Video by Shane Wilkinson of our team 18 miles in of the 25 miles completed on the second day of the trek. Dogs pulled over 30 stone, over 30 miles over the two day trek with AMWA.
The beginning of December saw a trip to Darnaway race and a stay at Aviemore for Mars in Scotland with his Janskcoo pals to run with the Scottish Sleddog Association. This was a nice break away with the added benefit of Mars having a nice sprint run on the exhilarating trails of Darnaway where he achieved with his pals a second place in the four dog class against great competition!
The rest of the month saw us continuing to clock up the miles and train for the Christmas Salisbury Trek with AMWA The alaskan malamute working association. In 2013 we ran the trek doing 23 miles in a day but under really extreme windy, sleet and torrential rain weather conditions and we chose not to run a second day in the same weather conditions.
This year the team ran a total of 35 miles along Salisbury Plain, the home of Stonehenge, the military use the plain to train on with their tanks. The plain consists of 300 square miles of undefined grass trails which the teams navigate through lots of tough terrain in an area the size of Isle of Wight! The reason we like the treks is that we can both go out on the passenger rig, taking turns to run the dogs and to utilise a different venue to get more distance and spend more time with our dogs. Running on undefined trails, dogs pulling a heavier load in tough conditions really brings a different experience to running the dogs compared to the UK traditional short sprint races that we also all enjoy. Any 'title' achieved is incidental really but deserves a mention and our Six dog team achieved their silver working titles after running the 35 miles over two days.