CSE Needs you!

Ask not what you can do for Cani-Sports Edinburgh, but what Cani-Sports Edinburgh can do for you!!!! 

AGM – Sunday 14th June at 6pm @ Function room in the Stair Arms Hotel in Pathhead.

There are four vacancies for the committee for the four non office bearing members.

Cani-Sports Edinburgh would like to thank Viv and Jane Jones for their enormous contribution in not just the last year but also before we formally became a club. The club wouldn’t have had such a successful first year if it was for your time, effort, dedication and energy.

Next year the four office bearing committee member posts will be up for election; including the chairperson, vice chairperson and secretary. Please note, If you are interested in one of these three roles, they require one year’s experience of being on the committee, so you’ll need to be part of the committee this year to be eligible.

As a member of the CSE committee you will learn new skills and fine tune old ones. You will become part of something dynamic, fun, creative and energising. You will laugh and cry. You will feel valued and worthwhile, all whilst having fun and helping the running and growth of Cani-Sports Edinburgh.

So does the following sound like you? Then you are exactly what we’re looking for.

  • Love Canicross
  • Love dogs
  • Ability to see other people’s point of views
  • Not take things personally
  • Respectful
  • Enthusiastic
  • Able to complete tasks
  • Committed
  • Sense of humour
  • State the obvious 😉

What is the role of a committee member?

You along with the other 7 committee members will be expected to:

  • Contribute to organising and leading the 2 regular Club runs each week
  • Contribute to organising and leading regular adhoc runs
  • Encourage new members, support new and current members
  • Attend some of the quarterly committee meetings
  • Be an ambassador for Cani-Sports Edinburgh and promote the club where appropriate
  • Be an ambassador for Canisports and promote the sport where appropriate
  • Ensure that attendees to the club runs are adhering to the rules of the group
  • Ensure the Facebook group contains posts of relevance and provide relevant administration services on Facebook
  • Promote dog health and welfare
  • Utilise the club e-mails and carry out administration tasks

If you are interested in what the four office bearer roles are about you can read about them here.

What tasks do I have to do?

This will depend on what you want to do! There are a range of tasks that that are essential for the operation of the club in addition to the tasks mentioned above. There are also roles/projects that it would be nice if the club could carry out.

Exactly which committee member does which task will be decided at the first committee meeting.

Other Essential Tasks to the Club

  • Website and Facebook Director – keep these sites up to date such as the race schedule, spot news worthy stories and place them up on the website, keep the website fresh and relevant
  • Summer Schedule Organiser
  • Social Event and Course Organiser – organise days out and also workshops that would be of interest to the group
  • Deals and Discounts – contact new businesses to work as partners and obtain more discounts for club members
  • Quarterly Newsletter
  • Dalkeith Country Park liaison
  • Vogrie Country Park liaison
  • East Lothian Council liaison
  • Race Director
  • Race Team

Desirable Tasks for the Club

  • Dog Charities – increase our awareness with dog charities, draw up a list of appropriate dog charities to liaise with (some charities we wouldn’t want to be associated with – build on the group’s knowledge of charities to create a database), target their events and open days
  • Vet Awareness – increase Vets’ awareness of the benefits of Cani-Sports
  • Media – raise awareness of the sport with the media such as dog magazines, fitness magazines and disseminate media worthy stories in the local and national press
  • Event Attendance – there are a variety of events that would be good for CSE to have a stall at
  • Rogue Dog – continue to use Rogue Dog as a mascot and utilise his creativity for more PR projects
  • Any Other Suggestions

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a big time commitment?

There is will be eight people on the committee, so there’s plenty of people to share the workload. If everybody gives a little bit, we’ll have plenty of capacity. We are grateful for any time you wish to give and we understand that sometimes life takeover. Therefore it is understood if sometimes you can’t contribute to the committee. All that is asked, is that you take this into consideration when choosing what committee tasks you would like to do.

