Catch up with James Urwin – if you can!

Jim Urwin

Report from James Urwin

Thanks again for your ongoing support: it is very much appreciated.

I haven’t done as many Cani-Cross races over the past year – old age is catching up with me a bit – but we haven’t done too badly.  Boris and I got silver at the European Canicross Championships in France at the beginning of October – a real surprise given that there were a few very good ‘youngsters’ who had moved up into my (over-60) age group, so that was pleasing.  And then at the end of October we were back in France with the GB team for the European Dryland Sleddog Championship.  We never stood a chance, having to run against guys over twenty years younger than me, but we certainly did not embarrass ourselves: Boris pulled me along through the mud at such a rate I thought I was going to pass out at one stage!

The BSSF Championships at Thetford – a great event, in no small part due to CSJ’s support – was another highlight.  Again, we were running against guys twenty years younger than me, but we managed second place (I’m still not sure how).  This means that we have qualified again for the GB team, this time at the World Dryland Sleddog Championships in Canada later this year.   

Anyway, thanks again for everything.

James Urwin

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“More amazing results by Daniel Fitzgerald! Our dogs have done us proud.”

By Bethan Fitzgerald
Photography by Paulina Soltysiak
5D__0450More amazing results by Daniel Fitzgerald! Our dogs have yet again done us proud. Fetching two golds and one silver all the way down in England at the BSSF (British Sled dog Sports Federation) National Championship race in Thetford forest. It was a great opportunity to compete with the southern mushers.
He competed in the 4 dog, and won,  Danny then secured second place in the two dog scoot5D__0508er, using a young bitch with an experienced dog who made up a good duo. And first in the bike with his favourite dog, Charlie. Sire to our 9 month olds who are getting big and strong ready for next year!!!!!
Another favourite dog, Travis aka “the almighty one” was raced by a friend Cherry Fairly on the bike who also won her class!!
Another…
The SDAS (Sled Dog Association of Scotland) put on a great two stage race at Culbin forest which involved racing in the morning and at night. This really tested the fitness and stamina of our dogs as they rarely run without at least 24 hours rest between. The dogs did amazingly well, three golds in the 4 dog, 3 dog and the bike. Their times pretty much the same. You would expect them to tire but not our dogs!!!!!!

CaniCross Christmas Cracker went with a bang!

By Cushla Lamen

Andy Martin - Open Mens winner

Andy Martin – Open Mens winner

Caroline Turner - Veteran Women 2 dog runner up

Caroline Turner – Veteran Women 2 dog runner up

Christmas Cracker Category Winners

Christmas Cracker Category Winners

Felix Smith - Junior Runner up

Felix Smith – Junior Runner up

Jenny Brown - Veteran Women 2 dog winner

Jenny Brown – Veteran Women 2 dog winner

Hi Ceri, A huge thank you for your generous CSJ prizes for our Canicross Christmas Cracker event on Salisbury Plain on 27 & 28 December.

The event was a huge success with lots of happy dogs and runners and I have included a selection of photos of the prize giving, I hope you enjoy seeing them.
Everyone was absolutely thrilled with their bags of goodies.
Thank you again for your support with our event, we have raised valuable funds for our charity War Dogs Remembered and we had some great feedback form our competitors on your products, especially the salmon oil.
Thank you again for your help and support and all the very best for 2015.

Cushla

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CaniCross Anglesey Event Results and Pictures.

Photography by: raeprincephotography.co.uk

A big thank you to Claire Hitchens for sending us the amazing photos by Rae Prince together with the results.

Results – Cani-cross Anglesey Newborough 5km

Female Open:

1. Lindsay Johnson 17:12
2. Ali Wyllie 17:17
3. Louise Mitchell 18:38
4. Jordan McKewstry 20:01
5. Caitlin Wroe* 22:50
6. Claire Hitchins 24:03
7. Amy McLaughlan 26:07
8. Marine Tisserand* 26:11
9. Anna Burn 26:52
10. Roanna Andrews 27:02
11. Hayley McKinnon 30:17
12. Lisa Adamo 31:35

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Female 40+

1. Linda Lucey 19:31
2. Claire Williams 21:26
3. Ailsa Smith 22:19
4. Jane Irvine 23:00
5. Bev Smith 23:19
6. Nia Hughes 24:39
7. Alisa Cackett 25:18
8. Sally Withington 26:12
9. Mags McHardy 26:52
10. Donna Redvers Jones 27:15
11. Emily Birbeck 28:51
12. Louise McGovern 29:02 3 Claire Liversage 30:53
14. Jane Winstone 34:11
15. Sharon Price 35:37
16. Kris Patience 35:41
17. Christine Reilly 37:59

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Female 2 dog

1. Adele Antcliff 18:37
2. Karen Connal 23:27
3. Sarah Miles Griffiths 25:21
4. Pippa Hardwick 25:59
5. Fiona Lampkin 27:40
6. Jenny Mair 29:39
7. Lynne Davies 31:50
8. Viv Black 31:53
9. Lynette Johnson 37:39

