Aviemore Sled Dog Rally: Pete Jones wins fourth title

Pete Jones preparing for the Aviemore Sled Dog Rally in 2010
Image caption Mr Jones took his first title in 2010 - the last time there was enough snow to use traditional sleds at the event

A husky racer has won his fourth consecutive title at the annual Aviemore Sled Dog Race.

Pete Jones, from Market Rasen in Lincolnshire, won the six-dog class, on what he described ahead of the event as a "gruelling course".

Spokesman for the race, Judy Wakker said the snowy conditions around Loch Morlich in the Cairngorms National Park were "fantastic" on Saturday.

However, she said Sunday's events were cancelled because of ice on the trail.

Image caption Racers often have to use a three-wheeled rig instead of a traditional sled

Because of the snow, the race was run using traditional sleds - instead of three-wheeled rigs - for only the second time in the past 20 years.

Ms Wakker said: "It was brilliant to have the animals running so free."

Speaking before the event Mr Jones, said: "The first time I won the event it was on snow - it's really different and so fast.

"I had such an adrenaline rush, it was amazing to do it as it should be done."

The race features teams of between two and eight dogs pulling their musher on a sled around a four to seven-mile trail.

Along with the Siberian Huskies, race dogs include Alaskan Malamutes, Samoyeds, Greenland Dogs and Canadian Eskimo Dogs.

This year's event celebrated the 30th anniversary of its organisers - the Siberian Husky Club of Great Britain.

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