Changes Afoot at CSE

Given the ever increasing size of the Cani-Sports Edinburgh and it’s expanding popularity, a slight change to the current procedure for the regular runs is due to be introduced.

Firstly please note that the terms “official run” and “unofficial run” have been substituted for “club” and “non-club”, please see here for the distinction between these.

Secondly a Cani-Sports Edinburgh facebook PAGE has been set up. All “Club Runs” will be posted up on the club facebook page, they will NOT be posted in the group. The group will continue to be used as it is to allow all members to interact and chat. Furthermore the group can be used for club members and non-members to arrange their own meetups (non club runs & meetups).

Please “like” the facebook page and follow it. Please look out for the Monday and Saturday club runs and continue to comment on these posts if you intend to come along.

Many thanks and Happy Canicrossing!

Your faithful CSE Committee


Canicross: Starting Out

by Louise

I am a natural couch potato with no athletic ability whatsoever! I have dipped in and out of various sports over the years – hockey, running, cycling, swimming, yoga and triathlons but never stuck at anything for a sustained period. And, training was always pretty inconsistent!! As I am getting quite close to a fairly major mile stone in my life, I decided sometime in winter 2013 that it was time to start looking after myself and attempt to get fit. So, I started running again. It was really hard at first but I gradually built it up week by week. I entered loads of races so I would stay focused and motivated to run.

I had read about cani cross and actually spotted the group at a dog show in 2013. I thought it looked like fun! After a bit of research, I made contact with the club (many months later!!) and picked up the courage to go along to my first run. It can be quite daunting to go along to a club where you don’t know a soul but the group are a super friendly bunch. And, don’t be put off if you are not a runner (YET!) as there are always run – walk options to begin with.

I started off running with 1 dog and now I run with both of my dogs – a weimaraner and a vizsla. It really is great fun and they definitely help me go faster! I haven’t participated in any cani cross races yet but look forward to running a few later this year. The dogs love it, anytime I pick up their harnesses they get all excited! We haven’t been running over the summer but it won’t be long until we are back at Vogrie on a Saturday morning. :o)


What I didn’t expect when I came along to the club, was that I would get so much more out of it than just Cani Cross. Superb hill runs, various workshops, ultra marathons (whaaatt??!!), weekly sessions at Arthurs seat, loads of encouragement, good chat and best of all I am hanging out with people who clearly love their dogs as much as I do. My general fitness and running has improved over the course of the year – I can’t foresee not sticking to it this time as I am having oodles of fun as well as getting fit. I am sure the club is going to go from strength to strength and I look forward to sharing many more experiences with you all.

Running with Rescues

by Andrew

In 2012 I began volunteering at Borders Pet Rescue I had little idea of the journey I was beginning. I’d previously run with my late Lakeland cross Polly, so when asked to run a young energetic Dalmatian/ Husky cross called Oscar I was delighted. Over the next few months I ran with a variety of wonderful dogs. They were teaching me more than I them but we had fun learning.

In October 2013 I learnt of a cani cross race in Jedburgh. With the backing of BPR I decided to enter and raise some funds. A quick search online brought CSE to my attention. The support and advice I received was superb. Maisie and I started training regularly and we both loved every minute of it.


Race day arrived any nerves soon disappeared due to the warm welcome I received and Maisies impeccable behaviour . Once safely round the muddy course we were rewarded with a medal and rosette which Maisie took proudly back to BPR. We were hooked!

Over the winter Maisie remained at the centre. A bout of kennel cough led toquarantine and lots of frustration for all the dogs. Once clear I had 3 dogs to run with. Maisie didn’t like this at all! I got sad looks every time it was Dot or Santi’s turn.

Rescue dogs can’t get off lead in public, so Cani ross is a great way to enhance their time in kennels. They’ll assess the fitness and temperament of dogs in their care so why not call and see if you can help.


Maisies been in her forever home for 6 months now and is very happy there. I am awaiting the cooler weather so I can get back to my newest passion running with rescues.


