RACE INFORMATION AND GUIDELINES

PLEASE READ THROUGH BEFORE EMAILING OR ASKING QUESTIONS ON FACEBOOK AS THE ANSWER MAY ALREADY BE HERE

 

  • 5K (Long Course) race off at 10:00am, 2.2K (Short Course) race off at 11:00am

  • On the day entries for Short Course only will be accepted up till 9am - £10

  • Briefings will be at 9.30am.  All entrants must attend the briefing. If your dog is likely to be noisy please leave him/her in the car so others can hear the briefings.

  • Registration for pre entrants will be self-service.  Look for the loose leaf folders, find your number on the alphabetic sheet and it will be in one of the books, please attach your number to the FRONT of your vest it must be visible to all marshals and particularly at the finish line - BRING 4 PINS if you can.

  • All under 16’s must hand in a completed parent permission slip before they can run.

  • Toilet facilities will be 2 x portaloos at the venue.

  • Refreshments may be available from a snack van if one can be sourced but you should bring food with you if required just in case there is no catering available on site.

  • All kids 10 years old and under must be accompanied by an adult (who is also attached to the dog) on foot (no bikes) - the adult is there for safety reasons and should not run in front of or encourage the dog too much, the child should handle the dog themselves. The child and dog must cross the finish line before the adult helper.  Any borrowed dogs running with children must be of a suitable size/strength for that child.

  • Make sure your and your dog’s equipment is in good repair and that dogs are kept on the lead at all times in the car park and on the course, feel free to walk around the venue afterwards off lead, remember that you represent canicross and continue to stick to our rules and guidelines.  * Lines should not be longer than 2m when fully stretched and should not have a metal attachment on the human end that can trail behind a loose dog. If your line has a metal clip please tape or cable tie it so it can’t accidentally become detached from your waist-belt.

  • No: Halties or head collars, slip leads, check or choke chains, or anything that restricts your dog’s breathing.  

  • If your dog has to wear a muzzle it should be of the greyhound racing type that allows panting.

  • For runners no spikes or studded boots please for the safety of the dogs.  For icy conditions yack tracks are permitted.

  • There will be a staggered start however, you may end up passing someone or someone may pass you, do not block anyone’s path, let the runner ahead know you are there and what side you plan to overtake on, reign your dog in especially if it might lunge.  This is a first race for many so please be patient with each other and avoid dogs getting tangled.

  • Please follow the instructions of the marshals and be nice to them they have given up their day to stand out on the course and help you.

  • If your dog fouls on the course please clean it up - you may hand (NOT throw) your poo bag to the next marshal (who has a bin bag).

  • Please be aware of any non-competitors/members of the public who may be enjoying the venue and keep clear of oncoming walkers, runners, horses or bikes. Most people will stop and wait if you ask them politely.

  • If you are concerned about your dog during the course, let the marshals know. Likewise if you need first aid, let us know! If you or your dog get injured on the course or get into any difficulties, do not go off the course, if you can see a marshal walk to them or give them a shout, if not stay put, there is a tail runner/cyclist so you won’t have to wait long.

  • At the finish line, make sure the marshals can see your number or shout your number out, stay in your finish order until your time has been recorded.  Keep lead short. Give your dog a drink from the bowls supplied don’t let it gulp too mu15ch take it back later for more. If it needs to cool down use the small ponds near the finish line.

  • Results will be available on line (www.racesplitter.com/results search for Cani-Sports Scotland) as soon as possible after the prize-giving and we anticipate the prize giving to be around 12.30pm, earlier if we can manage, everyone should come to prize giving as we have 1st to 3rd in each class and a few spot prizes for first time Canicross racers, muddiest partnership etc. We don’t forward prizes on if they are not picked up on the day so if you think you might have been placed check before you leave or ask someone else to pick up your prize.

  • Camping, there is no camping at this event.

  • Photography - Laura will be taking photographs on the course images will be for sale a link to the photos will be on CSS face book page as soon as possible. Or check https://lm-images.smugmug.com/CSS-EVENTS

 

Thanks for entering and to all who have worked so hard to put this race on and the marshals for giving up their time and Forestry Commission Scotland for allowing us to use their land and facilities. Thanks also to our sponsors, please support their businesses as they have supported us.

CSS RACE RULES PLEASE READ CAREFULLY BEFORE ATTENDING EVENT

 

  • DOGS:  must be a year old on the day of the race, in season, pregnant or lactating bitches are not permitted to race. Bitches in Season should be kept well away from the start / finish area and not taken on or near the course if brought to the event. Dogs must be kept on the lead at all times during the race and should not be run in a slip lead, check/choke chain, head collar, flexi lead or any collar that restricts breathing, if a muzzle is required it must be of the wire greyhound racing style. For your dog’s comfort we suggest they run in a suitable harness, some equipment may be available for sale or hire on the day. Dogs should not be brought to the event if they are coughing or have recently been in contact with infectious disease. It is the owners’ responsibility to ensure their dog is fit and healthy before racing. If in doubt consult your vet.  A dog may only run in one 5k event per day but a human can run additional classes if they want with a different dog (i.e. bikejor with one dog canicross with the other you will have to wear a different bib number and start at the end of all canicross racers) If a dog runs the junior 2.5k class or short course and the owner is happy with the dogs fitness it may also run in the 5k class.

