We are really pleased to announce that the IFSS European Championship Dryland 2016 will be organized by the British Sleddog Sport Federation, BSSF, and be held in Thetford Forest, Norfolk, England. The event will be held in late November 2016, exact date is to be determined in the nearest future.
Thetford Forest is used by the BSSF to host the British National Championships and British team selection trials each year. The 2013/14 National Championships had 240 teams competing. The venue has a visitors centre which offers information about the forest and the surrounding areas. Thetford Town centre is just 10-minute drive away with access to accommodation restaurants/cafes and shops.
Channel Tunnel and Ferry ports are just 3 hours’ drive from the venue.
International Airports close by:
Norwich international airport is 1hours drive
Stansted International Airport is 1 1⁄4 hours’ drive
Heathrow International Airport is 2 1⁄2 hours’ drive
The venue boasts sand based grass trails with a small number of harder packed trails. Excellent drainage means the trails are usable whatever the weather conditions. They have been described as some of the best dryland trails in the world. Trail lengths will be set closer to the event but will be in accordance with IFSS Race Rules.
“We have the benefit of being able to offer a trail specific to Canicross, starting and finishing in the same area as all other classes. It will also be possible to hold mass start for canicross classes. A twin chute shall be used to reduce intervals between teams departing”, says Charlie Brecknell, BSSF 1st Vice President & BSSF VP Sport.
This is the first time the European Championship will be held on the British Islands and managed by the new IFSS member BSSF. We are all looking forward to this event.
“This is another major step forward for the sport here in Britain and hopefully will see athletes here flourish in international competition at this event and beyond”, says Charlie Brecknell.
IFSS Continental Director Europe