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Lucy Matthews

Lucy won the ECF European Championships in 2015 with her German Shorthaired Pointer, Nika, who was only 14 months old at the time!

The dogs…

Lucy currently has Nika and Milo German Shorthaired Pointers and Ezra a European Sleddog.

She says, “I have been very grateful to have CSJ's backing throughout the last couple of seasons, providing us with the best top class food for my dogs, that keep them in the best condition through racing and training.”

How Lucy’s journey in canicross competitions began…

Lucy got involved in 2010 attending YKC camp where she tried out the sport of canicross for the first time with her working Cocker Spaniel Connie.  She fell in love with the sport from the start and attended her first race in October of that year in the Grizedale forest in the Lake District ... finishing second in her category over the weekend.

The standout memory…

Lucy says, “My most memorable success has to be winning the ECF European Championships in 2015 with Nika, it was a massive race for Nika's first season but she took it all in her stride to take us to victory and it will be two races that I will never forget.”

More highlights by season

  • 2011/2012 

ECF European Championship, Poland - 7th (11-14 category) – Connie

CaniX National Championship Series - 1st (11-14 category) – Connie

  • 2012/2013

ECF European Championship, United Kingdom - 7th (11-14 category) - Milo
CaniX National Series Championship - 1st (11-14 category) -Milo
 

  • 2013/2014

CaniX National Series Championship - 1st (15-39 category) –Milo

  • 2014/2015 

ECF European Championship, France - 4th (15-18 category) -Milo
Adams Canicross Midlands Race Series - 1st (14-17 category) – Milo

  • 2015/2016

ECF European Championship, United Kingdom - 1st (15-18 category) - Nika

CSJ Adams/Canicross Midlands Race Series - 1st (15-39 category) - Nika/ Milo

British Canicross Champion for 2016 attained at BSSF (British Sleddog Sports

Federation) National Championship in March. - Nika

 

  • 2016/2017

 

ECF European Championships, Czech Republic – 2nd (15-18 category) - Nika

IFSS European Dryland Championships, United Kingdom – Top 10 result (Elite

female; 18-39) -Nika

BSSF National Championship Series – 3rd (Female; 18-39) -Nika

CSJ Canicross Midlands Race Series – 1st (Female; 18-39) -Nika

  • 2017-2018

BSSF National Championship Series – 2nd (Female; 18-39) - Nika

Lucy says, “It's been a challenging season, with many people upping there game and some new faces on the scene, but none the less we worked hard in the races and regardless of some being cancelled due to the weather we had done enough to secure 2nd place with Nika working hard and providing me with everything she has got to get us there.”

 

CSJ Canicross Midlands Race Series – 2nd (Female; 18-39) - Nika

Lucy says, “Taking part in 10 out of the 14 days of racing, majority of them with Nika but a few days with Ben Robinsons Blake. Some tough races were ran and a lot of travelling was done for another fantastic race series.”

ICF (International Canicross Federation) World Championships in Poland – 8th

BSSF British Championships – 2nd in the senior female category and fastest female time at the first race weekend in Scotland

Canicross Anglesey Race – 1st and fastest female 

Canicross Midlands race series – 2 second places at 2 weekends (finishing 2nd  on the first day and first on the second day in both events)

Lucy says about CSJ, “Feed well, Run happy.”

Ezra made her debut… 

Ezra made her race debut in July 2018 and, as Nika will be taking a back seat for a few months in 2019, this will allow Lucy and Ezra’s partnership to grow even stronger – and she hopes that even faster times will be achieved!

Contact…

Lucy can be contacted at: lucymatthews98@hotmail.com

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