2 dog female winners

Junior

1. Lucy Matthews 18:14

1st Place Junior Lucy Matthews

2. Emily Hampton 25:46

Emily Hampton 2nd Junior

Male Open

1. Chris Antcliff 16:34

Chris Antcliff 1st Male U40

2. James Slack 16:54

James 1       James Slack 2nd Mens U40

3. Huw Owen 17:56

Huw Owen 3rd place Men U40

4. James Leonard 18:10

5. Joe Easter 19:03

6. Emyr Gibson 20:47

Male 40+

1 Jim Urwin 18:05

James Irwin 1st Men 40+

2 Keith Johnson 18:57

3 Emlyn Roberts 19:18

4 Colin Reid 19:22

5 Kaylyn Grote 21:05

6 Trevor Clarke 21:50

7 Mike Flatt 21:57

8 Dave Litchfield 23:43

9 Hywel Jones 30:49

Male 2 dog

1 Gareth Bower 16:31

2 Douglas McKinnon 17:49

2nd Place Male 2 dog Douglas McKinnon (1)

3 John Kennedy 18:17

4 Carl Panter 18:51

5 Ali Black 19:46

6 Paul Taylor 25:55

This has been a massively successfully event with a full entry and people coming from all over the UK, along with talk about making it an annual event. A great opportunity to experience the exquisite North Wales location. All the winners adored their CSJ goody bags and rosettes.

Photography by: raeprincephotography.co.uk

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Jenny, Tiga and Yogi at the Trophee des Montagnes in the French Alps!

253Tiga at TDM 2014 VS9
From Jenny Brown , Runners Retreat
Hi Ceri
We survived!
I registered both Tiga and Yogi so they were able to share the races, Tiga did 7 races and Yogi 3. Yogi did the long 12 km race and finished 3rd in his first ever race getting a podium place at the resort.  We were lying in 4th place overall chasing hard for 3rd and trying to stay ahead of 5th and it was only in the last race that we clinched 3rd place overall in my age category.
No sooner were we back home and we were out tracking missing dogs – only possible with the help of a good quality food from CSJ and topped up with extra energy from the Fruit & Mutt bars. 
I have just placed an order for Tiga using his paw points and paid for an additional 2 bags for a friend who is now on CSJ.
I hope you like the photos!
Jenny, Tiga & Yogi
CSJ blog team – 10 races in 9 days up and down the mountains – we’re impressed. Love the photos and hearing about how you got on!

 

The amazing story of Oscar and Tracy Evans

From Tracy Evans

Baby OscarOscar is my rescue GSD X Husky, he came into my life almost 5 years ago. He was 7mths old and weighed 10kg. We were his forth and forever home.   The first dog trainer we went to said he should be put down. We then found a behavouralist, started having 1 to 1 lessons and then progressed to dog training classes.

Oscar has always had lots of energy

He does Canicross and Agility he also does Good Citizen Classes and Search training to keep him busy.

After 6 months of practice, we entered our first Canicross race ran by CaniX and sponsored by CSJ. I was having problems with Oscar’s diet, as I am a Nurse, I know the importance of good nutrition for health, I was also aware that Oscar’s nutrition had been poor. He was on a diet of complete biscuits mixed with complete wet food which was the only way he would eat. We looked up our local supplier and also found a hydrotherapist. Oscar eats CP30 for tea every night; he also has Poppets, CSJ Herbs and Pemmikan for long distance races.

Thanks to Oscar, I’ve got more energy too!

When I first got Oscar I was over 13 1/2 stone, (I stopped weighing myself at that point).  But with all the exercise Oscar needed – initially only walking till he was 18 months old because of his development, I now weigh about 9 stone thanks to Oscar.

Oscar isn’t particularly fast as a Canicross dog over 5km, but he loves to run. So we decided to try longer distances and we decided to run a half marathon with some friends. We completed our first half marathon at Caythorpe on 9th march, we also entered a img001relay team for the Green Man Ultra,  running almost 16 miles over the day on the first and last leg. Oscar enjoys the longer runs and starts pulling at 6 miles.

We still enjoy our 5km races though and had a fantastic weekend at the BSSF Sled dog race in Thetford, It was our first sled dog race and we are looking forward to doing more next season. We also plan to do some Bikejor racing, now I know Oscar has more stamina than I thought.

We will be concentrating on our Agility over the summer and we have just started training with a new trainer, as Oscar is starting to enjoy the obstacles rather than just running round them. We have a couple of triathlons planned, which should be great fun. One is in April with Canicross, Obedience and Agility. There is another one in June with a short and very early run, an Obedience challenge and an open water swim for both of us.

Keep up with Oscar’s amazing adventures in his diary inside Your Dog magazine

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Cani-Sports Scotland update

Janis Mcarthur
Cani-Sports Scotland
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It took me nearly a week to recover from
the CanineMax World Championships in
Pembrey that CSJ sponsored, what a 
fantastic weekend I had and so did the 
44 "team Scotland"! We came home with two
golds, a few silvers and a ton of bronze 
medals along with plenty of food :-)

Thank you so much for sponsoring our events. 
We've had lots of positive feedback from the 
runners that they like the prizes and have 
seen the benefits from the salmon oil and 
the dogs go crazy for the fishcuits.

Today Cani-Sports Scotland had the pleasure of taking part in the
Jedburgh running festival in the Scottish Borders. There was the 
ultra, half, 10k & 6.5k cani-cross race with plenty of mud.

The prizes went down a treat and it seems no one reads the labels on 
the Fruit 'n Mutt bars as more people were seen eating them - lol.

Here are a few pics from today's race, Colin is one of our longest 
cani-cross runners who's competed regularly at Canix Events (sporting 
his jacket). He's been using CSJ for years and was recommending 
it to our runners today. So just a huge thanks for supporting our 
events :-)CSS6
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