Barcelona International race is one of, if not the most eagerly awaited
the pigeon racing programme in Europe.
attracts many thousands of top class long distance pigeons from some of
best fanciers in the world and is a true test of a pigeon's stamina,
and homing ability.
a field of 25,382 pigeons and these were liberated at 8.30 am BST to
to their home lofts many of which were more than 750 miles distant. The
contingent had 304 pigeons entered by 103 fanciers and this entry
pigeons entered by two hardy Irish fanciers, namely Mr & Mrs Willy
Pat Nolan from Wexford.
forecast for the weekend was good with fine weather and light winds
course of the race apart from an increase in the wind strength at the
end of the Rhone
Valley near the
the way in both the BICC and also duplicating back into the BBC is one
popular Southampton partnership
and son Jack Norman flying under the banner of Mannor Lofts. This one
wins 1st Open and first bird into the UK
but should also finish in the top 50 of the International result with
25,000 birds competing. Clare Norman gives the following information.
partnership consists of Martin, Clare and son Jack aged 15. We fly as
Lofts so our results do not get confused with my brother Bill who lives
close to us and flies as Mr & Mrs Norman. Mannor is just an anagram
were delighted to see our grizzle cock “Olympic Ric”
dropping to the loft from Barcelona
would be a
massive understatement. He was our single entry and sent on widowhood
couple of little twists thrown in, which obviously worked for him. He
best pigeon and his past performances are: 6th Section 73rd
Open BICC Carentan 2012, 481st Open NFC Cholet 2012, 27th
Section 223rd Open NFC Tarbes 2012 winning just over
Section 16th Open BICC Perpignan 2012, 20th
Open NFC Cholet 2011 8,745 birds and 57th Open BICC Agen
name last year after his performances during the Olympics and Ric is
nephews name who always seemed to be visiting when we had a good result.
send your best to win in these top events and he was made our candidate
Barcelona 2013 the day we timed him from Perpignan
last year. It was flown in a very strong west wind and won in Dover. We timed
him 118 miles west of the
winner just 1 hour 53 minutes later and we knew after that he could do
breeding comes through all top fanciers. The sire was bred by John and
Staddon made up from Jos Thone X Mark Gilbert’s "Night Flight"
Cup winner. The dam is bred by our good friend Brian Sheppard".
have it then a top class pigeon with a top class pedigree achieving the
ultimate for one of the most highly respected and well liked
the sport. Congratulations, Martin, Clare and Jack on a truly
performance. you also win the young bird valued at up to £450
kindly donated by
Steve and Lesley Wright at the House of Aarden.
Mitchell of Dover
is one of the most successful of long distance fanciers with at least
outright wins in International races in recent years with the BICC. In
race he clocked one of his celibate hens to win 2nd Open. Mike gives
mealy hen always just called Mrs Mealy was bred from a pair of Stoffel
pigeons purchased via Bill Woodall.
This year she has flown B I C C Falaise, and twice to Pithivers with
the E E C
Won Bergerac in local Club Race.
B I C C Pau home in good time.
B I C C Tarbes
/Agen 13th Open
home in good time.
St Vincent 53rd Open.
This year paired up 12th Feb ,allowed to raise 1 youngster. Then
flown completely celibate. When racing I feed a mixture of Versele
high carbohydrate feeds." Mike and Cynthia also timed their second of
three entries to take 16th Open.
Hales of Hockley in Essex comes in
East section 3rd Open with one of his team of long distance widowhood
that are always there or thereabouts in marathon races with the BICC.
timer here is a six year old red cock of Hagens Brothers bloodlines.
preparation for Barcelona was two short
races from Pithviers and Alencon and then
weeks rest from racing just voluntary home exercise. The cocks are
hopper fed a
good widowhood mix and do not see their hens before the race but the
always waiting for them when they get home. David also clocked a second
take 15th Open.
in line with two birds taking 2nd & 3rd centre section 4th &
is Mark Gilbert. Mark's two birds are both widowhood cocks.
first bird has been 28th Open Saintes with the BBC and 2nd Sect 6th
Perpignan with the BICC in 2012.
father is a direct son of Smaraagd the International winner from Barcelona and
is a full sister to Derweedt's Champion Iban, and so the cock is a full
brother to Mark's 3rd International Pau
this year. On a visit to Mark's three weeks before basketting for
picked out this red black splashed cock as one to watch out for as he
second bird in the clock is Marseille
cock winner of 1st Open BICC Marseille in 2012.He is from a son of Rutz
Sons Barcelona Princess 1st German National Barcelona, and the mother
daughter of Ted and Magnus of Derweedts.
