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Somerset leveller

21 Feb 2020

Organiser's Description

Welcome to the Chrysalis K9 Somerset Leveller Canicross, Bikejor and Scooter weekend.

Venue: 

Eye 2 Eye Dogs, Kingston Seymour, Clevedon, North Somerset, BS21 6UY 

Briefing: by video, posted on our facebook page

Course lengths are 2K, 3K, 5K and 10K

Entry fees

Entry

Includes

Cost

Family Ticket

All race entries for 2 adults and 2 children living at the same address to do as many races as they want over 3 days

£90

Couple Ticket

All race entries for 2 adults living at the same address to do as many races as they want over 3 days

£65

Single Adult Ticket

All race entries for one adult to do as many races as they want over 3 days

£45

Single Child Ticket

All race entries for one child (U18) to do as many races as they want over 3 days

£15

2 day Adult Ticket

All race entries for one adult for as many races as they want over 2 days

£30

2 day Child Ticket

All race entries for one child for as many races as they want over 2 days

£10

1 day Adult Ticket

All race entries for one adult for as many races as they want on one day

£15

1 day Child Ticket

All race entries for one child for as many races as they want on one day

£5

Camping

1, 2 or 3 nights camping on an allocated pitch

£15

 

Entries close midnight Friday 14th February

RULES PLEASE READ CAREFULLY BEFORE FILLING IN ENTRY FORM.

Dogs

Dogs participating in a canicross race must be at least 12 months old (18 months for the 10K) and for wheeled sports, they shall not compete until 18 months old. Dogs may compete in no more than 2 starts per day of a total distance no greater than 10K.

Humans - on wheels or on foot

All competitors 8 years old and over may enter the 2K canicross and wheels race distance.
All competitors 13 years old and over may enter the 3K canicross and wheels race distance.
All compettors 16 years old and over may enter the 5K canicross race distance.
All competitors 18 years old and over may enter the 5K wheels race distance and the 10K wheels and canicross race distance.

Adults may race at whatever distance they choose and race as many times as they choose within the limitations of time available and their own availability of dogs.

Children may be accompanied in their race - according to their parents preference. 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.

Welfare

No dog or equipment shall be brought from a kennel or home where rabies, distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis or any other contagious/infectious disease exists. If a veterinarian diagnoses any dog present in the race area to have a contagious/infectious disease, that team shall be disqualified and shall immediately leave the race area. 21 days must have passed before a dog that has been exposed to possible contagion/infection is allowed to compete. 

Abuse of dogs, with or without an implement, shall be prohibited. If a competitor, in the opinion of the Race Marshal abuses a dog, that competitor shall be disqualified. 

If a competitor has a bitch in season they must notify the race organiser and support will be offered to that competitor to protect their bitch by moving their start time but it remains the competitors responsibility to keep their bitch safe. 

Pregnant dogs are not permitted to compete. 

Should the race day temperature and humidity be judged by the organisers to be forecast too high for racing then the start times will be adjusted forward and if necessary distances will be shortened and this will be made known to the competitors by social media and if possible by email. Advice will be taken from vets and scientists working in the field of temperature research and the advised limits will be published before the race weekend.

Pulling the dog or forcing the dog to move forward by any means is strictly forbidden. 

If a dog becomes unfit or refuses to advance for any reason, the competitor is not permitted to finish the race.

Athletes shall not hinder or endanger the welfare of their dogs, the progress of the event or discredit the sport. Offenders shall be disqualified. 

Any team or dog coming to the starting line which, in the opinion of the Race Marshals, is unfit or incapable of safely completing the trail, shall be disqualified or if possible advised to drop to a shorter distance. 

Entries

An entry for a race shall be submitted prior to the start of the race, subject to entry deadlines and the appropriate entry fee must have been paid to the organiser prior to the start of the race. Any competitor who has not paid their entry fee may be disqualified.

The organisation may reject any entry for just cause. 

The organiser has the authority with regards to pictures and the gathering of information (within data protection limitations) on the competition and all participants involved, as well as to the use of such pictures and information for advertising, public relations or any other publicity purposes related to the competition. Any athlete that wishes their image to be restricted from use in such publications should make this known in writing to the race organisers. 

Each day's racing is a separate event and as such medals will be awarded to a minimum of the top 20% for each class at each race distance each day as described below. You can enter as many races at whatever distances you are eligeable to race as long as you have enough dogs!

