haynes in Maidenhead.
Winning the top spot in section F were the Cowley Bros in Cirencester.
They would like to congratulate Gary Jacobs with an excellent pigeon down in Penzance. They timed a blue chequer pied cock sitting 10 days on eggs which had five inland races as a young bird with the Wiltshire Fed and was always in good time. This season he started at Chichester with the West of England Combine and had a further five inland races split between the Wiltshire Fed and the Severn Valley Fed in which he didn't put a foot wrong and this was his first time over the channel. He is bred from a cock bought from friend and clubmate at Charlton Kings, Graham Clift of Tirley from his Mark Gilbert lines when paired to a hen bought from Eric Higginbottom at a sale in Barnsley of Etienne Meirlaen lines. Second was F J Quinn in Devizes who would also like to congratulate the winners and the whole team at the NFC.
Frank was shocked his team of long distance birds were out there with the leaders with a yearling chequer pied cock bred from his number one long distance pair. Racing in the club each week his bird has been the most consistent to the loft except the BICC Guernsey race when he was last home. J Draper was third with a three year old Lambrecht cock bred from stock obtained from friend Clive Elliott of Wantage.
He was previously 29th section 458th open the Sennen Cove I National and 9th section 20th Open CSCFC Wadebridge 2020. Fourth was J & P Parker in Reading with Kieron Marcham from Newbury fifth. He had 3 widowhood cocks drop together but the first over the pad was a two year old cock which had been bred from Hereman cuester stock and had been raced North this season until the talk of channel racing came around, to which Kieron switched him back south. He had previously won 1st club Leicester and 27th open CSCFC before turning him south again.
Ray English won the section in Clevedon, North Somerset.
He timed a blue Frans Zwolls cock from Borderlofts stock flown on roundabout all season. He has always been consistent bird flying with the Bristol fed so was purposely prepared for the race having gone to the first NFC Guernsey when he was Rays second bird home. He was well rested, in good shape and believed ready for the race. Returns were good for Ray who congratulates all the winners. Second was T & G Dye from Highbridge in Bridgwater with third and fourth places going to D & B Rayner also of Bridgwater. Roy Fursland came fifth and kindly sent me the following; “After a loft tragedy this 2018 bird was a gift from my good friends Mel Fairfax and Liam Meaden, a good all round bird with very good club positions. Well done to Gary Jacobs the Open winner, congrats to Ray English our section winner.”
Hubert Walker wins section H once again with the the same hen which won from Sennen Cove which is now called “Rocket Lady”.
She is bred from 'Lucious' a son of 'Magic', who is from a full brother to 'Mucking Fagic' paired to a sister of 'Big Smithy'. The mother of 'Lucious' is a 'Pros Roosen' pigeon paired to a 'Machine' hen. 'Lucious' was paired to a hen from good friend Jack Walker of Cannock, from a brother to 'Pink Eyes' paired to Jack's good 'Rocket' hen. Second and fifth was Nicolae Babes in Ely with T.Bennett third with a bird bred by PJ lofts from his Hugo Morris stock loft flown on the natural system and sent sitting on 14 day old eggs. Great to see Barry Baker at the marking station for the first time this season and he duly won third place in the section with a yearling Cock called ‘Dudley’.
On black Saturday in a race north from Brayford, his pigeon went into a loft in Dudley and the kind fancier fed and watered him before releasing him the next day and he came home. He was bred by John Norris, coincidentally from one of Barry’s own European Bull / Jan Polder stock that he had bred for him in 2018. Late news from the first Guernsey race has come in from C Crick & Son who were 4th section with a yearling Van De Bulk blue w/f cock bred by Bob Fenech. Raced on widowhood which had won at club level as a young bird but this was his best performance this season.
Clive Yates racing as M Yates & Son, in Tamworth won the section with the same hen that was 4th section in the first NFC Guernsey race.
She is from 9 generations of winners that Clive has bred which all can be traced back to his number one stock cock from 1982. She is the same colour as he was even with the tick eye. including in her breeding are 4 x open winners in the MNFC & many more top winners. FVW. Her sire is bred by Syndicate lofts from a direct son off “Mona Lisa”, Mike Ganus best ever stock hen. On the same day a two year old cock off the same sire won his inland race and Clive had 100% returned, all back in great condition well done to all concerned. Second and fifth was Paul Postings in Hednesford with a two year old slatey cock bred by J & B Oakley, which was raced on roundabout, and is a consistent bird having previously been 8th Open MCC Fougeres as a yearling .
