CSJ sponsors 35th Aviemore Sled Dog Rally

aviemore-sled-dog-rally (1)We are proud to announce that in 2018 we are the main sponsors of the Siberian Husky Club of Great Britain Aviemore Sled Dog Rally.

To be held on 27th and 28th January, at Glenmore, the race will feature teams of between two and eight dogs pulling their musher on a sled around a four to seven mile trail. If there’s no snow at ground level for the event, the races will still go on with mushers using a three-wheeled rig that looks like a tricycle without a seat.

From an original of only 12 teams, the annual race is now the largest event of its kind in the UK, with over 1,000 sled dogs and 250 mushers taking part. CSJ’s founder Ceri Rundle said, “We have been involved in this exciting sport for many years with numerous successful mushers using our food so are delighted to have been given the opportunity to support the biggest event in British sled dog racing.”

To see more about our involvement in all canine activities visit www.csjk9.com

Not even a tree can get in the way of Team Spalding’s success

By Colin Spalding

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We attended our Final race of the season at Bowlands Trails near Blairgowrie at the weekend and on a very technical, wet, muddy trail.

I was out first on the bike with Dexter and in very difficult conditions for the bike. I had a high speed crash which resulted in me having a head on collision with a tree which resulted in my helmet being cracked all the way through and me with heavy bruising to the left hand side of my body. I managed to complete the trail and lie in 3rd place.

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After medical attention, I decided to continue with the rest of my races that day and finished day 1 with a 2nd in the 2 dog nordic scooter and 1st in the 1 dog open scooter.

On day 2 although i was still very sore we had 3 good runs and we moved up to 2nd on the bike and first in the 2 dog nordic scooter and 1st in the 1 dog open scooter. Once again we are so proud of our dogs and what they have achieved this season they have exceeded all our expectations.

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We would like to thank CSJ Canine Specialist Foods for their support and products that have kept the dogs in peak condition throughout the season.

Main achievements for season 2017

3 teams selected to represent team GB in the European Championships. Dexter in the 1 dog Bikejor, cupar in the 1 dog scooter and Diamond and Granite in the 2 dog scooter

Diamond and Granite – Winners of 2 dog Aviemore 2017

British championship overall race series

  • Dexter getting a bronze medal in the bikejor
  • Cupar a silver in the 1 dog scooter
  • Diamond and Granite silver in the 2 dog nordic scooter

We also placed in the top 3 in every race we entered throughout the season.

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Big comeback for Beth and Danny

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Wonderful news from Beth and Danny Fitzgerald
By Bethan Fitzgerald
“Danny’s knee is so far better than ever and he’s out on his bike a lot strengthening it up.
 
We’ve been keeping busy with a litter of 10 puppies.They are three weeks old now and doing fine, mum is great but I’m sure she will be walking away in the next week leaving me with all the hard work!!!!
All the dogs are on CP30 and salmon oil at the moment and looking fab.We have been given our best dog, Charlie back from Keith Johnson so Danny is over the moon as he has been able to continue to compete. So far since Danny’s op in December,he has won the two BSSF races which makes him the British Champion in the Elite bike class.
 
The plan next season for me will be getting back on the scooter with Pepsi and Danny will be racing Charlie on the bike. As Danny is ranked number one in the U.K. he has qualified for the World Championships in Poland this November which he will be attending.
 
Out of the litter, we will be picking one boy to race in the future which means I get Charlie and Pepsi for a two dog team – so it looks like we are back in the sport!!!
 
We are planning to race at the British championships next year where I will also continue to be the Team Vet.”
Welcome back to the sport and to the CSJ team, Bethan and Danny.

Aviemore 2 dog champions for 2017

By Suzanne Spalding

This weekend we took part in the 34th running of the Siberian Husky Club of Great Britain Aviemore rally with over 1000 dogs competing and large crowds lining the course.

We were racing in the 2 dog class with Diamond and Granite our 4 year old girls and after the draw on the Friday, we were the team out last, but had a good clean run on the physically challenging 4 mile Glenmore trail. We passed 8 teams to finish 4th after the first run 10.6 secs behind 1st place in a very close competitive field.

1st place by 2.9 seconds!

On the Sunday the course was covered in a blanket of snow which completely changed the conditions. We had a storming 2nd run to move up to 1st place by 2.9 seconds and become Aviemore 2 dog champions for 2017.

We are so proud of our girls and all they have achieved and would like to say a huge thank you to CSJ specialist canine foods for their continued support.

If anybody would like further information in running their dogs please feel free to contact us on: 078777 39590 email: suzy15@hotmail.co.uk

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BSSF British National Championships Race results from Colin Spalding

By Suzanne Moore

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We attended races 3 & 4 of the BSSF British National Championships at Newborough Forest Angelsey North Wales at the weekend. The course was 3.2 miles long with the first mile on soft sand which made it all very challenging.

Results

In the 2 dog scooter Diamond and Granite ran well over the 2 days to come away with the silver medal. In the elite open bikejor Dexter ran well on the Saturday on his first race on sand and ran 46 seconds quicker on the Sunday to come away with a great 4th place. Cupar running in the open scooter had 2 great runs to come away with a 4th position. He continues to put in amazing performances for a dog approaching 9 years old. The level of competition was extremely high with some great times being recorded.

We would like to thank our sponsors CSJ Specialist Canine Feeds for their continued support.

Our next race is the SDAS championship race at Rothes near Elgin on 21st & 22nd Jan with the SHCGB race at Aviemore the following weekend 28th & 29th Jan.

 

Sleddog & Bikejor Silver Success from Colin Spalding

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We have been racing in our first race of the season this weekend at the IFFS world cup race and BSSF British chamionship race at Bowlands Trail…. On a very physical technical course and despite crashing 7 times in 6 races, we came home with 3 silver medals:

  • Dexter in the open elite bikejor
  • Cupar in the 1 dog open scooter
  • Diamond and Granite in the 2 dog Nordic scooter.

There were 30 teams with 600 dogs were at the event. Our next race is the European Championships at Thetford from 18th to 20th Nov, so some hard work from now until then for the dogs and myself.

A huge thanks to CSJ for supporting our teams.

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December highs from Beth and Danny Fitzgerald

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Our last race of 2015 and we finish on a high! The trails were muddy, hilly and fun! Danny took home Gold with his 4 dog team, achieving the fastest time of the whole rally! And Beth was also won Gold with her two dogs too, Bryn and Gimli.

Half the trail was fast but the other half was a slow incline with so much mud so it was hard for the musher to get grip. It all came down to the dogs strength and fitness to get the Gold and they did us proud one more.

A little rest and back to full training for next month, the dogs are doing fantastic, getting CP30, Go On! herbs, Storm Canis® and Salmon Oil. Salmon oil is great in the winter to keep their coats and skin in top condition for fending off the mud and keeping them warm.

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