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Doggie athletes to run at Grizedale

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Canine athletes will be limbering up to take part in one of the country’s newest sports as it visits the Lake District for the first time this month.

The Forestry Commission’s Grizedale Forest will play host to a two-day CaniX event on October 23 and 24.

CaniX, which is short for canine cross country running, involves running or cycling (known as Bikejor) whilst attached to your dog, and is becoming increasingly popular as a great way to have fun and exercise out in the open air.

All fitness levels are catered for and events usually attract serious competitors, as well as those who want some muddy fun and exercise in the great outdoors with the family pet.

The course is 5km long, although there are shorter courses for those between the ages of seven and ten, as well as a ‘have a go’ class for newcomers and all ages.

Tania Crockett, from the Forestry Commission at Grizedale says:

“CaniX is a great way to have fun and exercise with your dog, and the forest trails at Grizedale are an ideal location for the first event of its kind in the Lake District.”

Eileen Cook from CaniX UK says:

“Not only is CaniX and Bikejor enormous fun, it also helps promote a healthy lifestyle for you and your dog.  Although harnesses are available, no special equipment is needed and we cater for all fitness levels and any size shape or breed of dog.”

More information about Grizedale Forest can be found at

For more information about CaniX, as well as online entry for events, visit 


The Forestry Commission is the largest provider of countryside recreation in Britain, with responsibility for more than one million hectares (2.4 million acres) of forest, woodlands and open countryside. The North West England Forest District covers the Lake District in Cumbria, the Forest of Bowland in Lancashire, Merseyside, Greater Manchester and Cheshire. The forests are managed for conservation, wildlife, landscape and recreation as well as providing a valuable source of timber.

MEDIA CONTACTS: Tania Crockett on 01229 862023 or Sarah Bruce on 01229 862011.