Flagg Races suspended for 2014

Action from Flagg Races in 2011
Action from Flagg Races in 2011
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One of the UK’s longest running events, Flagg Races, has been suspended for 2014.

Organisers of the popular point to point event, which has been held since 1892, have put the decision down to the lack of committee members, insufficient funds and the likelihood of attracting low numbers of runners.

They say they hope to rebuild the committee and look at ways to attract more runners in time to stage the event in 2015.

Organised by the High Peak Hunt, Flagg Races traditionally takes place on Easter Tuesday with the first race of the day, the High Peak Hunt Members Race, being run over dry stone walls - the only race of its kind in the country.

A statement on the Flagg Races website said: “Flagg Races Management Committee has strived to create a profitable and successful point to point meeting over many decades and it is after much discussion, soul searching and consideration that we are suspending the event for 2014.

“The committee is not at full strength and fresh blood does not seem to be available. The critical elements needed to stage such an event are in jeopardy without a fully committed team.

“Similarly the huge amount of volunteer support for setting up and managing the event during the day is also diminishing and again this is potentially, seriously detrimental to the success of the meeting. The cost of staging Flagg Races is high. Cancellations cost dearly with over £15,000 being lost in the last two years due to weather-related cancellations.

“Whilst the Point to Point Authority has been helpful, the existing funds are insufficient to cover the cost in the event of a last minute abandonment. This in turn threatens the High Peak Hunt’s already stretched financial situation.”

Anyone who can help in anyway should contact Fiona Shipley on 01889 500223 or email secretary@flaggraces.co.uk.