On his system the cocks are exercised at home and go racing every week and this was his second race back with the NFC after a 10 year break so was very pleased with the result. Another very consistent loft is Leon Prince racing to Cheadle in Staffordshire. Never far off the pace he was third and fourth with his first bird being a hen sitting fourteen day old eggs which has had many prizes including 9th open MNFC Carentan and 8th section I from Sennen cove 2.
Her breeding is Rene Nauwelaert x Lambrecht. Taking fourth is a yearling De Meyer red hen sitting ten day old eggs which has had three fed positions this season and also topped the fed has a young bird.
Once again Mr & Mrs Pete Shaw are tops.
What a season they are having in the NFC and this time they take the fourth position too with the section winner from the previous NFC Guernsey with both birds being Mandalartz/Andre/Zyta partnership breeding. Second was Martin Williams in Hereford who would like to congratulate the winner Gary Jacobs, and Pete Shaw.
His roundabout hen has been very consistent in the local clubs having been raced on the East and West routes and was 1st section, 87th Open in the NFC Fougeres race last year. Her breeding is Martins old family of Roodhooft x Sablon and he had a good race with two more birds arriving three minutes after the first, followed by regular arrivals thereafter, having 19/20 on the day and the last one the next morning. Third was Jonathan Hamplett with a three year old hen which has performed consistently and raced on the roundabout system with her bloodlines being Galaxy Lofts and Darren Peters. Fifth was R Stokes & Son from Cleobury Mortimer.
Winning section K were Juan Castello & Family & Leach who would like to congratulate all the worthy prize winners on a hot tough flying day.
Their first bird over the timing pads was a real nice apple bodied chequer hen flown on the roundabout system. She is a previous 1st prize winner and also won 2nd breeder/buyer and is bred out of a son of Adrian’s top breeder “The 51 Hen” the mother to the sect winner is a direct Belgium hen bought on a trip to Belgium.
This pair of pigeons are proving to be consistent breeders as this is the third first prize winner that they have bred to date. Second was Richard and Joan Hardy with a three year old Busscheart x Soontjen roundabout cock which is one of Richards team and the hen's in the section raced by Joan in another club. He had been fancied in the 1st Guernsey but was well beaten by the hen's on that occasion, but they kept faith and he proved them right. “Congratulations to fellow club mate Juan Castello on his 1st Sect K win and to other club members Barry Roebuck and Barry Reid who have also had great section K results this year. Many thanks to those at the NFC who have worked hard to provide a race program this year in trying circumstances”. Third were J & J Greenfield with a super pigeon which has already been 3rd Section from Sennen Cove. This three year old Denis Sapin Soontjen is a half-sister to 1st Section K, 4th Open NFC Messac and has won from a young bird and is a very consistent pigeon. Peter Hagland was forth with a half brother to his fourth sect in the first Guernsey race. A very consistent pigeon he is Houben x Herman Beverdam. In fifth place was Lee Cutts of Penistone who timed a Staf Van Reet cock bred by the late John Oldfield of Derbyshire which was having his first channel race this year, flown natural and sent sitting two day old eggs.
First and second section L were A & S Hughes in Rochdale who timed two cocks in 20 seconds.
Both were sent to the last NFC race and left together with their hens and sent sitting 6 day old eggs. The first to arrive was their good four year old Dark Van Loon cock bred from a pair purchased from the Liverpool Ace Steve Goulding. Steve said he would do OK with them and he was correct. To date they have bred Combine, Amal and Fed winners, also NW Region award winners, the sister to this cock had won 4x1st before being retired to stock at the end of last season and she will now be joined by her brother. This cock has always been consistent, has two first to his name already and could have been a few more it is wasn’t for his loft mates. He too will be going in the stock loft now as he’s also producing winners for others such as Shapland Brother and Bobby Brandon, so time to get some for themselves and new partner Glyn Buckley. The first bird had only just gone through the Bob wires when another yearling blue cock hit the board, this cock was part of a group of eggs given by my good friend John Crehan from his stock loft and is a grandson of “Harry”. They have had eggs from john for three years now and would recommend these to anyone. “So big thanks to Steve & Barbra Goulding and huge thanks to John Crehan for the opportunity to race birds directly out of his stock birds”. J & S Ward from Oldham were third with a three year old cock which has sired a 1st fed winner out of 1500 birds, he's sire is a direct Ad Schaerlaeckens, sire of many winners for themselves and others.
His dam is one of their best racing hens which has scored 13 times in top 10 of Border Amal up to 2500 birds and two of her sisters have won North West Region Awards. Fourth was Lee Davison & Sons who timed an August 2020 late bred hen bred by Steve Radcliffe.
