Canicross enthusiasts in Scotland have an early opportunity to get into action at Stirling’s Plean Country Park on 25 January. The fun event starts at 9:30am and is being sponsored by Ruff-It.co.uk. Company owner, Chris Wood says: “I stumbled upon canicross about 18 months ago and couldn’t wait to give it a go. I run with Leonard, my border terrier, and he absolutely loves it.”
Chris continued: “The perception can be that canicross is just for huskies and bigger dogs but really it is for all dogs. In fact, it is for all owners too! I myself would not class myself as a very fit person but I can get round a 5k route pretty well, and sometimes I am not last.”
There are lots of groups in Scotland that hold regular runs - a recent event at Lochore (Fife) attracted over 100 runners. The Plean Country Park might not hit the 100 mark but I am sure it will be a busy fun event :) and you will find most of them have a Facebook page, or even a website. You can also get in touch with Ruff-It.co.uk for more information on how to get involved and for friendly advice on equipment.
Canicross started in Northern Europe as a way to keep sled dogs fit during the summer months. It is basically cross country running with a dog and uses similar equipment to traditional sledding.
Participants wear a special belt and are attached to the dog’s harness by an elasticated lead. Canicross is a pastime growing in popularity as more and more dog owners recognise it's a great way to stay fit and also to exercise their dogs in a fun environment.
More details at the Ruff-It.co.uk website.