By Simon Lamen
THE ARMY has a little saying and it is summed up by the phrase “The
Seven Ps”. It stands for Prior Preparation and Planning Prevent a
Okay that’s only six Ps but the seventh is not for general
consumption (answer by email only). In essence it means that if you
don’t check out the trail beforehand then someone will end up knee deep
in mud and cold water.
Well, the planning of Cush and myself meant that Cush spent two
days thigh deep in mud and water and therefore the course was altered so
that you the caniteer didn’t suffer the same fate and have a poor
performance. Well not on this run anyway! Let's see what the future
With thanks to the Forestry Commission the caniteers were let loose
in the Bolderwood and Highland Water Inclosures of the New Forest.
We wanted to give you a run through the Mud, Water and Forests of
the Land and hopefully we succeeded. The trail offered the caniteer all
kinds of terrain including open heathland, streams swollen by recent
rains and dirt trails turned to mud by deer, horses, mountain bikes and
None of these deterred our runners. They and their canines set off
into the woods and, following a trail of arrows and guiding lines, they
negotiated the course. A wide range of canines led their owners
over and through the undulating terrain and on to glory.
Now for some sexism! Boys, we need to get our entries in for the
next race. Prizes were there for the taking but the adult male
competition was lacking and no awards were given
The girls were leads and lines ahead and a fierce competition
ensued. Congratulations to Anne Jennings and Sydney the Lurcher for
beating all comers. Hot on Anne's heels were Cushla Lamen (Trail
Runners) and Helen Chalk (Forestry Commission).
Jane and Richard Morris were competing in the veteran categories
and both - along with Chantelle and Hugo, their standard and miniature
poodles - took home the gold.
Two souls were brave enough to attempt the route harnessed to two
dogs each: Chris Shave took to the trail with a Rottweiler and an
Australian Sheep Dog, while Nicky
|Helen Chalk - third in the ladies
Hutchison, a founder member of canicross in the UK, ran (or was dragged)
by two of her huskies.
I’ll not say lastly, because by choice the juniors all decided to
run the seniors' route. In total five members of the Bosher family ran
Mum escorted the girl’s team while the boys took flight. Well
that’s how the teams left the start. The finish was different as
it was mixed teams by then. A minor coughing attack caused a team swop
but they soldiered on to the finish and all teams were counted back in.
Going back to the Seven Ps, always ensure that the computer battery
is at full strength and that the back-up of a petrol generator actually
generates the electricity required. Fortunately a pen and paper were
available and without taking off my shoes and socks the results were
calculated and published.
We hope that you all had a great run. Now keep your eyes peeled for
the events that are planned for the Forest of Dean and the New Forest.
Plans are afoot to take canicross to the home of Lady Lansdowne at
Bowood House, near Chippenham - and don’t forget to come and see us at
the Wag and Bone Show at Windsor Great Park in August.
This is Hampshire
Contact Cushla and Simon Lamen on: 07792 854771 or 07817 396150.
mail: 37 Drakes Avenue, Devizes, Wilts. By email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact Nicky Hutchison on 07799 646508 or at email@example.com