The sire was bred for stock out of the “The good Pair” from the very best of Peter Fox Syndicate lofts. This pair have been responsible for many winners for Steve and also Fred Hall & daughters at club, Amal, Combine, National and One Loft level. The dam was bred by Lee and is a half brother to half sister pairing from his number one stock hen “Max 79”, which was gifted to Steve for stock and is a direct daughter of his good Bordeaux hen “Nifty Fifty”, which was a superb little hen when racing herself with the heart of a lion and never gave up whatever the weather conditions. She put up some cracking performances in her short time racing including 1st west section 26th Open Bordeaux 600 miles MNFC 2015 as a late bred yearling, also 4th section L NFC Ancensis 426 miles 2015. The mother of Nifty Fifty is Max 79 which is a direct daughter of “Max” the only bird to win the MNFC twice. This hen has turned out to be a goldmine hen breeding many winners including 5 different section winners with 5 different cocks, just 2 weeks ago she was grandmother to Fred Halls 1st open Guernsey national winner. The little blue hen has now been named “Mabel” after Lees first grandchild. Fifth was K Burke in Northwich.
M Anderson & Sons won first and second section N and grateful thanks go to Colin Surtees for helping to obtain these bloodlines.
It was a tough race in the conditions, especially when they saw where the leading open positions were being recorded and those that made it into section N did well. Congratulations to all those who timed. John & Steven Best followed up their 1st & 2nd NFC Section N from the Guernsey 1 race with a very impressive 3rd & 4th Section two weeks later. S
teven races roundabout and their winners are 'bred in the pink’. Their first bird is bred from a son of “Starlight” x daughter “Farmer George” and their second bird was from a son of “Starlight” x with their own superstar “Pure Gem”. Bob McKie of Blackhall Mill won fifth position with a son of “Dark 63” best of Dave Impett bloodlines.
Dam is a direct daughter of “The Driver”. 5th Open NFC Fougeres and now producing quality National birds. 21928 was 11th Section N at Guernsey(1). Second bird GB19N 21925 is a direct son of Chequer Cock Timba his most consistent national racer. Never missed the prize list and has topped Section N (Denney x Virtue) bloodlines. His Dam is from the Barry and Peter Winter Little Gem family.
Bruce Blamire from Kendal once again takes 1st Section O.
Bruce has been out of action again this year after falling and breaking his hip back at the start of the season. This injury meant that his good lady and Nephew, David, have had to take on most of the day to day chores with the birds. This is the first NFC race that Bruce has entered this year sending six channel first timers for experience. From the six birds entered Bruce timed two hens in twelve minutes after covering the 328 miles into Kendal. Both hens are Deweerdt breeding both three years old and sent racing on the natural system. Let’s hope this win helps Bruce in his recovery.
A Good test for the pigeons coming into Section P on a warm day where velocities were never going to match the west side but offered a good insight into the potential of many of the birds on sub 40mph race, unlike any of the much quicker previous south road races. An excellent section winner to John Cowlin - carrying on from his record breaking 2020 season when he took the first 8 positions in the NFC and won back-to-back national races.
This time with the wind totally against him he had to make do with a 1st section. However, this cracking Frans Zwols cock is proving to be quite a good pigeon having won 109th open BICC and 174th open NFC as a Young bird, this year as a yearling he has already won 9th section 57th open BICC, Guernsey and 1st section NFC. he also won 1st Hullbridge club and 6th open Thames from Holmsley 2,062 birds this season. He is certainly bred for the job, his sire was bred for stock being from the “Amal Cock” and “Guernsey Princess”, both big winners themselves and already responsible for 2 x 1st national winners and 2nd national beat by a loft mate, dam of the section winner is “Burnham Queen”, who herself won 1st open BICC National for Lee Bastone . She in turn is a granddaughter of the “Dream Pair” (Prince of Rekkem and Dreamy) The Dream pair are responsible for 5x1st open national winners, 2nd open national 2x3rd open national etc etc. Well done John , brave enough to take on the pre race weather forecast of a NE wind and come up with a really good section winner. Second is F Brunt & Son of Chatham, Paul clocked a two year old Belgian Leir Market special, after experiencing a little difficulty with the manual clock and losing a couple of minutes. Unraced as a young bird and yearling but extensively trained it has come good this year being at the front in all its races. Paul uses these races as a prep for the longer races but in the absence of any 500 mile races from France has had to be patient and think longer term. Definitely one for the future. Third is Kevin Foster from Longfield Hill with a yearling widower hen, her sire is via Cosmic Talas from a direct son of “Remy” 15th and 19th NFC national from Saintes and Signone when paired to an Arjan Beens hen.
