History of the Aviemore Sled Dog Race

Pete Jones
Pete Jones

A husky racer from Buslingthorpe has won a national competition for the fourth year running - and has now set his sights on a world title.

Pete Jones took part in the Siberian Husky Club of Great Britain Aviemore Sled Dog Race at the weekend, which was held in snowy conditions for only the second time in 20 years.

The 40-year-old, who has been racing for the past 15 years, was surprised to win as he has little experience of competing in snowy conditions - the racers usually have to use wheeled carriages.

Pete beat off competition from more than 200 husky teams to win the six-dog race at the Cairngorms National Park in 14 minutes and 54 seconds.

He said: “It’s amazing. It was quite a demanding race.

“It’s getting harder every year as there’s a lot of competition. Compared to the flat of Lincolnshire, it’s quite a challenge.”

Pete’s partner,Karen, came sixth in the three-dog race and daughter, Hannah, came second the the two-dog junior race.

Pete added: “It’s such an unbelieveable sport. It’s so addictive and so enjoyable.

“You don’t have to spend thousands and thousands 
of pounds to take part. You 
can get second-hand equipment.

“You can do it for fun or do it competitively like we do and enter races all over the UK.”

Pete is now hoping to take part in the world dry land championships in Italy this November.For information about how to sponsor Pete, call him on 07841 791973.