Latest info on the ISSF World Cup and BSSF Championships

We’re excited to be sponflyer_amended.inddsoring this major Sleddog event no 21, 22, 23 Feb at Kings Forest, Thetford – look out for the black cotton ‘CSJ Bags for life’ with free products and literature. There will be 36 classes and we’ll provide product prizes to the Champions.
Here’s the latest info on the event from Leigh Marsden
IFSS World Cup & BSSF National Championship Kings Forest, Thetford

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.

Invitation and schedule
We would like to invite you all to make history as you enjoy a fantastic two days of competition on the stunning trails of Kings Forest, Thetford, in the East of England. The first ever BSSF IFSS World Cup Event, National Championship & Qualifier. Your chance to gain IFSS world cup points as well as having the opportunity to qualify for selection into the GB team attending the IFSS / WSA European Dryland Championships, to be held in France December 2014.
Wyedean Mushing and The National Sled Dog Sports Centre are coming together to organize the event on behalf of the British Sleddog Sports Federation (BSSF). The event is open to all: from across the UK and overseas; BSSF members and Non members; & whether your teams are Open, Registered Nordic or Freight breeds.
Kings Forest has some of the best trails in the UK offering mainly flat trails with surfaces of grass and packed sand, some long stretches and plenty of turns, a trail to suit everyone. Exact distances will be dictated by weather conditions over the race weekend.
Thetford Forest is a popular area with members of the public for walking dogs and also with mountain bikers. Usual courtesy towards members of the public will be appreciated. The venue also has easy access from the channel tunnel and ports for visiting overseas teams.
World Cup points will be awarded to those who have an IFSS DID number. (Details of how to apply for a DID can be found on the BSSF website: ) It is not compulsory to have a DID to compete.
From London: Take the M11 to junction 9, then the A11 towards Newmarket. Continue on the A11 until you reach Elveden. Turn right on the B1106 towards Bury St Edmunds. The race site will be sign posted on the left hand side of the road approximately 1½ miles from the Elveden turn off.
From Brandon: Follow the signs from Brandon to Bury St Edmunds (B1106). Follow directions above after crossing the A11 at Elveden.
Coordinates: LAT 52.345801 LONG 0.675488
On arrival at the site please adhere to all event signs. There will be a 10mph speed restriction and designated parking signs.
Camping is available on site at the Forestry Commission charge of £5 per vehicle, per night which is payable with your entry.
Classes and maximum distance for trails
DR8 Dryland Rig 5 – 8 dogs Open & Nordic – Max 7.5 miles
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
Program of events
Friday 21st February. :
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
Entry fees
First entry £30, additional entries £15. Juniors £15. Non BSSF members additional £5 per team
Entries, payment and Chip list / Dog I.D. form to be posted to:
Mrs. S Marsden, 81, Station Road, Castle Donington, Derby, DE74 2NL
ENTRIES MUST BE RECEIVED BY Friday 7th February 2014. Entries received after this date will be returned.
There will be a social get-together, meal & music on the Saturday evening from 18:30hrs for all competitors and handlers at a small charge of £6.00 per person – pre booked & paid with your entry. Please specify numbers required for each menu option on your entry form.
We look forward to seeing you there.

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