The Canine Rush

Musher’s paradise in stunning Latvia - 03/05/2017

THIS is always a bit of a weird month, the main sled dog racing season has come to a close and we have the canicross and bikejor races continuing for the next few months before they shut down for summer too, so I always find it difficult to find...

Canicrossers take on half marathon - 05/04/2017

The Forest of Dean is an amazing place, full of trails and tracks and is a great place to get out and about with your four legged friends. There are reportedly 10,000km of forest path to explore and last week 13.2 miles of it played host to the...

Final selection for new Team GB - 08/03/2017

Last weekend the final round of the British Sleddog Sports Federation National Championships took place in Cranwich Forest, Norfolk.

Championship racing at Newborough Forest - 08/02/2017

The second round of the British Sleddog Sports Federation’s British Championship series was held over the weekend of January 6-7 in the beautiful Newborough Forest on Anglesey’s North Wales coastline...

Nordic status for Canadian Eskimo Dogs - 11/01/2017

I hope you all had a great Christmas and 2017 will be a great year for you all.

Europe comes to Thetford Forest - 30/11/2016

First off I must say a huge thank you to Cushla for holding the fort for the last few editions while I have been busy organising the IFSS European Championships. I think she has done a stirling job covering the canicross races over the past few...

Team selected for ‘our’ European - 10/08/2016

Mid summer is normally a time when not much happens in our sport on the ground so to speak, training is down to a few cooler mornings or not at all, unless canicrossing with the dogs in the cooler times of the day permits.

UK athletes score in World Cup series - 01/06/2016

The results have just arrived from the International Federation of Sleddog Sports for the past seasons round of World Cup races and we have a couple of good placings from UK athletes.

A chance to compete in Europe - 04/05/2016

It’s been a fairly quiet month in the sled dog world as the season closed out. Of course many canicross races are still ongoing into the summer months and the round of end-of-season and summer camp-overs and fun weekends are happening among the...

Championships bring season to a close - 06/04/2016

LAST MONTH I travelled to the sleepy fairy-tale Norwegian village of Savalen, which played host to the IFSS European on snow sled dog racing championships.

Enthusiasts drawn to cooler climes - 24/02/2016

THIS MONTH has seen a few folks hopping over to the Continent to find some snow races as well as competing in some of the more adventurous races on the planet.

Wet, muddy, mad and great fun - 13/01/2016

I have to say, I think the entire UK sled dog and harness dog sports community are getting just a little bit bored of all the wet weather.

A large haul of medals for Team GB - 02/12/2015

September into the beginning of October saw lots of successes for the UK harness dog sports scene with some medals to boot!

Results in France and a rebuild in Alaska - 07/10/2015

Last evening I was busy completing spreadsheets, scanning in microchip details and filling in all the required paperwork to be emailed off for Team GB to enter the International Federation of Sleddog Sports World Championships...

Results in France and a rebuild in Alaska - 12/08/2015

The yearly summer exodus to France for the UK’s canicross fraternity is once again well under way with the Trophee des Montagnes in full swing. This year’s event see 234 athletes competing with Russia, Sweden, Brazil, Ecuador...

New judges out of old mushers - 03/06/2015

Sled dog sport now has 13 new race judges after a successful International Federation of Sleddog Sports (IFSS) race judge seminar was hosted by the BSSF at the Apex Outdoor Academy in the Forest of Dean this past weekend.

Summer mushing school beckons - 06/05/2015

For the past few years the NHF, the Norge Hundekjorerforbund (the Norwegien Sleddog federation), has hosted a summer school for their junior mushers.

Brits battle the best at WSA Worlds - 08/04/2015

The winter racing season is all but over, the clocks have changed meaning we can now train in daylight again, which after the long hours of winter where our training is often cold and dark it is always something to look forward to.

A great National Championship - 11/03/2015

Currently I am sat in Amsterdam Airport awaiting a connection to Bristol returning from the IFSS World Championships in the Schwartzwald towns of Bernau and Todtmoos. A fantastic event which was blessed with some nice snow and some of the best...

GB takes on the rest of Europe - 14/01/2015

Here’s hoping everyone had a great Christmas and so far the new year’s resolutions are holding up, you had lots of time to get out with your dogs and enjoy the mild weather.

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