Alderney anniversary air race is cancelled

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Media captionPilot Jonathan Willis said it was sad as "there is a lot of fun to be had in the race".

Poor visibility caused the cancellation of an anniversary air race in Alderney.

On Saturday and Sunday a group of aviators gathered for the 17th Annual Air Races, which included the Schneider Trophy Race.

This year marked the 100th anniversary of the first race, but it had to be cancelled due to fog.

Mike Pearson, chairman of the Royal Aero Club Records, Racing, and Rally Association, said it was originally set up to test engineers.

He said: "The goal was to make aircraft go faster, that was the objective but it became a competitive sport in the end.

"The trophy has become competitive in a different way, the aircraft racing today are very different to the aircraft of yesterday."

The Schneider Trophy was awarded for the fastest planes and originally took place between 1913 and 1931. The race was revived in 1981 and was due to be held in Alderney for its centenary.

There was some racing over the weekend with the Aurigny Trophy Race held on Saturday afternoon.

The winner, Jonathan Willis, said it was a disappointment missing out on the fun of the Schneider Trophy Race.

He said: "I am very sad, it is the big 100, we had a big number of racers here, so it would have been a good race.

"Alderney has a lovely circuit and is the best on the calendar. There is a lot of fun to be had up there and it is a shame to miss out on that fun really."

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