Run your paws off: Terms and Conditions
By applying for a place in any of our canicross events you are agreeing to abide by the rules below.
As with all of our events, we will review these rules throughout the year, both before and after the race takes place so we welcome feedback from runners. We also reserve the right to amend any rules for the events which may become required to meet the needs of the landowner, our insurance or to improve safety.
If you are unsure about the meaning of any of these rules, please get in touch with us before race day so we can answer any questions you may have.
- Runners are able to run with or without a dog. Runners are also able to run with a maximum of two dogs, but they will not have a separate category.
- Look out for your fellow runners and dogs and give them all the help and support you’d wish if you or your 4-legged friend were struggling.
- Runners do not have to run with the same dog for all events in the series but swapping dogs at any point on the course in any single event is not allowed.
- Runners must be 11 years of age to take part in the 5k series or 16 to take part in the 10k series – unless a specific exception is made by the organisers. Anyone under 16 years of age needs to have an adult at the event with them. They cannot be dropped off and collected later.
- Runners are not allowed to use iPods or any other music devices whilst running. These are strictly forbidden.
- Runners must obey the instruction of marshals at all times.
- The decision of the Race Director(s) regarding the race, results or the safety of any runner is final. They reserve the right to remove any runner or dog that they deem necessary for the safety of all of our competitors (including other dogs).
- The start for both the 5k and 10k events will operate a ‘dib and go’ system – so runners start one at a time, to allow plenty of space at the start for the dogs to get underway safely.
- Green Space Events Ltd reserve the right to refuse or revoke entry to any runner, where they believe that accepting the entry could prejudice the event, Green Space Events Ltd, event sponsors, associates or staff. This right of refusal extends to include applications where acceptance is considered by Green Space Events Ltd to be likely to infringe upon the enjoyment of any persons connected with the event, including staff, marshals, volunteers and other runners.
- Rules may be added if and when circumstances arise. These rules are for the safety of everyone involved.
- Race Directors reserve the right to grant a place to any runner who in their opinion, has made, or is expected to make, a contribution to the overall success of the race.
- It is the runner’s responsibility to ensure that they are medically fit to participate in the event. If you have any medical conditions which may affect participation you should first consult your GP and then inform the organisers of the situation. Please note that there is no specific first aid cover available at the event.
- It is the runner’s responsibility to ensure that they have the correct equipment required for the event and also to ensure that it is in suitable working order. The organisers will not take responsibility for injury or inability to continue caused by faulty personal equipment.
- The compulsory kit items which must be carried are a minimum of 3 poo bags at the start of the race and a headtorch for any of our evening events.
- Runners must run under their own name.
- The organisers cannot take responsibility for loss of personal possessions during the event. It is the responsibility of runners to safeguard personal possessions.
- It is the runner’s responsibility to ensure that they enter their details correctly when completing event registration.
- Runners need to provide their own drinking cup or water bottle. No cups will be provided at the event for environmental reasons.
- Runners need to be comfortable running in a race with dogs, but they are welcome to run without a dog. They will be entered into the results in the same way as those running with dogs.
- All dogs must be 12 months old to compete; for larger breeds we recommend 18 months. If a dog is older than 10 years; we would ask owners to consider the risk to their dog carefully before entering.
- It is the runner’s responsibility to ensure that their dog is medically fit to participate in the event. If your dog has any medical conditions which may affect participation you should first consult your vet and then inform the organisers of the situation.
- No in-season, pregnant or nursing bitches are allowed to compete.
- No dogs may be left unattended at any time at the event.
- Dogs under 12 months are welcome to come along for socialisation but there needs to be someone able to look after them throughout the duration of the event.
- All dogs must be safe to take part – any dogs who are behaving aggressively or showing signs of anxiety may not be allowed to run at the Race Director’s discretion.
- Dogs should be run with a harness, a bungee lead (no longer than 2m) and a harness on their runner. If runners are trying out canicross for the first time, then a standard harness on the dog with a straight forward hand-held lead would be acceptable for a debut event.
- Choke collars, electronic collars, flexible / extendable leads are all strictly forbidden.
- Any dog who is anxious or aggressive needs to run with a basket muzzle – the type that they can still drink and take treats through. Dogs who are showing any signs of distress will be removed from the race.
- No aggression or abuse to any dog or person will be tolerated under any circumstances.
- Owners are responsible for their dogs at all times and must pick up after their dog whilst on site. All runners are required to start the race with at least 3 poo bags. Failure to pick up after your dog will result in disqualification.
- Dogs must be kept on lead at all times unless to do so would put the dog, owner or another dog in danger.
- Water will be available at the start and finish area. Runners are responsible for ensuring that their dog drinks enough water. Some water will also be available for dogs on the course.
- The dogs’ health is paramount. Any dog showing signs of unhealth must be withdrawn from the race immediately. These would include over-heating, severe limping, collapsing, refusing to run, excessive salivating (particularly if very thick and sticky), excessively elevated heart rate or any other condition which causes any concern.
- If the temperature is above 25 degrees centigrade dogs will not be allowed to race – although the race will still go ahead for people.
- If the temperature is between 20 and 25 degrees centigrade the Race Director will advise that dogs are left at home but individual owners will make that call for themselves. All entered runners are welcome to take part without their dogs.
- If the temperature is below 20 degrees, dogs are welcome to race, but again this is at the owners discretion and if an owner is uncomfortable, they are welcome to run without a dog.
Cancellation / transfers
- Unfortunately for these events we are unable to offer any refunds for cancellations by the organisers or cover any costs associated with the cancellation – such as travel etc.
- If any event needs to be cancelled the organisers will always attempt to reschedule the run for an alternative date, but this will be dependent on the landowner.
- If runners need to withdraw from an event, again there will be no refunds available. Substitutions are available (free of charge) up to the start of the event.
- It is not permitted for anyone to on-sell entries in the event for a fee higher than the original price paid for the entry. Anyone discovered doing this will be immediately disqualified and banned from all future events organised by Green Space Events Ltd.
- You agree that the personal information relating to you can be stored and used by us and our event partners in connection with the organisation, staging and administration of the event.
- You agree that your personal medical information may also be used to allow medical assistance to be given to you.
- You agree that the personal information relating to you may be anonymised and the anonymised data may be used by us and our event partners in connection with the compilation of statistical information.
- You agree that your name, image and contact details can be used by us and our event partners for the purposes of:
- the promotion and marketing of the Event;
- adding you to a mailing list to keep you informed about any future events and services which we believe you might be interested in, such as leisure activities relating to either similar types of events or activities;
- promotional and marketing material in respect of similar events or other community-based activities organised by our event partners.
- If you would not like us or our event partners to use your personal information other than for purposes related to your participation in the event, please email us.
- You agree that we may publish your relevant personal information as part of the results of the event and may pass such information to the governing body or any affiliated organisation for the purpose of insurance, permits or for publishing results either for the event alone or combined with or compared to other events. Results may include (but not be limited to) name, any club affiliation, race times and age category.
Green Space Events Ltd maintain the right to use images and photographs taken by their photographers at any of their promoted events without informing event participants. These images may be used for promotional purposes as undertaken by Green Space Events Ltd or their sponsors.