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Lords v Commons Race 2019

The Royal Pigeon Racing Association will host the second annual revived Lords v Commons Pigeon Race from Bletchley Park on Wednesday 19th June. The race was revived in 2018 after a 90 year hiatus. Each bird entered was designated to an MP or peer, with Prime Minister Theresa May sponsoring five pigeons. The winning bird […]

Performance Enhancing Drugs – RPRA Strategic Tests

The RPRA carried out its first strategic tests on 25th April 2019. Samples were gathered from two members of the BICC at separate marking stations. Both samples were analysed by the RPRA’s UK-based laboratory and proved negative – free of any performance enhancing drugs. The RPRA will be carrying out further tests during 2019. In […]

Wing Stamping and RPRA Rules

We are receiving reports of an increased number of pigeons that are being raced but do not have the relevant information required to adhere to Rule 121: 121. During the racing season, each member must ensure that every pigeon raced or trained by him is either wing stamped on at least three flights or carrying […]

Time Signal Maintenance and Clock Setting

We have received information from Unikon and Bricon in relation to the time signal being down for maintenance from 7th-23rd May 2019. I would like to take this opportunity to remind club officials of the correct manual setting process. UNIKON INSTRUCTION FOR MANUAL SETTING Manual Time Set When setting Unikon Clocks manually you should follow […]

Liberations near Airfields

We have received a complaint from Bournemouth Airport of an organisation not following the correct procedure and resulting in a near miss with an aircraft on Sunday.   In accordance with RPRA Rules (Page 28 of the 2019 Rule Book), “a proposed liberation of racing pigeons within 13km of a licensed aerodrome should be notified to the aerodrome […]

2019 Rule Book now available

The RPRA’s 2019 Rule Book is now available to download by clicking on the image below. (Hard copies are also available from RPRA HQ at The Reddings.)  Please note: We are no longer able to produce a Ring List under the new General Data Protection Regulation 2018. N.B. The details for the Welsh Region Secretary, […]

Lib Line service unavailable

Aquarius Communications have notified us that due to technical difficulties, they will no longer be able to provide Libline services. They have been in contact with organisations affected. 2018 rebates have been transferred into organisations’ bank accounts. The programme of races taking part any weekend, and contact details for Race Controllers, can be seen both […]

RPRA launches Kitemark

For a number of years the RPRA has been carrying out random Performance Enhancing Drug tests on pigeons to demonstrate fair play and keep performance enhancing products out of our sport. There are many different products, supplements and feeds available for pigeon keepers to purchase for their pigeons. Many RPRA members have raised concerns in […]

Rule Changes relating to ETS

Several proposed changes to RPRA Rules were passed at the Association’s Annual General Meeting in February with regard to electronic timing systems. These were as below: Rule 233 – Note Rule 233 has been completely deleted. Rule 235 – Delete Rule 235 and replace with: 235. (a) Electronic rings must be allocated to the ring […]