Flagg Races 2011

Flagg Races 2011, action from the third race
Flagg Races 2011, action from the third race

Thousands of people once again flocked to the Peak District to revel in the unique spectacle of Flagg Races.

Horse racing fans came from all over the country to see the thrilling sight of thoroughbreds racing over spectacular open countryside.

Flagg Races 2011, punters and bookmakers

Flagg Races 2011, punters and bookmakers

After the glorious sunshine over the Easter weekend, the cooler, cloudy weather came as something of a shock.

But it did not dampen the spirits of the masses assembled on Flagg Moor on Tuesday, April 26.

Flagg Races is one of the last traditional point-to-point racing events left in the country. Point-to-point racing reflects the early days of horse racing when riders rode from one point to another with no defined course.

The event has been held every Easter Tuesday since 1892, except during the wars and between 2001 and 2003 due to foot-and-mouth disease.

Flagg Races 2011, Burdock and Sportingfriendship jump side by side in the Maiden Race

Flagg Races 2011, Burdock and Sportingfriendship jump side by side in the Maiden Race

Flagg Races 2011, action from the third race

Flagg Races 2011, action from the third race

Flagg Races 2011, the crowd on Flagg Moor

Flagg Races 2011, the crowd on Flagg Moor