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Organiser's Description

Entries opening Friday 18th August at 8pm

THE BLACK DOG 5k - Held in Memory of Becky Johnson

Cani-sports Scotland invites you to our Famous Beach Race

Saturday 16 September 2023 10.10am (when the tide is out as far as it will go)
just under
5k (2.68 Miles) one race no short course 7-10's must be acompanied by an adult at all times

Briefing will be online and by email in advance no on the day briefing, Race off at 10.10am number collection from 9am 

Pettycur Sands, Pettycur Bay, Kinghorn, Burntisland, Fife, KY3 9SB

Medals 1st - 3rd in all Age Group/Categories - Male & Female, 2 dog Male & Female
Juniors (11-14), Kids (7-10 acompanied by an adult)

The Rebecca Johnston Memorial Trophy will be awarded to the fastest runner on the beach with Memorial Trophies for Juniors and 2 dog runners

The Happy Go Lucky Dog Company Limited voucher prizes for 1st, 2nd & 3rd in each category

Entry fee £20 entries close Sunday 9th September or when race is full, entries will launch at 8pm Friday 18th August


COURSE the course is an out and back on Pettycur Sands to the Back Rock round the rock (you will get your feet wet) and back a distance is just under 5k.
It will be a mass start with runners spread out across a wide start line on the beach, plenty space, if you want to start on your own you may do so after the mass start, please contact the organisers to arrange an individual start.

RESTRICTED ENTRY For parking and mass start reasons the entry for this race is capped at 100 runners with no waiting list.

DOGS must be a year old on the day of the race, bitches in season are not permitted to race and should be kept well away from the start / finish area and not taken on or near the course if brought to the event. Pregnant or nursing bitches are not permitted to race. 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 who lunge at or attack other dogs in the race at anytime will be disqualified, if this happens to you you must inform the organisers as soon as you finish complaints must be made at the time not later on social media, see our complaints policy.

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.

For infection control reasons there wil be no communal water for dogs at the finish, a large fresh water container will be available please bring your own bowl for watering your dog or return to your vehicle promptly after you finish.

If your dog needs to cool of after its run please choose a spot in the sea that doesn't interfere with finishing runners or members of the public using the beach.

BORROWED DOGS It is presumed that you are running with your own dog. If you must borrow a dog to race with you can only run in 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. Borowed dogs cannot be entered in the 2 dog category.

CHILDREN runners age 7 - 10, on the day of the race, must be accompanied by an adult who is also attached to the dog, on foot (no bikes). Accompaning adults are there for safety only and should not handle the dog for the child at any point during the race, the adult must not run ahead of the dog, encourage it or command it in anyway and should cross the finish line behind the child and dog. 

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 would be able to handle the dog alone. All children attending the event to run or spectate must be supervised by an adult at all times and instructed not to approach dogs they do not know.

START/FINISH the start / finish of all races will be on the beach. Finish will be a marked by cones narrowing to the end, please stay in your finish order especialy if you finished in a group of runners, to allow the timers to note your number and finish position.

START The race will be a mass start at 10.10am each runner should take a space, if its to close move to the outside, its your responsibiity to find a space or to start behind, a few seconds lost at the start can be gained by not getting fankled or having dogs try to play with each other at the start. Some dogs will do better and have more motivation to move forward/chase if you start behind the pack. 

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.

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 the entry to another runner. If you need to transfer between classes, i.e. one dog to two dog, this must be done by email, before entries close and start the list is published (entries usually close the Sunday before each race). 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. 

CANCELLATION Should the race have to be cancelled or postponed in advance by the organiser decision full refunds will be given to all entrants however should the race have to be cancelled at the last minute for reason beyond the organisers control, in the event of bad weather, making the course too dangerous to run we will refund as much as we can after paying any expences already incurred.
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 travelling.

PARKING There are 2 public car parks in Kinghorn one near the beach at the end of Pettycur Road and the other at the Community center about a 10min warm up jog or 15/20 min walk from the beach, there is also on street parking, please respect the locals and their drivways if parking on street. 

TOILETS There are public toilets near the lifeboat station opposite Kinghorn beach and 0.5 of a mile from race start. We will rent a blue tardis chemical toilet. DO NOT pee in public as the whole beach and race is overlooked by houses and this may jepordise future events. We will hire in a chemical toilet and site it near the car park.

BEACH Please respect the venue. Leave no litter. Clean up after your dog in all areas and on the course. 

FOOD There will be no catering van at this event please bring your own food and flask or use local shops and cafes. A very nice cafe "Carosel" up Pettycur Road and by the additional parking and public toilets. There is also a nice chip shop in Burntisland.

CAMPING No camping available at the start. Local Campsite

SAFETY Please listen to or READ the race briefing email carefully and follow 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.
There may be other park users on the course, please respect them, give way and let them know you are coming.

CONDUCT Please treat other competitors, marshals, other beach users and organisers with respect. No verbal or physical abuse will be tolerated. A dog that attacks, bites or harms another dog or human will be disqualified.

COMPLAINTS Should be made on the day directly to the race director, any complaint regarding an issue that may alter the results due to disqualification or potential timing error must be made within 20 mins of the last runner finishing. You may be asked to put your complaint in writing. A fee of £25 will be taken and refunded if your complaint is upheld.

PRIZEGIVING will be held near the steps to the beach as soon as we have processed the results approx 12pm.

RESULTS Official results will be on as soon after the event as possible, usually by 6pm once the race organisers are back in wifi land. NOTE any results will be Provisional untill listed as FINAL on the notes section.

Emergency Vet  Albavet, Nicol Street Kirkcaldy  01592 641333


Cani-Sports Scotland
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

Date: 16/09/2023

10:10:00 - 12:00:00

Status: Closed

Total Places: 100

Places Available: ??



Karen Connal



Pettycur Sands Pettycur Bay, Kinghorn Burntisland, Fife KY3 9SB