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Crathes Canicross Day 2020

21 Mar 2020

This Festival is in a testing state, and is not open for public sign-ups until the organiser has launched it.

Organiser's Description

Canicross Aberdeenshire invites you to a day of Canicross Races on Saturday 21st March 2020

Scenic Races through the forest trails around Crathes Castle Estate, in Royal Deeside.

Based at Crathes Castle Estate, Banchory, Aberdeenshire, AB31 5QH

A range of runs/races on offer, 2km, 5km, and 10km

Race Day Schedule.

09:30-10:30 Morning Registration.

10:30 - 2km And 5km Competitors Briefing.

11:00 - 5km Race Start.

11:45 - 2km Fun Run Start.

12:30-13:30 Afternoon Registration.

13:30 - Afternoon Competitors Briefing.

14:00 - 10km Race Start

Results for each Race will be announced around 30 mins after the last runner.

Fun Run results and Race results will also be emailed out after the event.

Entry Fee For Each Race is £10, Canicross Aberdeenshire Members £6

Fun Run will be £6. This will be timed but with no awards.

** Please only enter 1 Morning event **

** Please make sure that your dog is fit for the distances you're asking it to do **


5km course is just over 5km and is on mainly natural walking paths around the predominantly flat Crathes Estate, but there are plenty undulations and turns to keep you and your dog entertained, there are some technical aspects to keep you and your pooch on your toes.

2km route is the 1st half of the 5km course, and is slighltly over 2km

10km course is new for 2020 and is best described as adventurous. The route covers all of the castle grounds, and is mostly on technical narrow tracks. You can expect features to include, jumping over fallen trees and streams, narrow rugged paths, a walkway with drops into water or knee deep mud either side and a low bridge that you'll need to watch your head on.


DOGS must be a year old on the day of the run, in season, pregnant or lactating bitches are not permitted to run. 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 to borrow on the day. (Please contact organiser in advance)

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.
 There shall be no shared drinking bowls at the event, may I please remind people to bring their own dogs water bowl and fill from water containers provided.
Depending on your dogs fitness they may run in both morning and afternoon, but please make sure your dog is fit for the distances you are asking it to do. 

BORROWED  DOGS It is presumed that you are running with your own dog. You may only run with one borrowed dog, 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.

CAR PARKING Parking will be in the lower overflow carpark for all participants, follow signs as you arrive at the venue. Please leave the main carpark free for general public.

Please note, parking charges are as follows:

£3 for the full day, Or Free with NTS membership.

The National Trust are very kindly allowing us use of the estate, please respect this by contributing to the up keep by paying to park. Failure to pay for parking will be exclusion from the event.

BRIEFING Run instructions will be emailed to all entrants and given verbally at the briefing 30mins before each start. Attendance at race briefing is mandatory for the safety of all runners on the course.

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 (Yes, your 5km time for all distances, if you dont know please estimate). The organisers may alter your start position based on historic results if they feel your position in the start list would mean multiple overtakes are likely.

START Runners will start individually at 15 second intervals in seeded order.

FINISH Drinking water will be available for both Dogs and Humans at the finish area, please bring a bowl for your dog ( This is to avoid shared bowls to help reduce the risk of spreading diseases like kennel cough). Please also bring your own drinks cup or bottle ( This to reduce the amount of waste plastic cups and bottles)

RESULTS We will announce the results approximately 30mins after the last runner for each race. We will also post the race and fun run results out via email to participants shortly after the event, and perhaps on our facebook pages too.

PRIZE GIVING Prize giving will be at the same time as results are announced. There will be awards for overall male and female, as well as positions in each class. Classes may be amalgamated depending on numbers.

CHILDREN runners age 7 - 12, on the day of the run, must be accompanied by an adult.

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 racing.

CHANGES TO ENTRIES Changes to entry details must be made by email only to canicrossaberdeenshire@gmail.com
Substituting of dogs is allowed, and can also be made on the day. There is a 50% refund available if you withdraw from the event, and your entry can be filled from the waiting list. 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, we shall post it on the Facebook page, and email entrants. No refund shall be offered in this circumstance, but we will look to reschedule the event for a later date and transfer the entries.

NOTE It is the entrants responsibility to check the race is still on before travelling, 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 in all areas and on the course
. Failure to clean up after your dog on Crathes Estate will be exclusion. Toilets are located up at the courtyard by the cafe, these should not be used to wash mud off legs, children, dogs, shoes etc. Sinks are for hand washing only. Bring suitable changes of clothes, towels and wet wipes with you. Keep dogs on the lead in all areas of the venue, car park, near livestock and on the course.

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 first aiders are on duty at all events wearing high viz yellow vests, please ask if you or your dog are in need of help. 
If for any reason you fail to finish, but clear the course, please report to the race finish, so that we don't send out a search party!

CAFE There is a great cafe on site, give it a visit, the soup and cakes are especially good. When using the cafe, please respect other visitors who might not be so keen on dogs. If it is crowded and it's possible, leave your dog in your vehicle.


Race director on the day: Alan Ross 07887851791

EMERGENCY VETS : 01224 740700

Ardene House Vets

Skene Road



AB15 8PJ


Canicross Aberdeenshire
Organiser - Alan Ross, Beech Lodge House, Monymusk, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, Ab51 7hj.


17 Mar 2020£10.00
17 Mar 2020£10.00
17 Mar 2020£6.00
For each sign-up, the organiser pays the Service Fee of 4% (min 50p). You pay no surcharge

Dates and Status

Date: 21 Mar 2020

Closing Date: 17 Mar 2020

Status: Closed

Crathes 10km Afternoon Race??/100
Crathes 5km Morning Race??/100
Crathes 2km Morning Fun Run??/100


Alan Ross