A few NATBs made the trip North this weekend to the SDAS Scottish National Championships which was also a World Cup/euro qualifying event.
The change in temperature was quite dramatic, we even had snow, thermals and dog coats were certainly needed !
The event was held at a stunning venue in Eagle Brae near Inverness, surrounded by a river with a mountainous backdrop the trail was relatively flat but tough going as was mostly grass with a bit of mud and a giant puddle thrown in for fun.
The competition was strong and some placings were only separated by seconds.
The Scottish welcome was amazing as always and will certainly be one to return to again.
Bikejor Male Mark Mazzucca 2nd VM (2nd Overall)
Bikejor Female Claire Spencer 1st SW (3rd overall)
Emily Thomas 2nd SW (5th overall)
Canicross Female Elaine Sherwin 2nd VW (2nd Overall)
Claire Spencer 4th SW (6th overall)
Emily Thomas 7th SW (9th overall)
The NATBs took part in the Chicksands Chase the past weekend, as always they found a well run event with a great atmosphere, unfortunately the weather didnt appear to be so kind!
Mud, rain, more rain and a bit more mud - but wow what results!!
Roxi Rose - 1st female Bikejor
Chris Hannah - 2nd 2 dog scooter
Steve Cutler - 3rd 2 dog canicross Saturday - 2nd 2 dog canicross Sunday
Mark Mazzucca - 2nd male canicross Sunday
Melanie Sheehan - 1st female rig, Saturday and Sunday
Emily Thomas - 2nd female bikor Saturday. 3rd femal canicross Sunday
Nicole Sheehan - awaiting results for Sunday female canicross class
For some unknown reason 2 NATBs took part in the Brutal 10k around Long Valley at the weekend, its the wettest 10k and is known for the tough hills and descents.
Wading through 3 lakes with waist high water was an experience, and a tad chilly!!
Claire Spencer came 2nd overall but 1st Female in a ridiculous time of 1 hour 21 seconds
Emma Giles completed it with her Hannah in 1 hour 36mins
A video of the start will be posted separately :)
The pictures don't do the course justice!!!
5 of our members traveled to beautiful Wales last weekend.
Not content with taking part in one event 2 of our ladies Claire and Emily decided to take part in 2!
First race on the Saturday was the Betws Coed is a 10K trail race in North Wales which offers a separate Canicross start, it attracted over 70 canicross entries. The start of the race was 1.5 miles of relentless up hill which then wound down round the stunning lakes and forests around Betws-y-Coed - the Gateway to Snowdonia. The weather was typical of North Wales and very changeable, having done the Penryn Parkrun that morning in the sheeting rain we were lulled into a false sense of security when the sun came out, this didn't last and 20 minutes before the start the heavens opened once again and didn't stop ... adding a little more fun to the challenging terrain !
Sunday was the Canicross Anglesey annual race at Newborough Forest, a stunning location right on the beach with a beautiful back drop of mountains. Unfortunately the driving rain was joined by high winds so the scenery was somewhat blurred ! The race was extremely well organised and the welcome from canicross Anglesey was second to none. The trail was 5k of sandy, undulating single track for the adults and a shorter course for kids. They even put on a special class for "micro dogs" those under 9".
The stunning dragon trophies were made by a local iron monger and the kids all got a goody bag with a slate medal. A brilliant weekend of races, well worth the trip!
Claire Spencer - 2nd in 2 dog,
Lucy Matthews- 1st in open female
Emily Thomas was 6th in 2 dog
Mark Mazzucca was 2nd in Master Male.
Junior member Elsie was 2nd in Cubs,
Claire and the gorgeous Tinkerbell also won the micro class :)
The past weekend saw a group of the NATBs trek to the Forest of Dean for the annual Deans Doubles event. A team event this is one of our favorites.
We had members in teams together and mixed with outsiders (as we like to call them!!) but as always the NATBs put on an awesome show, and some fab fancy dress!
Wyedean Mushing ran a great event, with a spooky trail to fly around on the Saturday night race, rigs/scooters/bikes were decorated, mushers were dressed as witches, aliens, werewolves and the dogs loved every minute.
A Sunday morning race followed the same route due to the warm and humid conditions but the spirits of all were high and the dogs, well they just never let us down.
Thanks to Matt Hammersely and all his team for another great event.
Willospeed General's Trophy winner - Fastest single trail time - Mark Mazzucca - 7:00:86
Gavellers Cafe Cups - Fastest over all Team Time - Ghoulies in the saddle (Mark Mazzucca and Lloyd Clark ) 30:47
NATB Scream if you wanna go faster - 1st place (Melanie Sheehan and Claire Spencer)
NATB Coffin Chasers 5th place (Chris Hannan and Emma Giles)
Res-Erection - 1st place - (Elaine Sherwin and Ben)
Premature Acceleration - 3rd place - Alan Sherwin and Matthew)
Speed demon and the Jinxed Minx 4th place - (Claire Spencer and Kim Mazzucca)
Ghoulies in the Saddle - 1st place (Mark Mazzucca with Lloyd Clark)
Witches on Wheels - 1st place (Melanie Sheehan and Ellie Camacho)
The NATBs will be keeping you up to date on their members, their dogs and events for the 2015/2016 Season. Hope you enjoy!