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K9 CHALLENGE - BRIGHTON

LET YOUR FURRY BEST FRIEND TAKE YOU FOR A RUN / WALK!

5KM RUN/WALK WITH YOUR DOG
STANMER PARK, BRIGHTON

LOCATION: STANMER PARK, BRIGHTON BN1 9QA
DATE: SUNDAY 9TH SEPTEMBER 2018
*TIME: 11:00am
PRICE: £18.00

ONLY £18 TO ENTER WHICH INCLUDES ONE RUNNER & ONE DOG – RUNNER GETS MEDAL & T-SHIRT, DOG GETS COLLAR TAG & TREATS!

*Event start time subject to change depending on weather conditions. Please keep an eye on social media posts. We don’t want your dogs getting too hot!

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LEWES ROAD, STANMER PARK, BRIGHTON, BN1 9SE | MAP >>

SUNDAY 09TH SEPTEMBER 2018 - 11:00 A.M

A unique, fun, running with dogs event combining exercise with your best four legged friend. Run or walk 5 kilometres through Stanmer Park’s beautiful woodland. Walkers are also welcome to take part, this is an event inclusive for everyone who owns a dog.
Why simply walk your dog every day when you can take part in an event and earn yourself and your dog a matching medal! There will also be information/merchandise stalls for your pets & the chance to be the first ever winner of the Brighton K9 Challenge!
** Cancellation Policy **
A 75% refund is available until Sunday 13th August 2017, after which we will be able to refund 50% of the entry fee. Unfortunately if you cancel after 31st August your entry fee is non refundable.
** Photography & filming at the event **
Please note that you may be filmed or photographed whilst taking part in the event and the film/photographs will be used for marketing purposes only. Entering the event means that you are giving your permission to be filmed or photographed.
** At your own risk **
On entering the K9 Challenge, you and your dog do so at your own risk. The event organisers shall not be liable for any injury, damage or loss howsoever suffered by participants as a result of their participation. The event organisers take all reasonable steps to minimise the risk of injury & there is a detailed risk assessment in place that aims to minimise all risks. However, by entering the K9 Challenge, you acknowledge that there may be circumstances beyond the control of the organisers that can lead to unforeseen risks.
WHERE IS THE K9 CHALLENGE?

2018 route to be shown here soon

  • WHERE DO I BRING MY DOG FOR THE RUN/WALK?
    Stanmer Park, Brighton BN1 9SE. Located on the outskirts of Brighton, this beautiful park with wooded trails is the perfect location for a 5km run with your dog. As you enter the park from the A27, the start/finish area will be easily seen on your left hand side.
  • HOW DO I FIND STANMER PARK?
    If coming from the direction of Lewes/Eastbourne, turn off the A27 heading into Brighton on the A270, keep left and follow the sign for Stanmer Park. Take the turning on the right (Just past the bus stop) and follow Stony Mere Way to Stanmer Park (sign posted) at the traffic lights.
    If coming from Brighton, follow the A270 (in the Lewes direction) and take the first left after Coldean Lane.
    The closest railway station is Falmer Railway Station, a five minute walk. Use the subway under the A27 to get to the park. Train times can be found at www.nationalrail.co.uk
    You can also cycle to the park (barriers for cycle parking will be provided, at your own risk).
    Stanmer Park is on a major bus route from central Brighton – number 25 or 25X, or the 78 goes right into the park. Full timetables can be found at www.buses.co.uk
  • WHEN IS IT?
    Sunday 9th September, when the weather will be as perfect as it was in 2017.
  • HOW MUCH IS IT?
    Entry for the 5km run/walk is £18 for both you AND your dog.
  • WHAT TIME DO WE NEED TO BE READY TO RUN/WALK?
    The event starts at 11am. We will be sending the runners and their dogs off first, followed by the walkers. The registration/help desk will open at 9:30am and close at 10:45am.
  • WHAT TIME CAN WE ARRIVE AND GET SOMETHING TO EAT & DRINK?
    We have asked exhibitors and caterers to be open by 9am.
  • WHEN DO I RECEIVE MY RACE NUMBER?
    Both you and your dog will collect your race numbers from the registration/help desk on the morning of the event. This will be open from 9:30am. You will be emailed full participant information at least one week prior to the event. You will need to bring this email with you, along with photo ID (for you, not the dog!) Please note that the registration/help desk will close at 10:45am.
  • ARE THERE ANY OTHER RESTRICTIONS REGARDING MY DOG?
    Yes there are. Please visit the section ‘GUIDANCE TO RUNNING WITH DOGS’ for this information.
  • HOW DOES MY DOG WEAR A RACE NUMBER?
    He/she will be given a race number to go round his or her neck, similar to a festival wristband. You will be able to write emergency contact details on the back of this as we don’t want any dogs going missing in the woods! We also want your dog to feel as part of the event as you will.
  • MEDALS AND DOG TAGS
    Each adult entry will get a medal at the end of the 5km route and each dog will be given a matching dog tag for his or her collar. 
  • DOGGY BAGS
    Rather than damaging the environment with plastic bags full of rubbish and leaflets, we will be giving each dog a doggy bag! Let’s treat your furry friend who has accompanied you round the course.
  • T-SHIRTS
    Each entry receives one event t-shirt. This can be collected along with your other finisher goodies once you’ve crossed the finish line.
  • IS THERE PARKING?
    Stanmer Park has limited parking within its boundaries. There are small car parks dotted throughout the park, as you drive through, and then up by the church adjacent to Stanmer Village. Please do not park on the road as this will block the 78 bus route. Please arrive early enough to find suitable parking and make your way to the registration desk.
  • TOILETS/CHANGING FACILITIES We will be providing toilet facilities in the event village (nearest public toilets are located in Stanmer Village) and there will be dog waste bins provided. We ask that if your dog needs a pre race ablution, please pick it up! We will have some spare poo bags available.
    Unfortunately we will not be providing changing facilities or bag storage so please bring as little as possible to the event, or bring a friend to watch who can look after your belongings and cheer you across the finish line.
  • ARE THERE AGE RESTRICTIONS?
    Humans must be 16 or older to enter and dogs must be 12 months or older.
  • IS THE RUN CHIP TIMED?
    No it isn’t. We want this to be a relaxed, all inclusive and friendly run/walk. It’s all about the taking part, not the winning!
  • WELFARE FACILITIES
    Please bring your own water for your consumption before the event. We will have dog bowls with dog water available at the start/finish but please do bring extra with you for your dog. Finisher water will be available.
    First Aid facilities will be on site for runners/walkers, and we will have our event vet on call for our furry friends.