I’ve just joined Cani-Sports Edinburgh– I don’t feel like I’m part of the club enough to stand

As long as you’re going to be part of the club in the future (i.e. attend a few runs) and have the characteristics we’re looking for – that’s all the matters.

I don’t have any specific skills/ I’ve never been on a committee before

Neither do/have many of the current committee members! Training can be provided where necessary.

All that is wanted from you is the essential characteristics and also your perspective. It’s really good to have a range of views. CSE has benefitted from having people with an array of backgrounds, including experience in dog charities, with nervous dogs and also a wide range of fitness levels.

I’m worried as I’m not very fit/not very good at canicrossing

Again, neither are many of the current committee members. Some of the current committee have been injured; some of them happily come last in races whilst some of them are speedies. Some of the current committee prefer the long distances whilst some prefer short sprints. It takes all sorts – but the key common denominator is a common love and passion of canicrossing.

Having a range of perspectives in the committee is great.

I’m really keen to be on the committee, but I can’t make the AGM

This is not a problem, you can still be nominated and elected in your absence. Provided you send your “committee application” e-mail to the secretary, full details in Thursday’s post.


So now we’ve got you all keen and excited to be on the committee what happens next?

Well firstly take out membership! http://www.entrycentral.com/memberships

Secondly, please send a “committee application” e-mail containing your answers to the following questions (and keep to the word limit) to the secretary Jane Irvine. Please PM her furry sidekick Bradley Irvine on Facebook and ask for her email address.

  • What do you love about canicross? (50 words max)
  • What do you love about Cani-Sports Edinburgh? (50 words max)
  • Why do you want to be on the committee? (150 words max)
  • What will you bring to the committee (skills, perspective, character etc)? (150 words max)

The deadline is the 20th of May.

The next steps in the process will be for the secretary to circulate everybodys’ answer at the end of May and also just before the AGM to all members.

The AGM is on the 14th of June. The election process at the AGM is straightforward. An anonymous paper vote will thereafter be conducted where the attendees(club members) at the AGM will state their preferred four candidates in order of priority. The number of votes each candidate receives will be counted. The four candidates with the most votes will be committee members. If there is a tie, the number of first preferences for the tied candidates will be counted. If there is still a tie, the second preferences will be counted, then the third and then the four preferences. If there is still a tie then the chairperson, vice chairperson and secretary will vote on the tied members anonymously.

Proxy votes will be accepted. Please send them to the secretary.

CSS Coalsnaughton Canicross Race Report, by Linzi Melville

Coalsnaughton was our first race. I was quite nervous as Indie can be reactive with certain dogs and we have had to put a muzzle on her and go back to the very basics of training again.

Linzi & Indie, photo courtesy of Hilary Little
Linzi & Indie, photo courtesy of Hilary Little

We arrived early and I went to get our race number. There was a few folk around with their dogs so I decided to get Indie out and walk around with her. I was immediately much calmer as I soon realised we were around real doggie people, who are not scared to let their dogs be dogs. Indie was much calmer too because of this and was much more interested in the sheep poo than other dogs!

I popped her back in the car after 10/15 minutes and went for a walk around and chatted to lots of people and their dogs. Everyone was so encouraging and kind, wishing us good luck with our race. What was really surprising was that I was not the only person with a reactive dog. In fact it’s pretty common! I brought Indie out of the car again for another wander. She was calm. I was calm. Confidence up!

After another 10/15 minutes I put her back in the car and went to watch the start of the 5k race. The race start is staggered and is was really interesting watching everyone line up to start. the dogs were excited, some were jumping around, some barking, some calm but when it was their turn they knew what to do. People gave each other space, didn’t freak out if their dogs were told off by other dogs and wished each other good luck. There was loads of friendly banter too!
I then went to the finish line to watch them. There was some really fast times, lots of huge smiles and lots of tongues hanging out of (mostly dogs) mouths!

Our turn. Yikes. Nerves taking over. Warm-up. Lots of dogs in close proximaty. Is this wise? Can Indie cope with this? Oh…she’s eating sheep poo again and paying no attention to the dogs!  We’re next. Go!

