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Jim Emerton 14-03-18

The 2 great challenges left in pigeon racing: As I see it, to be on the far edge of possibility would involve timing a day 2 bird out of Barcelona International at over 800 miles into the UK, and a bird into Ireland in race time. Now one of these would keep the home fires burning, and make us all reconsider the words quality, outstanding and champion. People will try to capture the pioneering essence of the pigeon sport-

Jim Emerton.


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It has taken a long time! The formation of the Eclipse Club in fusion with the BICC is the answer to the Northern fanciers prayer. All serious distance and marathon men should consider joining this innovative organisation. In race reality I rate performances over 700 miles in International events, and the Barcelona or Bust tag may well suit this modern and daring organisation. A few top birds and fanciers will feel the heady heights of euphoria, when the club reaches its full height. The practical essence will be to enter the races with the birds you have available. Good, simple systems of management produce birds of distinction.

Jim Emerton.


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The heart and the soul of marathon pigeon racing: The very nature of the beast is timing racing pigeons in International races at distances over 700 measured miles. In my mind?s eye, this is adequate proof of the ability of man and bird and is great for strain formation. The new Eclipse Club is evolving with this concept as one of its central objectives. I am fully cognisant of the onerous challenge of this magnitude of racing, yet I am giving support to the brave pioneers in this exciting, and new pigeon racing adventure. Keep your eyes skinned for further reports in the pigeon racing press-happy flying.

Jim Emerton.


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Today was the earthly demise of one of the greatest comedians who inhabited planet earth. His soaring wit, charm and intellect transcended the comedic world. He was a colossus of human happiness, and his impact on the popular consciousness is a pure feeling, beyond words. He will find an enduring niche in the hearts and minds of millions of people, who loved him as he cherished them.
His name is Dodd, Sir Ken Dodd-

Jim Emerton.


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Where do the pure distance/marathon men fly? As difficult as it remains, they specialise in a true European event. It is the mighty Barcelona International. Now attempts will be made from Ireland, and perhaps Scotland to conquer all that is involved in timing out of the far edge of possibility. Given time, it can be done by a dedicated, and daring specialist. When it happens, it will create a global pigeon racing sensation, that will transform our perception and understanding of sport in the modern era. The whole premise and concept of this task is not for the men without belief, as it will take true confidence, self-belief, and conviction to attempt a marathon of such stature-the media coverage will be interesting.

Jim Emerton.

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