Results Today from Synaptic on Mon 02-Oct at 11:04 am - #206 Mike and Doris (Canicross Zone 2) 80.6 race and 912 league points. #193 Silvia Kaos and Maya (Canicross Zone 7) 73.6 race and 889 league points. #211 Marta Frida and Tyrion (Canicross Zone 5) 67.8 race and 777 league points. #41 Alison Ronnie and Walter (Canicross Zone 5) 75.9 race and 874 league points. #116 Katie Vinnie and Ivy (Canicross Zone 3) 79.1 race and 942 league points...#60 Mandy Florrie and Reva (CaniTrek) 69 points. #208 Suzanne Luca and Eva (CaniTrek) 70.5 points...#13 Emma Magnum Kaos and Voltage (Bikejör and Scooter) 86.6 points. #13 Emma Magnum Kaos and Voltage (Bikejör and Scooter) 87.5 points...No CaniSwim results yet    Results Yesterday (Sun 01-Oct) from Synaptic - #193 Silvia Kaos and Maya (Canicross Zone 2) 77.2 race and 923 league points. #206 Mike and Doris (Canicross Zone 8 ) 79.5 race and 889 league points. #219 Katie Marley and Max (Canicross Zone 7) 76.3 race and 864 league points. #95 Adam and Skye (Canicross Zone 3) 86.4 race and 976 league points. #176 Darren and Bowie (Canicross Zone 5) 72 race and 801 league points. #178 Ian and Sage (Canicross Zone 7) 80.5 race and 873 league points. #60 Mandy Florrie and Reva (Canicross Zone 4) 82.5 race and 929 league points. #179 Laura and Theo (Canicross Zone 8 ) 70.4 race and 771 league points. #103 Justine Nellie and Boof (Canicross Zone 3) 84.6 race and 953 league points. #96 Elizabeth and Winnie (Canicross Zone E) 68.5 race and 753 league points. #97 Dougie and Gustav (Canicross Zone 9) 81.1 race and 877 league points. #153 Auriel and Tilly (Canicross Zone 4) 68 race and 790 league points. #26 Al Erik and Daisy (Canicross Zone 8 ) 85.1 race and 919 league points. #106 Susan Jack and Claire (Canicross Zone 10) 71.5 race and 815 league points. #175 Nicola and Connie (Canicross Zone 5) 79.5 race and 868 league points. #98 Sacha and Robin (Canicross Zone 2) 69.3 race and 834 league points. #90 Donna Maisie and Finn (Canicross Zone 6) 85.7 race and 939 league points. #177 Amanda and Fraggle (Canicross Zone 5) 81.4 race and 887 league points...#208 Suzanne Luca and Eva (CaniTrek) 65.2 points...#109 Anne-Marie and Bella (Bikejör and Scooter) 87.7 points...No CaniSwim submissions

Today we talk to Mike Cooke - Mike retired from GMP in May 2021 having got 'Doris' his German Wire Haired Pointer for his 50th Birthday. His intention was to spend more time running with a dog he knew would be happy to join him. Little did he realise just how much she wants to be outdoors. He joined World League Canicross last year as he was new to the sport and much prefers trail running than on the roads now - Mike  says "it's far better for the mind and the body!". He had not raced for a couple of years and tried virtual racing last year - Mike was runner-up in last year's LCC Cup, being narrowly edged by the defending champion ! Mike recalls, "It was tough to say the least!".


Q1. What do you like about Canicross ?

A1. I love how Doris has taken to it. She’s ball mad and at first I thought she wouldn’t take to running in a harness without chasing a ball. She still tries to avoid it when she sees the harness coming out but soon overcomes that and pulls me out of the gate! I love the whole idea of WLC and the dedication of the organisers to keep us all updated and inspired. A great community - many of who I now follow on Strava!

Q2. What don't you like about Canicross ?

A2. Despite seeing so many people running with dogs where I live - the lack of local races in Manchester / Lancashire. I’d really like to see how Doris takes to racing in the company of other dogs. I also don’t enjoy that sickly nervous feeling you get before the start of your run on the virtual races! 😂

Q3. What are your canicross ambitions for the future ?

A3. To try and compete in a real life event. Coming runner up in our first event was special - I don’t think we will beat that to be honest!

Q4. What are your thoughts approaching our first World Cup, and competing at an international level ?

A4. Nervous but in a good way! The virtual race last year really brought back a competitive edge to my running - I ran at paces I hadn’t achieved for a few years. It’s a bigger field this year and I wouldn’t be surprised or disappointed if I went out in the first round. I know it’s going to be tough!

Q5. What strategies do you think you will use during the tournament ?

A5. Choosing the right time of day to run. Like a few others I tend to be out very early before the trails and fields get busy. Always have a warm up run before hand and carry a ball for Doris to play after we’ve finished!

Q6. What do you think the secret is to winning a knockout ?

A6. Good luck, choosing the right route and not going off too quickly!

Q7. How do you think you will prepare both mentally and physically for competing in a tough knockout competition ?

A7. Keeping injury free is a must. I try to have a sports massage every month to iron out any niggles even if I’ve not felt any! Mentally - treat each run as it comes and enjoy it whether I win or lose!