FALAISE RACE REPORT
after a long hard,
cold winter which seemed to never end we arrived at the first race of
for the 2013 season from Falaise. This followed the cancellation of the
proposed race from Carentan which was wisely omitted due to the poor
March and early April. It seems that the lure of International racing
BICC is proving too great to resist for many fanciers with more than
members swelling the club’s ranks this season alone. This figure
than 20 members from Ireland
following the committee’s decision [ ratified by the members] to
open up the
club’s radius to allow fanciers from Ireland
to compete with us on the
So it was that
entered 4,203 birds on Thursday 9th May to compete from
distance of more than 200 miles for most competing members. With strong
westerly winds forecast for race day it was anticipated that the bulk
entry and also the large majority of winning pigeons would be found in
easterly areas of the club. These conditions were in stark contrast to
conditions that prevailed at the corresponding time in 2012 as at that
there was a strong easterly influence in the wind direction for the
races, giving fanciers in the west a distinct advantage.
liberation on the
appointed day,11th May was not to be as a low pressure
over the British Isles accompanied by
winds and heavy rain showers. These conditions led race controller John Tyerman, assisted by our excellent
Steve Appleby and convoyer Trevor Cracknell, to err on the side of
the decision was wisely made to hold the convoy over to await better
which were forecast for the following day, Sunday 12th May.
conditions on the
next morning were ideal with clear skies in France
and over the channel with a
light westerly breeze blowing. So it was that the convoy was liberated
at 7 am
to race the 200+ miles home to all parts of southern and western England and Wales.
I include here weatherman
Steve Appleby’s weather report:-
After a one day
holdover as forecast an excellent weather picture presented itself for
BICC race from Falaise. The weather conditions were of broken cloud and
sunshine over France the
English Channel and most of England.
The winds over the channel were moderate from the west but veering to
westerly as the morning progressed. Visibility as far as the eye can
06:00 hours a new frontal system carrying patchy
rain positioned over
the Irish Sea moved towards Wales and the West Country.
consulting with John Tyerman
emphasis was on an early liberation giving the BICC pigeons racing
the west maximum flying time before the rain arrived into that area.
The following is race
advisor John Tyerman’s
report on the
preparations for the Falaise race:-
excellent entry of 4203 birds for the fist BICC National of the season
weather as usual proved to be somewhat problematic. Our
Advisor Steve Appleby had noted and was tracking the 'weather
rain and high winds that was likely to affect the Falaise
the Saturday, and this was something we discussed in
detail. Basketting at Horndean on the Thursday
was done in rain and very high winds, and the overnight ferry
from Portsmouth to Caen was
very rough with a force 9
south westerly gale blowing. However, Chief
Convoyer Trevor Cracknell and his
new assistant Steve reported safe arrival at the Falaise racepoint
Friday morning. Having previously discussed the
Saturday weather situation with Trevor and he was aware that a
was very likely. Weather man Steve again
on Friday evening to confirm he was not happy with the ongoing
picture in the Channel which was giving rain in Northern
France and very strong winds over the sea.
rain and hail showers were also forecast for much of southern England.
This information was relayed to Trevor at Falaise.
Around 6am on the Saturday I again spoke with Steve
and he gave a very detailed account of the ongoing unsatisfactory
weather, which he considered to be unsuitable to ensure a good
race. After speaking with Trevor a 'holdover' was called.
dawned very bright and sunny at Falaise and with a
greatly improved overall weather picture the birds were liberated
into a light west wind, which was given as force 3/4 in the
We were aware of rain moving in from Ireland
later in the day and
with the westerly wind influence the fanciers on the east side would
fare better. The new Transporter was in use for the first
and was loaded with around 1200 birds - all went well with no
reported. Our thanks to Steve and the Convoying team -
overall have been reported as very good."
I must at this stage point
out that all positions are provisional and are based on verification
only. The final result may differ.
Leading the way
in both the
East section and the Open was one to the Basildon
partnership of Mahoney Brothers recording a velocity of 1442 ypm. After more than a dozen attempts to contact
the brothers I eventually made contact thanks to the help of Charlie
Pat and Tony and they moved to Basildon
two years ago from Dagenham. Their winning pigeon is a two year old
hen having just her second outing of the 2013 season. Like all the hens
race team she is exercised once daily for one hour each morning and
brothers get a 60 mile training toss into the team mid week. Fed on Gem
mixtures the brothers feed a light mixture on race return followed by a
stronger mix for the remainder of the week made up from four different
mixes. The winner was 18th Open EECC in 2012 and has flown
channel on three occasions now. She is bred from a cock obtained from
Tony’s brother Jim and contains all the best of the Planet
and Leen Boers pigeons with a touch of Van den Bosch via Albert
This family has been moulded by the brothers for the best part of 30
so it has certainly stood the test of time. Pat asked me to thank Steve
Pearmain of Wickford who has been a great help over the years as have
Wilson and Chris Woodhouse. Your help and friendship are certainly
by the brothers.
