For this season of Canicross and scooter I thought I'd post a thread with links to races, reports on the venues (in case any of you get to race in the future) and basically how well we did. Today kicked off our first race of the season, for us anyway. Carnfield Hall Carnfield Hydrotherapy Open day. Distance: 4.5km Canicross. Today I ran with Pennie. We got there, warmed up and got into position behind our friends (who signed me up to the race - I only wanted to go and take photos!) As we were getting closer to the start line, Pen's harness broke. Luckily, her and Sol are in the same size harness so I gave her to my OH to hold, let the run director know and got his out of the car. Managed to slot in where someone hadn't turned up and off we went. The course took us along a field, round a post and back on ourselves, only with a hedge separating us from those still getting ready to run. It then followed this field around, into a wooded area. Now, they did say the dogs would love this, and Pen did.. She did mention cambers, but seriously! I had to grab hold of a tree to stop myself falling into a pond. If the sun wasn't strong, it wouldn't have been bad but it was a little bit of a surprise! After that it was a narrow camber filled and fun section through the woods, then out onto a field, round the field then back up to near the starting gate and another right into another field.. and then it was just all field. I went over slightly on an ankle due to the boggy mud so we walked a bit there, then up a hill into another field, downhill, round the perimeter and just when I thought I was done, I was asked if I'd only done 1 lap, I said no, I had to go again *note to self, listen at the briefing* I only had to do the field section again, no wooded bit. Towards the end of the last field, Pen picked up a thorn in her pad, so I had to stop and take it out. She recovered quickly. At this point, my OH had decided to come out and see if we were alright. He'd been worried we'd taken a bit longer than he anticipated. (I've not ran in months!) So he ran in front of us for the last bit to pace me out and egg Pen on. One of our friends took Louie out to run with. His OH was running with their dog and until they have a 2nd, they're borrowing Team Clown members. Louie apparently ran like a dream, though I did warn him that he would slow down if he had no one to chase and he'd likely need the toilet at some point. He didn't toilet on the course! I came in 4th; 27:05 My friend running her dog 3rd: 23:44 My friend with Louie: 19:05 (1st) We're doing something a little different for our next race. It's not really a race, it's an obstacle course, aimed at canicrossers! It felt good to get out and see familiar faces, we've not seen some of them all summer due to not racing and not training due to it being too hot.