2006/07 Events

 
There were 3 weekends organised in association with NSDSC in 2006 – 2007.
 
One of these was a training weekend in Keilder Forest in September 2006. Offered as a relaxed opportunity to run the dogs in the early season, there were trail lengths available of up to 7 miles.
Warm and humid weather with wide open trails, the teams that attended all seemed to enjoy themselves.
(apart from those who got punctures in their vans!)
Some photographs can be seen here
 
 
 
Culbin Forest, Invernesshire
6 – 7 January 2007
 
Organised by David Patterson and Helen Fielden, Culbin is a predominately flat forest nestling on the edge of the Moray Firth. It regularly hosts sprint races organised by clubs like SDAS and SSHC. This was the first time some of the further depths of the forest were explored. The trail marking was of the highest order as evidenced by the fact that everyone returned safely.
The National Sled Dog Sports Centre, seemingly the only organisation in the U.K. offering distance to encourage working sled dogs, hosted a working event in Culbin Forest on 6th & 7th January 2007. The temperature was betwixt 6 & 7 degrees (C) both days. Trail surfaces were good with only a very short patch of “waterlog” over the 11 miles available. Ten teams, from two to seven dogs ran this course on which two water stops were optional. Two further teams ran 4.9 miles. On the second day, three distances were offered, 11miles, 7 miles or 5.5.miles.
 
It was interesting to watch the working consistency from the three Mjofjell teams, 90% homebred with David and Kirsty Halliday’s dogs also showing this over the two days.
 
Thank you to Peter Duncan and Andrew Jordan for travelling so far to help. It was much appreciated. This event will be scheduled again next year !!!
 

Helen Fielden

The Results – Saturday
Driver
Trail Distance
Time
Suzanne Alexander
4.9 miles
23:00
David Patterson
– ” –
20:40
Cameron Pack
11 miles
1:10:40
Helen Emery
– ” –
1:11:45
David Halliday
– ” –
1:14:40
Kirsty Halliday
– ” –
1:14:45
Matthew Cutter
– ” –
1:18:42
Matt Emery
– ” –
1:19:40
Brian Cutter
– ” –
1:20:10
Graham Robinson
– ” –
1:22:05
Brian Duncan
– ” –
1:31:17
Jay Whitley
– ” –
1:32:00
The Results – Sunday
Driver
Trail Distance
Time
Helen Emery
5.5 miles
22:30
Suzanne Alexander
– ” –
24:40
David Patterson
– ” –
25:23
Matt Emery
– ” –
26:55
Graham Robinson
– ” –
29:45
Cameron Pack
7 miles
49:00
David Halliday
– ” –
56:35
Kirsty Halliday
– ” –
56:39
Brian Duncan
– ” –
59:32
Brian Cutter
11 miles
1:18:20
Jay Whitley
– ” –
1:20:23
Matthew Cutter
– ” –
1:30:15
Balloch Wood, Keith, Aberdeenshire
17 – 18 February 2007
 
Organised once again by David Patterson and Helen Fielden, the return to Balloch was greeted with a mixture of pleasure and pain. The pleasure is in the surroundings and trail, the pain is in the altitude climbed during the run.
The 9 miles of Balloch are 9 hard earned miles.
The weather, as has been par for most of the year, was unseasonably warm – it was mid February but felt decidedly mild.
 
The National Sled Dog Sports Centre, seemingly the only organisation in the U.K. offering distance to encourage working sled dogs, hosted a working event in Balloch Wood on 17th & 18th February 2007. The temperature was unseasonably mild for mid- February – doubly disappointing considering there had been snow the week before. Trail surfaces were good with the usual endless hill seemingly getting ever longer.
A slightly smaller entry than the first year, it was nice to see the Malamute team of Steve Sim make its way into the history books as the first freight team to run at an NSDSC event.
 
Helen Fielden
The Result – Day 1
 Driver
Team Size / Trail Distance
Time
Brian Cutter
4 / 9.3 miles
1:04:50
Brian Duncan
4 / 9.3 miles
59:00
Matthew Cutter
3 / 9.3 miles
1:17:02
Jay Whiteley
4 / 9.3 miles
57:20
David Halliday
3 / 9.3 miles
1:07:10
Kirsty Halliday
3 / 9.3 miles
1:09:59
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David Patterson
4 / 6.2 miles
33:45
Steve Sim
2 Freight / 6.2 miles
58:00
The Results – Day 2
 Driver
Team Size / Trail Distance
Time
Brian Cutter
4 / 9.3 miles
1:09:00
Brian Duncan
4 / 9.3 miles
1:16:00
Matthew Cutter
3 / 9.3 miles
1:24:00
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Peter Duncan
10 / 7 miles
52:00 (Fritz Rig + Pax)
David Halliday
3 / 7 miles
51:00
Kirsty Halliday
3 / 7 miles
55:00
Kirsty Halliday
4 / 7 miles
55:00
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David Patterson
5 / 6.2 miles
35:00
Cameron Pack
2 / 6.2 miles
38:00
Steve Sim
2 Freight / 6.2 miles
1:01:00
Photographs from the event can be seen here
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