Close behind the
timer doing 1437 ypm to take 2nd East section 2nd
was a two year old chequer pied widowhood cock racing to the Chelmsford loft
of Alex McKenzie. This one
has an old ring and is of Janssen base bloodlines via Stuart Elvin and
Babington. Mated in late January he was allowed to rear a pair of
before being put on widowhood. The Falaise race was only the second
season for the McKenzie timer as his only other outing this term was
miles the week before basketting for Falaise. However, he had previous
of Channel crossing in 2012. As with the rest of the McKenzie team of
, he is exercised twice daily for I hour on each occasion during which
cocks are allowed to do as they please with no force flying. Feeding is
usual widowhood mix and Gerry Plus supplied by Versele Laga and the
not fed a breakdown mixture.
in both the east section and the Open on 1430 ypm is a previous double
of the BICC, none other than Charlie Simmons of Basildon in Essex.
Charlie won 1st Open BICC Agen International in 2012 and
this 3rd Open Falaise winner is
closely related, as
his sire is a full brother to the Agen winner of 2012 and his dam is a
daughter of Charlie’s 2009 BICC Falaise winner, the main
Soontjen. Falaise was this two year old widower’s first race of
the season as
Charlie does not compete in club racing. His only training this season
four tosses at 60 miles and then straight into Falaise. He was mated in
February and allowed to rear a single youngster before being placed on
widowhood. The widowhood cocks are exercised twice daily for one hour
allowed to do as they please but are locked out of the loft for the
the exercise period. The widowers are fed individually in their boxes
on a good
Colin Smith of Ipswich is another previous winner of the BICC
and in the
Falaise race he clocked a four year old widowhood cock on 1429 ypm to
North section 4th Open. Colin’s timer is in fact an
uncle to his
2011 BICC Falaise winner and is bred down from a terrific stock pair
from Les Hill of Pontypool. This pair are responsible for scores of
the Smith loft. The cock was having his fourth outing of the season and
been across the “briney” on two occasions in previous
Kevin Foster of
comes in next with a timer recording 1419 ypm. This one is a two year
widower bred in the purple as his sire is a direct son of Geoff &
Cooper’s Agen International winner whilst his dam is a daughter
Shepherd’s 7 Up a double winner at close on 700 miles. He was
mated in late
January and reared one baby before going onto widowhood. Preparation
Falaise was three inland races. The cocks are exercised once daily and
individually in their boxes.
of S & M Gibson come in next with a timer on 1418 ypm to take 5th
East section 6th Open. Unfortunately I do not have any
details for the partners.
A Wright &
their first one on 1414.4 ypm to take 2nd North section 7th
Open. Their timer was a yearling widowhood
hen of Van
Loon x Staf Van Reet bloodlines that returned in good condition. She
has had 3
races up to Eastbourne this year, and flew last years BICC YB Guernsey
race. Her next race will be Alencon
with the BICC.
Close behind was
one to the Chelmsford
loft of David
Coward Talbot doing 1414.3 ypm for 6th East section 8th
first bird is Dark Hen , she was one of David’s favourite
yearlings since she was one of the most
having 4 channel racers. She is bred from two birds
Maurice Dann from his old Stichelbaut family. David purchased this
two years ago from Maurice, and like most distance pigeons he
will take a little time to mature . David has been ill recently and
Russell (big Paul to his friends) has been helping with the birds over
8 weeks. Without Pauls help the Coward-Talbot team would not be racing
this performance is very much down to Paul. I hope you are over the
Sault of Norwich
got one on 1408
ypm to take 3rd North section 9th Open. This is a
year old widowhood cock of Page Brothers Janssen x De Klak bloodlines
been to three inland races before basketting for Falaise. Michael was
me that the cocks are allowed out twice daily for one hour and are
do as they please. Feeding is a combination of Gem Best All Round and
Terry Bentham of Stock Ingatestone comes in for 7th
East section 10th Open on the provisional result.
after several attempts to contact Terry and leaving messages on his
I have to say I failed so there is no information to publish on the
winner of 10th Open.
Centre section winner was clocked at the New
Malden lofts of Khan Brothers. Their two year old hen was
sent sitting, and was bred by Ace Lofts. The sire is a direct son of
De Lorris x Rafiella when paired to a direct daughter of Frans
Mr & Mrs
Newton of Brighton clocked the winner
of second centre section. Unfortunately
the number I have for the Newtons
is incorrect and so I was unable to get details of their timer.
son Ray of New
Addington are provisionally 3rd Centre section with a
about hen of Frank Tasker Casaert bloodlines. Ray would like to thank
Leonard for breeding this one for him. In fact Ray had two hens
this was their first channel race.
section winner was
the aforementioned 4 year old of Colin Smith of Ipswich
followed by the Wright & Daughter timer. A three year old Deweerdt
Klak widower to the Ipswich loft of L
& sons, having just his third race of the season, comes in next to
birds in the west section had it all to do
in this race with the wind in the west at 10 – 15 mph here in Wales accompanied by heavy drizzle from
morning which blanked out the Welsh Valleys.
again the west section winner could be
found 50 miles to the east at the Peasedown St John loft of Geoff and Catherine Cooper. Catherine writes:-
started the 2013 old
bird season in the BICC the same as we finished the 2012 old bird
a 1st section win. The
section winner from Falaise is “Scar”, who won 1st
section in the
last old bird race in 2012 with the BICC from Le Mans.
