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Castle Fraser Canicross Day

10 Nov 2018

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 2 X 5km Canicross Races on Saturday 10th November, 2018

Scenic Races through the forest trails around Castle Fraser.

Based at Castle Fraser, Sauchen, Aberdeenshire, AB51 7LD. 4 miles north of Dunecht and 16 miles west of Aberdeen.

Course approx 5km

Race Day Schedule.

09:30-10:30 Registration,

10:30 Morning Competitors Briefing,

11:00 Morning Race Start,

13:00-14:00 Registration,

14:00 Afternoon Competitors Briefing,

14:30 Afternoon Race Start,

Results will be announced as soon as possible after each race.

Entry Fee For Each Race is £10, Canicross Aberdeenshire Members (2018-2019) £6

(All competitors need £3 for parking, payable on the day).


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.

In the interests of dog welfare and competitor safety both dog and human runners must run in suitable canicross equipment. This means harnesses for dogs must be suitable for canicross ie not a walking harness. Dogs may wear non-restrictive collars but must also wear a pulling harness. The line must include a bungee section and be attached to a belt worn by the human runners. It is not acceptable to run holding a lead. The organisers reserve the right to have the final decision on the suitability of equipment. Runners with unsuitable equipment will not be permitted to run.

Dogs must be kept on the lead at all times during the race and at the event, if a muzzle is required it should be of the wire greyhound racing style. 

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, please remember to bring water bowls for your own dogs, there will be water to fill them.

A dog may only run once per 5km race. Depending on your dogs fitness they may run in both morning and afternoon race. 


It is presumed that you are running with your own dog. If you must borrow a dog to race with you may only enter the 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.


Parking for all participants will be clearly marked from the main drive, please follow the signs as you arrive at venue. Please leave the main carpark free for general public.

Please note, parking charges are as follows: £3 for the full day

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.


Run instructions will be emailed to all pre entrants and given verbally at the briefing 30mins before each race start.


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 organisers may alter your start position based on historic results if they feel your position in the start list would mean multiple overtakes are likley.


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


The course is approx 5km, and is on mainly natural walking paths around the Castle estate, with plenty of twist, turns and undulations to keep you and your dog entertained.


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 (to minimise our environmental impact)


We will announce the results as soon as possible after the end of each race. We will also post the race results on the club Facebook page and email to race participants shortly after the even


Prize giving will be at the same time as results are announced. There will be awards for 1st-3rd place in each class. Classes may be amalgamated depending on numbers.


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


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, but all racers and spectators attend the event and run at their own risk.


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.


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.


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.


Please respect the facilities and venue. Clean up after your dog in all event areas and on the course
. Failure to clean up after your dog at Castle Fraser will result in exclusion/disqualification. 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 wet wipes with you. Keep dogs on the lead in all areas of the event, the car park, near livestock and on the course.


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!


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 the courtyard is crowded and it's possible, please leave your dog in your vehicle.

Race director on the day: Aimee Meechan 07814923687

EMERGENCY VETS : 01467621429

Donview Veterinary Centre
Burghmuir Place
Blackhall Industrial Estate
AB51 4FW

Canicross Aberdeenshire
Organiser - Aimee Meechan 07814923687
Email - Canicrossaberdeenshire@gmail.com


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: 10 Nov 2018

Closing Date: 07 Nov 2018

Status: Closed

Castle Fraser Afternoon Race??/40
Castle Fraser Morning Race??/40


Aimee Meechan
Castle Fraser Sauchen Inverurie Aberdeenshire AB51 7LD OS Ref: NJ722125