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Bellerby John anc 17 with his bird and gun dogs

John Bellerby Provisionsal 1st Open from Vire.

After a one day holdover the birds were released into sunny skies and a good race was expected which proved to be the case.

The 4000 plus entry of Vire birds were liberated at 6.15am in a no wind conditions which turned more Westerly enroute. The provisional leader of the pack on this occasion is the Spalding loft of popular fancier John Bellerby with a velocity of 1403. Looking at the leader board in the top 15 placings are are no less than 7 sections. To sum up a good race with excellent returns being reported.


Mark Williamson Provisional 1st Open from Bordeaux.

From the ‘Blue Ribbon’ race from Bordeaux an excellent bird looks likely to take the top prize for Ashbourne’s Mark Williamson with a velocity of 1256. I will report more fully in a few days on the many excellent performances in these two events.

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                                                                                                 Mike Lakin 

Midlands National Flying Club Forced to Substitute Fougeres to Portsmouth 

Mr Leitch

A Clear Win for Cosby’s D & J Leitch

I suppose that in view of the weather predictions it was no real shock to be informed on Monday after the third day of holdovers with very little likelihood of a release the following morning that the decision was made to bring the pigeons back to England as the prospects of getting the convoy away on the Tuesday morning in this country were far more likely. This proved to be the case with the flaps dropping at 7.15 am into blue skies and with a light North Easterly breeze blowing.

 Let’s make no bones about this one, no one either plans or wants our race programme to be interrupted with substitute inland races and a few have voiced their opinion on the subject but in my mindthe people who were controlling the race who made the decisionon this occasion to bring the birds closer to home got it right with the pigeons welfare being considered to be of the greatest importance. A cancelled channel race is always a big disappointment but when all is said and done the majority of the members birds live now ‘to fight another day’. I believe that hadconditions been cooler and the winds more favourable then the birds would have remained in France a little longer to try and get a cross channel raceI’m pretty sure that the organisations who took the gamble and released over the weekend are now in the mainrueing their decision as none of them enjoyed a particularly good race and a couple that I am aware of havesuffered what can only be described as disastrous losses.Highlighting the fact that conditions in Northern France were poor was further endorsed when the Antwerp Union brought their middle distance pigeonsback home after two days holdover and with little chance of liberation in the immediate days due to thunderstormsenroute

 On now to the actual race and the event certainly had a ‘silver lining’ for D & J Leitch who now actually only consists of the son Derekas his dad sadly passed away a few years ago. Derek clocked his first arrival a two year old widower cock at just one minute after 10 am to record a velocity of 1246 and provisionally wins 1st Open. The bird is of Vandenabeele x Janssen breeding and I’m told that he has been a solid but unspectacular performer that was until this race. I will get more information forthe full report.

 As is the norm with my reports I won’t mention any other names until the result is finalised but it was pleasing to see some of the longer flyers appearing so highly on the attached leaderboard

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                                                                                            Mike Lakin