Flagg Races cancelled – due to good weather

Flagg Races have been cancelled because the unseasonal weather has left the ground too hard
Flagg Races have been cancelled because the unseasonal weather has left the ground too hard

THE POPULAR annual Easter Tuesday event Flagg Races has been cancelled – because of the good weather.

Signs announcing the cancellation of the traditional point-to-point race meeting on April 10 were covered in snow on Wednesday, but the event was a victim of the dry weather which has made the ground too hard.

Flagg Races have been cancelled because the unseasonal weather has left the ground too hard

Flagg Races have been cancelled because the unseasonal weather has left the ground too hard

Organised by the High Peak Hunt, Flagg Races have been held at Flagg Moor, five miles south of Buxton, since 1892.

A statement from the organiserssaid: “It is with regret that Flagg Races Management Committee announce that this year’s meeting is cancelled.

“The very dry weather conditions make it impossible to maintain the necessary ‘good to firm’ going to ensure a safe and worthwhile day’s racing.

“We do hope to see you in 2013.”

The event, one of the longest running horse racing events in the UK, has suffered a number of setbacks over the years, many of which have been down to bad weather.

In 2001, it was cancelled because of Foot and Mouth and in 2002 and 2003, problems with the course meant the event didn’t go ahead.

Thousands of people flock to Flagg Races each year, which sees the first race of the day, the High Peak Hunt Members Race, take place over dry stone walls - the only race of its kind in the country.