meet our volunteers

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Joanne and Murphy

ambassador and group volunteer

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.

jason and skye

ambassador and group volunteer

I have been running on and off for about 15 years. I would run with our older dog who is now 12 but only on a handheld lead. After having Skye in December 2020, we started to attend puppy training classes the following spring. They recommended contacting Anne-Marie to try running with a harness and line. Our first class was in December 2021 and have been attending regularly ever since. We both look forward to attending the classes, although Syke only knows we are attending as we drive down the lane and you can hear her excitement.

 

Skye is full of drive and loves to run, so much that we’ll do around 3 miles before the class starts just so she’s spent enough energy to have a little less ‘bounce’. During the first 6 months of coming to the classes with Anne-Marie I have gained so much knowledge and confidence with handling Skye. Anne-Marie has taught me how to read Skye so I’m now able to know how she’s going to react and pre-empt the situation.

 

I feel that we are now ready to move to the next stage and are looking for a few local events or competitions to enter, something which we couldn’t have achieved without the support from Anne-Marie.

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lizzie and molly

group

ambassador

Molly was a rehome dog who was advertised as a suitable canicross dog and she has more than proved herself as such. Both Lizzie and Molly have been attending running sessions over the past few months and have completed various challenges together. Lizzie continues to train with the different groups of dogs and has recently begun her bikejor journey.

ABBIE AND PIP

group

ambassador

Abbie has been canicrossing since January 2022 and has developed a real love of running her dog. As a lockdown puppy, Pip got to experience lots of different places but never got the chance to explore the outdoors in groups. Since attending classes, Pip has excelled herself and now regularly shows off her skills supporting newer runners.

Since Pip has shown such talent for learning, she has now become a bikejor dog as well, helping her humum explore the forest in new ways. They are even entered into their first race in October!

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