Linzi & Indie, photo courtesy of Nlnja Laura
Linzi & Indie, photo courtesy of Nlnja Laura

Straight away Indie is super focused on running. First corner and we need to pass someone. She sees us coming and moves over and I say to Indie “on you go” in my super stern scary voice and she runs straight past the other dog. Confidence up again! More runners to pass. ‘On your right!’ I shout and then ‘on you go’ to Indie and she just keeps running, super focused and listening to every word I say.

We ran that race together (although she did pull me around!) but it had been a long time since we had connected like that and it was AWESOME! Indie was AWESOME!
The race was so well organised and the people that come are just lovely.

Having a reactive dog is really hard work. You think about every little detail that could go wrong and will go out of your way to avoid certain situations. Your walks can be stressful, boring, infuriating and a chore.

This weekend has opened my eyes to the fact that it doesn’t have to be this way. Training your dog (again) is hard work but totally worth it and this weekend showed me that we can and should still socialize our reactive dogs in a controlled manner and do this with people that know about dogs. Canicross is perfect for this and people are more than willing to help you and offer advice and tips and you get to keep yourself fit and your dog fit and engaged at the same time. Great bonding time!
Can’t wait for the next one:)

Linzi & Indie

Some of the CSE crew, photo courtesy of Hilary Little
Some of the CSE crew, photo courtesy of Hilary Little

CSS Coalsnaughton Canicross Race Report by Kim Collier

My old puppy!

Kim & Bonny, photo courtesy of Nlnja Laura
Kim & Bonny, photo courtesy of Nlnja Laura

Bonny and I started our running career in 2013 when I signed up to do the New York marathon.  We had done a little bit of running before then, but nothing serious.

I love running with her, she makes the time and distance go past so much more quickly! I heard of Cani-Sports Edinburgh, last summer, when one of their members asked me to do a PAT assessment on their dog. I went along and went for a walk after the assessment with some members. I thought Bonny would love to do this as it’s a nice distance and would keep her running up.

She had never run on a lead and she didn’t pull, but you CAN teach old dogs new tricks!  We have done 3 Canicross events and by far the best one was her last one at Coalsnaughton.  The course suited her to a T, not too muddy or stony, a bit hilly and some lovely grassy tracks(her favourite)  It was very cold at the start line, but Bonny was rearing to go! It was our time to start, we don’t go off at full speed like some of the younger ones do, but she was ‘out in front’ which she normally doesn’t do! She had a fab time around the course, she was out in front and pulling a little for most of the way, again a first. The nicest part was when we were coming to the finish line and everyone was calling her name to make to go even faster, she pulled me across the line!!  We defiantly did not come in the placings, but it’s all about taking part, not the winning!

Bonny will be 14 in May so this was her last long course race as when the season starts again she will be 14&1/2. We had a fantastic time.  We are both a bit shy, but we met some new people and had our photo taken with our running group Cani-Sports Edinburgh!

some of the CSE crew, photo courtesy of Hilary Little
some of the CSE crew, photo courtesy of Hilary Little

Canicross has really kept Bonny fit and active, and she loves catching up with her doggy friends and acting like a 14 month old not a 14yr old!

I will hopefully have my friend`s dog to run with for my Canicross events next season and the Coalsnaughton race will be a must again next year!

Happy running.

Kim and Bonny (aged 13yrs 10 months)

Ruff Dugger & Cani-Fit Experience IV 14-15th March 15

Avril & Bailey's weekend of adventures (photo by Caroline Burrough)
Avril & Bailey’s weekend of adventures (photo by Caroline Burrough)

What a wonderful weekend this was!  Bailley and I travelled down to Ayr on Friday afternoon in preparation for our first Ruff Dugger on Saturday morning at Auchinleck Estate.  On arriving at the venue we were guided round the farm to park in a shed, the place was buzzing with people and dogs. I registered and collected my number, the butterflies started in my stomach!