Day

Distance

Start

Restriction (dogs)

Restriction (human)

Classes

Friday

2K Canicross

Individual. 20s apart random order

12 months +

8 years +

M
F

 

3K Canicross

Individual. 20s apart random order

12 months +

13 years +

M

F

 

5K Canicross

Individual. 20s apart random order

12 months +

16 years +

M

F

 

2K Wheels

Individual. 30s apart random order

18 months +

8 years +

M bikejor

F bikejor

Scooter

 

3K Wheels

Individual. 30s apart random order

18 months +

13 years +

M bikejor

F bikejor

Scooter

 

5K Wheels

Individual. 30s apart random order

18 months +

18 years +

M bikejor

F bikejor
Scooter

Saturday and Sunday

2K Canicross

Individual. 20s apart random order Sat, seeded Sun

12 months +

8 years +

M
F

 

3K Canicross

Individual. 20s apart random order Sat, seeded Sun

12 months +

13 years +

M

F

 

5K Canicross

Individual. 20s apart random order Sat, seeded Sun

12 months +

16 years +

M

F

 

10K Canicross

Individual. 20s apart random order Sat, seeded Sun

18 months +

18 years +

M

F

 

2K Wheels

Individual. 30s apart random order Sat, seeded Sun

18 months +

8 years +

M bikejor

F bikejor

Scooter

 

3K Wheels

Individual. 30s apart random order Sat, seeded Sun

18 months +

13 years +

M bikejor

F bikejor

Scooter

 

5K Wheels

Individual. 30s apart random order Sat, seeded Sun

18 months +

18 years +

M bikejor

F bikejor
Scooter

 

10K Wheels

Individual. 30s apart random order Sat, seeded Sun

18 months +

18 years

Bikejor

Scooter


There will also be prizes for a wide range of other categories including breed / type specific prizes, junior prizes and rescue dog prizes and a finishers medal and goodybag for every competitor.

There is also a team competition which is sponsored by CrazyDogs with hoodies and bandanas for the winning teams!

Canicross Team Event - teams can be made of up to 5 members – the fastest 15K on Friday and Sunday and 20k on Saturday combined for each team counts for the day’s total. The winning team is the one with the fastest 50K over the weekend. There will also be prizes for slower teams and teams that particularly get into the spirit of the event.

Wheels Team Event - teams can be made up of 3 members or 1 solo member! Friday – 8K, Saturday 15K, Sunday 10K – total of 33K


Equipment - general

Choke chains / collars, spray collars, electric collars, slip leads, harnesses that restrict breathing while a dog is pulling are all forbidden during racing. Whips are forbidden. 

Reactive dogs are permitted to compete. Any competitor competing with a reactive dog must notify the race organiser. Open basket muzzles are allowed and it is advised that reactive dogs wear yellow bandanas / use yellow lines or otherwise draw attention to their requirement for space. 

The competitor shall not use a personal music device on the course as this can impede their ability to hear other competitors that might be calling to overtake. Competitors failing to comply with this rule will be disqualified. 

A racing number per race for each athlete will be provided. This number shall be displayed on the front of his/her person or race vehicle throughout the race. 

Equipment - canicross

Dogs should wear appropriate harnesses attached to a shock absorbing line that is either hand held or ideally attached to the human athletes belt. Lines should be of a safe length and no longer than 2m stretched. Neck lines for 2 dog comptitors are optional though we do recommend that the split between the two tug lines is such that the dogs do not take up too much width on the trail.

The competitor should not be wearing shoes that could be dangerous for dogs. No hardened or metal studs or spikes may be used. 

Equipment - wheeled racing

Dogs shall wear a suitable harness and be attached to the bicycle / scooter by a line with shock absorber. The length of line should not exceed 2.5m fully stretched. Neck lines are optional but we would recommend that the tug line split is sufficiently short to prevent the dogs taking up the width of the trail. Bikejor arms are optional.

The bicycle / scooter shall be equipped with an efficient brake on each wheel. 

All competitors must wear a helmet approved by a national test registry. 

Wearing gloves and body armour is recommended and eye protection (goggles, glasses, visor, etc.) and gloves are strongly recommended. 

On the race course

In Canicross classes, the entire team, with the competitor holding his/her dogs by the collar, line or the harness, shall stay behind the starting line until the start signal has been given. 