CSE Races at Dunbar

We are delighted to have secured a fabulous venue for CSE’s first ever very own canicross races, which will be held at Foxlake near Dunbar on Sunday 16th November. The day will comprise not only of races for all age groups, both 2.5K & 5K courses, and 1 & 2 dog classes, but will be a fun day out for all the dog-oriented family with many doggy businesses & charities in attendance with stalls. We have some fantastic sponsors, who will be providing both class & spot prizes & filling all our runners’ goody bags. Hot & cold food & drink will be available too.  Entries are via Entry Central, with race numbers limited to 150, so be sure & enter nice & early so you & your dogs don’t miss out!


If you would like to print a poster & help spread the word about our event you can download one here.

Click here to enter —->    entrycentrallogo


Chat to others who are attending & ask any questions you may have about the event on the Facebook Event Page.

Canicross Taster Session

Have you been looking at this group, wanting to join in but something is stopping you? Why not come along to this taster session…?

If anybody wants to try canicross we have our annual “Come and Try Canicross” session at Vogrie Country Park on Saturday 9th August for beginners as part of Vogrie Walking Festival – just a mile and its from 10am to 11am.

Dogs must be fit and healthy and over 1 year old to participate. Limited spaces so book your place now by contacting Vogrie Country Park on 01875 821716. Bookings must be made by Friday 1 August.

There’s lots of other fun things on at the walking festival as well like nordic skiing!

Here are some pics from last year’s Come And Try Canicross event at Vogrie, featuring many folks & their dogs who are now regulars at the club =)

More Kit for the Club!

We are putting the money coming in from memberships to good use stocking our Spare Kit Boxes & have just purchased new lines and belts and 2 kids belts! from the fantastic Sharon McNicol at Trailbaby. These are free for members to borrow and just £1 per run for non members, and are present at all of our regular runs.


Zac wanted to model them for you …. strange dog!


Canisports Edinburgh Summer Training Days

  1. Find your own Pace – Saturday 21st June, 0900hrs at Vogrie Country Park.
  2. A Simple Speed Session – Saturday 12th July, 0900hrs at Vogrie or Dalkeith Country Park, TBC.
  3. Race Drills and Hill Session – Saturday 30th August, 0900hrs at Holyrood Park.

All sessions can cater for any level of runner and can be done with or without your dogs (temperature dependent).

All sessions coached by Keith Bremner.

Each session will include; a warm-up, running drills, a distance run (5km max), core work and a cool-down.

These sessions are free to CSE members and ÂŁ2.00 for non-members (money donated to a doggie charity).

Compulsory coffee and cake at local cafe after the hard work!

Fundraising for Borders Pet Rescue

Two CSE members are fundraising for Borders Pet Rescue, who need money for the care of all the animals as well as developing a dog park, which will be used to train and socialise the dogs in their care.

 Andrew, who has introduced canicross to Borders Pet Rescue & frequently takes the dogs in the shelter out for runs, is running the Edinburgh Marathon on May 25th - you can sponsor him here.Borders Pet Rescue

It was suggested (by a fellow CSE member of course!) that Ali run 10 miles of the Cateran Trail Ultramarathon on May 17th as Rogue Dog.  However Ali doesn’t like to do things by half so he decided to run the full 55 miles dressed as Rogue dog! You can sponsor Ali here & read Rogue Dog’s personal account of his Cateran experience here.

Another CSE member, Andrew, who over the past year has successfully introduced canicross to Borders Pet Rescue & frequently takes the dogs in the shelter out for runs, is running the Edinburgh Marathon on May 25th. You can sponsor Andrew here.

All donations are gratefully received no matter how big or small.

Disclaimer: We do not recommend running your dog for marathon/ultra marathon distances!






Rogue Dog

CSE proudly introduces ………… Rogue Dog!!!!!


A massive thanks to everyone involved in humouring Alison with this silly idea. Please do share it far and wide …. lets spread the canicross word.

Special mention to Ben and his photographic and technical genius for creating it all!!!!