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What do i need?

  • Cross-country trainers are a very good idea. You are likely to get very muddy and it could be quite slippery in places.

  • Normal running clothing is fine, but do have a look at our club kit too.

  • Your dog will need a suitable harness for running in. 

  • You will also need a belt to run in. 

  • However, don't let this put you off, we have a huge kit bag with everything in it which you may need. You are able to borrow kit on any Club Run once you have become a member (as well as at your first 3 'free' runs).

  • Our members will also be able to provide advice and guidance on which kit works for them.


What's the distance?

  • Wessex Canicross prides itself on being incredibly inclusive. 

  • Each weekend we work hard to have at least two runs. One for the more able group and one for the slightly more social group.

  • The Facebook post will show the different distances and speeds being offered each week, so there will be no surprises when you arrive.

  • If you would like something slightly different one week, then please do suggest it as we are always looking for new Run Leaders.

  • If you're new to it all and our slower runs still feel very daunting, don't panic, we aim to have at least 2 beginner/improvers' runs per month. If you have any questions about the beginners' runs, please contact the beginners' run co-ordinator.


Which dogs are allowed?

  • There is no restriction on dog breeds allowed on our runs. The most important thing is that your dog is ready, willing and able. 

  • It is recommended that your dog is 12 months old before competing in Canicross. We believe that you know the capabilities of your own dogs, please do be aware of their growth platelets though. Start short, slow and steady.

  • We have a huge array of dog personalities in the club. Some want to be your best friend and others don't. Please don't let your dog run up to others until you know them.

  • Muzzles are allowed, but please use the basket type so your dog can pant and drink.

  • You are able to run two dogs together if you are feeling brave, but control is  of the utmost importance.