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Bungay plans ninth canine biathlon

The Rotary Club of Bungay is to stage the ninth canine biathlon on Sunday 11th July 2004.
The success and popularity of previous events should ensure that this year will see another challenging and enjoyable day for both dog, handler and spectator.

The biathlon also serves as a fund-raising event for charity and in 2003 a total of £3810 was raised by the forty-six competitors.

The base for this event will be the Outney Meadow Caravan Park. Bungay and much of the 3-mile cross-country course will cover parts of Bungay Common.

The course will be marked and will feature 22 tests and obstacles ranging from A-frame, hurdles, dog-walk, article searches, sendaway and swimming the River Waveney. The handler whilst the dog is in a stay position will be tested on .22 rifle shooting, tennis-ball throwing, and netball.

Scoring will be based on faults for each test. The course-time will only apply to competitors with equal number of faults.

Prizes will be awarded to the winning team, the winning individual entry, the best individual performance, a ladies trophy and a veterans trophy.

Past entries have seen strong representations from working-trials, agility and gun-dog fraternities, as well as a team from Suffolk Constabulary. All participate to raise money for charity.

Entries can either be from individuals or from teams. Entry fees for each competitor will be £8. A team should consist of 2 or 3 participants. Individuals and teams will be issued with sponsorship forms and 50% can go to the charity of the competitor’s choice.

This unique event has become part of the working dog’s summer calendar; it combines elements of obedience, agility and working trials as well as testing as the handlers!

Further details and entry forms from Mr Chris Farrer, St. Mary’s House, Bungay, Suffolk NR35 1AQ Tel: 01986 892444. Please send S.A.E. entries close 28th June.