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Castle Fraser Canicross Day 2021

06 Nov 2021

Organiser's Description

Canicross Aberdeenshire is delighted to host to Castle Fraser Canicross Day on Saturday 6th November, 2021.

Scenic Races through the forest trails around the Castle Fraser Estate.

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

Course is approx 5km.         


Race Day Schedule:

09:00-10:00 Morning Race Registration

10:00 Morning Competitors’ Briefing

10:30 Morning 5Km Race Start

11:00 Fun Run Start (3Km)

*Estimated 11:45 Morning Race Prizegiving

12:00-13:00 Afternoon Race Registration

13:00 Afternoon Competitors’ Briefing

13:30 Afternoon 5Km Race Start

*Estimated 14:45 Final Prizegiving


*Results will be announced and prizes awarded as soon as possible after the final runner crosses the finish line for each race.


Entry fee for each 5km race is £10

Entry fee for 3km Fun Run is £6

Discounted entry available to Canicross Aberdeenshire Members (2021-2022) and to anyone who volunteers to marshal one race (please contact us in advance).

£3 for all-day parking, payable on the day unless you display an NTS member’s badge.




DOGS – All participating dogs must be at least 1 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 at the event. If a muzzle is required it should be of the wire greyhound racing style. 

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

Dogs must not be brought to the event if they are coughing or have recently been in contact with infectious disease. It is the owner’s responsibility to ensure their dog is fit and healthy before racing. If in doubt, consult your vet.

There will 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.


EQUIPMENT - 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 i.e. allows for free movement and does not restrict breathing when dog is pulling. 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.



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 and have trained together prior to the race,
  • you should be aware of the dog’s anticipated behaviour 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 race attendees will be clearly marked from the main drive, please follow the signs as you arrive at venue for the overflow car park. Please leave the main car park free for general public.

Non-NTS members must pay £3 for the full day.

National Trust Scotland is very kindly allowing use of the estate, please respect this by contributing to the upkeep and paying for parking. Failure to pay for parking will lead to exclusion from the event.



A race pack with course details and instructions will be emailed to all pre-entrants and provided verbally at the safety briefing 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 don’t know your PB, 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.



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



The course is approximately 5km, and is on mainly natural walking paths around the Castle estate and through the forest, with plenty of twists, turns and undulations to keep you and your dog entertained. There is one short section of wide track where there will be two-way traffic – you must keep to the left at this section and avoid overtaking. Marshals will be on hand to direct you and course signage will be clearly displayed.



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 event.



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.



Junior runners aged 7-16 years old on the day of the run are permitted to race, however, those under 12 years of age on the day of the run must be accompanied by an adult at all times on the course.



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

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 but are able to marshal instead, your entry can be transferred to a future race at no additional cost.



Should the race have to be cancelled or postponed for reasons beyond the organisers’ control or in the event of bad weather, making the course too dangerous to run on, we shall post news of the cancellation on Canicross Aberdeenshire’s Facebook page, and email entrants. No refund will be offered in this circumstance, but we will look to reschedule the event for a later date and transfer the entries.

NB: It is the entrant’s 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 disqualification. Toilets are located at the courtyard by the café - 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 and towels with you as you are likely to get muddy. 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 marshal’s 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!


EMERGENCY VETS013398 82556

Woodside Veterinary Group
Woodside Road, Torphins, 
Aberdeenshire, AB31 4TR


Canicross Aberdeenshire
Email -

Race Directors: Loz Horgan (M: 07908122974) & Aimee Meechan (M: 07814923687)


The organiser has included pricing details in the Organiser's Description
The organiser has included pricing details in the Organiser's Description
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: 06 Nov 2021

Closing Date: 31 Oct 2021

Status: Open

Castle Fraser Afternoon 5km??/100
Castle Fraser Morning 5km??/100
Castle Fraser Morning 3km Fun Run??/100


Aimee Meechan



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