Canicross is the sport of cross country running with dogs. Originating in Europe as off-season training for the mushing (sledding) community, it has become popular as a stand-alone sport all over Europe, especially in the UK. Canicross is closely related to bikejoring, where participants cycle with their dog and skijoring, where participants ski rather than run.

About Us


Wessex Canicross is a friendly, welcoming canicross club based around the Somerset, Wiltshire and Dorset borders. We run for fun, and competitively, around the local area.

 

There are runners, and dogs, of all shapes, sizes and speeds, and runs cater for everyone.  Training runs are normally Sunday mornings, often from the Frome or Warminster area.  

 

We normally have a long, faster run, followed by a short, slower paced beginners run.  Club members often organise group runs at other times, and during the week.

 

If you love running, and your dog does too, then come and join us!

Why Wessex?


The Anglo Saxon Kingdom of Wessex (4th century to 10th century) covered the South West from the Hampshire/Gloucestershire borders all the way to Cornwall.

 

Alfred was its most famous king (he's the one who burnt cakes when he was hiding from the Vikings). He's really from the Somerset levels, between Yeovil and Taunton.  We regularly run around King Alfred's Tower near Stourhead!

 

However, he's most famous for leading his army against the Vikings on Westbury White Horse; they swept down off the hill (where we run), into Edington and started the retreat of the Vikings from this country.

 

There are also big Wessex links with Dorset. It's the Thomas Hardy, 'Far from the Madding Crowd', region. Our club sits right in the middle of Wessex and we run in some of its most famous places.