The mother of the 3rd section is a daughter of my good blue hen 24th Nat Tarbes and 24th Nat Agen two of the hardest races in recent years. The Hens team have been in good form this year with this being the sixth consecutive National race where they have made the top 10. Three with the 3 BICC and 3 with NFC. Fourth and fifth section is another ever present in the section honours Bruce McAllister who said “My first pigeon was a four year old widowhood cock which has been a very consistent pigeon scoring regularly. He was sired by “Dynamite Wittkop” a Coorman from Bob Fenech and the dam is from Roger Lowe from “Main Man” x “Lucky”.
He has the same sire as my second section two weeks previous which was my second pigeon in this race, being fifth. A tough race with a couple still missing with five home the next morning. Well done to my mate Mike Underhill for 2nd and 4th Open, shame he is packing up I believe this will be his last race due to peregrine attacks, a real loss to the sport.” Sixth were Fagg & Nicholas from sittingbourne. Colins first bird is a hen bred from a granddaughter of New Laureate x with a Menne & daughter cock. She has been a consistent hen winning 3rd open NFC Old hens last year and she won the Fed this year being also 2nd section BICC National. She was sent with two youngsters in the nest which are her first of the year and the birds came back in great condition many thanks to the NFC team.
Thanks to Chris Boyce who has taken over from Perry Liddle and he wrote “What a difference a wind makes! The 14 Cornish flyers sent 109 birds and the winning velocities of the Cornish birds in the Guernsey II race were twice the speed of Guernsey I. Penzance Club having a particularly successful race, it appears the Guernsey to Penzance express pulled out of Guernsey at 0730 and then called at Madron (Gary Jacobs 1st Sec, 1st open), St Buryan (Duncan Harvey 2nd Sec 3rd open and 3rd Sec 5rd open), Sancreed (Angwin family 4th Sec, 6th open) and Alverton (Darren Hosking 6th Sec,37th open). An excellent overall club performance.
They didn’t have it all their own way with Keith Frost of St Austell also managing fifth section. Those lead birds must have flown a very direct line from Guernsey with many of the later birds taking a the more conventional route of crossing to the south coast and working their way back down into Cornwall. Gary Jacob’s bird was a Leo Herman bred by Bosliven lofts and is the subject of a full article by Chris Sutton,
so I will go into further details on the supporting cast. Duncan Harvey the Old Master of Cornish distance flying had 2 well prepared hens, sent on pipping eggs, both out of a BCQ cock obtained from Doug Gatland out of Eric cannon and Darren Mc Fadden lines. The Dam of second section came from Albert Padfield stock and was 31st open Messac. The Dam of the 3rd Sec bird was also from Albert Padfield stock this 6yr old bird’s Dam was responsible for 4 firsts over the channel at club level all the way through to Tarbes. This 6 yr old bird was also his 2nd bird home from Guernsey I. The 4th Sec bird was a BCQ cock a direct son of New Young Kittel this bird has been very consistent for the Angwin Family, at club and combine level and now over the channel. Fifth was Keith Frost’s 3yr old Blue Bar this Herman Cuester was also 2nd sec in the Guernsey I race. We had a total of 7 different fanciers in the Section top 10 well done guys and good luck in the last Guernsey race of the National season. Photo shows left to right: Darren Hosking, John Angwin, Gary Jacobs, Duncan Harvey, far right Dan Mitchell of Camborne after some tips!”
With winning the first four positions in section W from Guernsey 2, Derrick Jones has now won a total of 40 first sections in National racing and most of them were with his own family based on Vandenabeele and Flor Engels, both of which he has had for many years and are very suited to each other. Pairing best to best, they have won the NFC from Saintes, the MNFC from Tours and the Welsh National from Littlehampton. His first bird was also 4th section in the previous NFC Guernsey race and his second bird home from the MNFC Guernsey race. His full brother has topped the federation from Weymouth and was 11th Open MNFC from Guernsey. The second, third and fourth birds have also been very consistent with the fourth bird winning from Guernsey as a young bird. Derrick was one of the first fanciers to get the Vandenabeele obtaining brothers and sisters to his National winners with which he has founded his own family based on racing results. Fifth were D.Wright & Son in Rhos, Wrexham with a three year old Vandenabeele hen originating from M & D Evans which was fifth section from the first NFC Guernsey race. At that time, she was raced on roundabout but on this occasion, she had been left to pair up and was sent sitting eggs. Her previous results are 1st section 64th open Welsh South Rd National Eastbourne, 1st Wrexham 2 bird specialist club Carentan, 3rd club 12th fed Eastbourne, 3rd club 14th fed Eastbourne., 4th club 29th fed Eastbourne.
Please remember to send in your details if you are in the top five of your section and mark clearly which section and race you are referring to. News and views to me Chris Sutton on 01530 242548 or 07792 356330 email