Posted 3 months ago
By Chloe Bowen
My seven-month-old cockerpoo, Rola, and I challenged ourselves to a fun doggy 3K obstacle race, and what a satisfying feeling it was. The Bark Run, which is hosted by Tails.com, invited me along to London to take part in the race, where I rubbed shoulders with Lorraine Kelly and Victoria Pendleton.
Based in the leafy grounds of Wimbledon Common, dogs who took part in the race ran through beautiful woodland and tackled obstacles including the ‘zig zag’, ‘downward dog’, ‘pup and over’, ‘every day I’m snuffling’ and the hardest one of them all – ‘slalom’.
All geared up in sports clothing with tripod in hand, we were given a number at the beginning, followed with a quick Polaroid snap of me and Rola. Then I was off taking on the trails of mud and racing against other pups and their owners.
Our Polaroid at the event (Wimbledon Common)
Some ran the course showing their competitive side, while others including ourselves took a leisurely stroll for the most part. We crossed the finish line with a last-minute sprint in 52 minutes.
Rola and I didn’t stand a chance against Olympian Victoria Pendleton and her dog Vala, who were first in line to start their run. Although we didn’t get to say hi to her, other runners would give a quick “hi” and a stroke for each other's pups as we crossed paths.
The course was designed to be inclusive for everyone. From Whippets and Labradors, to Corgis and Dachshunds, the event attracted all breeds and abilities.
Lorraine Kelly, who is an ambassador for Tails, was there with her pup, Angus. It was a field day for dogs, seeing almost 180 of them arrive and take part throughout the day.
After a really tough year, it was a great way to get out and talk to others and watch our pups meet, play, and indulge in some treats courtesy of Tails.