CANICROSS – the fast-growing sport of off-road, hands-free running with pet dogs – is coming to Thorp Perrow Arboretum next month.

The venue, near Bedale, is holding its first canicross on September 19 and more than 100 enthusiasts have already signed up for the free event.

It will take runners on a 5k route along a mix of tracks through woodland and across grassland, all amid stunning scenery.

Partnering with Thorp Perrow is leading pet food manufacturer Inspired Pet Nutrition (IPN) which is based near Thirsk and the company behind the popular Harringtons and Wagg pet food brands.

Earlier this year IPN announced it was linking up with Thorp Perrow as part of its programme to plant one million trees nationwide, including a tree for every employee in Thorp Perrow’s renowned arboretum.

Sir Henry Ropner, owner of Thorp Perrow, said: “We are delighted to be holding our first Canicross which is quickly becoming popular and proving to be a fun and effective way for both dog and owner to bond and get fit.

"There is also a separate fun run and dog walk and they are all free to enter.”

Hannah Page of IPN said: “This is a further positive example of our close relationship with Thorp Perrow and Canicross is the perfect family friendly event.

"It is suitable for dogs of all sizes and a great opportunity to get out in the glorious North Yorkshire countryside.”

The Canicross event starts at 9am, book via

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