Avril & Bailey at Ruff Dugger
Avril & Bailey at Ruff Dugger (photo by Angela Spence)

At 9.30am I went to listen to Lindsay’s briefing and I was nervously excited and couldn’t wait to get started! As I was number 87 I had time to go and watch the first runners start before going and getting changed and get Bailley into his harness. Walking round to the start Bailley was going round the puddles and trying to keep out of the mud…………if only he knew!!!

Finally it was our turn, we were on the start line and being counted down, my heart was racing and we were off across the first field and into the unknown…..let the adventure begin.  What a wonderful course from the first mud swamp where we were up over our knees in mud, through streams over trees down bankings sliding and slipping and all the time when I looked around me all I could see were happy smiling faces of people and dogs having fun……I have to say Bailley was a bit of a princess to start with but soon realised he had to move and couldn’t just stand stuck in the mud and I’m sure he eventually thoroughly enjoyed it too. All the marshall’s were brilliant taking the time to read our numbers and calling out our names to give us that extra  bit encouragement which was very much appreciated. Cameras were clicking and there is some wonderful photo’s to save the memories for everyone. The feeling crossing the finish line is one that is very hard to put into words…… adrenalin flowing, ecstatic, wonderful and relief!

Back to the car with Bailley, dry him off, put his fleece coat on and let him rest to dream about what he had just accomplished. After getting changed myself the hot soup, burger rolls and cakes organised by Boswell Coach House were very much appreciated. In the evening everyone was invited back to Boswell Coach House where Rory Douglas hosted a party for everyone! It was a very light-hearted evening spent in excellent company where everyone could relax before the next day’s adventure started.

Sunday morning I got up early and walked Bailley before heading back to Auckinleck Estate to take part in the Cani-Fit Experience IV Race. I was only doing the short course of 3k with Bailley which wasn’t starting until 11am but the atmosphere and excitement of everyone getting ready for the Bikejor, Scooter and the 5k race was electric. I have total admiration for everyone who was on bikes and scooter’s they were all amazing and I can honestly say I will NEVER be doing that……my heart was in my mouth as I watched them fly past me!


Avril & Bailey at Cani-Fit Experience IV
Avril & Bailey at Cani-Fit Experience IV (photo by Julie Eastgate)

Finally again Bailley and I were on the start line being counted down and I must admit at first my legs felt heavy from the day before’s adventures but we got into it and again it was an amazing course with even a “water feature” in it which Bailley stopped short at but I just told him “you coped with a lot more yesterday so come on” and we just ran through it soaked to the waist again. The encouragement from fellow Cani-Sports Edinburgh members standing at the finish line was very much appreciated!

I have to mention all the kids taking part were absolutely brilliant and it was lovely to see so many of them as after all they are the future of our wonderful sport.

I only started running a year past July when I was 59 at the time and the encouragement and support I have had from our Club has been totally overwhelming and has given me a wonderful new hobby. It is never too late to start and although I will never be that fast the enjoyment and fun I have taking part is second to none.

Thank you Lindsay Cani-Fit and all your helpers, Rory Douglas and all your Staff at Boswell Coach House for making this such a wonderful weekend for not only me but for everyone who took part. I will certainly be returning to do it all again in the future.

Avril Dodds

Muzzle FAQs

by Jane J 
Muzzles may look scary if you are not used to them but a correctly fitting muzzle is not harmful to your dog and if introduced properly dogs can learn to be completely relaxed whilst wearing one. Contrary to some of the myths & stigmas attached to them, muzzles are often the sign of someone being a responsible dog owner and minimising the risk to their own dog and others. A muzzle can provide the peace of mind to get out to exercise a reactive dog and to allow an opportunity to do further training, where appropriate.

Why use a muzzle?
Within the context of canicross muzzles are used to prevent nips/bites which can occur through excitement, fear or prey drive. Muzzles are however not a license to let dogs with aggressive behaviour cause distress to other animals or people (distress & even injury can still be caused whilst wearing a muzzle), nor should they be used to repeatedly force your dog into situations they are not comfortable with (the stress of this can cause further reactivity)..

