Keeping Safe at Canicross Midlands events

Race events are a great time to let ours dogs perform and meet friends, but in this new world with Covid 19 we have to make sure everyone is kept safe.

  • Covid 19 means we need to make a few changes to ensure we keep everyone safe
  • Government and sporting bodies have set out guidelines for sporting events
  • We will be implementing both social distancing along with Government track and trace system


  • Event entry will only be available in advance, there will be no on the day entry
  • Observe the 2m social distancing
  • Use hand sanitiser and wear a face covering when in an enclosed space
  • If you have any Covid 19 symptoms, or have been in contact with someone in the last two weeks who may have Covid 19, do not attend the event. Symptoms include:
    • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
    • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
    • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
  • If you are impacted by the above after you have entered the event then we will give you a gift card up to the value of your entry fee
  • If an event has to be cancelled due to government policy change you will either be able to take part in a virtual race (this will be organised in the same way as our ordinary events. You will be able to compete for prizes which can be collected from the next race weekend) or a partial refund (entry fee less admin costs)


  • We will still be offering camping at our events
  • To align with government guidelines we will have added an additional piece of information when booking camping for you to tell us how many people are in your party
  • In line with government guidelines we request that you only have people from you own household camp with you
  • If you have friends or family who are coming to the event but are not stopping they will need to check in separately


  • Before arrival
    • With your race letter you will also have a link to a health survey which must be completed before attending the event. You will recieve the race letter a few days prior to the event.
  • Arrival
    • To comply with government guidelines all people attending the event will need to check in with their contact detail and show the entry marshal the confirmation message that they have supplied the track & trace information
  • Race numbers
    • Race numbers can be collected from the Canicross Midlands event marquee
    • Only one person is allowed in the event marquee at any time
    • Observe the social distancing queue markings and the one way system
    • Allow extra time as there is likely to be a queue
    • A face covering is mandatory whilst in the event marquee
    • Hand sanitiser will be available


  • To keep people safe and limit the risk of infection transmission we ask that a maximum one spectator attends. The spectaor must be from your household or support bubble and will have to have registered in advance


  • We will be starting individual competitors at intervals, along with a start order based upon estimated time.
    • This is to reduce passing and help maintatin social distancing
  • Whilst waiting for the start ensure that social distancing is observed by following the markings on the ground
  • Only competitors and their dogs are allowed at the start area
  • If you need support at the start ensure that you have selected this option on your event entry
    • If you have someone handling for you, they must wear a face covering and exit via the specified exit channel


The course

  • Where possible, we will try to make courses wide enough for people to pass at a safe distance


  • If you are catching the person ahead of you always make them aware you are passing and on which side, this must be done with enough time to let the person ahead make a safe passing space
  • Failure to observe this is an automatic disqualification

Being passed

  • When a faster person lets you know that they are wanting to pass, you must ensure that you make safe space to pass, this may entail stopping and pulling you dog(s) to one side
  • Failure to observe this is an automatic disqualification


  • To avoid crowding and the risk of infection spectators and supporters will not be allowed at the finish area


  • Results will be posted online and copies will be available near the event marquee, a queuing system will be clearly marked
  • We request that only competitors attend prize giving
  • The events team will have face coverings during prize giving to limit the risk of infection transmission
  • If you are attending prize giving please wear a face mask