Announcements - PRESS RELEASE - World League Canicross Announce the winners of the LCC Communications Cup
Admin @ 20 February 2021
Teesside, UK, Wednesday 21/2/21 - 12:00 midday
As a global first. World League Canicross (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 Canicross 2020 League and 2021 members. It is believed to be the first canicross league competing on a points based system using WMA masters athletics age grade system and a proprietary 3C factor (canicross 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 canicross participation.
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 canicross 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.