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WAYS TO JOIN US

TRADE STAND OPPORTUNITIES

Please fill in our trade application form HERE>>. You can fill in a trade stand application form. We are more than happy for businesses to come along and promote their products/services at our event, where there will be a captive audience of runners with their dogs, their friends and family members, as well as other visitors to Stanmer Park. If you would like to learn more about being present in our event village, please email info@k9challenge.co.uk

VOLUNTEERS

Are you seeking event experience? Do you love the outdoors and would like to support a brand new event on your doorstep? Are you a dog lover? We are always looking for people to help out, whether it be to ensure that the runners and dogs receive water and something to eat at the end of the run, to making sure they all go the right way! If you have some time to spare, please email info@k9challenge.co.uk and we will happily provide you with more information. Please note that you will need to be accompanied by an adult if under 16. If you have a dog, we don’t mind you bringing them along! More dogs the merrier we say here at Race HQ.

EVENT SPONSORS/PARTNERS

If you’re a business and feel that you can support this brand new event series ‘K9 Challenge’ which is due to grow with events taking place across the South of the UK, then please contact us at info@k9challenge.co.uk for more information. We are always happy to discuss opportunities for branding, merchandise, partnerships or charity involvement.

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GUIDANCE FOR RUNNING WITH DOGS

  • Your furry friend must be over 12 months old. This distance of 5km is achievable for all dogs over this age and all breeds can take part.
  • We ask that you check with your veterinary practice before entering, to confirm that your dog can take part. They may also advise giving your dog a health check before he or she enters the event with you, if they’ve never run with you before. This is more important for the run than the 5km walk.
  • You will need to consider breed specifics and you are responsible for your own dog’s welfare whilst at the event.
  • You don’t need to use a canicross lead which is a waist belt with a 2m bungee cord attached to a padded dog harness. However, these do make running with your dog a lot safer, more comfortable for both you and your dog and even make you run faster as your dog pulls you up that hill!
  • Runners Retreat will be on site at the event with canicross equipment available to try and/or buy.
  • You must ensure that the dog you’re bringing to the event is owned (cared for) in accordance with the law. In case of an injury (where there is no responsibility of any others), competitors are covered by event insurance.
  • Runners must allow their dogs to drink. There will be water stations for dogs available at the start/finish area. If a dog is doing two laps of the route, please allow the dog to drink in between laps.
  • We ask that no bitches in season, pregnant or nursing bitches take part in the event.
  • Dogs must be kept on a lead AT ALL TIMES, whilst at an event UNLESS to do so would present a danger for the dog, the owner, or others.
  • Any fouling must be cleared away and disposed of responsibly. Dog litter bins will be provided on site.
  • No head collars, choke chains or flexi leads are permitted.
  • Muzzles may be used but they must be the open, basket type, through which dogs can drink and take treats.
  • Runners are not allowed to wear shoes that could be dangerous for dogs. Shoes with metal spikes are strictly forbidden. Trail shoes are allowed.
  • Please complete the entry form accurately for both you and your dog. We will need to know if your dog is on any medication and don’t forget tick protection!
  • We ask that you consider the weather forecast for this event. If it is unseasonably warm then your dog will need extra water which will be available at the start, finish and the 2.5km mark.
  • Please have a poop plan! There won’t be dog litter bins on the route so if your dog does need to do its business, unless its in the undergrowth please pick it up, bag it and bring it back to the finish line with you. We recommend that you give your dog enough time ‘to go’ before the start of the event, just like us humans!
  • Even though we’re rewarding your dogs with doggy bags & treats, please don’t give them straight away. Just like us, your dog’s stomach will need a little rest before digesting anything. Let them have a drink and a chill out and appreciate their dog tag first.
  • Lastly, have fun! Your dog is your excited exercise partner who will have achieved a 5km walk/run with you in the first ever K9 Challenge! When you finish the event, you should be smiling and your dog should be wagging its tail and asking for more……
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2017 Results / Photographs

Thank you to all volunteers, sponsors and participants and everyone else who helped make the first ever K9 Challenge in 2017 a great success.

Please follow the below link to see some amazing photos of the dogs and runners/walkers. Thanks goes to Gary Dovell for the photos:

https://take2eventphotos.instaproofs.com/gallery/#events/1521756

There is also a further album with many more images on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/k9challenge thanks to David Matthews Photography

2017 Results

1st Place – Dave Robinson with Connie

2nd Place – Jack Penfold with Milo

3rd Place – Andrew Abbott with Kenai

1st female runner – Mari Ludlow with Haile Gebrselassie

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Please fill out the below form with any queries or questions and we will endeavour to respond within 24 hours. Alternatively you can contact Jo on 07919 353922 or Mark on 07917 753794.

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