About this image
The original caption for this picture reads:
'FLAGG RACES. Over stone walls in the High Peak. Photo shows the race for the High Peak Cup ...'. The image is a companion to PTPD300092 which shows the Cup being presented to the winner.
Flagg Races were staged annually by the High Peak Hunt on Easter Tuesday from 1892 until 2011, aside from a couple of years during World War Two and from 2001 to 2003 when the event had to be cancelled. They were a rare survival echoing the early days of horse racing when riders rode from one point to another without any defined course to follow. The principal attraction at Flagg was the unique Hunt Members' race over their own territory and it is this race that is portrayed here.
Such traditional point-to-point racing was steeplechase riding for amateur riders and meant that they raced 'through the fields and across roads jumping dry stone walls and choosing which line to take to get to each point.' As late as the mid-1980s there were around 10 such 'old-fashioned' events in the country, but Flagg proved to be the last survivor. In 2013 the Flagg Races Management Committee announced that the Races would 'no longer take place', citing as the reason a combination of 'umanageable problems' including financial risk, a shortage of participants, staffing difficulties and unpredictable weather.