What type of muzzle is appropriate?
A plastic or metal basket style muzzle should be used – these allow air to circulate & dogs to pant adequately, as well as drink water, both of which are absolutely essential during canicross. Mesh muzzles are not appropriate as dogs cannot breathe properly when exercising in them.

Where can I get a muzzle?
Different styles of muzzle are suited to different face shapes & it’s very hard to judge what size a dog will need without trying on, so it is best, where possible, to try a variety of different styles & sizes on before purchasing. Just Dogs Shop in Stockbridge sells several different styles of plastic basket style muzzles & has experienced staff who can help you select the right one for your particular dog.

How do I teach my dog to accept wearing a muzzle?
It is very important to desensitise your dog to wearing a muzzle so that they do not feel frightened or uncomfortable. Create a positive association with the muzzle by pairing it with yummy treats, fun games or something your dog really likes. Gradually build up the length of time your dog is wearing the muzzle for, starting with only a few seconds at first so that your dog gets used to the sensation of having it on. This video demonstrates how you can teach your dog to accept (& enjoy!) wearing a muzzle.
Sandy and Muzzles

CSE dog Sandy wears a muzzle whilst running because his upbringing within the greyhound racing industry means he may try to chase small, fluffy, fast moving dogs. 

There is more information about muzzles here.

Reactive dogs Q&A

by Jane J

Q. What is a reactive dog?
A. ALL dogs are reactive, just by the very nature of being alive & responding to the environment around them. However the term ‘reactive’ is usually applied to dogs who’s reactions to their environment are deemed undesirable, inappropriate or antisocial by us humans, for example lunging, barking or snapping.

Q. Why is a dog ‘reactive’?
A. ‘Reactive’ responses such as lunging, barking or snapping tend to occur when a dog is stressed by something. Dogs can become stressed when –

  • they are scared e.g. of another dog who is too close for comfort, of an unfamiliar person or noise, of a novel situation or environment, of a painful sensation
  • they are frustrated/overstimulated e.g. by waiting for a run to start, by the proximity of other dogs they’d like to play with, by the proximity of other animals they’d like to chase

Individual dogs all vary in what makes them scared or frustrated, down to a combination of genetics/breed-characteristics & previous experiences. It’s important to realise that ‘reactive’ dogs are not ‘bad dogs’, nor are they usually a reflection of ‘bad owners’.

Q. What should I do if my dog is ‘reactive’?
A. Don’t feel alone – lots of dogs, both within CSE, & in general, are classified as ‘reactive’, don’t blame your dog, & don’t blame yourself.

Try to Identify what is causing your dog to feel stressed, & hence ‘react’. You may need the help of a professional behaviourist to establish this. Once you know what is the cause, you can help reduce your dog’s stress by –

  • preventing stressful encounters by being mindful of your dog’s needs & communicating them well to others (e.g. by using a yellow ribbon, bandana or vest if your dog needs space) and preventing injury by using a muzzle if appropriate
  • avoiding/minimising their exposure to the thing they find stressful (including giving them space from it) e.g. you might try to avoid placing your dog right in the middle of a large group of other dogs who are all excited about the start of a run
  • desensitising them to the thing they find stressful (getting them used to it very gradually, usually starting at a distance)
  • changing their mind about the thing they find stressful (‘counter conditioning’ them to associate it with positive things e.g. treats)
  • pre-empting reactivity by noticing early warning signs of stress e.g. panting, head turns, blinking and escaping from/reducing the intensity of the stressor before your dog has a full blown reaction
  • praising & rewarding for appropriate (non-reactive) behaviour around the stressor

space etiquettes for dogs
Some useful resources for reactive dog owners:

A few lines from Oscar and Kali

by Aga

Oscar and Kali 1

Oscar says…

“When I was a little pup my dad Dalmatian took me to the side and said “Boy, you’ve got to be happy; smile and wag your tail a lot!”. My mum Husky added promptly “Boy, you’ve got to run!!” I said “I will try dad” and “OK mum” and off I went to make them proud.