Marseille Cock been a great racer for Mark scoring twice in the top 100
NFC young bird races as a baby. As a yearling he flew Agen 510miles and
scored in the top 100 from Saintes NFC. As a two year old he was 10th
Tarbes 568miles, 1st BICC National Marseille 653miles and he is also a
prizewinner at club and Fed level. Mark later clocked a third bird to
in the west section the winner here was clocked to the ultra successful
Peasedown St John loft of Geoff and Catherine
- a partnership who recently won 1st Open Pau International to add to
2011 Agen International win. The
winner is a seven year old widowhood cock now
"Daybreak Junior" was clocked
at 8.34pm to win 1st section 6th Open. He has been a good honest
for them, always in the first few to the loft.
Prior to this he has won :- 3rd Fed. Messac,
29th sect. 202nd Classic Bergerac, 211th Nat.
Tarbes,338th Nat. Messac,209th Nat. Tarbes, plus 3rd west sect. 54th
Pau/Int., 3rd west sect. 18th Nat. Tarbes/Int.,
2nd west sect. 22nd Nat. Barcelona/Int.
pedigree is full of top performance pigeons.
His sire is Daybreak, a top racer who won a coveted National Merit
Daybreak Junior's grandsire is also the grandsire of Mark Gilbert's
winner Southfield Supreme.
Daybreak Juniors Dam is Miss Pau, who flew Pau International as a
yearling. She is a daughter of Miss Somerset, winner of the
Somerset cup and Miss Somerset's sire is "21" a top breeder and racer
for the Coopers.
and David Staddon clocked for 2nd west section 7th Open and David
this to say of their latest top class performance:
.." Where do I
start, Dad and I are on cloud
nine this morning. The Barcelona International is the most prestigous
the calendar and we are proud to have clocked an early bird into the
Country where it would seem obvious that our bird has had to fly a lot
than the 709 miles he is allowed. Firstly we'd like to congratulate all
and fanciers who have timed from this race, it is the toughest race in
world in our opinion. Once again Geoff & Catherine
Cooper again topping the section with a fantastic bird
particular we'd like to send our warmest congratulations to Martin,
& Jack Norman on their fantastic winner 1st National 57th
International from 25,000 birds is some achievement.
spoke with Martin and was delighted to hear that we had bred the sire
winner. He is from a son of Mark Gilberts Nightflight 1st NFC
Poco Pixie a Jos Thone hen from Faldo , Valentino and Gouden
It's a lovely feeling to play a small part in this magnificent birds
timed our 2nd Section 7th BICC at 5.58am on Sunday morning. He can't
far away the night before. He had flown some body weight off but
in perfect condition. He has been fed on Matador corn all season. He is
on the Chaos System. He had taken a new hen the weekend before the race
original hen had been sent to Tarbes NFC. This is all part of the Chaos
sometimes it works in your favour as this cock was obviously keen to
to his new love. He was sent to Barcelona
in 2012 but returned after 3 weeks with a badly injured leg which we
have happened at liberation. He recovered well in time and we felt we
give him the opportunity to atone at Barcelona
in 2013. He clearly learned plenty on his odyssey last year.
was originally raced from our old loft location in Merriott about 20
our current location and broken out at Evercreech in 2010. His racing
has also been useful at both locations. 3rd Section C 10th Open NFC
6th West Section 37th Tarbes/Agen BICC, 19th Section G 162nd Tarbes
NFC, 37th Section G 260th Tarbes NFC,
Section 100th BICC Carentan & now 2nd West Section 7th BICC Barcelona.
is bred from a son of Dave Impetts 1st Section L 13th Open NFC Tarbes
paired to a daughter of Mark Gilberts Southfield Pau. We'd like to
good friend Mark Gilbert for supplying us with the bloodlines that now
through 1st & 7th BICC Barcelona 2013 not forgetting Mark's own 4th
5th Open in the same race, quite an achievement.
Padfield Family of Cwmtillery are regarded as one of the best long
lofts in the UK and who can argue with their record of I believe 7 x
National at over 600 miles plus many top ten finishes at Barcelona at
miles. In the 2013 Barcelona
race they clocked their outstanding long distance hen to take 3rd sect
at 757 miles making it three successful trips at this distance for this
hen. Does anyone reading this report know of any other pigeon in the UK
notched up three successful trips at this distance. If there is anyone
, then let me know and I will do my best to give that pigeon and its
credit they deserve. I have listed below this remarkable hen's racing
flight hen GB2006N28324.The bloodlines of this hen contain some of the
birds to fly into the UK.
