Five of the best UK sled dog racing events

Sled dog racing is becoming an increasingly popular sport in the UK. Caroline Rhodes picks her top five places to catch some of the action in 2010.

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Racing huskies in the beautiful Forest of Dean makes the most of frosty weather. This dynamic young organisation has recently introduced junior racing to inspire more youngsters to take up this fun winter sport. Welcoming to all, from keen spectators to experts, the website contains further information on races and socials.   

2. Cairngorm Sled Dog Centre, Aviemore, Scotland

At this dedicated centre you can learn all about sled dog racing and meet the husky teams. A great starting point for all, it runs led dog safaris, two day courses and a host of other activities to whet the appetite of amateurs, whatever their age. 

3. Pembrey Sled Dog Race, Camarthenshire, South Wales
The forests of Pembrey will be home to some thrilling racing from 13-14th March this year. This fun day out is organised by the South West Trailblazers Club and supports the ‘Help for Heroes’ charity. With fancy dress and raffle prizes, a donation to the charity will be made from each race entry.

This association was formed in 1990 as the first official sled dog racing body. Organising weekend rallies across Scotland and as far south as the Lakes from October to March, their followers enjoy a great variety of landscapes and trail surfaces. Look out for their January and February race dates.
 
As the official body for sled dog racing across the south and the Midlands, ABSA organise an affiliated race calendar throughout the season at a number of locations from Nottingham to Dorset. Their website lists dates and provides contact details for anyone willing to get stuck in and volunteer at events.
 
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Picture credit: © Copyright Cairngorm Sled Dog Centre, Aviemore.