Scar is a three
widowhood cock named Scar because he came back badly hawked from a race
year. Last week, Scar won 1st
Poole a distance of 48 miles with
Paulton HS with
660 birds competing. He had three
training tosses prior to racing of 20 miles and then three inland races
approximately 50 – 60 miles.
His sire is a
to Stroller who won 2nd section from St Vincent
the BICC last year. These are all down
from the best of our family known for excelling when the wind and
are against them.
Once again the
home in very good condition after a one day holdover, going straight to
hens, not looking at the drinkers, at the time of writing we have six
position in the
west section is Barry Smith of Swindon
assisted by retired fancier Arthur Ind. Barry clocked a two year old
cock a gift from West Country legend the great Brian Sheppard of
This one is of the old “Jingles” lines of Brian’s.
However, the main bloodlines
housed are Kirkpatricks and Logans and Barry tells me he has only been
the sport for 4 years after a 20 year break and is hoping to develop a
distance pigeons. He was over the moon at this early success and gives
Ind a great deal of credit in teaching him how to condition the birds.
section is one to
the Litton loft of Mark Dorrington. Mark clocked a two year old
gifted to him by Ledbury fancier Tony Miesner bred from stock birds
from Geoff and Catherine Cooper.
Falaise was his third race of the season and he was fed on Versele Laga
Superstar Plus and conditioned on the Carlsberg system obtained from
So the section
look like this :-
Simmons vel 1430.
& Daughter vel 1414.4
3rd Michael Sault vel 1408.
Brothers vel 1376.
Mr & Mrs
Newton vel 1371.
& Son vel 1370.
Cooper vel 1170.
Russell Bradford has this comment to make regarding BICC members who
to pay their annual subscriptions for the 2013 season:-
(my Region Secretary) came to marking at mine this morning and I
him the 160 or so members that haven’t paid their BICC subs yet.
RPRA rules he advises that letters should go out immediately
people, if flying elsewhere (e.g. their own club) should not be flying
unpaid subs in any other organisation, and if they don’t pay up
face the potential to be suspended from ALL racing in ALL
So there you have it members, if you
paid your subs pdq you are liable to be reported to the RPRA as
as such will forfeit your right to compete at any level. You have been
Carol our secretary has asked me to point out
the importance of using the verification procedure correctly. Members
ensure that they include the correct number, and especially the correct
number and time of pigeon.
report I should point out that the basketting times for the Gwent
station at Newport are 9am to 11 am and not as stated in the hand book
12.30. The Gwent birds have to be transferred to Bath to meet the transporter at 1
– 1.30 pm
and this would be impossible with a closure at 12.30 pm.
the Gwent marking station have also asked me to thank the Welsh SR Fed
use of one of their transporters in transferring the Welsh pigeons to Bath, such has
upsurge in membership of the BICC in Wales.
that’s the first race
of the season done and dusted. It would appear that it was, for most
a very good race with the birds returning in excellent condition thanks
care and attention of the convoying team led by Trevor Cracknell. My
congratulations to all the successful fanciers - roll on Alencon on the 25th
May when it
could be your turn to taste success at the highest level. My thanks go
Sutton, the BICC’s official photographer, for his continued
support of the
personal request –
could fanciers who are aware that they have clocked good pigeons please
that they have details of their successful birds available for me when
contact them. Could they also ensure that they are available for me to
as it has been extremely difficult and frustrating compiling this and
reports, as I have had to make repeated attempts to get in touch with
fanciers. I have a deadline to meet if the race reports are to be with
pigeon press in time for inclusion in the following week’s
editions. So please
help me in my attempt to help you.
The new BICC transporter at Wellingborough
BICC Transporter Logo
Mahoney Brothers 1st Open BICC Falaise Winner
Alex & Tony McKenzie Provisionally 2nd Open Falaise
Charlie Simmons 1st Open BICC Agen International 2012 and provisionally 3rd Open BICC Falaise 2013
Bethany Wright 2nd north section 7th open
BICC members race marking at Wellingborough
BICC race marking Falaise birds
D Coward Talbott prov 6th East section 8th Open Falaise
Kevin Foster provisionally4th sect 5th open Falaise
Darren Roberts who made the 120 mile trip from Wrexham at BICC marking in Newport
Michael Sault of Norwich3rd North section 9th Open Falaise
G & C Cooper's winner of 1st West section FalaiseScar
GGDC BICC Falaise Carol Gardener & Wyn Llewellyn
Mahoney Bros Handling their Falaise winner with the BICC