Top dogs are world’s best
ONE man and his dog have been crowned fastest after scooping gold at the first-ever dog-running world championships.
Ian Reade, from Swin-don, won the Masters category and was a member of the winning men’s relay team at the inaugural CSJ CanineMax CaniX World Championships, which were held at Pembrey Country Park, Carmarth-enshire last weekend.
Ian competed alongside Jet, his black Labrador, and they had the quickest overall times over the two days to become the championship winners in their class over the 5km course.
Such was the standard of competition that Ian was just eight seconds quicker than the second placed runner.
Additionally, on the Sunday Ian teamed up with three other male runners to win the men’s relay category, over a shorter 1.25km course.
Ian, 49, an IT manager for Swindon primary schools, has been competing in CaniX events for the last seven years in the UK Championship series of races.
At the award ceremony on Sunday, Ian and Jet were presented with the first prize which consisted of a medal, rosette, a £500 cheque and dog treats courtesy of sponsor CSJ.
Ian said: “I never felt so nervous in an event, I felt the pressure was extreme. We ran our hearts out and came out on top, not only in the individual event but also in the relay.
“What a wonderful event for all those who competed. The course was a challenge for us all but it made for a tight competition in the end.
“It was lovely to see runners and their dogs from other countries too.”
CaniX (pronounced cani-cross) involves running a 5km or 2km cross country course whilst attached via a waist-belt and lead to a harnessed dog. Competitors can either run with one or two dogs, or choose to use a bikejor (bike) or scoot (scooter) around the course, with a dog pulling in front.
There have been several events held at Lydiard Park over the last few years and are always well-attended by dog owners in the area.
The categories are divided into male and female competitors, and are run in age ranges for the running competitors, but the ages are grouped together in the bikejor and scoot classes.
Last weekend’s event attracted over 140 entries, with competitors travelling from as far as Belgium, Spain and New Zealand as well as from all over England, Scotland and Wales.
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