In scooter and bikejoring classes, the front wheel shall determine the starting point of the team and shall stay behind the starting line until the start signal has been given. 

The elapsed time for all teams shall begin at the scheduled time of departure as displayed on the race clock. 

A competitor that fails to be in the starting position at their scheduled starting time or within half of the starting interval after the scheduled starting time shall be declared a late starting team, and shall receive a new starting time in its class if possible. Should a dog team with a reactive dog be scheduled to start at the end of that class, then the late team may be further delayed to give that team space to compete safely. 

A team not clearing the Starting Chute (minimum distance 30 meters) prior to the scheduled start of the next team will be assisted out of the start chute and offered a re-start at the end of the class. 

Assistance in the Starting Chute shall be allowed. 

A team and athlete shall run the full course as established by the race organisation. If an athlete fails to complete the race course they shall be disqualified.

If a team leaves the trail, the athlete shall return the team to the point at which they left the trail. 

An athlete shall not interfere with a competing team. 

No one shall assist a team by wilfully pacing it. 

In a dual /mass start, at the end of the chute, and whenever two trails join together, the team with the lead dog farthest ahead shall have the right of way. 

If a mass start is organised, all the competitors of the same class shall wait together behind the starting line holding their dog by the collar or the harness. If they cannot all stay on one line, they shall set more lines as required. 

All teams may receive similar assistance of any type from officials stationed at designated points along the trail as authorised by the Race Marshal. 

Officials shall only act upon request of the competitor for assistance, which is limited to controlling the dog(s) or to hold the bike or scooter. The competitor shall stop the team, clearly indicate which assistance is requested, and behave respectfully towards the officials. 

Competitors running in the same heat may assist each other in any manner authorised by the Race Marshal. 

If one competitor is travelling more quickly and wishes to pass the competitor in front of them they will shout out “Passing on your” then indicate which side they wish to pass, either left or right. The competitor being passed must move to the farthest point of the course to allow the faster competitor to pass them, for example if a person behind you calls “passing on your left” then you must move as far to the right as possible to allow the faster competitor to pass. Where the course is too narrow to pass the slower competitor should find the first available point to allow the faster competitor to pass, even if this means that the slower competitor needs to stop to allow a faster competitor to pass safely. Competitors found to be wilfully blocking a faster competitor will be disqualified. Where a faster competitor is attempting to pass a reactive dog they will stay behind until the competitor with the reactive dog informs them that it is safe to pass- the owner of the reactive dog must make every effort for this to occur as speedily as possible. 

A team shall have finished the race when the first member of the team, human or dog crosses the finish line. 

The team with the fastest total time of its class shall be declared the winner of that class. 

In case of equal timing, whatever the positions of the dogs the two competitors are tied and awarded equal positions with the subsequent competitor taking the next position place +1. 

Wavers, refunds and 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.

The athlete shall not hold the organiser responsible for any claim, based on any action or non-action by the competitor, their dogs, or others acting on their behalf. The competitor shall also release the organiser from any claim resulting from injury to the competitor, their dogs, or property. 

Should the races 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 - the organisers reserve the right to take expenses already incurred from entry fees before using any remaining moneys to refund entrants. 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. If a competitor needs to cancel their entry for any reason up to 7 days before the race then just email or message the organiser and you can get a 80% refund (entry less costs incurred).

Any changes you need to make to your race entries should be done by EMAIL ONLY PLEASE by closing date, if you ask for changes in Facebook messages, comments on posts or on events pages I might not get to see them or if I do I might not remember to action them when back at the computer email is the only reliable means of communication, face book stuff gets lost.

Broken rules and penalties.

Common sense and good sportsmanship shall prevail.

If the Race Marshal determines that a competitor’s, handler’s or team’s conduct at any time in the race area or on the trail is detrimental to the sport/race, that team shall be disqualified. 

Race officials can report rule violations to the Race Marshal verbally,  but all verbal reports shall be followed by a written report, given to the Race Marshal in principle within one (1) hour of the completion of the concerned race. 

The Race Marshal shall act, at their discretion, on any overt violations witnessed and reported by race officials. 

