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Organiser's Description

Welcome to CSS Strathallan Castle Races - 2 day event 20th & 21th of April 2024

Strathallan Castle, Auchterarder PH3 1JZ

Usually 10am for Long course 11:15am for short but we can move earlier if forcast is for warm weather.
Full race information is emailed to all entries by the Wednesday before the race and posted on our website. 

1st - 3rd Male & Female in age group categories*
1st - 3rd Male & Female in Junior Canicross
Little Kids Canicross Fun Run - Medals for all runners.

Entry fees Adult Canicross £20
Kids, Juniors, Short course/Fun Run £10
Little Kids £1 (-£9 discount applied at checkout)

*All race distances to be confirmed but will be approximate 5k Canicross,  Short course, Juniors & Kids 2k


DOGS You must run with a dog no non-dog runners may race (unless deemed to be too warm). A dog name must be included with your entry. Dogs must be a year old on the day of the race (18 months for bikejor), in season, pregnant or lactating bitches are not permitted to race. Bitches in Season should be kept well away from the start / finish area and not taken on or near the course if brought to the event.
Dogs must be kept on the lead at all times during the race and should not be run in a slip lead, check/choke chain, head collar, flexie lead or any collar that restricts breathing, if a muzzle is required it should be of the wire greyhound racing style. For your dogs comfort we suggest they run in a suitable harness, some equipment may be available for sale or hire on the day.
Dogs should not be brought to the event if they are coughing or have recently been in contact with infectious disease. It is the owners responsibility to ensure their dog is fit and healthy before racing. If in doubt consult your vet.
A dog may only run in one 5k event per day. If a dog runs the junior 2.5k class or short course and the owner is happy with the dogs fitness it may also run in the 5k class.

BORROWED DOGS It is presumed that you are running with your own dog. If you must borrow a dog to race with you may only enter a single dog category, you should be familiar with each other, have trained together prior to the race, the handler should be aware of the dogs behavior in a race environment and be responsible for its care throughout the event. You will not be permitted to race with a borrowed dog that you have only just met. 

AGE GROUPS Are for runners age on day of race, the organiser has the right to split or combine age gender/groups/classes based on numbers entered. To split an age group, gender or class at least 6 entries required in each category.
Our age groups, subject to entries should be: 7-10, 11-15, 16-24. 25-39, 40-49, 50+, 60+ 2 dog - male and female if enough entries are recieved to merit a split.

SEEDED STARTS Race starts are staggered and seeded for safety and to minimise overtaking. Please put your current 5k personal best time on the entry form (if you dont know please estimate). The fastest racers may be seeded on historic results if we think the given time is unrealistic and your position in the start list would mean multiple overtakes are likley. Please give an accurate PB as manual manipulations add to the time it takes to process the race.

CHILDREN runners age 7 - 10, on the day of the race, must be accompanied by an adult 18+ WHO IS KNOWN TO THE CHILD and also attached to the dog, on foot (no bikes). 11 - 15 year olds can run alone but may have an adult with them if desired. The adult is there for safety only the child must handle the dog themselves. The child and dog should cross the finish line first, before the accompaning adult. It is presumed that children will be running a family dog, if they must borrow a dog to race with it should be of an appropriate size and strength that the child could handle the dog alone without adult assistance.

LITTLE KIDS A fun run with medals for all finishers will be held for children age 6 and under who can walk 200m, they will run after the short course runners for the full race expereince. Little Kids must be accompanied by a parent or close family member and run with an appropriate sized preferably family dog, no need to be attached to the dog i.e. this run is for canicross families only (so don't bring your neighbours kid who has never been near a canicros race before). Entries will be £1 will be dontated to the chosen charity. The distance will be short (they can run or walk as short or far as they like).

KIDS RACES /SHORT COURSE / FUN RUN is a shorter option for adults or for those wanting to have a go at canicross, adults wanting to accompany their 7-10 kids and enter the fun run/short course can do so and are welcome to share a dog. Kids may only run a single dog but an adult may run one or 2 dog in the short couse fun run (put both dogs names in the one file on entry form) NOTE There are no prizes for the Adults Fun Run. Enter the short course option.

INSURANCE The race will be covered by event/public liability insurance but all racers and spectators attend the event and run at their own risk. It is recommended that you hold personal liability insurance for canicross an or bikejor racing.

CHANGES TO ENTRIES Changes to entries must be made by email only to substituting of dogs is allowed, and can be made on the day, but we are unable to transfer an entry to another runner. If you need to transfer between classes, i.e. one dog to two dog or long course to short course etc., this should be done before entries close and the start the list is published (entries close the Sunday before at midnight). Start list is published in advance to pick up any minor errors errors only. There is no refund available if you withdraw from the event. If you must withdraw due to injury etc. but marshal instead your entry can be transfered to a future race.

CANCELLATION Should the race have to be cancelled or postponed for reason beyond the organisers control or in the event of bad weather, making the course too dangerous to run on, the organisers reserve the right to take expenses already incurred from entry fees before using any remaining moneys to refund entrants. To claim a refund competitor(s) should send a self addressed and stamped envelope to the organiser within a month of the event date. NOTE it is the entrants responsibility to check the race is still on before traveling, the organisers will, post on facebook, and email all entrants if there are any last minute changes - please check your email before traveling.

FACILITIES Please respect the facilities and venue. Clean up after your dog, this includes poop and excessive dog hair, in all areas on the estate and on the course
Toilets will be blue plastic chemical toilets. Bring suitable changes of clothes, towels wet wipes with you. Keep dogs on the lead in all areas the venue, car park, camping area, near livestock and on the course. 

CASTLE GARDENS please do not wander up to the castle even for photographs, this is their garden and they have dogs which are shut away during the race, keep to the camping area, no walking in castle woods outwith race time. Clean up all dog mess and dont leave poop bags to collect later as you will and did forget and we nearly lost this venue because of poop bags left on the fountain.

CAMPING Camping is available for tents, on flat grass, and caravans, vans etc but must be prebooked at time of entry. £10 for per night Friday and Saturday nights only.
Marshals camp for free on the day they help (marshals must book camping by email

EVENING SOCIAL A social is planned for Saturday evening. 

SAFETY Please listen to the race briefing and marshals instructions. If your dog(s) are likely to be noisy and excited please do not bring them to the race briefing so that everyone can clearly hear safety instructions.
Human and Canine firstaiders are on duty at all events wearing high viz yellow vests, please ask if you or your dog are in need of help. 

COMPLAINTS Any complaints must be made on the day as soon after any incident as possible. We are unable to deal with complaints fairly after the event by email or on social media a face to face chat on the day resolves most issues. Dont leave the venue without speaking to one of the organisers. 

TRADE STANDS Are welcome by arrangement (contact Karen see below) 
EMERGENCY VET Fair City Veterinary Group, 32 York Place, PERTH, PH2 8EH, Tel: 01738 623210


Cani-Sports Scotland
RACE DIRECTOR - Karen Connal, 40 Netherhouse Avenue, Lenzie. G66 5NG Tel:  0777 904 1322


The organiser has included pricing details in the Organiser's Description

For each sign-up, the organiser pays the Service Fee of 4% (min 50p). You pay no surcharge

Dates and Status

Closing Date: 15 Apr 2024 11:59

Places Available/Total: ??/300

Status: Closed

CSS Strathallan Castle Races - 16+ Canicross Sunday21 Apr 2024
CSS Strathallan Castle Races - Short Canicross 7+ Sunday21 Apr 2024


Karen Connal



Strathallan Castle Auchterarder PH3 1JZ