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Aviemore Weather

Now is the time to be monitoring the weather at Aviemore.  Will it be a snow rally.  Check out the Aviemore webcams to view Aviemore latest weather conditions.  Click on the link below to view the webcams:-

http://winterhighland.info/cams/aviemore/

The World Famous Arden Grange & Siberian Husky Club of Great Britain 31st Anniversary Aviemore Sled Dog Rally 2014

Every year since 1984, mushers from across the UK have gathered in the forests around Aviemore for the biggest event in the British sled dog racing calendar, The Siberian Husky Club of Great Britain Aviemore Sled Dog Rally.   In 2014 we celebrate our 31st Anniversary of the race on 25th and 26th January 2014.

Organised by the Siberian Husky Club of Great Britain, sponsored by the dog food manufacturer ARDEN GRANGE, in conjunction with Forestry Commission Scotland, the race is run on forest trails around the beautiful Loch Morlich, in the shadow of the Cairngorm mountains.

From an original of only 12 teams, the race is now the largest event of its kind in the UK, with over 1,000 sled dogs and 250 mushers.  The race features teams of between two and eight dogs pulling their musher on a sled around a four to seven mile trail.   If there’s no snow at ground level for the event, the races still go on with mushers using a three-wheeled rig that looks like a tricycle without a seat.   There are eight adult classes and two children’s classes and mushers range from just 8 years old to over 60.  Along with the Siberian Huskies, race dogs include Alaskan Malamutes, Samoyeds, Greenland Dogs and Canadian Eskimo Dogs – the pedigree breeds of dogs first bred to pull sleds in Arctic conditions hundreds of years ago

The trail is a designated cross-country ski course and is clearly defined. The Start lies just over the wooden bridge from the car park and runs parallel to the ski road for a short distance before entering the forest. The first part of the trail is quite demanding, but then runs along the lochside to the Finish without great problem.

Event Diary

 

Thursday                   23 January -  at Glenmore

 

10:30                           Press and Practice Day

 

Friday                         24 January – at The Hilton Coylumbridge Hotel

 

10:30                           Weight Pull – Tennis Court rear of The Hilton Coylumbridge

17:00                           Mushers’ Market at the Hilton Coylumbridge

 

Saturday                    25 January -  at Glenmore

 

08:30                           Junior Mushers Rally – First Heat

09:15                           Main Rally – First Heat (last team approx. 2.30 pm)

 

Sunday                       26 January – at Glenmore

 

08:30                           Junior Mushers’ Rally – Second Heat

09:15                           Rally – Second Heat (last team approx. 2.30 pm)

 

Tuesday                     28 January – starts at Inshriach; finish at Glenmore

 

9:30                             The Trek (last team leaves 11.00 am approx.)

 

Media and spectator enquires:   Louise Evans on 07969 968242 / louisegolightly@gmail.com

Judy Wakker on 07765 886236 / judywakker@aol.com

Penny Evans on 07901 701257 / pennym47@yahoo.com

 

For the 2014 press release click here

How to get there
The course can be found on Ordnance Survey Sheet no. 36 (Grantown and Cairngorm) .. reference 97 09.

Take the ski road from Aviemore, at Coylum Bridge continue on the ski road. After approx 3 miles Loch Morlich will be on your right. Heronsfield car park is past the loch on the right.

Parking at the rally site is limited. We do not recommend that you park on the road, however if you do so, for safety reasons please do not move any cones or cause any obstructions. Anyone found doing so will be asked to leave the event.

There is a regular bus service from Aviemore to Glenmore. Click here to visit website

Spectator viewing areas will be clearly signposted.  Click here for more spectator information

Please keep dogs on leads at all times.

 

Classes Scheduled:                  A          5-8 Dogs           (Mixed Sled Dog Breeds)

                                                B          4-6 Dogs           (Mixed Sled Dog Breeds)

                                                C          3-4 Dogs           (Siberian Huskies Only)

                                                C2        3-4 Dogs           (Mixed Sled Dog Breeds)

                                                E          2-3 Dogs           (Siberian Huskies Only)

                                                E2        2-3 Dogs           (Mixed Sled Dog Breeds)

                                                D          2 Dogs             (Siberian Huskies Only)

                                                D2        2 Dogs             (Mixed Sled Dog Breeds)

 

The Aviemore Brochure for competitors is available in the Members’ section of  this website.

There’s something for everyone to see at this great family event, which attracts over 3000 spectators annually.  We welcome spectators and have dedicated spectator viewing areas around the course.  Further information will be available here nearer the race weekend.     We ask you to please keep your dogs on leads at all times.

Here is the link to the entry form on the forum. Closing date is 1st Dec 2013:-

http://siberianhuskyclub.org.uk/forum/working-racing-1/aviemore-brochure-2014/

Aviemore team change form can be found via the link below:-

http://siberianhuskyclub.org.uk/forum/working-racing-1/aviemore-2014-team-change-form/