Competitors wishing to report an alleged violation of the rules by another contestant shall notify the Race Marshal or the Race Marshal’s representative immediately following the race in which the alleged incident occurred. Notification may be verbal. All verbal reports shall be followed with a written report, given to the Race Marshal within one (1) hour of the completion of the participant’s race in which the alleged violation occurred. 

Any competitor implicated in a report of an alleged violation of the rules will be notified of the protest by the Race Marshal and provided access to copies of the written protests as soon as they become available but in all cases before any hearings are conducted. 

All hearings shall be conducted by the Race Marshal and may also include the Race Director/Race Organiser. 

Contestants subject to a penal reaction from any Race Marshall may appeal.

For violation of any Regulation, the Race Marshal shall either issue a verbal reprimand or disqualify the competitor and team from the race. 

Decisions shall be announced as promptly as practical. Any disciplinary action following the final heat of the race shall be acted upon prior to the awards ceremony. 

Warnings and disqualifications shall be issued in the result list. 

Verbal Reprimand: for a minor rules infraction with no consequences for any participant, and being the contestant's first offence in the event or for a minor or negligent infraction of the race regulations, which does not give the contestant any significant advantage and entails no significant disadvantage to his/her fellow contestants, and is not deemed detrimental to the sport.

Disqualification: when the contestant intentionally, or by negligence, violates the race regulations, and this has given him/her an advantage, or any of his/her fellow contestants a disadvantage.

General Admin

All competitors shall be responsible for the conduct of their dogs, their handlers, and themselves whenever in the race area or on the trail. 

In principle loose dogs are not allowed at the race area. However, the organiser has the right to waive this rule if he is convinced that it is in the interests of the teams, and that competitors are in full control of their dogs. The latter meaning, that the loose dogs will not bother other dogs, the stakeout area, or equipment of participants or others.

A 1 acre off lead, fenced exercise area for dogs at the race venue will be available to book free of charge. The booking form will be in the facebook event and as soon as your entry is in you can book a 30 minute slot each day for your dogs.

At races, no one is allowed to perform any medical treatment to the dogs without authorisation by a veterinarian or in the case of emergency by a pet first aider. 

Please respect the facilities and land. Clean up after your dog in all areas and on the course. Toilets are available for your convenience.

Timetable

Day

Time

Action

Who

Thursday

Friday

0900-1600

0900-1400

Set up camping field.

Mark course.

Race Team

 

1400-

Arrivals + course walking

Competitors

 

1700-2100

Night race (medals collected at finish prizegiving on Saturday)

1700 – 2K canicross
1730 – 2K wheels

1800 – 3K canicross
1830 – 3K wheels

1900 – 5K canicross

2000 – 5K wheels

Competitors

Saturday

0700

Check course

Race Team

 

0700-1400

Racing
0700 – 10K wheels

0800 – 5K wheels

0900 – 3K wheels
0930 – 2K wheels

1000 – 5K canicross

1100 – 3K canicross

1140 – 2K canicross

1230 – 10K canicross

Competitors

 

1630

Prize Giving

All

 

1700

Evening BBQ

Booking will be available

 

1800

Guest Speaker + social

Free to all

Sunday

0700

Check course

Race Team

 

0700-1400

Racing

0700 – 10K wheels

0800 – 5K wheels

0900 – 3K wheels
0930 – 2K wheels

1000 – 5K canicross

1100 – 3K canicross

1140 – 2K canicross

1230 – 10K canicross

Competitors

 

1430

Prize Giving

All

 

1500-1900

Depart

Competitors

 

1500-1700

Clear Course

Race Team

 

 

 

 



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ORGANISERS:
Chrysalis K9 and Eye 2 Eye Dogs


RACE DIRECTOR - Claire Martin. 07794435318. claire--martin@hotmail.com

 

Prices

Until
14 Feb 2020£90.00
Until
14 Feb 2020£65.00
Until
14 Feb 2020£45.00
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14 Feb 2020£30.00
Until
14 Feb 2020£15.00
Until
14 Feb 2020£15.00
Until
14 Feb 2020£10.00
Until
14 Feb 2020£5.00
To sign-up for this event, the Service Fee is 4% (min 50p) for each sign-up

Dates and Status

Date: 21 Feb 2020

Closing Date: 14 Feb 2020

Places Available/Total: ??/400

Status: Open

List

Organiser

Claire Martin

07794435318

 

Eye 2 Eye Kingston Seymour Clevedon North Somerset BS21 6UY