I lived in a few places. I remember well a lovely spot called Borders Pet Rescue where I made lots of friends and where lady and man hoomans visited me for the first time. They became my friends too and I soon moved in with them. I was happy and I smiled and my tail wagged a lot.

They took me to school and showed me new interesting places and took bicycle out so I could run fast and free next to them. I gave them some serious frights though as often I would just run and run and run…and while I thought this is so much fun and I can do that for days they didn’t find it so amusing. Especially when I decided to play some epic chasing games…

Thats when lady hooman found out about canicross. One Saturday she took me to a place called Vogrie Park where we met with other dogs and people waiting for the run to start. She thought she will surprise me -silly hooman – did not know I’ve been canicrossing before! You see I had a friend in Borders Pet Rescue called Andrew. He was a hooman too and I think you could have met him before. He was and is taking dogs out for runs and it is just so so good.

So there we were lady hooman planning to take things slow and me kitted out, strong and…well…in front! I managed to pull her all the way through – god was she slow. Man hooman is better in running so I rather run with him thank you very much. And best is when my furry sister Kali gets to join us and we pull him along together!

I tell you pups canicross joins all the best bits into one. You get to run and be happy and you also get to belong. As we run together with other dogs and hoomans we all get to be a part of a team and we have to pay great attention to one another. It helped me to connect better with my hoomans and listen to them…a tiny tiny bit more and of course only when I want to. I learned very useful commands especially for dogs like me -who like to walk in front – which I now get to do most of the time! It also helps me to sleep better and I even stopped eating pillows from the couch when lady and man hooman go to work. To be honest with you I really like my day now. I run than I rest before I eat then I get some peace and quiet. What more can you wish for?!”

Oscar and Kali 2

Kali says…

“OK. There are few bits you need to know about me first. I like to pull. A lot. I like to run. A lot. I don’t like many other dogs. A lot. I just never know which ones are the scary ones so I bark at all of them just in case. Now that doesn’t really make me the easiest dog in the world, does it? That also doesn’t make me very unusual or different from many others. We are often nervous, loud and strong on a lead. What makes me special is this: I wear a harness. I get to run with my furry brother
and lady and man hooman that live with us. And I get to be in front and lead the way. And I like it. A lot.

There is more. When we go for a club run we run within many other dogs and hoomans that I would normally be really afraid off. Sure I bark a lot but only as I can’t wait for the run to start. Once we start moving I can run past other dogs with no bother at all. And to tell you the truth it makes me feel very good about myself so I wag my tail and stamp my feet and off we go again.

After a club run hoomans and dogs often stay for a bit of a catch up (and to catch their breaths). I see other dogs that were running and they seem to be tired and happy. I managed to make few friends there. I still bark at few dogs that I always barked at but lady and man hooman tell me to keep close and tell me lovely things about myself and how hard did I work and they are happy with me so I soon forget I got upset in the first place.

I saved the best bit for last. I went to my first canicross race in Foxlake in November. I walked past the stalls and past many dogs and hoomans and I looked at all of them. We did run together: Oscar, man hooman and me and we did splendidly well. But can you imagine that I only barked at the starting line when I couldn’t control my excitement any longer?! And then I walked past the stalls and past many happy dogs and laughing hoomans and I looked at all of them. And I felt too tired to pull. And I thought about this lovely run that I just shared with all of them. And in that moment I didn’t feel afraid. At all.”

Oscar and Kali 3

Foxlake Race Review – Maya McKinnon

I was woken up really early which can only mean one thing – we are going running.  After I wolf my breakfast down I go for a quick power nap to save my energy.

Mum told us this was an extra special race.  Not only was it our one year Cani-cross anniversary, Kima and me were going to be running with her for the first time together.

After almost pulling her down the hill to the start line – we love to get excited and could see Ruby and Buddy doing the same thing to Paul – we lined up behind our husky friends Meeko and Suki.  I normally get to run with Storm chasing me so I was a little bit sad she wasn’t able to run.

