Fanciers look forward to pigeon racing season
Fanciers from the BARNOLDSWICK Premier Flying Club are putting the finishing touches on the upcoming racing season which runs from mid-April to approximately the last week of September.
Each club organizes about twelve “old” races and these are followed by about eight “young” races, i.e. pigeons born in the current year that will be three to four months old. .
Barnoldswick club member John Barnes said: “The old Bird Races start with a distance of around 70 miles. The distance increases gradually as the season progresses, until the race the longest, held around mid-July, starts from a race point between 500 and 700 miles. at the last race which is one point, say, 200 miles away.
“All racing points are in the same direction from the headquarters of the organizing clubs. Before they can start racing, the new fancier must first join the local pigeon flying club. The club will make them a member of the host union Each club usually belongs to a federation, which may be made up of other clubs.
“The federation organizes the transport of birds belonging to the members of its clubs to the various race points. The winner of the race is the bird which covers the distance from the race point to the owner’s loft at the greatest speed, or as we say at the highest speed.Each fancier’s loft should be carefully identified on the appropriate ammunition survey map.This map is then sent to a surveyor who will determine the latitude and longitude, known as the loft. loft location.When a bird returns from a race, the fancier should put it in the loft and record the time.On the evening of the race, the owner brings his clock to the club headquarters where the result can be calculated .
“The ambition of most fanciers is to win a national race. These are organized by the National Flying Club. Many thousands of birds participate in these races for a large sum of money in prize money. This ambition has been performed once at Barnoldswick, a distance of 465 miles, by Mr Spencer assisted by his loft manager J Barnes.”
During the winter, some fanciers take their birds to the British Homing World Show in Blackpool.