Her Sire is
from a son of
the Don 2nd BBC Palamos 743 miles when paired to a daughter
Padfields Perfection 1st 3rd 23rd and
Her Dam was 9th
WSRN Pau she was a full sister to the Paul Kendal's famous Holloway Boy
of Morning Glory).We bred the mother of Holloway Boy and Derek Parkin
Holloway Boy to be raced by Paul Kendal.
The Dam is a
to Vince he was 1st WSRNFC Pau and his father the sire of
was 7th WSRNFC Pau, the Dam of the hen a Wim Muller X Morgan
Cook also bred 4th WSRNFC PAU for Bernard Clarke.
28324 flew Pau in 2008 and 2009 and Tarbes 2010.
2012, 2013 she
757 miles and well up in the result on three occasions.
preparation for the
Barcelona Hen she was raced on the Round about system paired late
reared a pair off youngsters. After 10 days of sitting the second round
she was separated and the daily exercise regime started with twice
exercise of 1 hour on each occasion. The preparation was straight off
(No Training) straight to Bed Hampton 110 miles).She went to
miles with the Welsh South road Fed following this she had another
race 110miles then she went to Messac 278miles with the NFC .
This was her
final race before the Barcelona International 757 Miles
like their birds to go to the distance races sitting at least 10 days
because of the bad weather early on in the spring, and being late
going Vince and Dai decided to leave
them on the round about system throughout the 2013 old bird programme.
performances are as follows:-
WEST SECT BICC
OPEN 2ND WEST
SECT BICC PAU
INTERNATIONAL 2nd WDGCC.
2011 Barcelona BICC
11th Open 3rd West Sect 2nd
Barcelona BICC 35th
Open 5th West section 2nd WDGCC
8th Open 3rd West Section 1st WDGCC
(probable result )
35th Open BICC Barcelona plus other minor positions in her "warm up"
races with the BICC. Pretty impressive stuff.
is a past
winner of Palamos and Barcelona and has
excellent record in Marathon races.
race Paul clocked three birds to finish 9th, 23rd & 27th Open. Paul
three roundabout hens. The first and third birds home being full
sire was bred from two 1st Open Barcelona winners one of which was
Paul's 1997 Barcelona
dam is a very inbred hen going back to Blackcurrant Paul's 4 times Barcelona cock.
had flown Tarbes in previous seasons
year they had two inland races followed by Cholet
and then into Barcelona.
Paul's second in the clock is a blue hen bred from two black velvet
gifted to Paul by his good friend Jimmy Shepherd. Paul has asked me to
all the officials of the BICC for all the hard work they put in on the
& Jarvis of Mount Nessing
in Essex come in with one for 10th
Open. timing a 4
year old red
cock flown on widowhood he has been a very reliable pigeon always
very often beaten by loft mates but this was to be his time, The red
racing career to date:-
yearling he flew
with the NFC to Messac, Poitiers, Tarbes and in
Bergerac. As a two year old he flew with NFC Fougeres and Tarbes where
he was 105th section 437th Open and BBC Poitiers. As a three
year old he
flew BBC Messac, Niort
and NFC Tarbes. This year he had three inland races then with the EECC
Canappeville and Pithivers,BICC Pau
where was clocked the second day finishing approx 100th then, three
on to Barcelona. He was flown on widowhood all season but for Barcelona all
the other cocks were removed
from his section on Friday and he was given his hen just to steady him
Feeding is VL widowhood and Liege
mixes with peanuts given as a treat. Red 55 as he is now known half
5th section 11th open BBC Barcelona last year. The sire of Red 55 is
a fantastic breeder bred by the late Jim Biss and is a son of Vend 1st
he has bred winners with four different hens. The dam is a red hen bred
pair purchased from Brian Sheppard the sire from Leon 84th and 136th
Saintes a grandson of Napoleon bred by Jos Thone and a daughter
Barcelona and the dam from cheq cock 1st sect G 40th NFC Saintes 8th
Cherbourg 146th Open BBC Bordeaux and cheq hen 1st sect 3rd BBC
Classic Guernsey from Nimpod and Gusan old Trueman Dickens strain. The
have only sent to Barcelona
twice and have been in the result on
both occasions. They would like to congratulate all fanciers that timed
especially the winner and a special mention to Nigel Lane his pigeon is a
11th Open is one to the highly successful father and son partnership of
and Lee Buddle of Dover.
