THE sun brought out a large crowd to enjoy a day at the races in the hills of the Staffordshire Moorlands last week.
The 109th Longnor races, which includes pony racing, harness racing, motorbikes and a fell run all contributed to making the day a big success.
The day's events began with the gymkhana and pony racing for the 16 year old and under. However due to a new policy where parents can be fined for taking their children out of school entries were too low to proceed.
The chief gymkhana steward Stephen Mellor said: "David and Liz Andrews of Northfield Trekking Centre at Flash answered an SOS from the races chairman, Stephen Johnson.
"They brought seven riders, friends and staff for the pony races to keep the show going "The young people who usually attend could not come because of new legislation where parents can be fined if they take time off school.
"We are disappointed as for the last 100 years children have been let off to compete. We would be breaking tradition if we moved the date and also we would have to make sure the harness and motorbikes competitors were available which might be difficult."
Best turnout pony and rider went to Roxy Mycock aged two from Flagg.
In the harness races there was again keen rivalry. The qualifying heat which offered £270 in prize money booked a place in the grand final which offered a first prize of £500.
In an exciting final the winner was Showtime Woman driven by Steve Lees of North Wales.
There was more success for the Lees family when 8-year-old Stephen Lees, the son of Steve, won the dream mile for youngsters which is one lap around the course.
Chairman, Stephen Johnson, said: "I would like to thank everyone for attending. The event has been very successful and the weather has been brilliant
"The crowd is one of the best I have seen for many years. Also a special thanks to our sponsors as without them the races would not happen."
Vice chairman Richard Gould said discussions were to take place about opening up the gymkhana event for any age to attract more competitors to the event.
He said: "It has been a very good day with a very good crowd. However following the entries in the gymkhana being low we are already thinking of opening it up for all ages next year."
Following the harness racing the crowd were then entertained with motorcycle racing and a fell race.
In the motorbike competition, which has been described by organiser Samantha Webster as a brilliant day's racing, man of the meeting was won by Luke Meredith and the local prize was taken by Ricky Peddar.
The fell race was won by Jack Ross, second was Andy Wilton, who was also the first male veteran winner, third was Hanno Tom.
The first woman was Lisa Bloor, while the junior race was won by Elliott Meylan, who also took the first boy prize. The first girl was Michaela Dick.
The race organisers have welcomed an additional member to its ranks after international runner Andy Wilton has agreed to join the committee.
Andy was born in the village and has taken part in the fell race since 1978. He has won many trophies during his career which has seen him race all over the world.
Andy, 52, said: "This is my local event which I have always supported.
I have now been asked to join the committee which I have accepted.
"I started running in 1972 and have travelled around the world.
"One of the best places I have run is America. I have also enjoyed running in Austria, Sweden and Norway.
"However I have been all over Britain as there are many great places and events."
Andy spent 10 years with Tipton Harriers, before re-joining the Moorlands runners. Last year he took part in a veteran's race in Belfast.
During the day the race committee presented the George and Irene Langford Memorial Trophy to Dilys Johnson.
The award is given to people who have helped the races over the years, but are not on the committee Mrs Johnson, 76, has look after the committee members by supplying them with coffee, tea and sandwiches and cakes throughout the day.
Results Fell Race: 1: Jack Ross 2: Andy Wilton 3: Hanno Torn 1st Male Veteran: Andy Wilton 1st Lady: Lisa Bloor, Also First Lady Veteran 2: Jo Bendall 3: Heather Fryer-Winder 1st
Local Runner Hanno Torn
1st Team Staffordshire Moorlands
Junior Race 1: Elliott Meylan 2: Jacob Buckley 1st Girl: Michaela Dick 2: Lucy Bednall
Gymkhana Results Best Turned Out Pony & Rider Class A For Ponies Up To 13.2hh 1: Roxy Mycock 2: Jess Strong 3: Millie Deaval
Class B Ponies Up To 14.2hh 1: Georgina Higton 2: Maddie Mycock 3: Mandy Cope Overall Winner 'champion' - Roxy Mycock On Danny Reserve Champion - Georgina Higton On Carrie
Class 1 Potato Race 1: Megan Mycock 2: Jess Strong 3: Millie Deaval
Class 2 Potato Race No 2 1: Mandy Cope 2: Georgina Higton 3: Sally Ann Higton
Class 3 Sack Race 1: Maddie Mycock 2: Sally Ann Higton 3: Millie Deaval
Class 4 Walk & Trot 1: Sally Ann Higton 2: Jess Strong 3: Georgina Higton
Class 5 Pony Race 1 1: Liz Andrews 2: Joan Manton
Class 6 Pony Race 2 1: Jess Strong 2: Sally Ann Higton 3: Millie Deaval
Class 7 Pony Race 3 1: Sally Ann Higton 2: Jess Strong 3: Milie Deaval
Motorbike Racing Results
Mx1 Adults Heats 1: Luke Meredith 2: Nez Parker 3: Paul Melland
Mx2 Adults Heats 1: Matt Hockenhull 2: Jack Drogan 3: Ben Mycock
Winners Of Locals A 1: Wayne Mycock 2: Darren Bainbridge 3:Daniel Mycock
Winners Of Locals B 1: Ricky Peddar 2: Will Mee 3: Iain Robinson
Side Cars 1: Ed And Kris Turner 2: Andy Nourish And Tony Graeme
Man Of The Meeting 1: Luke Meredith 2: Jack Drogan 3: Marc Roe Locals
Final 1: Ricky Peddar 2: Will Mee 3: Wayne Mycock
Sidecars Final 1: Andy Nourish And Tony Graeme 2: Ed And Kris Turner 3: Brian Sulley And D Cooke