Finally it was our turn at the start line and we were off.  We ran past all the people cheering us on and into the woods.  Kima and me love running through woodland trails and were storming on.

We got to the top of the hill and got a bit confused but soon found the right path down the hill and onto the grass.  At that point Leon (our brother) ran past us and we got super excited and started to run really fast trying to chase him.  It was brilliant fun we loved it.

I almost got to run into the water at the bridge – mum was screaming NO at us for some reason!!

The course was fantastic, I loved all the trails and the twists and turns.   There was a massive puddle right at the end which me and Kima had fun running through and getting super dirty.

I had a really good day and got to speak to all my doggy friends and make some new ones.  I got introduced to a puppy called BB who although was really cute I definitely do not want another brother or sister!!

My favourite part of the day was the sausage treat from the goody bag – yum yum

See you all at the next race – Husky Hugs Maya xxHayley

Latest canicross addict!

By AmberAmber and SamprasI first went to canicross at Dalkeith country park a few months before my pup Sampras’s first birthday. (Dogs must be at least a year to run). I went along to watch and find out all about canicross and exactly what it involved. I was greeted and welcomed by very friendly and enthusiastic organisers, runners and committee members. I was really impressed with how organised things were, the variety of dogs running and amount of cheery people all geared up and ready to go!

In August 2014 the first week after Sampras’s birthday and he had turned one we started going to canicross. I absolutely loved it straight off, gallivanting through the woods in the dark guided by my fellow runners, head torches and fabulously laid mini lights to mark the route! Running with Cani-sport Edinburgh is so much fun, you really need to experience it to feel that “buzz”. Everyone is so friendly, welcoming and there is always a positive and upbeat vibe! I’m not the best runner but I love canicrossing and meeting up with like minded people who are just as crazy about their pooches as I am!

A few months in and Sampras and I entered our very first race at Foxlake in Dunbar. One of the most amazing experiences. I thoroughly enjoyed it and couldn’t have been prouder giving Sampras his medal! He was one happy boy! We have most defiantly caught “the bug” and look forward to much more canicrossing and competitions!

Summer with Cani-Sports Edinburgh

The hot weather means that there hasn’t been much in the way of canicrossing for the last couple of months as it has been too hot and humid for dogs and some humans!  However that hasn’t stopped us having a great programme of fitness events to keep us in condition till the canicrossing starts again in the autumn.

First up was Gavin’s running workshops.  Gavin is an ex GP and now a sports massage therapist.  He specializes in working with runners, cyclists, triathletes and now canicrossers!   It was a really interesting workshop with lots of information to take away, with tests to see what shape our various muscles are in and discussion about running form and stretching.  It was so popular we had to put it on twice.

Next on our busy calendar, Leszek Stelmachowski of Edinburgh’s only Kettlebell Club kindly put together a two hour kettlebell workshop.  This gave us a basic grounding in technique in case we ever wanted to attend classes or pick up those neglected bells at home that so many of us seem to have.   Kettlebells are a great way to build strength, particularly core strength, without bulk and work on our posture and flexibility.  It fits very nicely with many of the things Gavin was talking about such as activating our glutes.  Les was very patient with us and gave clear and helpful explanations of all the technique while being thoroughly fun.  Again it was so popular, a second one had to be put on.

Kettlebell Workshop
Kettlebell Workshop

Also on the theme of running injury free, more efficiently and enhancing running performance, a Chi Running Workshop with Nick Constantine was organised for CSE.  Chi Running is both a running form and a philosophy,

We’ve also had Keith Bremner organise a series of three speed sessions for us.  The third one is on Saturday August the 30th.  Following a similar format to the previous two there will be a warm-up, canicross racing drills, a hill session, core work and a cool-down.   As it’s the last one of the season and to celebrate the end of August and a new season of canicrossing, we will be off to a nearby food and drink establishment afterwards for breakfast.  Hope to see you there, click here for more detail and say you’re coming.

With all these stronger and injury free muscles and extra efficiency, Cani-Sports Edinburgh should storm the upcoming season of canicross!