is a 2007 cock we call
"Pipi" and he is a previous winner of 5th Open BICC Barcelona in
2011 and was verified just out of race time after returning home with a
badly injured wing and body in 2012. In preparation for
Barcelona 2013 he had one inland race from Lyndhurst 127 miles, EECC Pithivers
miles on 25th May where he had 10hrs on the wing, EECC Pithivers
8th June where he had 14hrs on the wing arriving at 21:30pm and another
Pithivers on 22 June just 8 days before Barcelona Marking. "Pipi" is
a full brother to "Spitfire" winner of 4th Open BICC Bordeaux/Agen
2012 & 36th Open BICC Bordeaux/Agen 2013 at a distance of 484
another reliable grand
child of our top breeding and racing hen "Buddy", the mother of our
long distance loft.
a Jim Biss bird of
"Favori" & "Navigator" lines which has been clocked
Twice from NFC Tarbes 2005 & 2007 and NFC Bordeaux 2006.
Dam is a
Dtr of "Buddy" 2nd Section E,
4th Open NFC Pau 2002 when paired to the sire of B C Williams'
"Conquerour" 1st BICC Perpignan 1996 which is a son of
Brian Denneys "Dark Peron". Yet another example of "blood
will tell" - especially at the distance.
our birds are fed Verselle-Laga Superstar
Plus with a little best all rounder added to it. Also sunflower hearts
are given after their evening feed daily.
and Kevin clocked a second bird to finish at 30 th Open on the
Ron Dove an
expat Cornishman now residing in Kent comes in next with two
for 12th & 22nd Open. Ron's first home is a 4 year old chequer hen
Kirkland x Jan Theelen bloodlines. Not raced as a young bird she had a
short channel races as a yearling and then in 2011 three short channel
and in to Tarbes
where she was missing for 7 days. She certainly learned from the
in 2012 she had four races with the EECC and then took 61st Open BICC
Agen International race and followed this up a few weeks later with15th
BICC Perpignan. This season's preparation has seen her entered in 3
channel races and then sent to Barcelona
feeding a two day old young bird. Ron's concentration is purely
directed at Marathon racing with the
BICC and he has been
particularly successful at it as can be seen by reading past results of
long distance International races.
number of other fanciers who timed good pigeons in this Barcelona race.
Eastwood of Slade Green 13th Open; John and Spencer Nicholson of Rochester[ top class long distance marathon
experts] 14th &34th Open; Walter Castledine 17th Open; A & T
Deacon[there again] 18th & 19th Open;Nick Harvey of Taunton[you're
to make a habit of this Nick!] 20th Open; my mate and double Welsh
John Ludlam 21st Open; Geoff and Clayton
Preece 24th & 25th Open;Mr & Mrs Rhodes 27th Open; Crowley
Green[past BICC Barcelona winners] 29th Open then comes the great Wilf
Monmouth at 31st Open followed by one to F J Cornwell of Southend at
and former Barcelona winner and all round good guy John Lane of
one at 33rd Open. These are all the fanciers who have clocked as of mid
afternoon Monday 8th July. My personal congratulations to you one and
of completing this report there are unfortunately no birds home in the
Irish sections. Rest assured I will give these pigeons the publicity
deserve in a later BICC race report.
included here a photograph of Gavin
Duggan of Chipping Norton who took 1st North section in the recent Agen
International race. The photograph unfortunately reached me too late
inclusion in the Agen race report.
wishing you all good racing in the coming International races.
Martin and JackNorman 1st Open Barcelona
Mannor Lofts GB09N97925 1st Open Barcelona
Mick Jarvis of the Gosling & Jarvis 10th Opern BICC Barcelona
David Hales 2nd east section 9th Open BICC Pau International & now
2nd sect 3rd Open BICC Barcelona
Gavin Duggan and loft assistants Myah and Flinn Gavin was 1st North
section BICC Agen
Geoff and Catherine Cooper 1st section 6th Open BICC Barcelona
John&DaveStaddon 1st OpenBiccCarentan 2012 and 1st Open BICC Tours
2013 & now 2nd sect 7th Open BICC Barcelona
Mark Gilbert in again for 4th & 5th Open BICC Barcelona
Mike & Cynthia Mitchell 2nd Open BICC Barcelona
Ron Dove 12th & 21st Open BICC Barcelona
Vince & Dave Padfield with Bill Knox in centre finishing 3rd sect
8th Open BICC Barcelona