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ACTION IS THE FIRST STEP TOWARDS

SUCCESS

Make this year YOUR year!

 

ABOUT ME

I am a canicross coach, based in the Newark and Sherwood forest area on the outskirts of Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire. I run a canicross coaching group, teaching those who are brand new to the sport as well as those looking to develop their running skills with their dogs and embark upon their first races.

 

I am a Cani-Fit trained canicross leader, with over 9 years of experience of running dogs in harnesses. Having strong knowledge of coaching and fitness is important to developing the skills necessary for success. Helping others realise their potential is my passion.​ If you want to work from couch to 5k, or just want someone to teach you more about canicross, then get in touch and we can have a chat.

Our achievements include racing in local events with all three of our dogs, as well as racing in National Championship races with The British Sleddog Sports Federation and ranking top 5 for the last two series. This year we achieved 3rd at a National Championship and have raced as part of Team GB at the World Championships in France.

I have regular training runs covering Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire, Bassetlaw and Sherwood, which are open to beginners as well as those with more experience. I offer face to face coaching as well as distance coaching to help you on your canicross journey. We also have a team of volunteers who support our runs.

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ENABLING YOU TO GET OUT AND ENJOY MORE WITH YOUR DOG

We love spending time with our dogs and enjoying the great outdoors. One of our biggest satisfactions comes from seeing people really bond and realise that they are capable of more than they first thought.

We have three core beliefs:

1 – Canicross and cani-sport is about much more than being the fastest in the group

2 – If you are up for it, you’ll learn more than you thought you would and discover that you are capable of so much more than you originally thought

3 – It is not about us, it is about you and your own ambitions or goals, our job is to help you reach those goals and enjoy the journey along the way.

Our volunteers

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Joanne and Murphy

I started running a few years ago as a way of keeping fit and entering races to give my training some purpose. However, when we got Murphy I decided I really wanted to run with him. It made my runs more enjoyable and I loved doing something that made me feel connected to him. Over time I started to feel guilty running without him and during 2022 I started to look further into canicross so I can run more with him, learn to run properly with him and with the aim to eventually enter some races with him! 

Over the time I have been coming to sessions I have seen a huge improvement in Murphy's behaviour when he runs in regards to socialising and he wants to work hard (well most of the time!). It's a fantastic feeling when you finally think they have started to 'get it!' but as much as anything I have a fantastic and competitive sport where I can spend time with him and it's made me and him fitter. I am running faster now than I ever have! He also wants to get his harness on and gets excited when we drive down the road so I also know he is enjoying the sessions.

Current achievements

So far this year, we have been racing in the British Championships, where we came 3rd in the DCWV class and we are heading off to the IFSS World Championships as part of Team GB.
We have also completed training specific to fell, hill, mountain and trail running with England Athletics and hold Level 3 Outdoor First Aid as well as Level 3 Pediatric First Aid.
I also hold a Level 3 certificate as Designated Safeguarding Lead and assist others in developing their safeguarding policies.
This year has seen us feature in various news articles about running with dogs and we hope to continue this in the future.
Our wellness programme with Notts Police has been well received and we look forward to rolling this out to other services. If you would like to introduce canicross to your workplace, please get in touch.
There are lots more things to come....
What a PAWSOME year so far!