  • AGE GROUPS:  are for runners age on day of race, the organiser has the right to split or combine age gender/groups/classed based on numbers entered. To split an age group, gender or class at least 6 entries required in each category.  Our age groups, subject to entries should be: 7-10, 11-15, 16-39, 40+, 50+, 2 dog – male and female if enough entries are received to merit a split.

  • SEEDED STARTS:  Race starts are staggered and seeded for safety and to minimise overtaking. Please put your current 5k personal best time on the entry form (if you don’t know please estimate). The fastest racers will be seeded on historic results. The organisers may alter your start position based on historic results if they feel your position in the start list would meant multiple overtakes are likely. Please give an accurate PB as manual manipulations add to the time it takes to process the race.

  • BORROWED DOGS:  It is presumed that you are running with your own dog. If you must borrow a dog to race with you may only enter a single dog category, you should be familiar with each other, have trained together prior to the race, the handler should be aware of the dogs behaviour in a race environment and be responsible for its care throughout the event. You will not be permitted to race with a borrowed dog that you have only just met.

  • CHILDREN:  runners age 7 – 10, on the day of the race, must be accompanied by an adult who is also attached to the dog, on foot (no bikes). 11 – 15 year old’s can run alone but may have an adult with them if desired. The adult is there for safety only the child must handle the dog themselves. The child and dog should cross the finish line first, before the accompanying adult. It is presumed that children will be running a family dog, if they must borrow a dog to race with it should be of an appropriate size and strength that the child could handle the dog alone. All children attending the event to run or spectate must be supervised by an adult at all times and instructed not to approach dogs they do not know.

  • KIDS RACES / SHORT COURSE / FUN RUN:  is a shorter option for adults or for those wanting to have a go at canicross, adults wanting to accompany their kids and enter the fun run/short course can do so as long as the 2 dogs in question get along or are welcome to share a dog. You may run one or 2 dog in adult fun run (put both dogs names in the one file on entry form) NOTE There are no prizes for the Adults Fun Run.

  • INSURANCE:  The race will be covered by event/3rd party public liability insurance but all racers and spectators attend the event and run at their own risk.

  • CHANGES TO ENTRIES:  Changes to entries must be made by email only to canisportsscotland@hotmail.co.uk substituting of dogs is allowed, and can be made on the day, but we are unable to transfer an entry to another runner. If you need to transfer between classes, i.e. one dog to two dog or long course to short course etc., this should be done before entries close and the start the list is published (entries usually close the Monday before each race). Start list is published in advance to pick up any minor errors only. There is no refund available if you withdraw from the event. If you must withdraw due to injury etc. but marshal instead your entry can be transferred to a future race.

  • CANCELLATION:  Should the race have to be cancelled or postponed for reason beyond the organisers control or in the event of bad weather, making the course too dangerous to run on, the organisers reserve the right to take expenses already incurred from entry fees before using any remaining moneys to refund entrants. To claim a refund competitor(s) should send a self-addressed and stamped envelope to the organiser within a month of the event date. NOTE it is the entrant’s responsibility to check the race is still on before traveling, the organisers will, post on Facebook, and email all entrants if there are any last minute changes – please check your email before traveling.

  • FACILITIES:  Please respect the facilities and venue. Clean up after your dog in all areas and on the course.  Toilet areas should not be used to wash mud off legs, children, dogs, shoes etc. Sinks are for hand washing only. Bring suitable changes of clothes, towels wet wipes with you. Keep dogs on the lead in all areas the venue, car park, camping area, near livestock and on the course. Feel free to walk your dog off lead round the public areas of the venue after the event.

  • CAMPING:  No camping available at the start.

  • SAFETY:  Please listen to the race briefing and marshals’ instructions. If your dog(s) are likely to be noisy and excited please do not bring them to the race briefing so that everyone can clearly hear safety instructions.  Human and Canine first aiders are on duty at all events wearing high-viz yellow vests, please ask if you or your dog are in need of help.

  • EMERGENCY VET: Wallace Veterinary Centre, 73 Ravensby Park Gardens, Carnoustie, Near Dundee, Angus, DD7 7NY Ph: 07793 583106.

 

Organisers:

Cani-Sports Scotland

RACE DIRECTOR - Karen Connal, 40 Netherhouse Avenue, Lenzie. G66 5NG Tel:  0777 904 1322 canisportsscotland@hotmail.co.uk

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