VIDEO: Old fashioned fun at Longnor Races

It’s been going for more than 100 years and little has changed at Longnor Races.

Combining thrills and spills with nostalgia and tradition, it’s no wonder the gymkhana, harness racing and motorcross draw in the crowds.

Longnor Races, the first heat

Longnor Races, the first heat

Committee secretary Heidi Bradbury said: “We had a great crowd, about 1,500 to 2,000, which is normal. We had all the usual events and food and drink like burgers and sausages.

“I think it’s still popular because it’s a totally different day. Everyone always seems to have fun. I like the harness racing and watching the kids races.”

Kicking off with the quaint, children took to their ponies to take part in the walk and trot, the potato race and the sack race.

This year, Ella Woolley’s pony Fidler was crowned best turned out while she took home the gymkhana cup.

After the children’s ‘dream mile’, a fun run around the raceway, the real action started as the harness racers whizzed past spectators in blur.

After four thrilling heats, driver Vicky Gill finished victorious on Wellfield Busted, winning £200 in prize money.

Alan Haythornthwaite came second on Saunders Hochie, while Jason Podmore finished third on Ayr Hero.

Finally, the grand finale took the day up a gear with the motorbike grasstrack racing. Brian Beresford won the sidecar race, while locals Will Mee and Wayne Mycock also took gold in their races.

But proceedings were marred when three people were injured just after 6.10pm. One man was airlifted to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire in Stoke with serious injuries.

Two other casualties received treatment and were transferred by land ambulances to the same hospital.