Who or What are the Highland Cani-Crossers?
The Highland Cani-Crossers was ‘born’ in November 2014 when Annelise Glew set up a Facebook Group to try to bring together anyone in the Highlands of Scotland who were, or might be interested in the upcoming sport of canicrossing and/ or bikejoring.
The basic aim of the Facebook group is to enjoy and promote both canicrossing and bikejoring in the Highlands; to encourage others into the sport; and to give a social platform for everyone to arrange meet ups or any other canine related event.
Annelise’s interest in the sport had been sparked about 18 months previously when she’d bought a canicross session as a Birthday present for her husband, Steve and also one for herself. Then a month or so later they went to their first race with their collie, Skye, and after seeing how much she was enjoying herself both racing and socialising with the other dogs realised that they’d found something all of them could enjoy together.
After a couple of seasons Annelise realised that there was no central point of contact for anyone else living in the Highlands of Scotland who wanted to either do canicrossing or bikejoring so the HCC’s came to fruition.
The Highland Canicrossers can now offer specific mountain bike skills sessions tailored for bikejoring through Steve and also various canicross skills sessions through Annelise – please check out the Events page for more details.
What About the People?
Annelise’s background, aside from her ‘day job’ as a Health & Safety Adviser with Scottish Water, was previously one of the athletic coaches at Ross County Athletics Club. She has qualifications as an assistant athletic coach and official, and also more recently as a JogScotland Leader. She has completed a couple of marathons; various half’s/ 10 mile/ 10k/ 5k races; cross-country races throughout the Highlands; duathlons; aquathons; triathlons; endurance style multi-stage event in the north of Norway; various canicross events within Scotland; various bikejor events within Scotland; Strathpuffer 2015 as part of a team of 10; 10 Under the Ben – solo; signed up for “Ride Like a Grrl – Epic”, Relentless 24 as a pair with Steve, and ‘Puffer 2016 as a mixed quad with Steve and another couple. Most of her training is done with Skye, making sure that Skye has as much – if not more – fun!
Steve’s background is as an Outdoor Activity Instructor who freelances throughout Scotland and on occasion North of England. He too has completed a couple of marathons and various other distance races and events that between the two of them they have managed to persuade each other to do – including the Strathpuffer, the Real Relay, and Barry the Baton.