What is Canicross?
Canicross is essentially the madness of attaching oneself to one's dog and going charging off across the countryside through mud, and over hills!
It started off as a training exercise in mainland Europe as a way to keep sled dogs fit over the summer, and has now grown into a recognised sports of its own - particularly booming within the UK.
Whilst many of the top runners and dogs can run sub 4 minute miles, the reality of it is that most of us go along at a more sedate pace! Any runner and dog can take part, as long as the dog is 12 months or over to ensure that he/she has developed properly and so to avoid causing long term damage.
So how does it work?
The runner wears a running belt, the dog wears a special running harness, and the two are attached with a bungee line! The idea is that the dog runs in front of the human, pulling the human along, and therefore increasing overall running speed. It's great fun!
Bikejor is for the more adventurous, or for those who like life at a faster pace! As this involves attaching the dog to the front of your bicycle and pedalling as fast as you can to keep up! Many people like to give bikejor a try when they and their dogs are used to canicross. Again, it is lots of fun!
For those who enjoy an even more thrilling adventure Scooter is the place to be. This involve a special scooter designed for dogs, where your dog (s) are attached to the front of the scooter. Kicking through and keeping your balance. Helmets are compulsary with full face helmets and body armour recommended.
Both canicross and bikejor create a very special bond between you and your dog, as you both need to trust each other and work as a team.
Fancy giving it a go?
There are canicross specific events that take place all over the country and abroad; as well as human running events who accept canicross entries. If racing sounds too scary at the moment, then social/training runs are set up by each Canicross club -being one of many.
So if you would like to give it a go,or just want to have a go then join our FaceBook Page to find out more. We would love to have you join us on one of our runs! Don't worry about any special kit, as we will be able to provide it for you first few runs and point you in the right direction as to what kit will be best for you and your dog.