Congratulations Ellie Camacho

A very well deserved congratulations to Ellie Camacho for her fantastic performance at the 2016 British Sleddog Sports Federation IFSS World Cup. She placed 2nd in the  Canni-Cross and 7th in the 2dog Scooter division! Keep up the good work Ellie and Team! … Continue reading

Meet Elle Comacho and Gruff

Representing the United Kingdom at the World Championships in the as part of the UK Canicross team

For centuries dogs have been referred to as man’s best friend, and as a nation of dog lovers (with almost one-quarter of households in the UK owning one) it’s not surprising that Canicross, the sport of running competitively with your dog, is becoming such a popular pastime. You couldn’t ask for a better companion to have by your side whiles battling the forces of nature, Elle Camacho and her dog Gruff do exactly that.

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Elle has been competing with Gruff in Canicross for several years and is also a member of the British sled dog Sports Federation. Elle no longer only competes with Gruff but has recently taken on a new team-mate (another rescue dog) a Collie X Podenca as her primary Canicross dog. Elle  is focusing on the scooter division with Gruff and competing in both events on the same day would be too staining on him.

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Elle took part in her first ever 50 mile ultra race this year beating the clock, she is now ready for the next 100 mile challenge in April next year and with the team at Restoring Health helping with preparation she is feeling pretty confident.

The highlights of Elle’s image6year so far was the amazing adventure she and Gruff took part in during August, the race called the Trophee des Montagnes. This exciting adventure took place in the beautiful French Alps, an 8 day 10 stage Canicross Race. With 280 adults competitors from across Europe only 184 crossed the finish line of the last stage!
Racing 5-10km each day, sometimes twice a day; up, down and around the ski slopes surrounding L’Alpes d’Huez.

 “ It was really tough on my legs and the weather played mind games! One race it was nearly 38 degrees and yet another had horizontal rain, thunder and lightning (guess which conditions the British Team excelled in!)”

They successfully set out to finish all stages the race uninjured and Gruff was absolutely amazing! He was eager to race everyday and even managed to curb his enthusiasm by slowing  down when Elle was whimpering with terror at the steep downhills and sometimes vertical drops that they were traversing. Both Elle and Gruff had an amazing experience!

Elle and Gruff both enjoy competing and with the added benefits of exercise, mind stimulation and social interaction no one could blame them! Yet they also have to show tremendous commitment and determination; Elle generally runs 5 days a week and some days without Gruff as he does not enjoy the interval seasons. Currently Elle has started working with a running coach who has set up a training plan to challenge them in all different aspects of different events with recommendations from Deborah of course. So come rain, come shine or any kind of weather (apart from blizzards and lighting storms) they are to be found out training!

image2Elle and Gruff are yet to win a competition but are currently ranked 3rd in England and 5th in the UK in the Scooter category.
They have just taken part in the two-day European Championships in Scotland placing 5th in the Women’s Scooter Division and 21st in the Women’s Canicross Division.

They will hopefully be competing at the World Championships in Canada at the end of October.
We are supporting her by trying to raise the funds to get her there. So help us support this amazing lady on her journey by giving generous donations via www.crowdfunder.co.uk/gruffIFSS or through sponsorship (please contact Elle via Restoring Health if you would like to help her!!)
We all wish her and her furry team mates the best of luck!

Photographs of Elle supplied by:
Houndscape Photography
and Fay Frost Photography 

 

*Update: Unfortunately Elle was unable to raise the funds needed to compete at the World Championship in Canada this year, but with her dedication and determination in this sport we are eager to see what lies ahead for this amazing lady.

The Dragon’s Back Race™

One of Restoring Heath’s good friends Christopher Williams is about to undertake one of the hardest mountain races in the World – The Dragon’s Back Race™The legendary Dragon’s Back Race™ follows the mountainous spine of Wales from Conwy Castle to Carreg Cennen Castle in Wales. This incredible 5-day journey is approximately 300 kilometres long with 16,000 metres of ascent across wild, trackless, remote and mountainous terrain. It is not a trail race.
It takes place from the 22nd-26th June 2015.AlastairLee2925

We managed to catch up with him before he left for a quick chat:
Why are you so eager to go do this race?
I have always enjoyed the great outdoors and have in recent years done quite well in military style test march races such as The Fan Dance.  However looking for something new and a desire to step it up a gear, combined with hearing about The Dragon’s Back Race’s return, I was inspired to take on this new challenge.What are you most looking forward to?
I am really looking forward to enjoying the journey down through the mountainous spine of Wales, as that is where I was brought up and lived for the first 27 years of my life.  I look forward to taking in those remote parts that ‘tourists’ never see and getting away from it all for five days.

How has Restoring Health helped you to prepare for the journey ahead?
Looking forward to this challenge I am very aware of how others have played a very important role in getting me to the start line, let alone the finishing one!
Deborah and her very capable team have really helped me to overcome niggles that could have become road blocks and without a doubt have been integral in giving me the results needed to qualify and on top of that gain the confidence to get to the place where I am today.
Mountains ahoy! Thank you Restoring Health!

If you are interested in following Chris’ Journey minute by minute over the five days – all the competitors are fitted with Live Trackers which will allow you to follow their progress on The Dragon’s Back website HERE.
Simply click on his name and his current position will be displayed.

We will be watching Chris with bated breath, wishing him all the best on this incredibly exciting journey! We can’t wait to hear all the stories when he returns.

 

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Parenta Trust Rally

One of Restoring Health’s Best Friends (Paul Gardner and his two sons) – are getting ready to depart on the Parenta Trust – Maidstone to Monaco Rally on the17th of June.
The goal of the Rally is to raise enough money to open a third Pre-school in Uganda.

The Parenta Trust is dedicated to helping those who care for children.
The Trust is committed to providing schools & clean drinking water for children under 5 in the most deprived areas of Uganda, ensuring pre-school children are given the opportunity to experience education from an early age.

We at Restoring Heath are behind them all the way! You will even find our logo on Paul’s car.

The Parenta Trust Rally is taking place beween 17 & 21 June 2015.

Show your support by donating or to find out more click HERE
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Running with Greg – Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon

For those of you who haven’t heard yet, our very own Greg Pretorius is currently off running the Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon in South Africa. He has spent the better part of the year training, running up to eight hours a day come rain or shine in preparation for the grueling conditions that lie before him. KAEM is a very prestigious event, and I know that Greg has been looking forward to it for some time, if not with a little bit of nervous anticipation…

We’ll be hearing from Greg when he gets back as to how he found the race, but until then, here’s some more information about what it entails:

“The South African Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon, a unique race filled with adventure and determination, will once again be held in the beautiful and contrasting landscape of the Northern Cape’s “Green Kalahari”.  

The Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon is a self-sufficiency run held over six legs in seven days with set distances for each day, ranging from 28km to 75km.  Participants must carry all their supplies, clothes and compulsory safety/survival equipment for the duration of the event.  Overnight shelter in camps, and water, which is strictly controlled and distributed during the race, is supplied.  The event goes way beyond merely covering 250 kilometers in extreme conditions; it is a challenge to get past what normal people would regard as crazy, and achieve one’s personal goals. 

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