Back at the end of January we had Sence Valley CaniX. Blaze was out of action with a poorly paw so I decided to run Rex and Pip, the Original Ruffs Team CaniX. It was a cold and drizzly day and we got rather wet but Rex toroughly enjoyed himself. More specifically, he enjoyed wallowing in every available puddle and having a dip in the lake. We weren't particularly quick, but then Rex motivation for competitive CaniX has long since gone, though we still managed to get a 3rd place. We go at his pace now. Unless you want a slow training run in which case he will run like the wind.
The next CaniX event after this was meant to be Alice Holt, but the weather put a stop to that. We didnt fancy travelling in severe wind so we gave that one a miss.
The last weekend in February saw us travelling to Ebworth for a very muddy and hilly CaniX. This is one of my favourite courses. Its held on National Trust land and follows the edge of a valley, involving a final climb up to the finish. I'm not quite sure how I didnt break my leg, or my neck, or something. I know I almost went over on several occasions. The mud we ran through was thick, hiding stones and sticks beneath. Blaze and Pippa ran particularly well finishing in 27:51 on day 1 and 28:06 on day 2, earning us 2nd place ahead of Fiona and her spaniels.
The first weekend in march was Salcey CaniX not too far from home. The course this time consisted of 50% bog which didnt impress Pippa too much and resulted in a slightly slower time than last time we ran the same course. 24:34 and 3rd place for us.
The following weekend we were down at Lydiard Park. It was a mixed bag, the first day aside for a few poo stops, my two ran their hearts out finishing in 24:05. The sunday was hot, the public was everywhere and for some reason they think its fine to let their off lead dogs run up to runners with their dogs on leads. As a result we had a slightly slower time of 26:07. But Adelle had moved into the 1 dog female leaving us all on our own in the Xtreme Female class. 1st place, but by no means earnt.
Last weekend we attended Mud & Mayhem at Thetford. This is primarily a 10km race and duathalon, but they allow canicross competitors also. 18 of us, all in one category with a right mix of dogs from Huskies and Pointers to JRTs and Rotties to Lurchers and Belgain Shepherds. It was a 2 lap course along the river and through some single track in the trees. We set off 15 minutes after the other runners. As with all mass starts it was a bit hectic, especially as the path directly after narrowed into a single section along the river. It made passing almost impossible. We started off near the back, trying to keep out of the way of the commotion but it wasnt logn before we were overtaking people. My two always start off like rockets. I was a little worried that they were going to burn out but Blaze absolutely loved the single track section, he loved catching up both the dog runners and the non dog runners equally. We stopped half way round to give them a drink and a swim in the river to cool off. They were just as enthusiastic on the second lap and I managed to fight my way up that hill for the second time. I rather enjoyed being able to over take the 10km runners on the single track. Its times like that you appreciate how well behaved your dogs are. We crossed the line in 52:23, overall 3rd in the canicross behind Rich Roberts and his spaniel (41:45) and Paula Thompson and her rottie (51:16).
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