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We all began our canicross journey for different reasons. If you would like to tell us about yours, get in touch! Here are just some of our members' stories.
Craig & Bailey
Thinking of getting fit?
I first heard about Canicross Aberdeenshire when I moved to Countesswells and one of my friends asked me,"have you thought about running with your dog?".
I'd been talking about wanting to get a bit fitter, but I had never done any running before, so didn’t really know where to start or even what to wear! I thought canicross sounded like a good idea, as it meant I could get fit and take the dog out for some exercise at the same time... and the weekly Thursday run was just around the corner from my new house, so I really had no excuse for not giving it a try.
I attended the first run in 2019 and the members of Canicross Aberdeenshire made me feel welcome from the start. They didn’t mind what my fitness level was and I got to borrow some equipment to run with. My dog, Bailey, was very keen and straight away seemed to copy what the other dogs were doing in the group, which was great.
Just a few months later, I was so into my new found hobby that I couldn't imagine going for a run without Bailey! Canicross is such a great bonding experience with your dog, and when running with the other members, you and your dog become one of the pack.
I never thought this time last year that I would be running 5kms and enjoying it, but here I am. We even participated in our first canicross race with the club, Castle Fraser Canicross Day 2019. The photo you see is of me and Bailey with our medal for coming 3rd in our category!
If you are thinking about coming along to a club run, but haven't got around to it yet, all I can say is, just do it! You will be amazed how much you and your dog will enjoy it.
Gillian & Feiadh
Finding the FUN in RUNNING again
I joined Canicross Aberdeenshire in November 2019 as a way to exercise my Border Terrier, Feiadh, on cold winter nights after having a very long break from running. I was egged on in my first couple of weeks to enter a 5km race at Castle Fraser and I was very surprised that I finished as well as actually enjoying it! I was amazed at how much your dog encourages you to keep going through the usual trudge of a 5km!
Since then we have been weekly attendees in all weathers and it's been great fun with lots of lovely people, and of course, their lovely four-legged running companions too!
Susan & Jack
From Cyprus to Scotland: A Story of Success
We stumbled across the Aberdeenshire Club on Facebook and having rescued Jack (the lovable English Pointer Rescue from Cyprus) a month previously, it sounded like a safe way for him to get more exercise while being on a lead and for me to improve my fitness. Prior to this I had seen a couple of acquaintances down south taking part in canicross but really that was the sum of my knowledge of this new and growing sport. I contacted the club and was delighted to find I could borrow equipment until I decided if it was a sport for us.
On our first night, Jack seemed to take to it like a duck to water and he hasn’t looked back since. We definitely joined purely to improve my fitness and some fun for Jack was a huge bonus. I didn’t imagine we would ever race, but with some encouraging words from some of the club regulars I agreed to give it a go. Fast forward a year, and we’ve raced in Wales, England and all across Scotland! A real highlight was being part of the Scottish Canix “Furnations” Team, retaining the trophy for a second year running in 2018!
Canicross Aberdeenshire is a club made up of exceptionally friendly people, always happy to help with advice and offer encouragement. Since joining in 2017, my dog is happier and fitter, I have lost weight and improved my running times, and best of all I’ve made a whole new group of friends. Don’t have any doubts, just do it!!