Organisers lose the race to save famous Easter point-to-point meeting due to weather.
Thousands of racegoers have been left disappointed after the popular Kimblewick Point to Point was cancelled due to excessive wet weather.
The annual Easter race meeting is a highlight in the local calendar and the decision will leave the 15-20,000 who usually attend with a huge hole in their plans.
A statement issued by the committee said: “The reasons for abandonment are that the course currently has a light covering of snow and parts are waterlogged.
“Overnight frost is forecast every night through to Saturday morning and with low daytime temperatures there is little prospect of there being dramatic improvement.
“If the snow does melt and frost comes out of the ground it could increase the extent of waterlogging.
“There is also the issue of ensuring safety and the ability to get vehicles on to the enclosures and off at the end of the meeting in a safe manner.
“Thus, we have taken a pragmatic decision so that everyone knows where they stand ahead of the weekend.”
Race secretary Heather Munn has been working around the clock to notify people and cancel services, the loud speaker system, loos and bookies.
She said: “It is a great disappointment for the organisers and the people who like to come.”
She could not confirm whether the meeting had ever been cancelled in the past, but believed it may well have been during foot and mouth outbreaks.
She said: “It’s a fund raising event so naturally it’s a costly decision to cancel it. But there is nothing we can do, we are governed by the weather.”
Some preparation work had already been carried out on the course, but most of the final details with car park rings and tents going up occurs during the final week.
Aylesbury NFU secretary Virginia Stollery said: “We’re all devastated it’s been cancelled. I always go to support it.”