Starring sports role for Bauer

TEAM SCOTLAND: Amanda and John are pictured with border collie Bauer.
TEAM SCOTLAND: Amanda and John are pictured with border collie Bauer.

A Seafar couple have just competed in the world championships of a sport most of us have never even heard of.

Amanda and John Lang represented Scotland in the world of canicross, which is a rapidly growing sport where you run fast cross country races with the aid of your dog.

And the Lang’s made up their competitive team with their border collie Bauer, named after the character Jack Bauer played by Kiefer Sutherland in TV’s 24.

The pair were part of a team of 44 Scots to take part in the Canix World Championships which took place over the weekend, Saturday and Sunday, October 12 and 13, in Pembrey Country Park, Llanelli, South Wales.

John managed to take an impressive 5th place in the competition with Amanda placing 12th in their respective categories.

And around 20 medals was won across all groups for Team Scotland, which was made up of 25 female, 10 male and nine junior athletes - and their 49 plus canine companions.

Overall the group were expected to run around 394 kilometers between them on sandy trails at break neck

speeds.

The team, which was the biggest to enter the competition, wore custom designed and unique Scotland shirts, sponsored by local companies including Cumbernauld firm Maccass and Co Accounting Services.

Ahead of the event, the team trained hard individually and also had three group training sessions in Strathclyde park, Callendar Park and Vogrie Country Park.

Amanda said: “It’s great to get the chance to represent Scotland and to wear the Scotland shirt. We started Canicross as something to do with our border collie as he requires a lot of exercise and we wanted to keep fit. Canicross was just the thing for fun and fitness.” For more, http://canisportsscotland.com.