Below is a sample of one of our race information packs this will give you an idea of what goes on and answer many questions, an event specific race info pack will be emailed to you after close of entries for that event (usually Wednesday) and a start list published on
CSS Race Info Duncarron
Below is a copy of the rules and guideline for our races, they may change for individual venues but for general guidance please read before entering one of our events.
Briefing 9.30am, 1st race off at 10am, self registration from 8.30am
Prizes 1st – 3rd in all age groups / classes.
Team, Best Newcomer & Muddiest pair
Entry fees Long Course (5.5k*) £10, Short course (2.5k*) £7
*All race distances and data are approximate and may change at any time. The map is provided as a guide only.
RULES PLEASE READ CAREFULLY BEFORE FILLING IN ENTRY FORM OR ASKING QUESTIONS – SEE LIST OF CLASSES BELOW
Changes to rules for 2015/16 season are highlighted in red
DOGS You must run with a dog no no-dog runners may race. 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, flexie lead or any collar that restricts breathing, if a muzzle is required it must be of the wire greyhound racing style. For your dogs 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 recieved 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 dont 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 likley. 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 behavior 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 olds 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 acompaning 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 /2k 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.
TEAM EVENT 2 team prizes are offered for the fastest 3 males and fastest 3 females, combined times on long course race including 2 dog category, from a group or club. To be included just fill in the team/club box on the entry form.
INSURANCE The race will be covered by event/public liability insurance but all racers and spectators attend the event and run at their own risk. Our insurance does not cover personal injury to competitors, we suggest suitable personal insurance for canicross is taken out.
CHANGES TO ENTRIES Changes to entries must be made by email only to firstname.lastname@example.org 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 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 transfered 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 competator(s) should send a self addressed and stamped envelope to the organiser within a month of the event date. NOTE it is the entrants 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 See event specific information on http://www.entrycentral.com (search for CSS)
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 firstaiders are on duty at all events wearing high viz yellow vests, please ask if you or your dog are inneed of help.
EMERGENCY VET See event specific information on http://www.entrycentral.com (search for CSS)
RACE DIRECTOR – Karen Connal, 40 Netherhouse Avenue, Lenzie. G66 5NG Tel: 0777 904 1322
Linda Lucey, Longriggs Farm, Coalsnaughton, Alloa, Fk13 6LG. Tel: 07775 627937
Keith Bremner, 41 Brock Street, North Queensferry, KY11 1JF. Tel: 07985 693559