THE Sled Dogging National Championships return to Ford and Etal this weekend.
Over 150 ‘mushers’, as the human racers are known, and their canine teams from across Great Britain are expected to be in attendance at the Sled Dogging Association of Scotland’s National Championships, over the weekend of November 24/25. The event is also acting as a selection race for those aiming to be part of the British Sled Dog Team for the next World Dryland Sled Dog Championships in Italy next year.
Event organiser Mark Mclintic, of Wooler, has once again produced a challenging course for teams to compete on, described by promoters as “technical and fast”, and is looking forward to testing his six dog team against the best in the country for top honours.
All British medal-winning teams from the last World and European Championships will be in competition, targeting qualification places in the 18 classes, from the six-dog team race to the event for pairs of older dogs.
Teams of between two and eight dogs running in tandem will pull athletes on three- or four-wheeled carts, all competitors will race around the 4.6 km technical trail against the clock with the fastest teams from each class over the two days winning the title of SDAS National Champion.