Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 8°C

min temp: 4°C

Search

Dog owners take their pooches on 5km and 10km races at Thetford in cani-cross event

PUBLISHED: 16:31 24 January 2016 | UPDATED: 18:17 24 January 2016

'Fido's Forest Frenzy' - a cani-cross event in Thetford Forest.

'Fido's Forest Frenzy' - a cani-cross event in Thetford Forest.

Nearly 80 people – and even more dogs – set off from Thetford Rugby Club on Saturday for 5km and 10km races with a difference.

The Fido’s Forest Frenzy cani-cross event saw competitors race off over one of the two distance with their pooches’ leads strapped to their waists.

The activity developed among the sledding community as a way of keeping dogs active when they were not pulling sleds.

Now it is both a social and competitive past time for dog owners wanting to enjoy the fresh air with their pets.

Gill Walker, treasurer of Kings Forest Cani-Cross which organised the event, said since being set up in 2014 the group’s sessions in Suffolk have really taken off.

“We have got about 30 paid up members,” she explained. “We didn’t predict how popular this was going to be. We were really amazed.”

The races this weekend, the first competitive events run by the group, saw 77 runners take part with 88 dogs – some owners doubling up their canine companions.

“There were some spectacular times,” Mrs Walker added. “People get quite competitive. When they get in the race mode it’s very competitive.

“We had runners who came from the Peak District, the Midlands and Kent.”

Talking about the regular sessions, on weekend mornings and Monday evenings, which gave rise to the race event, Mrs Walker said: “It’s a very social thing. It’s such a great way to exercise your dogs.

“It’s social for dogs and for us and we just go out and enjoy the fresh air and getting fitter.”

There are now plans to make the races an annual occasion said Mrs Walker, who runs the club with friends Sarah Connell (chairman) and Justina Smith (secretary).

She added the feedback from both runners and marshals who help supervise the course had been fantastic and how pleasing it was to see people had enjoyed taking part.

Mrs Walker also thanked Martin Rendle of race organisers Dunerunner for helping set up the event and everyone who took part.

Search Kings Forest Cani-Cross for more information about the group.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other East Anglian Daily Times visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by East Anglian Daily Times staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique East Anglian Daily Times account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

The chief constable of Essex Police says austerity remains the force’s biggest challenge and insists the last eight years in policing have been “the toughest since wartime”.

A vintage cinema bus, jamboree and literary festival are just some of the activities booked for a bumper programme of events coming to the Shotley peninsula this summer.

A man has pleaded not guilty after being charged in connection with an alleged stabbing in Ipswich earlier this month.

Proposals for a 560-plus home development in countryside on the edge of Felixstowe have been delayed by the general election.

Frustrated town councillors in Bury St Edmunds have been told they must wait another nine months for their second new PCSO to start in the town.

As five Suffolk stars were honoured, the Queen’s Lord Lieutenant has called for more nominations to truly reflect the “fantastic” efforts of our county’s volunteers.

A huge crane lifted away a broken section of Ewell Bridge on the A12 at Kelvedon last week.

Most read

Eating Out in the Broads

cover

Click here to view
the Eating Out
supplement

View

Visit the Broads

cover

Click here to view
the Visit the Broads
supplement

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24