By Mark Laker
As lockdown gradually eases in most parts of the UK, people are adapting to the new ways of living and working with Covid-19. I’ve recently changed roles in my daily work life and having a vertual interview, meeting my new colleagues and team all online virtually, has been an interesting experience. Going into an office is an unlikely prospect for me until sometime in 2021.
Talking about new roles, my successor as Agility Team GB Manager, Greg Derrett is now in place. I’ve been in touch with Greg a few times and offered my support as he gets up to speed in the role… although I don’t think it’ll take him too long. Greg has a wealth of experience and a lot of passion for our sport – I’m sure he’ll do a great job.
It’s strange times for many sports
Some activities are still very much stopped, others are easing their way back and the more innovative ones are finding new ways to play. I’ve spoken to people who are taking stock of their interests… dare I say life, and considering their future direction in this new Covid-19 world. Many people have already adapted to a different way to life over the last four months and are enjoying spending more time with their families, appreciating the natural world more, taking more exercise and making different use of their time.
As someone interested in psychology, the ability of humans to adapt and change according to our environment both fascinates and worries me. I’m shocked how people can be so destructive to one another and our world, but also amazed by how creative and resourceful we can be too.
One things for sure, those of us reading this article will always gravitate and find solace in our dogs.
Enjoy the summer and your dogs.
From Virginia Harry and the CSJ Agility Open Team
After watching you all perform over the last four days I can absolutely confirm that you all deserve your Win On Spot… You were all fabulous to watch, your phenomenal handling and training skills – it was an honour. Especial congrats, of course, to Steven Richardson, #sponsoredbycsj, for winning the 500 category. Happy now, Steve???
From left to right – Jo Tristram and Brite, Steve Richardson and Digit, David Wright, Ashleigh Butler and Sully, and Sarah McLean with Milo (holding her puppy, Ember).
Well done to you all! The top three in the CSJ National Final in the 400 height were:
- 1st Samantha Towe and Franky
- 2nd Becci Chant and Jaffa
- 3rd Abigail Doxford and Wiggy
Well done to these three competitors who have all been a total joy to watch this weekend. Such skills! The top three in the CSJ National Final in the 600 height were:
- 1st Ola Kordas and Dessa
- 2nd Anthony Clarke and Ava
- 3rd Joanne Tristram and Brite
Steve Seale gets it together when it counts! Huge congrats to Steven Richardson and Digit and Karen Marriott and the national treasure that is Puzzle. The top three in the CSJ National Final in the 500 height were:
- 1st Steve Seale and Flec
- 2nd Steven Richardson and Digit
- 3rd Karen Marriott and Puzzle
And not forgetting the ‘Smalls’, known here as the ‘300s’. Fantastic effort, ladies. Lucy Osborne-Norton – running well! Roz Quail, on form as per last year. Amazing. And Sarah Mclean – I think I’ve said it all on other posts… props, lady. You and your dogs are awesome. The top three in the CSJ National Final in the 300 height were:
- 1st Lucy Osborne and Fling
- 2nd Sarah McLean and Milo
- 3rd Roz Quail and Tula
The WAO 2020 super win on spots for England, Scotland and Wales have been published. We’re looking forward to seeing everyone in the Netherlands in May 2020.
The winners of the future prospects award have been announced. Congratulations to them all.
Pentathlon Agility 1
Today’s course plans
First round CSJ Agility Open and Hayley Laches and Atom nail a 3rd place in the 600 height! What a great start.
Steven Richardson and Digit win their height in the Steeplechase 1 class!
Sarah Hamblin and Princess Karma were the first to run in the CSJ Agility Open’s first class, Pentathlon Agility 1.
Snooker… Here’s Steven Richardson and Future having a go and finishing in 11th place.
Taming Canines Dog-Sports Team
A ‘tail’ of two halves, the one in which Atom leaves his ears at obstacle 3 and gets them back at 8! Fantastic second half. The second half of this run is amazing…. Hayley doesn’t break out of a walk!
Two fabulous runs from Steven Richardson is in the Pentathlon Jumping 1, putting him 2nd with Digit, so far, and 3rd with Future. This superb run puts them in 1st place in Pent Agility 1 – for now! Also a nice run from Future…. that’s a very tricky weave entry!
Pentathlon Agility 1 results
See you tomorrow for Day 2
Superb photos here from Simon Peachey on the CSJ Agility Open Facebook page.
More Pentathlon Agility
Remember, you can watch all the action on 4 Legged Flix YouTube channel.