Admin @ 23 May 2021
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE...
Sunday May 23rd, 2021
DALBY FOREST, NORTH YORKSHIRE, UK
Covid lockdown has been challenging for all of us, but also for our four legged friends. But,.... at last,.... there was something to cheer today about at Forestry England's showpiece venue Dalby Forest, in North Yorkshire. After understandable and unavoidable delays and postponements due to the pandemic asting over 15 months finally
canicross returned to for it's grass roots participants.
With a limited field due to residual pandemic restrictions, the event saw 27 human / canine teams vie for supremacy over a challenging 5K Adderstone course. The route is rated with a
World League Canicross CCF (Course Complexity Factor) of 0.6. Performances should have been further hampered by recent torrential downpours which made going heavy for the competitors. However the significant content of World League Canicross runners notched up consistent impressive points scoring.
The event is organised under the Active Forest initiative between Dalby forest and North Yorkshire sports.
Active Forest is a project aimed at encouraging people to come and be more physically active in forests across the UK. North Yorkshire sport works closely with Dalby Forest in Ryedale to encourage people to participate in a variety of activities creating a 'sporting habit for life'. Canicross is one example of how the Sport England funded programme is demonstrably improving lifestyles, health and welfare.
Result times for all event competitors will be released in the coming days. However WLC league members already have their points awarded. Al Mathers with his dog Erik taking top honours with an impressive 85.59 event points. "It was tough going with some of the terrain being boggy, but we still turned in a PB". Kate Colcutt & Moose echoed the upbeat sentiment from the event, "I really enjoyed seeing real people and their dogs today. After difficult time it’s lifted our spirits". Lou Hodgson & Lilo had their moments too..."I wasn’t quite prepared for the hill. Nice route though, worst part was my harness has snapped and didn't realise till we got over the finish line."
Canicross Ltd. took the opportunity at the event to announce intentions to run additional events at Dalby, along with it's sister brands World League Bikejor & World League Canitrek.
"We have an exciting opportunity to continue the momentum gained with the sport (even during lockdown)", said Phil Irwin CEO of WLC. "Negotiations are early and ongoing for a national series and championship, but what I can say is that we have some exceptional talent and resources at our disposal". "An example of this is former team GB Bikejor competitor and WLC executive director Jo Wormald. Dalby is noted for its world cup standard mountain biking routes and courses. It's a natural progression to create training for the high energy sport of Bikejoring - and Jo is more than well placed to impart her international experience and knowledge with the new and developing canine sports audience. As the first Yorkshire person to be selected for Team GB in dryland mushing classes at both European and World Championships combined with this world class forest sports facility is a dream ticket"
Irwin additionally implied that the open will likely incorporate 3 canine sports disciplines.
Canicross, Bikejor and Canitrek. Canicross is the sport of cross country running with dogs. Originating in Europe as off-season training for the mushing (sledding) community, it has become popular as a stand-alone sport all over Europe, especially in the UK. Canicross is closely related to bikejoring, where participants cycle with their dog. Canitrekking / Canihiking is akin to competitive athletic race walking but with rules and equipment aligned more with canicross. League scoring is a points based system, centred around world masters athletics age grade algorithms and WLC's proprietary canicross coefficients.
The next race in the North Yorkshire Sports / Active forests series is scheduled to take place in September. Further details will become available on the North Yorkshire Sports website
www.northyorkshiresport.co.uk . Information regarding the canicross, bikejor & caniterk leagues is available at www.canicross.games
Admin @ 20 February 2021
Teesside, UK, Wednesday 21/2/21 - 12:00 midday
Chris Chapman and Dennis following their LCC Cup Final winning run
As a global first. World League
(WLC) announced on Sunday the results for the first LCC Communications Cup.The new champion is Chris Chapman and his dog Dennis who fought off a supreme effort by his final counterpart Louise Worsey and her dog Roxi. In a closely fought thriller over a nominal 5Km the points were nip and tuck until Chapman & Dennis prevailed to win by a slender 52.01 point margin
The tournament was open to members of the World League
2020 League and 2021 members. It is believed to be the first
league competing on a points based system using WMA masters athletics age grade system and a proprietary
correction coefficient). This allows adult canicrossers of different ages and genders to compete on an equal basis.
Phil Irwin CEO of WLC said, “Because we don’t judge performance on absolute time, just points. We found we also had the ability to create an additional tournament with the added bonus of handicapping. This has given literally anyone the opportunity to lift the LCC Communications Cup, based on incremental performance”. This underpins our league purpose, which is to provide accessible and inclusive
The WLC league is actually 6 competitions in one providing General, Monarch of the Mountains (Climbing), Sprint, Endurance, and Hexathlon (All rounder) classifications in addition to the end of season tournament.
“The current global health crisis has underlined the need to address aspects of human physical, mental and animal welfare. We believe that the league and the sport provide a unique focal point for a dog-loving public during these trying times” Irwin added.
The tournament was contested by Chris Chapman and his dog Dennis a non-affilliated
team from Cornwall in South West England and Louise Worsey and Roxi representing Tees Valley Canicrossers and North East England.
Chris modestly said “We're were thrilled to make the final! We've been lucky with the weather down here in Cornwall, no snow and not much rain for the last couple of weeks which, from the photos (around the league) it looks like I’ve had a distinct advantage!”. With equal modesty Louise added “Jenny (my running partner) convinced me to sign up I didn’t think we had a chance”
The knockout tournament has claimed some impressive victims in the rounds running including national rating age-grades of greater than 80%. The league is open to over 18s of any ability and gender.
The sponsors LCC Communications is a leading UK provider of communications solutions to SME businesses and residential customers, as well as having an industrial power electonics arm providing electrification solutions for future zero and low emission vehicles
Canicross is the sport of cross country running with dogs. Originating in Europe as off-season training for the mushing community, it has become popular as a stand-alone sport all over Europe.