On Sunday 26th February 2012 Canicrossers converged on Mugdock Country Park to compete in Cani Sports Scotland's 1st Race of the year. Friends from across Scotland came together to participate in Canicross, Bikejor and Scootering. With a fantastic turnout the organisers got the proceedings underway. The weather was dry and cool, suiting humans and dogs alike. The course was well marked and signposted, with Marshalls on hand should anyone need them. On completion of the race all participants were given a goody bag and the option to take home a Photograph as a reminder of their achievement. A fantastic day, well organised and enjoyed by everyone.
The video was by Steven Hall, future famous person! Enjoy :-)
Cooper training for the next Big Sleep in Lianybydder West Wales, by Clint Westwood.
A lovely boy! :-)
On Sunday 29th January everyone came together for a Fun Day at Aberfoyle, 30Min's from Loch Lommond. It is a central location taking each group just over 1hr to get there. It is a stunning venue set amidst forest trails and suits every ability. On the day there were Canicrossers, Bikejor, Rigs, and Walkers.
As usual we were running slightly late. The car was packed on the morning of the meet, at great speed. Four dogs were crammed into the back, three bikes on the roof rack, and canicross belts and harnesses hastily thrown in. Not organised enough for food, threw a bag of apples and bananas in. Water for the dogs, poo bags, and we were off. It was freezing but dry so far.
Ten miles outside Aberfoyle and there was snow on the ground, hadn't brought my trail shoes! On we went and the snow started to disappear, much to my relief. Arrived into a bustling car park in the middle of the forest. People were waiting on us so hastily got the bikes off the roof and unloaded the dogs into their harnesses. I was Canicrossing and the others were Bikejorring. Group briefing then it was a quick goodbye and off we set.
The trails were fantastic, with shorter routes to suit beginners, and more challenging routes to suit the more advanced runner. Plenty of hills and long flat stretches along well marked paths on good fire roads. Each trail was a circular route back to the car park which allowed everyone to keep track of their friends. Some combined the routes to make for a longer run.
At the end of our day out we all came together for a chat, a picnic and barbecue. Lots of food on offer, so we didn't go without.
Another very successful Fun Day out organised by Cani-Sports Scotland.
We want to wish everyone on the site a very Happy New Year!
It's at this time of year that most of us fall by the wayside and make excuses for not getting outdoors with our canine buddy. The shorter days and cold winter weather conditions tend to help influence our decision to keep by the fireside. Don't be put off by the howling gales and driving rain/snow. The colder weather is ideal for training the dogs as they don't have to deal with the challenge of overheating so therefore get more out of a run. There is nothing better than getting home, soaked through, and reflecting on your run. So get the Hat and Gloves on, waterproof socks, fluorescent gear on, and get running!
Best Wishes X
Found this poster on Wikipedia and thought it may be of interest. It gives a detailed description of a team of dogs and their place within the team. The strongest dogs are the Wheel dogs. The Team dogs provide the power and energy. The Swing dogs help guide the team around corners, and the Lead dogs respond to the Mushers' verbal commands and find and stay on the trail. The same rules apply to dry land mushing.
We are delighted to announce that we now have eleven groups registered on the website. This gives us a fantastic visual on where these groups are located in the UK. Welcome aboard everyone and lets keep the map growing.
We have four new groups on the CaniRun Map, linking the West Coast of Scotland to the East Coast of Scotland. This should give Canicrossers and Bikejor enthusiasts some variety in terrain to choose from. These groups are fast filling up and attracting lots of interest.
Keep up the great work and lets get more Groups on the CaniRun Directory Map.
A 5km Canicross race held on the outskirts of Glasgow, at Mugdock Country Park. A stunning venue situated close to the Campsie Hills and on route to the famous West Highland Way. Take a look at my video footage of the actual race and get a flavour of what its like to compete against other athletes in the exciting sport of Canicross, Running with Dogs.