The BSSF was formed 12 months ago with the vision of being the key learning centre for sled dog sports in Great Britain and Northern Ireland where everyone can experience sleddog sports first hand and embrace them so they can grow. To develop sled dog sports in Great Britain and Northern Ireland, with a view to supporting National teams racing on an International Level.
In the first year we have made great progress and with the experience of Wyedean Mushing along with the National Sleddog Sports Centre (NSDSC) the BSSF has been accepted to hold the first ever World Cup and National Qualifying event here in England.
Why we’ve chosen to host the event in Kings Forest, Thetford on 21st, 22nd and 23rd February 2014
We feel that this outstanding area of natural beauty along with its stunning trail networks and easy access from the ports. We feel Kings Forest is perfect for this fantastic opportunity to show the rest of the World what the UK can offer. The level of this event with great national and international interest and we are expecting large numbers of entries from home and abroad and a large number of spectators which can only be good for the economy of the venue and the surrounding areas.
This is a prestigious event so there will be a podium with Gold, Silver and Bronze medals awarded
Each winning competitor will then have qualified to represent the British Team at the next World and European Championships. We have in total 36 classes ranging from the 8 dog rig, Junior, Canicross, Bikejor and Scooter Classes.
A large marquee will be used to hold the registration of all competitors on the Friday afternoon and evening with a welcome speech from the BSSF president. On Saturday evening there will be a musher’s meal and social evening and a chance for people to discuss the days racing.
The event will be timed professionally with run times being displayed live at the finish line for other competitors and public to see.
On the Sunday afternoon there will be a presentation of medals that will be awarded in the marquee by the Mayor and Mayoress of Thetford overseen by Aard Heckers IFSS representative and IFSS Race Marshall. We also hope for representatives from the Forestry Commission.
This event has all the ingredients to be the largest and most successful event the UK has ever seen.
Coordinates: LAT 52.345801 LONG 0.675488
Camping is available on site at the Forestry Commission charge of £5 per vehicle, per night which is payable with your entry.
DR6 Dryland Rig 4 – 6 dogs Open & Nordic – Max 6.25 miles
DR4 Dryland Rig 3 – 4 dogs Open & Nordic – Max 5 miles
DR3 Dryland Rig 2 – 3 dogs Open & Nordic – Max 5 miles Results combined with DR4 for World Cup points & qualification
DR2 Dryland Rig 1 – 2 dogs Open & Nordic – Max 5 miles Results combined with DS2 for World Cup points & qualification
DS2 Dryland Scooter 1 – 2 dogs Open & Nordic Max 5 miles
DS1 Dryland Scooter 1 dog Open & Nordic – Max 5 miles
DBM Dryland Bikejor Men senior & veteran (one dog only) – Max 6.25 miles
DBW Dryland Bikejor Women senior & veteran (one dog only) – Max 6.25 miles
DRJ1 Dryland Rig Junior 1 dog 8-11yrs & 12-16 yrs – Max 3 miles
DRJ2 Dryland Rig Junior 1 – 2 dogs 12-16 yrs – Max 3 miles
DMC Dryland Men’s Canicross, junior, senior & veteran – Max 5 miles
DWC Dryland Women’s Canicross, junior, senior & veteran – Max 5 miles
Stake-Out will be open
Vets team available on site
- Trail will be available for inspection from Noon – No competing dogs allowed on the trail.
- Catering van will be on site from Friday afternoon until event close on Sunday.
- Registration & Equipment inspection 16:00 – 22:00hrs at race office
- Competitor briefing at 19:30hrs – (video of briefing will be on repeat play on Saturday for those unable to attend)
- Saturday 22nd February
- Equipment inspection at start chute
08:30 hrs Start of competition. Please check the event notice board for any amendments.
End of Heat 1 Provisional interim results will be available
18:30 onwards – Competitors meal & social evening (See *)
Sunday 23rd February
Equipment inspection at start chute
08:00 hrs Start of competition. Please check the event notice board for any amendments..
ASAP following Day 2 competition – Awards Ceremony & Prize giving
Close of Event. The event will be held under IFSS rules including the additional 3-dog rig class; separate classification of 2 dog scooter and 2 dog rig; and additional junior age classifications.
- The results for both the DR3 & DR2 will be merged with DR4 and DS2 respectively, but only for the purpose of qualification & WCp points. Those running 2 dogs in the 3 dog class will not be eligible for WCp points in the DR4 classification.
- KC registered Canadian Eskimo dogs will be allowed to compete in the freight classification if desired, but their result will be combined with the Open class teams only for the purpose of qualification and World Cup Points.
- Competitors that will satisfy the age requirement to compete in certain classifications offered by the IFSS / WSA European Championship in December (i.e. those competing in Junior & Senior / Veteran age categories) will be eligible to qualify for selection onto the GB team with their results compared to the age groups accordingly.
- Four wheel rigs/carts are compulsory for DR8 (No 3 wheel rigs allowed in this class)
- After crossing the finish, line, teams must stop as directed and stand for chip/identification and vet check. Dogs not micro-chipped WILL be marked. This will only take a few moments so please be patient. Failing to stop will result in a warning or disqualification
Mrs. S Marsden, 81, Station Road, Castle Donington, Derby, DE74 2NL