If getting fit is on your to-do list this year, then Canicross is a great place to start. The sport, which is essentially cross country running with your dog is a great way to get outdoors, get active and meet new people. Jenny Brown has competed internationally representing Great Britain. We caught up with her to find out more...


Tell us about Canicross and how you got into it


My international Track & Field career came to an end after a car accident and after a year I was able to start running again and I came across the sport of Canicross. I currently run with my two beagles Tiga and Yogi.

Canicross is cross-country running with your dog for all breeds, any size, big or small. Canicross cater for all human ages young and old with races divided into 10 age classes (+ Have-a-go Class).


What level are you at?   


I have represented Great Britain at the European Championships and have competed in a number of events across Europe.


What disciplines are involved?   


One or two dog  and any distance that both of you are capable of!


Canicross Jenny Brown and Tiga

What is your proudest achievement in this area?   


After my very first race to see if Tiga would like it we happened to win it and later in the evening had a call asking if we would like to represent Great Britain in the European Championships in Belgium.


How would newbies get involved?   


Go to the facebook page Canicross Trailrunners and look for your nearest club/group and then go along and enjoy.  Make sure that you get kitted out with the correct equipment – it is so important to have a suitable and correctly fitting harness for your dog, a belt for yourself which sits on the hips and not in the small of the back and then be joined together with a bungee line maximum length 2 metres. All this can be purchased from  and I can offer advice on fitting having now had 8 years in the sport. You can also find out more about Canicross and other sports you can enjoy with your dog at


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